To 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.
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.