Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wisconsin Gov. Walker plays Grinch

By Richard K. Barry

You'd think a guy like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would know a thing or two about campaigning. Whatever one thinks of his union-bashing crazy right-wing politics, it's no easy matter getting yourself elected to statewide office. 

I was, therefore, rather surprised to learn that his team thought it a good idea to screw around with Christmas as a campaign tactic, specifically suggesting in a fundraising e-mail that supporters bypass presents for the kiddies so that the money left unspent can be sent to him. 
“Instead of venturing into the cold this Black Friday,” it began, “stay in and give your children a gift that will keep on giving. This year, we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores. Donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get reelected and save your children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.”

As The Raw Story notes:
It continued by noting that any “electronics or toys” that parents buy for their children “will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season,” whereas a contribution to the Walker reelection effort will help to create “a Wisconsin as great as the one [Walker] grew up in.”

Just what I wanted for Christmas when I was a youngster, a commitment from some politician to keep my taxes lower at some point in the distant future. Better than a bike any day. 

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