Implied Dissent

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Interesting recordings of a call between Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Ian Murphy posing as David Koch. What I find most noteworthy are two things. The first is the banality of it (oddly somehow at the same time as being so interesting). Initially that was my only reaction, but then I thought about (#2) the level of access of that Koch clearly has to the governor. Even though I have no reason to believe that Koch is anything but sincere in what he's pushing, this isn't just some guy interested in politics. He has lots of business interests in the state. No, wait, not just in the state, with the state. There may not be anything untoward happening with all of that, but then again, there probably is, if for no other reason then contributions lead to access, access leads to familiarity, and familiarity leads to it being easier to get sweetheart deals even without outright corruption. So, yes, I find this worrying, even with nothing really scandalous happening on the call itself.



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