Will Someone Start Asking the Hard Questions?

Questioning the ethics of those who would lead the state as the dust of the recall primary settles.

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? 

This article should alarm anyone in this state.

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. 

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Jay Sykes May 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Lots of conjecture and innuendo, but, no evidence that the brothers Koch specifically endorsed the plan to sell to an embargoed country. However. there appears to be ethical issues with the way they disclosed/resolved the problem, when they discovered it. Maybe, for some, guilty in the court of public opinion; in a court of law, clearly not guilty. It was noted above that AT&T and GE once supported(conducted business with) the the evil empire(Hitler et al.). So what does one do, when they want to make a telephone call, as nearly all the major phone companies in the USA are made up of the 1984 AT&T assets divestiture(baby bells & AT+T is the cell phone inventor);no phone calls for you!!! . Need an MRI, or any of the many,many other medical imaging procedures; guess one should suffer, as it is likely a GE machine or running GE technology. Please define the line, with mathematical precision, as I will use it in all my decision making.
Lyle Ruble May 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM
@Jay Sykes...Each of us must decide what is acceptable morally and ethically. You well know that many companies walk a very fine line between ethical and unethical practice. This can and does often lead to them stepping across the line into illegal practices. For many corporations, attorneys are key in decision making and to prevent stepping across that line. I remember the day when Allen Bradley was constantly being dragged into court for unfair business practices and losing. This just an example of solid profitable companies doing what they want regardless of moral or legal consequences. G.E. and AT&T have added to technology, but they are not the only innovators in the world. Their corporate leadership should have been brought up on charges of treason. Another couple of well known names that were financially involved with the Third Reich was Penobscot Bush and William Harriman. It just proves to me that there is several levels of justice, one for the 99% and one for the 1% plutocracy.
Brian Carlson May 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I think I mentioned earlier that the planet doesnt have lines scribed on it where countries end. Corporations are ubiquitous. They may headquarter here, but the product is made on the other side of the planet. There appear to be several governments.... The idealist mythological one we were taught about as kids, the work-a-day government, with it's representatives and senators and presidents, it's two parties....then there are massive multi-national corporations with incredibly large incomes, and, last but not least, there is the CIA and other covert forces, which historically is not always in line with the administration. I think we have to grasp the truth that there is no Santa, and let the first rest on the shelves near our childhood toys and photos. When dealing with the second I think healthy skepticism, listening between the lines and looking beyond the postures, seems critical. Those folks are well aware of the other two governments... And we must do what we can to peer through the subterfuge to see as much as possible what the he'll is going on. We can't see through red white and blue colored glasses...
Brian Carlson May 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
We have to look sharply if we love this this country. We can't screen out all communication from "the other side" if we are to live together and improve our country and world. Denying what we have done wrong will not win us any trust in the future. Wecanbuildon what isgreatabout this country but not with blinders on, not by resisting fair critique. We may again be able to raise our heads one day....speak without hypocrisy about human rights to others who abuse them, and become able to assert that this country stands for equality, freedom and liberty. But we only fool ourselves if we assert this while wearing the ermine robes of empire. The rest of the planet can see through them.
Brian Carlson May 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Any thoughts Oakcreek Patchians?


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