“The unanticipated costs aren’t a back-breaking amount for the massive retirement fund, but they illustrate why laws that alter the complex retirement system should be examined carefully before enactment,” said Robert Conlin, secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds.
As for the willy-nilly, full steam ahead hubris express, Walker cheerleader state Assembly Health Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) explains why it’s a great idea for Walker to ignore federal law and the people of his state:
“There’s no way we’re going to do anything between now and the elections anyway on this topic,” Stone said. “We owe it to business in this state, and our own economy, to have some clear direction.”
Yes, well, we wouldn’t want the Walker administration owing anything to the people. Too bad they didn’t wait before enacting his costly collective bargaining debacle. But wasting money is no stranger to Scott Walker, whose gift for hastily passed new “laws” can also be seen in Milwaukee County having to repay public employees for yet another cut Walker arbitrarily made that turned out to be… illegal. That little misstep from the overeager, overreaching Walker is costing the county between 6-9 million dollars, including interest charges for back pay. Fiscal conservative much?
So, really, Walker isn’t dragging his feet on healthcare reform for the economy or a clear direction. If he cared about either, he wouldn’t have passed his own laws so haphazardly in the dark of night, without necessary deliberation and thought.
Ironically and predictably, since Walker is refusing to do his job of setting up health insurance exchanges, which will use the free market principle of competition, the feds will have to step in and clean up after him if the Supreme Court upholds any of the law.
Surely that will look good on his 2016 résumé. Oh, you hadn’t heard? Walker is making noises about running for President. He might make history after all, as the first president since Harry Truman who did not graduate from college. That is, if he doesn’t end up broke from fighting the John Doe criminal investigation for which he has hired two expensive criminal attorneys.
But what’s a college degree worth, anyway? Who needs to learn how to think when Walker has already demonstrated his ability to learn from his mistakes (not)? Heck, it worked for Karl Rove and he never graduated from college either.
Perhaps Walker is the Republican Party’s version of evolution; they get rid of the Yale and Harvard grad masquerading as a Texas cowboy but being run by a thug political opportunist and just go directly with the craven political opportunist who knows nothing about actually governing.
Scott Walker: He breaks the laws he doesn’t like, ignores the ones he can, and passes laws that cause unintentional damage that turn out to be … illegal. 2016? You betcha!
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