|Open Letter from DPW Chair Ben Wikler—October 1, 2021
Dear friends across Wisconsin,
Democrats are working tirelessly to enact a good chunk of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. This is the agenda that President Biden campaigned on—a big investment in working and middle class families across the country, entirely paid for by ensuring that those who make more than $400,000 a year pay their fair share in taxes. Paid family leave, child care support, universal pre-school, two years of tuition-free community college for all. Lower costs on prescription drugs and health care in general; vision, dental, and hearing coverage in Medicare; help with housing costs. Big investment in teachers, schools, and workforce development. And urgently-needed bold action on climate. It’s a plan that benefits everyone—across lines of race and place; rural, suburban, and urban alike. Read more about it here. It’s supported by the overwhelming majority of Democrats in both chambers of Congress, and 70% of the public. It’s the president’s #1 legislative priority. …
And that leads to the other national story that ultimately circles back to the Badger State: a frightening Washington Post opinion piece this week entitled “Our constitutional crisis is already here,” by Robert Kagan. The piece describes nightmare scenarios that are chillingly possible in 2024, in which Trump tries to steal the election again—but with more success than he had in 2020.
Once again, Wisconsin is the key. If the election is so close that overturning Electoral College results in a few states could affect it, then Wisconsin is almost certain to be at the center of the action. Arizona and Georgia, the other two closest states in 2020, have already passed GOP-driven voter suppression laws. But the only way the GOP can steal an election in our state—the one that would help them reach the 270 electoral college votes they’d need to grab the White House—is if they have our governorship. After all, Tony Evers has vowed to veto any bill that makes it harder to vote. And, to the GOP’s fury, he’s already made good on that promise. With our champion of democracy in the Governor’s residence, the nationwide Republican sneak attack on democracy runs into a brick wall.
So we’ve got, got, got to reelect Tony Evers.
Reelecting Tony Evers. Defeating Ron Johnson. And electing Democrats up and down the ballot. That’s our job. That’s why I’m so glad that you’re a part of this party. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do, together.
The nation’s counting on us. And we’re ready to pull out all the stops.
In solidarity, Ben.