The Less Discussed Part of Walker’s Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.


I love people who read the fine print many miss, and then explain it clearly and concisely.

There is a lot more to this post explaining Scott Walker’s 144-page Budget Repair Bill, so please hop over and read the whole thing, but here's the gist:

The bill would allow for the selling of state-owned heating/cooling/power plants without bids and without concern for the legally-defined public interest. This excellent catch is from Ed at (who, speaking of Madison, took me to the Essen Haus on my 21st birthday, where the night began to go sideways). Ed correctly notes:

If this isn’t the best summary of the goals of modern conservatism, I don’t know what is. It’s like a highlight reel of all of the tomahawk dunks of neo-Gilded Age corporatism: privatization, no-bid contracts, deregulation, and naked cronyism. Extra bonus points for the explicit effort to legally redefine the term “public interest” as “whatever the energy industry lobbyists we appoint to these unelected bureaucratic positions say it is.”


The attempt to break labor is part of the same continuous motion as saying that the crony, corporatist selling of state utilities to the Koch brothers and other energy interests is the new “public interest.”

Spreading the truth is vital.  This was a good addition.

  • Walt

    It is no secret what the Republican plan is for those of us who are paying attention. The wealthy conservative elitists do not want a middle class. They fear mob rule. The psychology of these people are no different then the psychology of those rulers who practiced Feudalism in medieval Europe. People like the Koch brothers want to create a society of serfs also known as modified slavery. And they rule by fear and keeping the masses stupid. In ancient times they could simply use the tool of violence as fear and no formal education to keep masses in their place. In these modern times they have become more sophisticated by using the media in the form of FOX News and the domination of right wing radio (on our free airwaves) and the internet to actually get low information voters to rally around these millionaires and billionaires. Many of these low information voters have never really studied civics and have now been indoctrinated by rewritten history by cranks like Glenn Beck and right wing religious extremists.

    We cannot underestimate the importance of this battle going on in Wisconsin for the survival of Democracy for the people. I think people are slowly coming around more and more to this reality. We must continue to reach out and intervene to help these people who have become trapped in this cult of fear and hate. I mean does anybody really want a single party rule by the wealthy oligarchs who uses fear to reign over us?