Who can forget the beginning of the year, when Scott Walker first refused federal stimulus money for Milwaukee County? He was rightfully panned from all sides, even from some of his most adoring fans in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and in the Milwaukee business community. Eventually he created confusing and ever evolving criteria so that he could give any answer that a potential voter would want to hear on the subject. But despite his deception and various positions, everyone knows that he was and still is against the stimulus. Quite simply it appeases the extreme right wing that makes up his base of support for the Republican primary for governor. Walker hates the federal stimulus, every knows it, and he should have to own his position. All over the entire state.
Our friends at Heartland Hollar were definitely on to something regarding a recent Walker stop in Slinger. In that posting they questioned if Scott Walker was going to tell the folks at the Slinger Nationals that their town should give back their part of the stimulus money. Since Walker is so clearly anti-stimulus, I wholeheartedly agree. He should have to make this case as he tours all of the towns and cities that are benefiting from these funds. As the local media reports on his various campaign stops, they should also report Walker's explanation for why their communities should give back the federal stimulus dollars.
Here is a list of past Walker Campaign stops. With each location, I have listed the stimulus money received by that municipality and/or area:
His "Special Announcement": Green Bay area ($23,526,898), Marathon County ($20,248,626) , Eau Claire area ($10,471,988), Dane County ($25,516,683), Wauwatosa ($5,216,887) ,Delavan area ($2,162,818)
The Republican Party Convention: La Crosse ($4,606,536)
County "Dairy Breakfast" Events: Jefferson ($1,809,899), Fond du Lac ($2,459,867), Dodge ($1,561,519)
Fourth of July Parades: Menomonee Falls ($3,459,932), Grafton ($1,480,404)
Fish Day Parade: Port Washington area ($2,299,026)
Those are just the events listed on his campaign site's calendar. This list does not even begin to include the scores of other campaign related events that he mentions on his Twitter page and elsewhere. Again, he should be telling all of these communities about why they should give back their stimulus money and why they don't really need it for their local projects.
This weekend Scott Walker has the following upcoming campaign events listed:
Brat Days: Sheboygan area ($12,016,794)
County Fair: Racine County ($18,004,685), Rock County ($27,129,178)
This weekend the local media should force Scott Walker to fully explain himself. He should be forced to tell them exactly why their communities should send back their share of the federal stimulus money. Such a blatant act of journalism could actually start an interesting trend. A trend that could start what I would like to call the "Walker Anti-Stimulus Tour".