Monday, July 6, 2015

How bad was the open-records, GOP WI power grab blowback?

This very conservative Wisconsin newspaper, The Lakeland Times, wanted Joint Finance co-chairs Darling and Nygren recalled. 

And while the editorial did not lay blame at Walker's door, it did take a broader view of what is going on in Madison:
At the end of the day, the Republican Party of Wisconsin looks corrupt. That’s the perception and maybe it’s the reality. Coupled with crony sleaze over at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, well, there’s something smelling awfully rotten down in Madison.
Read the entire editorial. It's long and severe, paragraph after smokin' paragraph. Plus, the headline is a keeper:
Our View: The Wisconsin Republican Party: Corruption, cronyism, and sleaze
This is the same newspaper that carried a long interview with gubernatorial candidate Walker in 2010 in which Walker uttered his famous and laughable endorsement of "transparency," which I have often cited and quoted: 
When he says he believes in government transparency, it's not just a campaign slogan, Walker said.

"I don't just say that, I've lived it," he said.


my5cents said...

There is one "smokin" paragraph that I seriously disagree with. That is this: "After all, Walker is running for president as a bold reformer and stalwart supporter of transparent government. There is no better way to prove it than by being clear about his opposition to this attempt to take government back a hundred years."

So what are they "smokin" that they don't know that Walker is more than likely behind this motion in the first place. Have they been sucked in and brainwashed by his "I'm Ronnie Reagan" behavior, too? Do they really not know how he leads? Do they really not realize that this could have all been a ploy by him to jump start his Presidential campaign by making him, once again, "look" like the nice guy (even though he is not). I always try to find hope even when it seems hopeless. Maybe this will help them to wake up to what is really going on in our state government.

James Pease said...

I think it's a little too Machiavellian for Walker to come up with a plan that's so outrageous he looks like a hero by nixing it and I have a hard time believing he could get all of the legislators to sign on to something just to make him look good at their expense. And there's no question that it came directly from Walker and/or his aides; he didn't it and he's yet to throw any of his aides under the us which is his modus operandi. So, why, then, make such an audacious move with all those involved putting their heads on the block? They had to know that the media would go berserk. What no one seems to be asking is just what are they trying to cover up. This looks like a tip of the iceberg.

Ruth Werner said...

Finally a paper in Wisconsin that isn't 100% USDA Grade A chickenshit.