Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) admitted that his bill stripping public unions of collective bargaining rights saves his state no money. Rep. Dennis Kucinich repeatedly wanted to know the relation between Walker’s legislation and the committee’s topic, state and municipal debt. Amazingly, Walker tried to pose as a defender of workers’ rights despite the massive and numerous demonstrations by workers and their supporters against him:
KUCINICH: How much money does it save, Gov. Walker? Just answer the question.
WALKER: It doesn’t save any.
KUCINICH: That’s the point. It obviously had no effect whatsoever on the state budget.
Kucinich then stated that Walker was motivated by politics, not economics. As Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald explained, by destroying unions, the Republicans weaken the only remaining major entity contributing to Democratic campaigns.