Gov. Walker “Walks” All Over the Proposed Foreclosure Settlement

Respectfully submitted by Lawrence Rafferty (rafflaw)-Guest Blogger

Just the other day we learned of the proposed foreclosure abuse settlement between the Attorney Generals of almost all 50 states and the Big Banks.  In that pending settlement, the Banks will be depositing up to $26 Billion dollars into a fund designed to help homeowners whose homes are under water and who have been foreclosed upon.  “Federal and state officials today will finally announce that they’ve reached a settlement with the nation’s biggest banks over the banks’ various foreclosure fraud abuses, such as “robo-signing” foreclosure documents and submitting falsely notarized documents to courts. The settlement has been in the works for several months, as a few key states — most notably California and New York — were holding out for tougher terms against the banks.”  Think Progress  While some still think the settlement does not go far enough, there is evidence that the settlement could provide real relief for homeowners and for the real estate market.  But the concept of helping the market and homeowners gets lost, at least in the mind of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin!

Gov. Walker and his Wisconsin Attorney General have decided that the lions share of any settlement funds heading to Wisconsin are not going to be used for their agreed upon purpose, but to help balance his ailing state budget!  “However, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) — whose high profile assault on workers’ rights has prompted a recall effort against him — isn’t planning to use the money to help homeowners. Under the terms of the settlement, Wisconsin is set to receive $140 million, $31.6 million of which comes directly to the state government. And Walker is planning to use $25.6 million of that money to help balance his state’s budget:  Of a $31.6 million payment coming directly to the state government, most of that money – $25.6 million – will go to help close a budget shortfall revealed in newly released state projections. [Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen], whose office said he has the legal authority over the money, made the decision in consultation with Walker.  “Just like communities and individuals have been affected, the foreclosure crisis has had an effect on the state of Wisconsin, in terms of unemployment. … This will offset that damage done to the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said.”  Think Progress

Somehow, Gov. Walker and his AG are trying to make us believe that funds that have been tentatively agreed upon to be used to help individual homeowners and former homeowners, will be better utilized to balance his budget that has been criticized for making gifts to corporations at the expense of the individual citizens and public education.  Journal Sentinel   Did Gov. Walker think that the big blow-up over contraception the last few days would hide this story of outright theft from the homeowners who need it the most?

Notwithstanding your opinion of the proposed settlement, what good at all will this proposed settlement be to homeowners and the real estate market if individual Governors are allowed to raid the funds and use them in ways that they were not intended to be used?  Is this just one more example of politicians attempting to line their pockets or to service their “base” and leaving the taxpayers in their dust?  Will this attempted theft by Walker be one more nail in his political coffin with his pending recall election later this year?

In this writers opinion, the Feds and the majority of Attorney Generals from across the country need to make sure that when the agreement is finalized that individual Governors cannot be allowed to defraud the public and steal the funds delegated for homeowner relief.  How do the state Attorneys General prevent this kind of deception what weakening the impact of this settlement?  What do you think?

52 thoughts on “Gov. Walker “Walks” All Over the Proposed Foreclosure Settlement”

  1. Blouise,
    A divine resurrection?, no, neither do I. A drug assisted snatch. Note the guards at the cross yielded to the implorattions of his family to not break his legs, as was customary to hasten the death through not being able to support the body with the legs. Gruesome.
    The bible’s list of the large quantities of herbs used in the pre-burial preparation suggests to some a revival therapy.
    Perhaps. Pick and choose.
    One man’s religion is another’s delusion or disillusion.

  2. Back to the topic? In the words of a sign i saw yesterday at the Capitol in Madison, this is going to end with a pink slip or an orange jumpsuit. Or both.

  3. id707,

    I’m not a Roman Catholic … probably not even Christian in that I don’t accept the Resurrection. I pick and choose from the many beliefs offered and reserve my freedom to do so.

    Santa Lucia, as described by you, sounds (I’m a musician thus auditory) wonderful.

