Kleefisch – Mistah Kurtz—he dead

Rebecca Kleefisch:
“Governor has kept his promises”

Kathleen Falk:
“Walker has not been honest”

T.S. Elliot:
“Between the idea and the reality – Falls the shadow.”.
(The Hollow Men)

All three quotes are true to some degree or other, but the final quote of the trilogy, the one by T.S. Elliot, speaks to the shadow between the truth of all the words above. The shadow surrounding Scott Walker’s year long management of the office of governor, has generated the dark ink that has spilled itself in the form of over 300,000 signatures on recall petitions in just two weeks.

The opening of the poem is quoted below, with link provided at the bottom to the full work.

Mistah Kurtz—he dead.

A penny for the Old Guy

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
The Hollow Men complete poem

The Shadow – Balancing the Budget

Walker campaigned on the simplistic mantra that he would balance the state budget. For all the talk and controversy, balancing a budget is not a difficult task, at least in the sense of mathematical accounting. You simply cross out expenses until they match the income. Simple really. The problem is one of leadership calling for negotiation, compromise, and skills of listening demanded to reach a fair consensus. Scott Walker is so inept in this regard he begs recall. He has vilified teachers and public workers, even when they made an offer to contribute to their pension funds back in February. He is a disgrace to any ideal of fair leadership. Instead of demonstrating a willingness to listen and compromise he began a slow process to close the avenues of communication by imposing administrative rules to silence any voices of opposition. Can anyone remember a press conference called by Walker to address controversy? You Pick the Game – I Make the Rules Finally, he closed the spigot of free speech to the point where the starving voice of the people is left with no option but to snake out the clog. Recall Walker. Walker Scares the Dickens Out of Me

The Shadow – Rebecca Kleefisch:
“Governor has kept his promises”

Yep. He balanced the budget, but his whole campaign was a lie of omission. Does anyone believe he would have been elected governor if he had been honest with his plans to end collective bargaining rights? The Walker campaign was an unconscionable lie to the people of Wisconsin. If future candidates, Republican, Democrat or Independent, are to be trusted to campaign on a specific agenda of policy, the only recourse is to send a message to Walker and Fitzgerald or any future candidate that such gaping lies of omission will not stand in Wisconsin. They have lowered the bar of truth of promise to voters. They must be recalled. The Advent of Alec the Secret Malignant Magi

But Rebecca Kleefisch says “Walker is that rare type”.

A similar description was awarded to the man alluded to by T.S. Eliot; Guy Fawkes: “that it was this mixture of piety and professionalism which endeared him to his fellow conspirators”. Guy Fawkes was an attempted arsonist of the English house of Parliament, and his straw-man effigy is burned each year in the United Kingdom on November 5; Guy Fawkes Night. Yep, Guy Fawkes was also a rare type. Yet, he is symbolically recalled each November until his rare is quite well done. Yet, he is knocking, knocking, knocking at the window.

Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca.

As a mom with two small kids, I’m glad that Scott Walker is looking out for families like ours. As lieutenant governor, I see his leadership skills helping Wisconsin families like mine. It was a rare thing to cover a politician who said what he’d do and do what he said. Walker is that rare type.
Kleefisch Op-Ed wsjonline

The Kleefisch view of the importance and character of unions in this state and country is so simplistic and shallow that it must be derived from labor research going back, well, at least six or nine months. It makes me want to knock her window as she talks, in the commercial “Your Money”, about collective bargaining as though it were an ingredient of holiday chex mix.

And, of course, the T. S. Elliot poem ends with the famous words:
For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.


3 thoughts on “Kleefisch – Mistah Kurtz—he dead

  1. Pingback: Kleefisch – Mistah Kurtz—he dead | Occupy Wall Street Info

  2. I don’t know. I’m a teacher, but the union’s sometimes extremist tactics are losing support, not gaining any. The harassment of the teacher who did the tv ad supporting Walker has really struck me in a very personal way. If the shoe was on the other foot, the union would be raising holy heck if a teacher was harassed for _opposing_ Walker. It’s true that Walker’s tactics have saved the state money, and to be honest, I don’t see where it’s hurting state teachers that much. More and more I think this is a trumped up controversy by the union management who are trying to save their own elite positions. I’m about past supporting the recall, and about to be pushed into activism _against_ the recall. Really, the negativity and under-handed tactics are backfiring. I talk to other Wisc. teachers, and I’m not alone thinking maybe the union is no longer working for the interest of teachers and students, the union is working for the interest of union officials.

    I’m currently on vacation in the South, and I’ll tell you this: in other parts of the country, they do NOT support the extremism and violent tactics of Wisconsin unions. Unions are losing support all over the country. Private citizens are coming too the opinion we’re pigs at the trough, and their taxes are paying for health benefits and retirement plans far beyond what they can expect. Also, the lavish lifestyles and extravagant pensions of union bosses are turning off people who formerly supported the union. My family was Ohio-Penn heavy industry unionists. The core of my extended family has moved South because of the loss of industry jobs. These men don’t blame the corporations: they blame the unions, who they believe bled the companies until they were forced to close or relocate. They extrapolate this to the current public union crisis: union bosses manufacturing grievances and issues to save their own positions, not teacher jobs. Do you know how many teaching jobs have been saved by Walker’s programs? Do you care? Do you know that in Ill., because they can’t get the same reforms, teachers are losing jobs, thousands of teachers. The union doesn’t care, as long as a lucky minority gets to maintain their bloated salaries.

    The economy has changed. There is no money for the things the union demands. The union will either change, or it will die. Personally, I’d like to see Wisc. as a “right-to-work” state, because frankly, I’d leave the union if I could. I’m sickened by union tactics and I don’t agree with many of their stands. You shouldn’t be engaging in these personal attacks either, posting names, addresses and phone numbers to help people harass teachers who speak their minds.

    You should get ahead of history, or you’re going to be left behind by it. Public service is changing, even in blue states like New York. The culture has changed, the economy has changed, and public opinion is no longer behind the unions. That’s why Prosser is still a judge and why the last recount push failed to flip enough members to give the Democratic side a majority.

    I don’t think I’d vote for Gingrich, but if the GOP puts up a reasonable candidate, I’m certainly going to give him/her a look. I am so disillusioned and conflicted, my entire world-view has been turned around by my own allies. It’s not a pleasant feeling to feel alienated from your union. But I’m here to tell you, many, many teachers feel the same way I do. The union better recognize it.


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