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The AP Goes After Walker Again!

AP is at it Again

Associated PressTo my surprise, the Associated Press took another swipe at Walker's Brown Bag Guide to Government campaign.  Last Monday, the AP did a tendentious report that said Walker's frugality stopped when it came to campaigning last year and that his Brown Bag campaign is a contradiction to their findings.  However, the AP missed the point that Walker's Brown Bag Guide to Government is just that - a guide to government, not campaigning.  Unlike taxpayers, campaign donors expect you to spend all of their money.  This is a point that was apparently lost on the AP, but not on those in Milwaukee County who know that Walker practices what he preaches when it comes to government spending.

The second swipe at Walker came a day after the first and said that Walker's Brown Bag to Government campaign was a recycled idea.  The AP goes on to say that Walker took the idea from Ohio Republican George Voinovich 12 years ago.  What makes this a swipe is the blatantly biased language the AP chooses.  Here is the first sentence of their article below.

"A Scott Walker fundraising gimmick involving a brown bag to exemplify his stinginess recycles an award-winning idea that was first used by Ohio Republican George Voinovich 12 years ago."

First, the AP calls Walker's Brown Bag campaign a "gimmick".  A gimmick is a dishonest trick meant to deceive or manipulate others.  But there is nothing in the AP report that lends evidence to the fact that Walker is trying to trick or manipulate people.  In fact, it's not a secret that Walker packs himself a brown bag lunch with two ham and cheese sandwiches on wheat every day for work.  There is no trickery or deceit here.

And second, they say that Walker uses the Brown Bag campaign to exemplify his stinginess.  No, not exactly.  It's meant to exemplify his thriftiness.  There is a difference.  Stinginess means someone is being selfish with their money.  The thought of children refusing to share their toys comes to mind.  Walker's conservative fiscal policy to government isn't stingy because it's not his money to be stingy with.  He's responsible and is a prudent handler of others' tax contributions.  Believe it or not, this is a virtue, not a vice.

Here are the next two sentences from the AP story.

"Reusing successful campaign tactics certainly isn't new. But Walker, a Republican candidate for governor, has taken the brown bag idea to a new level by making it the central theme of his campaign."

My first response is, So?  They admit that using successful ideas isn't new, but heaven forbid making it the central theme of a campaign.  I hate to break it to the AP, but using a successful idea is smart, not manipulative.  It shows that Walker recognizes a good idea when he sees it unlike his opponent Mark Neumann who can't keep campaign managers and major supporters because of his incompetence.

Walker is on the edge of creating a perfect storm with a major ground-swelling in grassroots supporters.  Most of Walker's donations come from small contributions, which demonstrates the extent of his support around the state.  Neumann, on the other hand, doesn't need a ground-swelling support because he's using a ground-swelling bank account to dump millions into commercials.

These commercials, I might add, are strange.  His first commercial has him walking around a home-construction project with a hardhat.  Who walks around in an unfinished home with a hardhat?  The answer is nobody except a politician desperate for a good photo-op.  And his second commercial has a bizarre fascination with his hands (you have to see the commercial to know what I'm talking about).

The most revealing part of the story is when the AP quotes Scott Ross, a partisan hack from One Wisconsin Now.  How does the AP manage to quote the most partisan liberal in the entire state of Wisconsin?  Here is what Ross had to say.

"Looks like he's not only recycling failed Republican economic policies that benefit the rich and bankers, he's recycling the ways to sell them," said Scot Ross, director of the left-wing advocacy group One Wisconsin Now."

Does anyone know what Ross is talking about?

Walker's economic policies resulted in a $7 million budget surplus in 2007.  And not once has Ross criticized Governor Doyle for running up the state deficit to a record-breaking $7 billion.  Walker's economic policies also strengthened the Milwaukee County's bond rating while the state's bond rating continued to fall.  In fact, Moody's attributed Milwaukee's strong bond rating to "strong management and prudent budgetary controls."  This means that because of Walker, our government can borrow money with reduced interest rates.  This is because lenders trust that Milwaukee County will pay their bills on time.

