Wednesday, July 9, 2008

WMC VP Buchen Hates Liberals. Proves Case About Corporate Agenda

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Vice President James Buchen unintentionally revealed his true political intentions. I’m not sure what he does with his more liberal members, but one thing is clear, WMC’s Buchen isn’t shy about expressing his elitist arrogance toward the people of this state and the ruthless corporate lust for power. His recent comment in the Wisconsin State Journal provides a glimpse into the ethically bankrupt mind of the man leading Wisconsin’s business leaders. Keep in mind; he is the head of an organization whose members have millions to spend swaying the courts and legislative races in the state.

Buchen feels picked on by “an organized campaign involving misinformation, intimidation and threats of boycott.” After buying the last two Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices with misinformation and public intimidation, this statement is absurdly hypocritical. What other way does the public have to “speak to power” except through a boycott of their businesses? The power of money, withholding consumer spending, can come back to bite them.

Buchen falsely believes that his stereotypical list of bogymen i.e. unions, politicos and interest groups are out to get them. Sorry James, I’m unaffiliated, as are all the other citizens voicing their opinions in the daily papers and in blogs.

Buchen has contempt for liberals (which means he has a neo-conservative vision of a corporate state) with statements like, “…this faction has failed to convince the public to embrace its liberal agenda…Alice in Wonderland world of Madison politics … no room for (a) policy perspective that strays from liberal orthodoxy … true and correct policy perspective of WEAC … committed to ensuring that the public debate (is) not reduced to a monologue of left wing rhetoric.”
How can Buchen represent all corporate interests if he has such contempt for anything that is; Liberal, left wing, WEAC and Madison politics. As I recall, the Republican Party had right wing control of evil “Madison” and it's state capital for some time. Ah, those were the days.

Buchen still hasn’t connected the dots between the last 14 years of deregulation and free trade agreements to the Republican rule in Congress, and with a little help of our own state legislature. Buchen states, “Our economy sags and we continue to bleed manufacturing jobs.”

We’re all tired of allowing this charade to continue. Let’s be frank, for years Republicans have undermined the public’s confidence in their own government, with bad management, privatization to campaign donors, deregulation and under funding. The irony lies in the fact that the worse things get, the more people support the conservative attack on bad government. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy. And the smaller government becomes (the will of people to govern themselves), the more powerful businesses become as it fills the vacuum.

WMC’s Buchen should use this occasion to integrate liberal values as well as represent the interests of liberal corporate members along side the more radical right wingers. Unless of course he doesn’t support the business interests of those companies that value well funded schools and an educated employee base.

The Capital Times has a great point by point breakdown of WMC's agenda.

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