MADISON — Leave it to Tony Evers to turn a thank-you note into a liberal political message.
In a letter to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week and State Employee Appreciation Day, the Democratic governor notes the “unprecedented and unrelenting challenges” public workers have faced over the past year. Fine, although very few state employees, if any, have faced the kind of job loss Evers forced on the private sector with his lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions.
“So, I wanted to take a moment to personally recognize and offer my gratitude for all of your work this past year,” Evers writes.
The thank-you note even comes with a heartfelt video clip of the governor monotonically reading from the script as the soft strains of synthesized music play in the background.
Evers’ recitation of the letter comes across the same: political leftist.
“It’s been a year rife with worry, loss, and tragedy. It’s been a year that challenged the depth of our empathy and the strength of our selflessness,” the Democrat writes. “From losing loved ones and neighbors to COVID-19 to experiencing the trauma of race-based violence to watching a racial justice reckoning to experiencing loneliness and isolation because you were safer at home, this past year has been tough—it’s been difficult.”
Yep, it sure has been a difficult year — made all the more difficult by this governor’s abuse of power and his cowering and appeasement to the radical left. Evers created lots of loneliness and isolation through his lockdowns and his tacit approval of unelected health bureaucrats’ heavy-handed health orders. Ask the elderly parents in nursing homes forbidden to see their children and grandchildren. Ask the students who have spent more than a year locked out of their classrooms, their only interactions with teachers and peers on a laptop screen. And Evers exacerbated racial tensions in Wisconsin by rushing to judgment and offering bromides to liberal militants bent on destruction.
But state employees, according to Evers, rose to the occasion, showing their “resilience, grit, kindness and community.” Of course, most of them have worked out of their homes because their boss has locked them out of their taxpayer-funded offices in the name of COVID politics. Some, like at Evers’ Department of Workforce Development, showed their “grit” by failing to answer 99 percent of phone calls from the hundreds of thousands of Unemployment Insurance claimants Evers caused when he shut down the state. Many of these same public employees showed their “kindness” by leaving tens of thousands waiting for help for months.
“I am proud of the work you’ve done and we’ve done together in service,” Evers praises in his thank-you note.
Yeah, thanks for nothing, Tony.