I would love to debate Scott Walker.
I believe I could easily pin him down on his bad policies and his dishonesty. Smack mouth. You bet. The numbers don't lie. He does.
But, what's the point. His true believers will say he won. My true believers will say I won. The high-paid spin people and machines will make us believe what we want to believe. For sure!
And for sure, debates are not the way serious plans are reviewed. Debates are not the way decisions are made.
The last good decision I made, I was not standing at a podium with a bunch of people watching and listening. I had time to check on facts. And dismiss alternative facts. I had more than 90 seconds and a nice tie.
What happens if I check my watch during the debate? Am I suddenly a loser?
Renee says I check my watch too much. I do.
So here is what I propose. Five meetings between Walker and me. We will set up kind of like car-pool karaoke. We will have few cameras that broadcast the meetings live from several different points of view. You can pick the view you like the best. No moderator. No audience. Just the two of us talking about our vision and plans for Wisconsin.
Here is where I propose they happen:
1. A drive from Madison to Green Bay and back again. We can take a few of the smaller highways and check on the quality of our roads. Each of us can drive one leg. Perhaps we can talk about the future of rail vs the impact of automated cars. I think this will be a great place to talk about job creation, banking, investing in small business and what we can do to move Wisconsin ahead.
2. A meeting in a jail cell, handcuffed together, at the Waupun Prison, or in the Milwaukee County Jail. We can talk about black incarceration rates and what we can do about it. I can also ask if any of his former staffers are in a room down the hall. This will be a fantastic place to talk about income and wealth inequality and what we can to level the playing field.
3. A meeting in a Milwaukee public school class room. We can talk about the black-white achievement gap and what sort of investments we should make to improve it. And what real investments need to be made at all levels of education to make Wisconsin at the top in all levels. I hope the room has a chalkboard. I love chalkboards.
4. An afternoon at the University of Wisconsin cancer treatment center. We can talk about profits in the health insurance industry - hospital profits - the cost of care - and how to pay for health care. I think we can agree we want people healthy and alive. People that are healthy and alive are good citizens.
5. A hike around Devil's Lake State Park. We can talk about regulation and the environment and how we leverage our greatest asset for the benefit of all in Wisconsin.
A few hours of good conversation at each place. I am sure we will each slip in a one liner or two. Then each voter in Wisconsin can decide who has the best vision for the State and its people.
Please add more locations and themes you think we should consider.
So, no debates. Let's see who has a real vision.
I'll propose simple, effective, creative plans in each area over the coming weeks.
"E I E I E I O".
Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist, former CEO, and author of LESS KILLING. Stick currently lives and creates explosive pop art at The Blast Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. Not limited to one medium, he works in gunpowder drawings and paintings, photography, digital art and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.