Race for Gov.-OR-How I learned to stop caring about Republicans/Democrats AND Love the THIRD PARTY.
okay, the political stuff is in full swing... time to comment...Mary Burke
--- was pretty good at the debate I caught. among other things I was glad that she didn't go about blatantly trying to change the subject/dodge the question like Mr.Walker did. but other than being able to compare her to Scott W. about all I know of her I learned from that debate. Still, if there is no third party, I think she would screw it up less than the current Governor. Gov. Scott Walker
---the less said the better. while there are 2-3+ area's where I'll concede our views seem
to coincide, His execution of the solutions(as well as the solutions themselves
Leave much to be desired. He also seems to care more about his High profile campaign donors than anybody else. In particular, he seems to favor short term gains over long-term.(ie. that mining thing, teachers/school plans, ENVIROMENT, state Hunting lands...)
In particular, his environmental policies & his treatment of the DNR/Public State Lands.
-I asked several friends who are working/experts in Natural Resource's about his environmental policies. To tell me if they knew of any environmental action that the Gov. had implemented, planned to implement, Or had been prevented from implementing; that, from an environmental standpoint(regardless of implementation), they could Approve of in any way. 3 days to election and not one of them could think of, or find one that they could approve of.
-That multi-million dollar Bass stocking effort? Paid for by the DNR budget in its entirety. On a yearly basis for as long as it's active. And no, the Gov. Did NOT increase the DNR's budget to account for this. This thus forces the DNR to cut funding to everything from Chronic Wasting Research/Testing, to fighting invasive species, to even monitoring fishermen/hunters.(included in this is the Fracking well inspections, M. Burke mentioned in the debate.)
-A family member, who had gone to college for a degree in invasive species, had a summer job with the local DNR office(along with several others). For basically Min. Wage she would go out onto trails/designated areas and spray for invasive plants with DNR provided spray. this goes on for 3-4 summers and then, Mr.Walker decides to make it a mandatory yearly Bidding system, with the lowest bidder getting the job. Despite the fact that the local Head of the DNR would prefer my family member over an unknown, said faimliy member can no longer spray for the DNR unless she submits a bid that includes ALL the necessary supplies/workers for the whole area and have the lowest bid. Supposedly this was going to save the Taxpayer's money, but unless this new middleman is cheaper than a couple dozen people on Min. wage plus cost of supplies(the spray) I don't see how.(especially since every worker has to be trained to SPOT actually invasive species rather than native plants... ie:not min. wage workers
---Possibly the more objectionable thing he's done/tried to do, Is Sell off state owned lands to game ranchers to help cover the cost's of his tax ideas.
-This means that with the budget Already in Deficit, that he has already Spent the money that came from those Public Hunting lands and is still way in debt beyond that profit.-Note: a majority of those Publically Owned lands were donated/bought on the cheap/willed to the state on the condition that they be used as Free Public hunting lands. The proposal from Walker was to change that to what they have out west(IE: Even if you landowners permission, & a license, You can't hunt without Hiring a Guide), by selling these public lands to out-of-state Game Ranching Organization's to 'manage'.
Suggestions for a better Democracy/Economy/State/election.--- Tax Excessive & Out of state(voting area) campaign spending. Tariff's on incoming campaign money. allow collective union bargaining while capping union dues/Officer-wages.