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August 10, 2011
Yesterday’s recall elections happened for a reason the recall proponents were careful not to talk about.
The truth is, they were part of a multi-step plan to drag Wisconsin back where it was before January, and last week brought a timely reminder of what that was like.
Last Tuesday, the Walker administration announced it had resolved the matter of the Doyle administration’s illegal taking (elsewhere known as theft,) of $200 million from the Patients Compensation Fund.
The sole purpose of the fund is to compensate victims and families affected by medical malpractice. Health care professionals pay into it as a legally-protected trust fund. But the 2007 Doyle budget raided the fund and the State Medical Society sued. In January 2010, the state Supreme Court ordered the state to repay the money.
Counting reimbursement for interest and loss of earnings, by the time the fund was paid back last Tuesday, Jim Doyle’s budget heist cost you, the taxpayer, almost $234 million.
This may seem unrelated to the recalls but it’s really one, tight package: Months of fury in the streets over a Republican Legislature committed to honest budgeting; an honest Supreme Court Justice still going through Hell because the Left will say or do anything to get its own way; and six brave State Senators subjected to a viciously dishonest campaign to scuttle further reforms.
It’s all one fight and it will not end anytime soon.