Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin was punked by a caller from the Buffalo Beast posing as billionaire David Koch who has spent millions of his inherited wealth to fight against worker rights, unions and oversight of big business. He is the 19th richest man in America and thinks he pays too much in taxes. Listen as Governor Walker discusses his plans to destroy the union, manipulate the issue and remain in silent agreement with ‘Faux Koch’ discussing Democratic ‘bastards’ and ‘baseball bats’.
You have to hear this…
Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.
Walker: All right, that would be outstanding.
They also talk about ‘planting’ troublemakers among the demonstrators. Scott says he thought about doing it…but decided against it. (Echoes of Nixon: “We could do that…but that would be wrong”). Unlike Nixon Walker doesn’t have enough moral fiber to even acknowledge that it would be wrong!
I talk to Kasich every day — John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Rick Scott in Florida. I think, uh, Snyder — if he got a little more support — probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.”
“You’re the first domino,” fake Koch said.
“Yep. This is our moment,” said Walker.
Today Wisconsin…Tomorrow the world!
And can you trust Walker? Here is his sneaky plan to subvert the Democratic walkout:
“An interesting idea that was brought up to me by my chief of staff, we won’t do it until tomorrow, is putting out an appeal to the Democratic leader. I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders–talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn–but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly. They can recess it… the reason for that, we’re verifying it this afternoon, legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have quorum because it’s turned out that way. So we’re double checking that. If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capitol with all 14 of them. My sense is, hell. I’ll talk. If they want to yell at me for an hour, I’m used to that. I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.”
So the Governor is pretending to be reasonable and sitting down to talk with Democrats. But its a trick. An ambush. A slick and deceptive manipulation. Meanwhile the real David Koch had the group he finances announce a buy of more than $300,000 in television advertising supporting Walker against the public workers of Wisconsin.