  4. DHMC,

    You attack me for ignoring evidence which is given credence.
    What is the basis of that credence. Consensus or cessation of hostilities for the moments, while new attacks are planned.

    You seem unaware of the internal fights within most world religions.
    Witness the one mentioned here between contraception acceptability by the HRCC Vatican and its acceptance among Catholic women.

    Scholars have been fighting for thousands of years, both within and without the HRCC. The same for Muslims theologists. The Sunnis and the Shia blow each other up daily, when they’re not acting against the Christians, or the Othodox churches’ congregations.

    Do you believe there is a doctrine within the HRCC cast in stone?
    A comforting thought for some. A disturbing one for others.

    The most popular but criticized archbishop here was essentially a non-believer in much of the credo. His clarity of position attracted many back to the church seeking solace in spite of ridiculous creeds

    Shocking? Perhaps.

    Better than what you have there in my eyes. But that is PURE opinion, the previous is fact. If you can get around it.

  5. This dog happens to be a Bhuddist. The kind with two d letters. We believe in a Way. In this case of the thief governor, there is a Way. Recall him. Get him out of office. If he takes your settlement money sue him in your local court and make a jury trial demand. After twelve of your peers are chosen, and six are underwater, ask them to judge him for being a thief or not a thief.

  6. Blouise,

    You support St. Anthony. I will read up on him.

    But I write to say you would be moved, as all the non-churchly Swedes are, by the yearly celebration of Santa Lucia (lu-SEE-yah), who is represented by a group of white robed young Swedish girls, each having a long red sash to their enrobed toes, symbolizing the blood shed for Christ. The girls are followed by boys called starboys. Lucia is the one leading, bearing a crown of lit living candles. They sing a song in her honor. These processions are held in all schools, all large offices, etc all over the country on Lucia day.
    All this without church sanction, so in a secular life there is room for spirituality and respect for sacrifice.

    It is very moving. And is one of the treats given to the new Nobel Laureates awakening them in their hotel rooms. My first time was when my first “sambo” here wakened me the first December occasion.

  7. This is a response to someone up thread that asked what the limitations are for the money….Apparently they have none….The money can be spent anyway they want to….I called a friend of mine that works in the Legislature….as a Director of Policy…so its a fairly good source….

  8. DHMC

    As for a swipe against Muslims.

    If you only had read something written by those who respect the seeking of historical truth as a basis for faith.
    This has been the characteristic of Christian theological research, particularly since 1895.

    A parallel has been the search by Muslim theoligical historians seeking the correct message aside from the Koran’s starting two hundred years after Mohammed’s death in 632AD.
    The hadith etc. were sourced carefully, just as the new testament gives two geneologies for Christ for proof of his coming being in tune with prophecies, so these Muslim historians wanted to establish a chain of successive unbroken sources leading back to those who lived daily with Mohammad, to prove the hadith gave correct information and were interpreted correctly.

    All that and more my friend was included in my casting doubt on the historicity of your sources by comparing them to those of the muslims. Do you get it?

    You rely on a saint’s memoirs as being the “gospel” truth. Well, I regard him as just any other human: fallible, self-serving, etc., in spite of his religiousity.

    Pehaps that is what makes my “humor” and ways of seeing and reasoning difficult for you—-and perhaps for others too. It won’t be the first time I’ve found I did not connect.

    Thanks for your argumentation. It is stimulating.

    PS To Blouise and others. I cast no ridicule on faith. Your choice can be questioned, but that’s not my purpose here. I believe just as you do; only in perhaps other things.
    All enlightenment is beautiful to see. As I wrote earlier about seeing muslims coming back from their afternoon prayers.

  9. DHMC and others,

    Correct me if I am wrong.
    Humor commonly here is often of an ironic, sarcastic sort, with often esoteric references, being insider referenced (law, religion, social cliques, etc).
    Such goes over poorly with those who have a narrow frame of references.
    And is more difficult without visual cues, or voice ones.

    Just as we had difficulty (for some at least) understanding the insult of casting shoes at President Bush, then some things fall outside our kin.
    I’m convinced that much here falls outside of my box.

