Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
There are many reasons for voting Scott Walker out of office this November- his abysmal jobs record, his assault on public education, his administration's corrupt pay-for-play culture, and his Mississippian social agenda. However, I believe the most important reason for rejecting Walker's bid for another term is the deep political divisions he has caused in our state.
Income inequality is a serious problem in the United States. By any objective measure, there is a much wider income gap today than at any time since 1929. For example, in 1944, the top 1% of earners collected 11.3% of all pre-tax income while the bottom 90% received 67.5%. By 2012 the top 1% received a full 22.5% of all pretax income, while the bottom 90% earned a paltry 49.6%.
New revelations surface daily concerning Scott "The Law Doesn't Apply to Me" Walker's legal and ethical troubles. However, the sordid tales of pay-for-play corruption and outright lawlessness are being adequately covered by the media. So I won't further expand on these continuing embarrassments to our state. Today, I want to discuss a perfectly legal, but bone-headed, decision by our state's chief executive.
Vice President Joe Biden frequently repeats the truism, "Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” A corollary to this sentiment is, "Don't tell me what you value. Show me what laws you passed and I'll tell you what you value."