Though he chairs the troubled cookie jar known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, where state auditors found that rules, laws and everyday spending, accounting and performance standards had been routinely ignored since the WEDC's inception, Walker somehow summoned up the chutzpah today to say that repairing the mess over which he has 'presided' is an opportunity for more transparency.
The situation also provides an opportunity to develop more transparency with "clear expectations, clear policies and clear follow-up," Walker said.How does he get away with mocking true transparency by hiding his attack on labor during the 2010 campaign, then "drop[ing] the bomb" with what he called "a modest proposal" on citizen/public employees?
And by killing the Department of Commerce as a political, promise-fulfilling replacement for the WEDC, where transparency has been turned into its opposite?
Walker has played fast and loose with the phrase and its implementation dating back to 'managing' the Milwaukee County Executive's Office with partisan fund-raising, Internet and organizing operatives hidden on his staff and payroll.
And Walker's campaign website had for more than a year carried a link to this piece in the Lakeland Times in which he endorsed "transparency" as a lifestyle:
When he says he believes in government transparency, it's not just a campaign slogan, Walker said.And I'd copied the link to the campaign posting more than once - - examples from 2011 and 2012 are here and here - - but this is where those campaign links take you now:
"I don't just say that, I've lived it," he said.