One question that remains, though - would Wisconsin have been broke if Walker hadn't made all those pay-outs that haven't brought new jobs into the state?
Yet despite being so broke Walker was all sorts of willing to do this. He gave Sen. Randy Hopper's mistress (the one he was living with outside his district) a new job with a $12,000 pay raise. As mentioned before, he's giving away the utilities on a closed bid. And that's only a trio of examples of what he's pulling.
Its an extreme example of some rather typical Republican tactics; tactics now being mirrored in other states that elected Republican officials in 2010. He's more than willing to give tax breaks, pay outs, etc. to corporations, political backers and the rich. But he's screwing teachers and other private sector workers and using dirty tactics, blatantly false claims and all but ignoring state law to push a radical agenda. Callie Del Noire hit it right on the head: he's lining cutting tax rates for business/the upper class, and going after the people that didn't support him... or people who did but who happen to usually support the Democrats (Certain unions, for example).
Through this whole thing the budget has been an excuse. Its been an excuse to target unions, teachers, college students, the working poor, etc. and to weaken each group as a whole while giving benefits and power to the people who are willing to kiss his backside and attempting to make it more difficult to uncover his corrupt acts.
I can't call this 'well intentioned' but overdone. If he were well-intentioned:
-He wouldn't be using lies to do it every step of the way including but not limited to making false claims about what teachers make. It misrepresents how much this all would cut out of the budget and it screws over people who are making about half as much as he's claiming they make.
-He wouldn't have pushed for the removal of collective bargaining even after unions agreed to pay cuts and paying more for benefits.
-He wouldn't have hired the father of two of his closest allies who lost an election for a local sheriff position to head the Wisconsin State Patrol and then attempted to use them illegally to bring back the Dems who fled outside the state. He wouldn't have hired the mistress of a Republican Senator, giving her that $12,000 pay raise.
-He wouldn't have tried to deny the Democrats their ability to vote upon their return.
-He wouldn't have paid out $140,000,000.00 to businesses in amounts that his economists could've told him would not help create jobs or truly stimulate the state economy.
-He wouldn't have tried to force protesters away from the capital, cutting off their ability to get medical supplies and other needs will they were assembling civilly. A well intentioned individual doesn't make outrageous claims about damage to the capital or make a cancer patient choose between getting their meds and protesting.
-He wouldn't be selling our utilities on a closed bid.
-He wouldn't be pandering to the Koch Brothers and more than willing to fly out and have a good time with them while he should be working on fixing this state's fiscal crisis that's so terrible that he needs to push extreme cuts to public education, state health benefits, tax credits for the working poor, county budgets, etc. to fix it.
-He wouldn't be trying to turn civilian positions that handle aspects of government transparency into positions staffed by people he appoints. He wouldn't force individuals to go out and get a court order to get information that should be openly available to them by state law.
-He wouldn't be laying off thousands of people after using the 'I'm doing this to prevent layoffs' argument to try to push his union busting bill.
-Speaking of layoffs he wouldn't have gambled with the well being of thousands of public sector employees by threatening to start laying them off if the Democrats didn't come back and give him his way.
I could go on and on but this is getting excessive. Scott Walker, as I've put it before, is a scumbag. The guy has been corrupt since college where he couldn't even run for president of the student government without getting ousted for campaign rules violations.
His actions aren't about fixing the state. And they're certainly not about representing the people of Wisconsin. They're about handing money and power to his buddies and using deceit, strong arm tactics, violating state law, and lashing out at those individuals who didn't support him and/or people who are traditionally allies of the Democrats. Frankly, I just hope that he and the Republican Senators who are supporting this, can be recalled before they do too much damage to our state.