Hail Scott Walker, the new Republican Governor of Wisconsin. The state is facing serious budget deficits, so now is the time to take drastic, almost punitive action. For example, Privatize Power Plants This is what we call short-term gains in order to increase expenses down the road (profit-making enterprises almost always charge more for a service than a public agency). Governor Wants Direct Control of Regulatory Agencies This cannot be good. Of course, the people elected him, fair and square, so of course he can be trusted not to allow any kind of graft, kick-backs or cronyism. Republicans are well known for their scrupulous and diligent honesty. Bust All Public Unions This story mentions that he has the National Guard ready to come in and scab in case the prison guards threaten to strike. Public employees, apparently, are not humans earning their wages but leeches sucking on the state's gravy train (well, not quite all of them). Cut Back on Reproductive Services Because, umm, no, there is no practical justification for this. It is nothing but short-sighted and callous. But the sacred cow must not be touched, since "raising taxes hurts the economy". I have heard this assertion. Sounds reasonable. Can anyone point me to the solid evidence to support that claim? I am reminded me of a book. Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine describes how crises are used to reverse the progress made toward a decent, egalitarian state. The governor does not want the people who have actual money to contribute to the well-being of his state, it looks more like he wants to balance the budget on the backs of people who do work and people who have nothing to begin with. This makes Iowa look like a bunch of rank amateurs. Wisconsin will be decades trying to recover from this man's attack on the state.