Last year, just as Scott Walker was getting his official pre-official presidential bid running at full speed, it was discovered that he wanted to do away with the Wisconsin Idea.
What is the Wisconsin Idea? Well, this:
First summed up by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, the Wisconsin Idea means that “the borders of the University are the borders of the state.” Van Hise declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family in the state” and this has long been the core philosophy of the UW System, which has worked hard over the decades to generate programs that serve people and communities all over the state.
Walker wanted to take that language out of the mission statement after more than a hundred years of it being held up as a national and international standard. He wanted to remove it because he didn’t believe in it. He wanted to use the entire university system as a way to deliver yet even more corporate welfare to his wealthy campaign donors.
When the people of Wisconsin learned of this unspeakable act, the outrage was instant and overwhelming and growing bigger every day.
Walker, not wanting to derail his campaign wagon, quickly distanced himself from this and said that it was merely a “drafting error.” Needless to say, no one believed him.
And with good reason: he’s a liar. He lied. It’s a long-ish email chain with replies to all and including copies of the previous emails on each reply. but here’s the thing: his office drafted, reviewed, and approved the new language that essentially strips UW from its heritage and prestigious past, and thus makes it easier for Walker to cripple the university, which he is doing.
It’s maddening, it should be a crime.