Apr 19, 2013

Massive Propaganda Campaign to Privatize Wisconsin Public Schools, Exposed by One Wisconsin Now

Have some money; have some more. We're here to save
schools and just help. It's who we are. As Scott Walker says:
"I care too much about the people of this state
not to empower them to control their own destiny."
The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation is among the "largest funder of the rightwing propaganda machine in the country," notes One Wisconsin Now.

But the Bradley Foundation's targeting of our state may have been understated.

A new report released by One Wisconsin Now (OWN) reveals the orchestration of the "funding of a massive campaign to advocate for the privatization of schools in Wisconsin."

This report comes right as Scott Walker and an extremist group of Republicans in the state legislature—elected to office through gerrymandered districts in 2012—push through Walker's 2013-15 budget.

In one finding, OWN reports Bradley has spent some $31 million since 2001 promoting education privatization and supporting various talking heads emitting rightwing propaganda.

One democrat, State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), is looking to grab some of that rightwing money for herself. [Taylor is a Democrat for 'school reform', and belongs to a front group, which the Washington Post notes is financed 'largely by hedge fund managers' on Wall Street].

The consequences for Wisconsin's public school system, already being systemically starved by the Republican Party, are grave.

And this diverting of money from schools to privatization schemes is estimated to cost Wisconsin taxpayers a whopping $1.8 billion in 2014-15, OWN reports.

The Bradley Foundation will do Walker's propaganda, with a lot of help from their friends.

As a whole host of rightwing-GOP outlets such as the MacIver Institute, the Wisconsin Reporter, and the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (all of whom pretend their organizations are legit) make excuses or simply invent facts as Walker is forced to face the jobs disaster that is happening before our very eyes, the GOP's MacIver Institute will ask Wisconsin citizens to avert their gaze as Walker pretends to be preparing for his run at the 2016 GOP nomination for the presidency.

No comment though from the usual GOP suspects.

"Michael Grebe, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation, declined to comment on the One Wisconsin report, which notes repeatedly that he is Walker's campaign chairman," notes Dan Bice today.

ALEC, Koch Brothers, the MacIver Institute (arguably the most destructive of GOP front groups), the Wisconsin Reporter, and the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute—not our parents' Republican Party.

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