As I reported in my article last week "Milwaukee County First is a Partisan Sham", a local liberal blogger has decided to start himself a nifty non-profit organization just in time for Wisconsin's gubernatorial race. Chris Liebenthal, who hasn't exactly hidden his disdain for Scott Walker, has posted a stunning 47 articles about Walker in the month of June alone. His obsession with Walker is disturbing, and he has done some "behind the scenes" work in an attempt to legitimize his organization.
Right now, Milwaukee County First is hosting a petition requesting that Madison hear their cry and save Milwaukee County's transit, Parks, and EMS. However, they have not made their case that any of these systems need saving. Certainly, cuts have been made, but this is a far cry from needing salvation of any sort. In the petition, MCF states,
"Also being threatened is the money that Milwaukee County puts towards the Emergency Medical System. Without this money being in the budget, there will be people in areas of Milwaukee County that will not receive paramedic services for medical emergencies."
As I mentioned in my aforementioned piece, Milwaukee County's EMS is among the best in the nation, ranking 2nd in resuscitating patients during cardiac arrest. For those of you unfamiliar with medical jargon, this means that paramedics working in Milwaukee County scored very high in reviving patients whose hearts essentially stopped circulating blood throughout their bodies. One would think that this fact alone might rebut the fact that Milwaukee's EMS doesn't need the saving grace of a no-name non-profit organization established by a bitter anti-Walker blogger.
Liebenthal embarrasses himself further. He says that if Milwaukee County doesn't get its funding, "there will be people in areas of Milwaukee County that will not receive paramedic services for medical emergencies." I would like to know where Liebenthal gets this information, and don't tell me it's from the much discredited "Steve Schultze" either. Being a paramedic, I can assure everyone that if Milwaukee County doesn't receive its $3.8 million for paramedic services, it will not result in some people losing EMS care.
Would it result in slower service? Quite possibly, but only if it resulted in actual job loss at county fire departments. And if this were to occur, there are still private ambulance companies fully staffed with paramedics that can respond to emergencies if necessary. In theory, the privates would buy the county sufficient time until city paramedics arrive on the scene for transfer of care.
Here is where the "egg on the face" comes in to play. Just today, the Scott Walker made a press release that Milwaukee County will continue to fund the County's EMS. This means that at least one-third of Liebenthal's petition is now outdated or obsolete. So I now call on Liebenthal to update his silly little petition. Ironically, I took the liberty of telling Liebenthal on his blog that he was jumping the gun on his EMS whining. I told him that it's a part of the initial budgetary process when some funding is not immediately proposed. I said we can only wait an see what happens. However, Leibenthal went with his anti-Walker instinct. Face meet egg.