Scott Walker’s state is the epitome of Republican failure.
He has gutted his state’s higher education funding and taken tenure — and thereby critical thinking — out of Wisconsin colleges and universities. He’s busted up unions, ensuring that poverty runs rampant in his “right to work” state. On top of that, he’s a good old-fashioned Republican bigoted racist who hates gays and thinks immigration is what’s killing America because the bulk of immigrants nowadays have brown skin.
In short, Scott Walker is an asshole.
He won’t take a clear stance on climate change, possibly because he thinks remaining ambiguous about the sciencey stuff will win him votes from the moderate crowd, but that certainly hasn’t stopped him from making sure his state’s water supply is tainted with manure. Yes, you heard that right…manure.
Walker, through the Department of Natural Resources, has lifted restrictions on farmers and the amount of manure they can spread so they don’t have to buy more land to spread their crops out and make fertilizing safe for the residents of Wisconsin. Most people think “farmer” means Ma and Pa Kettle and their 3 sons digging a trench with a hoe and plowing behind oxen. That’s just not reality.
The reality is that most of the small farmers in America have been driven out by mega farms that are essentially multi-million and billion dollar corporations reaping the benefits of tax breaks and loosened restrictions, because…how can we turn our backs on the industry America was built on? According to The Wisconsin State Journal:
An industry representative said the DNR’s initial plan for rule-making would have been much too costly, in part because it would have generally reduced the amount of manure that could be applied per acre, requiring dairy operators to obtain more land. But conservationists said the narrowed rule-making plan delayed indefinitely the consideration of public health and water resources protections that were identified through lengthy scientific study andextensive public discussion. And they said the changes exposed the way a 2011 state law has allowed Gov. Scott Walker and the DNR to give industry opportunities to sharply limit crucial administrative rules before the public even knows they are under consideration.
Why would the public deserve to know? Maybe it’s because the issue of manure in the water supply in Walker’s state is cause for concern. According to Wisconsin Watch:
In 2014, seven people visiting Door County were sickened after manure from a large farm made its way into a home’s private water well. In 2015, Kewaunee County Board member Chuck Wagner discovered that the new $10,000 well he was forced to install two years earlier was again contaminated with viruses and cow manure. Wagner and his wife now use a reverse osmosis system to filter the water before drinking or cooking while they contemplate whether to dig a second new well. And this year, the Algoma School District is offering free water to residents whose wells are contaminated, although that source has been shut down a few times after vandals damaged the dispenser. In early March, a group of local residents asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide emergency water for Kewaunee County residents with contaminated drinking water.
How can Walker justify allowing people to continue to be contaminated by poop-tainted water? Because Scott Walker couldn’t care less about anything but the money being drawn in by the “small-town farmer” that supplies much of the contents of his campaign coffers.