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Sunday, January 3, 2016

"The Politics of Resentment" = Scott Walker's political rise == rural resentment against the "liberal elite"


The last thing Wisconsin citizens need is a Governor who wins by dividing us.

AHCA Would Make Rural America’s Health Care Worse JUNE 26, 2017 Claire Snell-Rood, Cathleen Willging

... Researchers call it the “rural mortality penalty.” While rates of mortality have steadily fallen in the nation’s urban areas, they have actually climbed for rural Americans. ...

... The ACA, intended to turn this around, has in fact led to dramatic gains in insurance coverage among rural Americans. ...

#Rural #Wisconsin #Counties > Lose #Population > Lack of #GOP #Walker Investment in #Education Infrastructure 


In general it would be interesting to see aggregate numbers broken down by State Assembly and Senate districts.  After all, constituents should be interested in how their own locality fares.  Does Walker and GOP public policy and taxation benefit them, harm them or treat the "district" in a "neutral" manner by per capita or with other denominators?

I speculate that most of the Walker and GOP "taxation suppression" and "property tax cuts" benefit-wise do not flow to the rural and small community, poor county but rather disproportionately to wealthy counties by virtue high-income counties.  In other words the richer get richer.

Not the two you might think (2010) .. Walker's benefits probably flow mostly here ...


I am also quite certain that most of the Wisconsin Legislature does not know this either!

The three at the bottom ...



Katherine Cramer Discusses Her New Book

JANUARY 1, 2016

Cramer is the director of University of Wisconsin's Morgridge Center for Public Service. Her new book, "The Politics of Resentment," connects Scott Walker's political rise to a rural resentment against the "liberal elite." This resentment, she says, represents how one's place-based identities influence his or her understanding of politics.
My Comment (BG) -- The irony of course is that Walker has removed power from local governments, towns and counties, school boards, etc., and thus made it easier for politicians such as himself to abuse the disadvantaged, elderly and rural residents of the state.  Further removing regulatory authority shifts costs of cleanup, mitigation and correction to future generations.

This was the Walker narrative used to torpedo high speed train infrastructure --
“You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else out across the majority of the rest of the state of Wisconsin,” said Walker on Wednesday at a capitol press conference.  (April 7, 2011) 

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The last thing Wisconsin citizens need is a Governor who wins by dividing us.

Walker Attacks Madison As His Administration Promotes It

Paul Soglin's formal announcement that he's running for governor prompted Gov. Scott Walker to criticize the City of Madison even as his administration promoted it as part of a new multi-state marketing campaign.
Soglin, who has been Madison's mayor off and on for three stints dating back to 1973, made his formal announcement Wednesday morning. Soon after, Walker tweeted a warning.
"The last thing we need is more Madison in our lives," Walker said. "@Paulsoglin is the latest extreme liberal who wants to take our state backward."
The move was in sharp contrast to a $1 million marketing campaign unveiled by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation aimed at encouraging young people from other states to work in the state.

Editorial: Tammy Baldwin is fighting for rural Wisconsin-  Cap Times editorial
... The president’s budget plan called for deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, a vital source of support for Wisconsin’s farming regions and small towns. In 2016 alone, the program invested $556.3 million in 8,500 Wisconsin projects to sustain rural businesses and expand access to education and health care. ...
Baldwin recognized the threat immediately and helped to organize more than two dozen senators, who wrote a May letter to the president in which they objected to the assault on programs that benefit rural America. 

Walker's War on the Elderly, Rural, Middle Income and Poor of Wisconsin

Gov. Walker Resumes His War on Workers By THE EDITORIAL BOARD FEB. 20, 2016 NYTimes

12/26/2015 ... Be aware -  anytime Walker takes something away from one group, say your School Board, County Board, Teachers or state employees he is lowering the common denominator.  Others not in those groups have less control of their lives.  Your benefits or privileges are affected too.


11/11/2016 BG

I don't doubt plenty of people have trouble, especially in rural areas, paying their property tax bill. That is a problem the "Homestead Tax Credit" was designed to alleviate in Wisconsin - does it need expansion?  Many rural areas also lack social infrastructure as well as physical infrastructure.

Why would a family with children want to move to or live in a place with no schools and little immediate access to health care.  Why would a retired person want to live there either - they may be stuck and getting to a doctor is really a major problem?  Why would someone growing up there, spending most of their time being bused to school, want to stay there when later they can't get a job; when they can go to a larger community get a job, meet other people their age, and have more of a social life?

Wisconsin Self-Insurance is likely to decimate healthcare alternatives for all citizens in rural areas.



The Atlantic (3/17): Red State, Blue City The United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?

But if liberal advocates are clinging to the hope that federalism will allow them to create progressive havens, they’re overlooking a big problem: Power may be decentralized in the American system, but it devolves to the state, not the city. Recent events in red states where cities are pockets of liberalism are instructive, and cautionary. Over the past few years, city governments and state legislatures have fought each other in a series of battles involving preemption, the principle that state law trumps local regulation, just as federal law supersedes state law. It hasn’t gone well for the city dwellers.

#1% #Elite Irony "The Politics of Resentment" = EX-Gov #Walker  political rise == #rural misdirected resentment> " #urban " - WI 1848 Forward < Why do the rural kids go urban?  

State of the Union #Elite Irony" #Politics of Resentment" = EX-Gov #Walker  political rise == #rural resentment vs #urban - #Trump fool the #rural #elderly > helps the wealthy #1% Deal with perceptions don't rely on the facts! #ConfirmatoryBias