Conclusion

Something is going on.  The left is feeling really vulnerable.  Right now, the current is running against them all over the nation, and they have nobody to blame but themselves.  With just one year of Democrat rule in Congress and the White House, they managed lose the support of the very people who gave them power.  With Obama's broken campaign promises, recent fraud and scandal in the Democrat party, Reid's backroom deals with unions, and Pelosi's attempt to ram through an unpopular health care bill, the public is ready for real "hope and change.

Wisconsin is in the same boat.  Under Democrat rule, Wisconsin is poised to take on an 8 billion dollar venture on high speed rail seemingly not cognizant that we have of a record budget deficit we have yet to resolve.  Most interestingly, local Democrats are trying to push the high speed rail project as fast as they can so a Republican governor will have no choice but to accept the fact that too much money was invested to terminate the project.  People are tired of the spending, and we don't need a Tea Party protest to figure this one out.


Comments (5)
  • scot @ OWN  - readin' and writin'

    Seriously?

    Walker could not have been a bigger failure if he had added Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to his staff. The record:

    -- 35% hike in Walker's proposed spending
    -- 18% hike in Walker's proposed levy
    -- social and public services in such disarray that his own former top aide at the Public Policy Forum regularly publishes reports showing how screwed the long-term finances of the county are due to Squeaky Von CrackingVoice.

    And then there's his time in the lege:
    -- 84% increase in budget spending in five budgets he voted for - a total of $200 billion (with a 'b) in spending by Walker
    -- 550% increase in the corrections budget, more than double the rate of the second-place state... Did crime somehow go up 550% in the '90s?

    Lastly, his mindless stack of warmed-over Bush tax ideas at a cost of $2 billion:
    -- Reopening the Las Vegas loophole
    -- A income tax cut only for those earning more than $225,000 a year
    -- Repealing changes made to the capital gains investment tax, 70% of the benefits of which go to those in the top 1% (over $225,000 a year)
    -- Ending any tax on the mega-pensions and retirement income of millionaires (as a note, not even fiscally-bankrupt and gratingly nasally Robin Vos has proposed something this dopey).

    If Walker had any stones, he'd say how he's gonna pay for the $2 billion. But he won't. And tireless sycophants like you and the other bloglodytes on the yappy right won't say a thing about it.

  • Aaron M. Rodriguez  - How about some references?

    Scott,

    Walker introduced 8 years of budgets with no property tax increases, which the county board over-road. So to attribute tax increases to Walker even though they over-road his veto is rather deceptive.

    Also, I will have to ask you for some resources on your above data. I posted your response as a courtesy to you, but if you can't substantiate your information with links or resources, I will remove it as if it were spam.

    I will await a response from you.

  • scot @ OWN  - Releases and substantiation

    Aron --
    Here you go -- The individual items are contained in each of the below sources. I will expect you to provide documentation of the unending baseless claims you make in this blog, or do a similar mass delete.

    But how's about this: Document your claim that property taxes have not gone up. Property taxes have gone up in Milwaukee County. You cannot prove that claim and so you should pull that down, and bitch at the Walker campaign for pumping you full of undocumented claims.

    Section 1: Walker's Spending/Tax Increases
    -- 35% hike in Walker's proposed spending
    -- 18% hike in Walker's proposed levy
    -- social and public services in such disarray that his own former top aide at the Public Policy Forum regularly publishes reports showing how screwed the long-term finances of the county are due to Squeaky Von CrackingVoice.

