It's evident that correcting the misinformation of "Milwaukee County First" has become a full-time job. For those of you who may not know, Milwaukee County First is a newly established non-profit organization assembled by a crew of liberal bloggers for the singular purpose of stopping Scott Walker's ascent into the governor's mansion. This is evidenced by many of their publications, which to my surprise, show no intention of hiding their true purpose. A brief analysis should suffice.
In just the brief two months that MCF began publishing content on their site, they've established that Scott Walker has a one track mind and let's his political ideology get in the way; his proposals are downright immoral: he doesn't care enough to show up to budget hearings; he blocks people of the right to express themselves; he is dismissive, arrogant, insulting, absentee, wildly inaccurate, and owes the taxpayers an apology; he is sympathetic to violent anti-government extremists; he is foolish; his proposals are superficial and deceptive; and of course, Walker is now illegally sponsoring TEA party rallies.
To be fair, MCF has said some good things about Scott Walker. They applauded Walker for was his decision to fund the county's EMS program, but then immediately criticized him for contemplating it in the first place. That's about it. However, it's not like one can't find good things to say about Walker.
In the most comprehensive argument on the web for Why Scott Walker Should be Governor, I highlighted many of Walker's achievements in a section "Administrative Legacy". In that section, you will find:
1. An exemplary budgetary record that yields surpluses when other municipalities are running deficits.
2. An efficient county transit system that consistently and continuously out-competes its neighbors.
3. A county parks system that is in the top 4 in the nation for best management.
4. An international airport with the best flying rates in the nation.
5. A paramedic program rated the top 5 in the nation for post-cardiac arrest resuscitation.
6. A behavioral health program that won a Harvard University award for innovative work with children with mental disabilities.
Surprisingly, not one of these achievements is found on the website of "Milwaukee County First", which supposedly puts Milwaukee County First. I find that absolutely fascinating, and I'm quite certain that others will too. It's pretty clear that Milwaukee County First is a Partisan Sham. Okay, moving on.
MCF recently published another article that suggests an illegal transaction occurred between Scott Walker and the recent Milwaukee TEA party protest. MCF says,
"It has come to our attention recently that the logo for the Milwaukee County Parks appeared on at least one of the banners at the Americans For Prosperity-sponsored Tea Party Rally, which was held at the lake front on September 19th.
This is evidenced by a photo reprinted here, with full permission of the photographer:
The fact that the Parks logo appears on the banner could very well lead on to think that Milwaukee County endorsed and/or sponsored this event, which would not be legal. It is bad enough that we had two County elected officials there, especially with the violence, but if someone authorized the illegal endorsement of a political event, that needs to be addressed."
First things first, ScottForGov.com wrote a good piece addressing the implication that Milwaukee County did something illegal. And since ScottForGov soundly confuted MCF's allegation, I will address the second statement made about the violence at the Milwaukee TEA party.
As was initially reported by local liberal blogger Renee Crawford, a fight broke out at the recent Milwaukee TEA party event between a man and a mob of TEA party attendees. Crawford's eye-witness account was so pleasing to local liberal bloggers, they quickly circulated the report only to find out later it was false and quickly debunked by conservative bloggers. (Footnote comment: there were no retractions issued when the information spread about was found to be false.)
The initial report, found here, stated that 30 protesters attacked a man who plead out-loud that he had the right to free speech too. According the report, a mob of angry white men chased the man chanting, "You should die!" (Footnote comment: I'm not sure why it was so important for Crawford to emphasize the point that the mob consisted of white men when the victim was also a white male.)
But as the truth would have it, we find later that the "white" man was an Obama supporter who, according to a police officer, was looking to cause a commotion. And that he did. The last straw was when he apparently swiped at a woman knocking her camera to the ground. Shortly after, the police physically subdued the man causing minor injuries to his face. Crawford conveniently omitted that the police caused the man's injuries and led her readers to believe that the lacerations were caused by TEA party protesters. Without checking their facts, Chris Liebenthal gleefully ran with the story. What a dolt.
Milwaukee County First stated it was "bad enough" that elected officials attended an event where violence had occurred. What MCF neglects to say is that the violence was perpetrated by an anti-TEA party protester who was rightfully arrested by police. But wait, there is more!
MCF goes out of her way to place TEA party attendees in the same category as the KKK. Apparently, only liberal protesters can appropriately exercise their constitutional right to peaceful assembly. When conservatives do it, they are a racist fringe group comparable to extremist gangs like the KKK.
The Hispanic Conservative is wondering when Milwaukee County First will apologize for using an incredulous source in order to smear both the TEA party protesters and Scott Walker? We are also wondering when MCF will modify their petition drive that incorrectly states that the funding for Milwaukee County's EMS programs is in danger of being cut? On the latter point, they continue to publish a petition that is running false information. I suppose when they can only get 70 signatures in nearly a month's time, one has to wonder if misleading the public might get them that extra 420 signatures they need to send a powerful message to Madison that Milwaukee County First is a force to be reckoned with.
I say this because now Chris Liebenthal is issuing MCF press releases where he shamelessly quotes himself to make his organization sound more legitimate. Just curious Chris, did you have a tape recorder on hand to quote yourself, or did you do it from memory?