Empower Wisconsin | April 17, 2020
MADISON — It’s time Gov. Tony Evers change his letter to the people of Wisconsin. You know, the one on his official webpage.
The Democrat begins by stating he’s been an educator his entire adult life. Well, he was a teacher for several years, but he was a educrat for many more. Regardless, it seems the “educator” hasn’t learned much as governor.
Evers declares he’s honest, he works hard and that he knows “how to treat folks on the other side of the aisle with respect without sacrificing our Wisconsin values.”
Ask the folks on the other side of the aisle, the ones he’s called “bastards,” the ones he has accused of being “amoral” and “stupid” for voting against his gun-control legislation. They might offer a different take.
Hard-working? Check his work schedule, particularly before the coronavirus outbreak. He isn’t known as the pickleball governor for nothing.
But it’s in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic where Evers’ bio needs a serious “re-write.”
He hasn’t just sacrificed Wisconsin values. He’s killed the constitution. Evers’ power grab “Safer at Home” order, ostensibly designed to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic, has bludgeoned the Badger State’s strong economy. Some 400,000 Wisconsinites are out of work because so many “nonessential” businesses have been forced to shut down. And for what? All of those doomsday predictions by Evers’ health team have not come to pass, and it isn’t because the governor’s bubble-wrapping of Wisconsin worked. It’s because the numbers were so very wrong to begin with. And what does it say that Evers’ controversial Department of Health Services secretary has been loathe to show her math?
State Sen. Alberta Darling drove the point home last week when she said, “Since Governor Evers won’t release what numbers he is using as a rationale for extending the state shutdown until May 26th, I hope he sees this number. Nearly 400,000 Wisconsinites are now out of work.”
“Extending his ‘Safer at Home’ order with no guidance on why will destroy main street Wisconsin. Small businesses throughout the state cannot operate through uncertainty. The environment he is creating will mean even more people may lose their job,” the River Hills Republican said.
No wonder Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) told NewsTalk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber that Republican leadership would likely file a lawsuit against Evers and his governance by emergency fiat.
“We’re angry, we’re frustrated and we’re trying to push back in every way that we can,” Vos said.
“Wisconsin values” certainly reflect the protections against government abuse enshrined in the state and federal constitutions. Evers and his administration have made a mockery of those safeguards — from shutting down outdoor religious services to curtailing “window visits” between nursing home residents and their families.
As far as honesty goes, the governor and his spin doctors have repeatedly failed to tell the truth about their actions, or the data driving them.
The governor closes his letter to Wisconsin by insisting he is “working to build an economy that works for everyone, healthier communities, support for our kids and our schools, and better roads and infrastructure.”
Over the past month-plus, Evers’ orders have destroyed the economy for just about everyone but government workers. His edicts have focused on stopping the spread of the coronavirus while they have diminished primary health care, as well as surgeries and tests that would relieve pain and save lives. He has shut down schools for the rest of the year, with our children receiving an uneven “virtual” education at best. Meanwhile, with 16 percent unemployment and counting, government has kept the tax collection machine for schools and roads and just about everything else humming.
Evers says he believes that every single person in our state deserves an equal opportunity to get ahead and that “we must work together to change the direction of our state for the better.”
The governor has definitely changed the direction of the state, but not for the better.
It’s time for a re-write.