Wisconsin is going to have a second chance to choose a governor soon. A lot of dust is being kicked up in the realm of normal political rants, finger pointing, blame and what not ... it's a passionate decision coming up. At the same time, to my mind, some hard questions regarding ethics are not being asked.
Whether you like our current governor or not, you must admit that he has hung out with some folks who either clearly were in violation of the law or have serious ethical challenges. Personally, it wouldnt matter to me if he was a Democrat or a Republican, I simply can't abide this idea that our leaders have huge ethical issues and we agree to not speak about them.
Where the heck are the old fashioned reporters who ask the tough questions, come what may? Are the powers that be simply too large, too frightening, for our free press to go after these issues. Or is this mute button clicked because media is owned by some of the key players who manipulate politics, moguls who consciously and meticulously control what the public may hear and steer us toward a sort of functional oblivion — so that we keep conducting our routine lives without serious thought of protest?
Run in October 2011, it discusses actions by the Koch Brothers, arguably Gov. Scott Walker's largest contributors. It is well worth the read, and if you are of the opinion that Boomberg is not a credible source, the statements it makes can be easily researched from a spectrum of sources.
Included in that article is the following paragraph.
"A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries — in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East — has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.
Now, I am no research genius — but here is a statement that is either TRUE or FALSE. Koch Industries either sold this stuff to the Iranians, or they didn't. If they did, then we currently have a governor who finds it ethical to take large amounts of money from a couple of guys who think they are beyond the law ... and who chose to deal with IRAN, whom most conservatives, I expect, believe is one of our greatest enemies! And I have to ask myself ...
What does the governor think about this statement? Does he approve of the Koch Brother's sale to Iran? Does he think this is a bald faced lie? What is his opinion about the statements in the Bloomberg article?
I am not going to hold my breath for an answer as I don't think anyone will ask him. I think our media, liberal and conservative, is cowed down due to the ownership ... that we have a sorta-free press now, depending on what you want to talk about. And, as an American who loves this country, I am sick of learning that yet another leader, gets to power on the big bucks of people who clearly act outside the law, who write their own book on conduct, and who do not give a damn about the consequences to little people like you and I.
My double question to you is ... conservative or liberal ... will you read this article and research it if you don't believe what it says; and then, will you still hold that this man is the best to lead this state?
I can assure you that if this was his opponent I would ask the same question ... to me this is simply a question of ethics.