At a time when Wisconsin’s economy ranks at the bottom nationwide, when the magical promise to create 250,000 jobs has failed to manifast more than a tiny a fraction of the promise, when the jobs that have been created are at reduced salaries, when even people who can find jobs are finding that these jobs do not pay enough to cover basic survival – much less health care- can Sen. Luther Olsen please explain why he would refuse federal Medicaid monies.
This decision is especially confusing when we see it will decrease the number of people covered by any type of health care.
It will cost more for Wisconsin taxpayers – by giving away our federal tax dollars and less efficiently using our state tax dollars.
It will make basic health care unavailable for the uninsured to the extent that they are only covered in emergency situations or when their health has deteriorated so much from lack of routine care that it will require more extensive and expensive treatment.
After all, we can’t just let people die from lack of care, can we?
Could Olsen also explain how allowing multinational corporations and outside interests to destroy our environment to create, maybe, 1,000 jobs, which may not even employ Wisconsinites, is a good thing?
Why, when our groundwater is contaminated or just sucked away by these corporate entities, the taxpayer should foot the bill for remediation?
Why, when a person is harmed by unregulated business practices, do Republicans like Olsen erect barriers to legal reparation?
Why is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. allowed to throw taxpayer money around illegally and without accountability?
Why should taxpayers subsidize church schools and charter schools, which lack oversight and seek to hire teachers with no minimum education background?
Why should taxpayers subsidize what could easily become, without oversight and without mandating qualified professionals, the wholesale warehousing of special needs students?
Why, if Republicans are doing such a fine job, do they resort to the most egregious gerrymandering I’ve ever seen, while enacting more and more restrictive voter ID laws, in order to get elected?
Why should we continue to believe Wisconsin has a surplus when it is founded on borrowed money, and when Republican fiscal decisions will cost us more money down the road?
Why are we the only state in the Midwest to suffer major economic deterioration and no growth over the past two years?
Why do Republicans restrict women’s access to health care, contraception and equal-paying jobs, all the while obsessing about abortion?
I think an explanation from Sen. Luther Olsen is in order.
Being a public servant means being able to justify your decisions – economically, morally and ethically, and not just politically.