The completely unnecessary and punitive demand for drug-testing public assistance and food stamp recipients was a scape-goating southern-style dog whistle signaled in the midst of a bad run of Walker PR to divert his small-town and suburban constituents.
If Walker is re-elected, the payoffs to his campaign funders will come as part of another 'budget-repair' bill - - this time fixing the hole he's dug by refusing federal Medicaid funding while trimming revenues with tax cuts.
Expect to see the beginning of the state property fire sale for which he already has legislative approval.
Competitive, public bidding is not required - - only rubber stamping by office-holders and processes he controls, including hand-picked water-carriers at the state Department of Administration and Legislative budget lackeys like Alberta Darling installed to grease the skids at the Joint Committee on Finance who are there to implement his extremist agenda.
How better to polish your phony small government credentials, get some quick-fix financing and give some big contributors the favors they expect than selling off publicly-paid power plants, university dorms and choice acreage under the control of the Department of Natural Resources - - an agency already told by Walker and the Legislature to identify and sell 10,000 acres.
I'd also expect Walker to add more tax cuts at the higher end of the scale, and for the few remaining business functions that still contribute to state services, despite the budget problems such cuts have already caused.
Because to Walker, falling revenue only gives him further justification to keep cutting services, like local school aids. In his first budget, he tried to eliminate state payments to localities for recycling and transit programs.
And don't forget the one test Walker's proposals must all pass is the stick-it-to-Milwaukee rule.
Because Milwaukee is the biggest city, with the most Democratic voters, and minorities, and poor people, and stressed public services, any Walker revenue reduction that monley-wrenches local services will have the harshest impact right here and reverberate more pleasurably across Walker's GOP, conservative, talk-radio driven base in Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties.
And yet I feel like I'm understanding his dark side. After all, who saw Act 10 coming, which he'd hidden throughout the 2010 campaign?
Who'd have thought that he'd be able to implement voter ID and enhance its voting suppression by trimming the hours where those very ID's are available?
Put nothing past him.