    [Sources and Documentation: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/page/-/media/releases/Walker%2C%20State%20of%20Shock%20-%2020100112.pdf; http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/press/222/walker-spending-increase-eclipsed-doyle-barrett-1-11-2010; http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-8985-scott-walkerrss-slippery-rhetoric.html]

    Section 2: Walker's jaw-dropping excessive legislative spending

    And then there's his time in the lege:
    -- 84% increase in budget spending in five budgets he voted for - a total of $200 billion (with a 'b) in spending by Walker
    -- 550% increase in the corrections budget, more than double the rate of the second-place state... Did crime somehow go up 550% in the '90s?
    [Sources and Documentation: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/press/218/walker-s-legislative-budget-record-five-budgets-84-spending-hike-11-17-2009; NCSL; WI Dept. of Corrections]

    Section 3: Walker unpaid-for regressive pro-rich, pro-corporate tax promises he can't pay for and can't keep

    Lastly, his mindless stack of warmed-over Bush tax ideas at a cost of $2 billion:
    -- Reopening the Las Vegas loophole
    -- A income tax cut only for those earning more than $225,000 a year
    -- Repealing changes made to the capital gains investment tax, 70% of the benefits of which go to those in the top 1% (over $225,000 a year)
    -- Ending any tax on the mega-pensions and retirement income of millionaires (as a note, not even fiscally-bankrupt and gratingly nasally Robin Vos has proposed something this dopey).

    [Sources and Documentation: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/page/-/media/releases/Walker%204%20Billion%20Budget%20Hole%20-%2020100126.pdf]

    Again, one would think if you are unwilling to meet the same standards you require of others than you are, um, what is it called... oh yeah, a big ol' hypocrite.

    From the accountability wing of the liberal left...
    scot

  • Aaron M. Rodriguez  - re: Releases and substantiation
    scot @ OWN wrote:
    Aron --
    Here you go -- The individual items are contained in each of the below sources. I will expect you to provide documentation of the unending baseless claims you make in this blog, or do a similar mass delete.

    But how's about this: Document your claim that property taxes have not gone up.

    I didn't say that property taxes haven't gone up. I said that Walker proposed 8 straight budgets with no property tax increases. Therefore, the tax increases that were implemented by the county budget in the past 8 years were inserted by the county board, and they ultimately over-road Walker's vetoes to stop such tax increases. So to blame Walker for something he had little to no power to control is politicking.

    I also followed your first link to the pdf on Walker. I actually stopped reading about half way through because it was chalk-full of misrepresentations. I've give just two examples:

    First, your site blames Walker for the unsanitary conditions of the County Courthouse due to what you call "Walker's misguided janitorial services privatization plan". What you don't mention is that the Courthouse was unsanitary because janitors had a "sick out" where they failed to show up to work their last few days in order to embarrass and get even with Walker. This led to dirty bathrooms and full trash bins. So instead of blaming the workers who failed to show up and do their jobs (union workers), you blame the privatization scheme knowing full well that the private firm didn't start to work until later.

    Second, your site said "Walker pension investments have also created problems, as the Forum concluded: “the rising cost of health care in general and poor investment returns on pension fund assets caused the unfunded liability for retiree benefits to grow to more than $2 billion."

    You know that there was a pension scandal that rocked Milwaukee before Walker was in office, and that it cost the county %50 million in pension costs. And you also know that the AFSCME has fought Walker tooth and nail on fixing the problem and balancing the budget.

    Your failure to mention these pertinent facts lead me to believe that the content on your website "One Wisconsin Now" cannot be trusted because it is more one sided and slanted than MSNBC news, which is pretty bad.

    Also, I noticed that you blame Walker for everything under the sun, but fail to blame Doyle for any of the fiscal mess that has occurred in the past two years. This leads me to believe that your media organization is a partisan tool - nothing more. You don't call out politicians, you only call out Republicans.

  • scot @ OWN  - pension really?

    How did the pension situation cause Walker to vote for 84% increase in state spending?

    The pension nonsense is the Walker's hoo-ha for everything.

    The failure is his approach to government - slash spending for the infrastructure that helped create and support the middle class, so he can reward the banksters, WMC and the Alberta Darling types.

    Wake up 'Merkins.

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