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.