I was pleased to see that the Journal Sentinel's truthiness rating service PolitiFact finds that Scott Walker has the most negative ratings among Wisconsin officials, leaving Democrats like Tom Barrett in the dust.
I'd done the tally myself more than once - - a recent example is here - - and am glad to see Walker with the first-year PolitiFact First-place Falsehoods' Finish.
Turns out our Governor is more transparent than he intended.
Both PolitiFact and this blog show Walker with the most false ratings, though my total is larger (I credit Walker with 31, opposed to PolitiFact's 13) because I fully credit Walker with "false" if the rating begins with the category "mostly false" all the way through "false" and "pants on fire."
PolitiFact balances its findings by also saying Walker has the most "true" ratings - - four - - and explains that as a lightning rod, he has had the most statements rated.
Faint praise: Walker's habitual unfamiliarity with facts has helped vault him into first place, and a 3:1+ ratio of false to true using PolitiFact's strict false-to-true measurement (leaving out the "mostly" or "half" ratings) isn't much to write home about.
Take this example from just a few days ago that I posted, using PolitiFact:
Look at the evidence Walker's spokesman Cullen Werwie offers for his boss's money-saving claim, when simple math shows that the new arrangement adds significant costs to the Wisconsin students' bills:That's not about Walker being a lightning rod. It's more about being a dim bulb.
Werwie didn’t have any.
As Governor, a national figure with access to media any time he chooses, and staffers with data and the Google, Walker could easily have produced as many true statements as false.
His words, his agendas and motives, his choice.
Below are his 15 fully false and pants on fire-rated statements:
Says under his budget-repair bill, "collective bargaining is fully intact."
"We’re broke. We don’t have any more money."
"The things I said (during the prank call by a blogger posing as GOP contributor David Koch) are the things I’ve said publicly all along" about the Wisconsin budget debate.
When it comes to protesters in Madison, "almost all" are now from outside of Wisconsin.
"I campaigned on (the proposals in the budget repair bill for Wisconsin) all throughout the election. Anybody who says they are shocked on this has been asleep for the past two years."
"The alternative" to higher state worker pension and health care payments "is to look at 1,500 layoffs of state employees or close to 200,000 children who would be bumped off Medicaid-related programs."
Wisconsin employers have repeatedly said in surveys that our anti-business litigation climate is one of the most important factors affecting their expansion decisions.
In Wisconsin, 98 percent of all small businesses will qualify for income-tax relief under my plan, freeing them to expand and create jobs.
"The Madison-Milwaukee (high-speed) train line is dead."
"Scientists have shown us (that) the greater possibilities, the real science movement, has been with adult stem cell research. It has not been with embryonic."