Okay, today I’m bothered enough to write about regional politics. I usually don’t allow myself the time for this kind of thing because, well, there are many more important things in life to give time to.. like clipping finger nails, or reading to a cat. However, our governor thinks he is some kind of presidential candidate superstar who can stir the pot and cater strictly to his big business, out-of-state supporters, without giving any thought towards the people of Wisconsin of which he serves.
If you don’t know about the Walker controversy, there is plenty to find on the interwebs, but suffice to say that he’s a puppet for the Koch brothers
(and other out of state investors) who has bought and convinced enough people in Wisconsin to be elected for a second term. He develops his policy behind closed doors and formulates it in a way that leaves the public with a guessing game of his real intentions, which end up being pretty much whatever his billion dollar Texas supporters want… well, that is my perception anyway.
Today the story is “Governor” Walkers budget proposal cuts for Wisconsin State Parks. Basically he wants to eliminate funds for our State Parks by increasing the costs to users of the parks. Now… if this statement alone doesn’t provoke any sort of position in you, to let you understand why this is a problem in my (and many other Wisconsinite’s) eyes, let me give you a bit of history.
Wisconsin has a deep-rooted history when it comes to the environment and state parks. We raised a great supporter of these causes, ala Governor Nelson. Though I wasn’t around when all this happened, I have read about it, and it is felt when living here and visiting the state parks. G Dog (as I will now call him), realized the land in Wisconsin is it’s greatest resource.
The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around. – Governor Gaylord Nelson
Have you ever heard of Earth Day? G Dog created that. Yes, Governor Nelson (also State Senator) had a real impact to preserving our beautiful natural habitats of Wisconsin. This was during a time when wood harvesting was in full boom in Wisconsin.
wood harvesting in Wisconsin
Wisconsin has some of the richest diversity of tree’s that I have seen in the U.S., and it used to be covered in them. Big business and greed would have taken all and left nothing without Government regulations and people like Governor Nelson. If you don’t know this already (many apparently don’t), government exists in part because these kinds of self-serving entities (big businesses) don’t always have the best interests of the society in mind.
Today there is fracking.. a business which Governor Walker is again, not-so-subtly challenged when it comes to Wisconsin’s best interest. It is not unheard of for state parks to turn into fracking opportunities or temptations. I’m not going to site this statement, because we have this thing called google which allows people to do their own research, and become smart on their own, without me doing all the work. :-).. and because this is my blog and, in my own small world, I can say what I want without qualifying every little thing. Okay then… where was I?
Oh yes, Governor Nelson.
Wisconsin Governor Gaylor Nelson
Governor Nelson was someone Wisconsin can look back to with pride. The founder of Earth Day. A proponent of small business. A person who was born and raised in Wisconsin, and who had Wisconsin’s best interest at heart. (see his Wiki page) G Dog wrote a book: Beyond Earth Day. This is the legacy that Wisconsin has when it comes to our State Parks and our Environment. We liked him so much we named a state park after him. This is just one reason people are upset.
My personal opinion is that State Parks serve a great purpose. They are a piece of our land where everyone becomes equal in the enjoyment of it. Those poor or rich, gay or straight, white or minority, can all visit these parks and experience a glimpse into what Wisconsin truly is.. which is a beautiful land for all people.
Wisconsin State Park
Also, nature simply needs to be preserved. Many people may not be in tune with this, but nature is the very thing that heals you, grounds you, and keeps you a part of this earth. It needs to be protected, especially when there are forces out there who are looking to harm it (by capitalizing off of it). State Parks should be accessible by all, perhaps especially those that may not have the ability to take vacations or travel. I have heard that the proposed raise in fees is nominal. I disagree. Please don’t judge a fee amount when you haven’t lived in the shoes of our lower income bracket society. $28 compared to $25 is indeed a difference. If I had my drothers, it would be less than $25.
My problem with Scott Walker is that he doesn’t get any of this. His efforts lie with the agenda’s of out-of-state supporters. He goes about implementing his agenda’s in covert and manipulative ways, not being straight with the people of Wisconsin. He takes money from areas such as the State Parks to then add spending towards those who gave him money for his campaign, such as certain road construction companies. This is not a person who has Wisconsin at his heart. It’s a person who toes the line of those that give him the most money. It is beyond me why good people get so brainwashed, that they think electing a guy like this is good for them. Go ahead, take the gun you love so much, and shoot yourself in your foot. Maybe you can convince yourself that it is good for you.
Keep it turning!