    But I like striving.

    As for frames; I keep expanding mine. Today, my domestic help was a Christian woman from Eritrea named Ester. She could enlighten me how it was to be working in Saudi Arabia, and force to seek secretly a priest to baptize her children.

  10. DHMC,
    Let me give a quote, instead as you do extracting words out of context.
    I’ll see if I can clarify it for you. But am doubtful. The words were not meant for you but for Blouise, who I believe did understand the underlying meaning.
    She noted that the greatest saints were said (by others) to be the ones who hated women the most. I felt that this was an odd way to qualify to being a leading saint (of course they (perhaps) were rated on other qualifications).

    Thus my comment that thereby calling into question this by saying that in which case Hitler should qualify as a Jewish saint (they have none) since he hated Jews more than others did. Get it?

    As for my admonition to you to go to a Jewish academy,(don’t know the right name for them), it was in view of that the Jews have been practicing arguing, starting in Babylon, since around 500 BCE. The Jewish lawyer is the together with doctors the classic jewish mothers desire for his sons career. As the Jews joke and write about freely even for us gentiles.

    Now please go back and read again slowly. Start with this….

    “As for greatest saints, does that prove that Hitler has become a jewish one?
    I mean, that’s an odd way to attain sainthood, hating women or jews. Had the Christian ones no other characteristics? Pederasty? It can’t be just a modern phenomena.”

    And I finished off by wondering if enforced chastity did not lead to sexual abuse of children many centuries before the current one. Can you not ask yourself if this is an objectively motivated question? I hope so for your sake.

  11. No matter which side one chooses to take in the Saint debate, it must always be remembered who conducts the modern canonization and or beatification process as opposed to the original non-process, martyrdom (the gift of martyrdom).

    I testify to being a sincere supporter of Saint Anthony.

  12. rafflaw,

    I don’t understand why there aren’t restrictions on how this settlement money can be used. What’s the point of a mortgage foreclosure settlement if the money doesn’t have to be used to help out the homeowners for whom it was intended.

  13. Idealist707 —

    I stand corrected regarding “aspersions” versus “dispersions”. Aside from that, you must not realize how what you wrote comes off — for I think any objective reader would read your posts as an attack on the Catholic Church (“Had the Christian ones no other characteristics? Pederasty?”). You took a swipe at Muslims as well, and I wonder, given your posts today, what you feel about Jews, because you are right on the edge there (Hitler as a Jewish saint?).

    History can be discussed, analyzed, the sources assessed, etc. But when you start making claims to your “truth” with no evidence other than you do not want to believe the sources available, then yes, you are acting like the Tea Party types — if the tri-cornered hat fits, wear it. It is one thing to say, “This is the evidence before us, and I don’t trust it.” It is something entirely different to say, “This is the evidence before us, and I don’t trust it, so I am just going to make something else up that presents a different story, regardless of having no basis for my belief.”

  14. Dear GHMC,

    You are kinda mixed up. It’s aspersions that are cast, not dispersions.
    Secondly, I did not attack either HRCC nor St. Augustine. That I leave to those better informed than I, IF they find the reason to do so.

    Mine was simply a discussion of “truth” versus fable. Virality versus the turgid flow of truth. And the reliability of sources. Do you get it now?

    I did not take a position on either the saint or the church. Read it again.

    As for tea bag end of the spectrum, that is an ad hominem slur; and I am not perturbed considering the source. Ad hominems are the signal that you admit defeat, or feel so. Am I right?

    Ad hominem: a word I learned here. It is like you folks are my Readers Digest word list. Ho, ho.

    Relax, cool off, GHMC, you should go to a jewish academy, like the ones I saw in a documentary once. How to argue like mad and keep cool and capable of thinking in the meanwhile. Isn’t that a lawyerly trait?

    Playing with you is like my squash partner who really loved plaýing with me.
    He beat the me all the time.

    But you’re a nice guy, cuz’ you read more books than I do. Right?

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