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Opinion: For Gov. Walker, Fundraising Is the Reason for the Season

Wisconsin governor suggests sending campaign donations in leiu of Christmas gifts



    Wisconsin’s Republican Governor, Scott Walker, has a great holiday gift idea:

    Instead of buying your children toys, send the money to him.

    Walker recently sent out an email encouraging supporters to donate to his 2014 re-election, saying that while gifts get “outdated, broken or lost,” helping his campaign means buying freedom and economic prosperity for your loved ones.

    "This year, we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores,” the email said. “Donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get reelected and save your children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.”

    I mean, seriously—who could pass up such an offer?

    I know when I’m thinking about what kind of presents speak to a season of giving, there’s nothing I think of more than donating to a politician who can help secure the right future for me and my family.

    And Scott Walker’s exactly the man to do it. After all, this is a man who, once he came into office, immediately set out to curtail public employee’s collective bargaining rights and threatened to lay off teachers, cops and firemen.

    In order to balance the state’s budget, he slashed funding for public schools, cut tax credits for poor people and reduced funding to Medicaid, while extending tax breaks to corporations and expanding voucher school systems across the state.

    And, after surviving a contentious recall election, turned around and wrote a book humbly entitled “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge”, co-written with Marc Thiessen, a writer notorious for advocating torture and defending the use of waterboarding.

    If that isn’t the kind of a man who understands the real reason for Christmas, I don't know who is.

    The fundraising letter cites Walker’s own sons as the reason why he “never stopped fighting for Wisconsin.”

    Which makes me wonder: does Scott Walker give his own kids gifts at Christmas?

    If not, maybe I should set up a fundraising campaign of my own to buy them some toys this holiday season.

    I have believe it would be a better use of my money than helping their father get re-elected.