If there is one issue that gets me more upset on the state budget and that is with Governor Doyle releasing prisoners early all in the name of saving money. Personally, this is the worse way to use it to balance the state’s finances when Governor Doyle has dishonestly used our taxpayer money for his pet projects.
If Governor Doyle read the newspapers about what happened in Whitefish Bay with the death of Madison Kiefer, and how his dishonest budgeting is putting suburban police departments at disadvantage at fighting drugs like Whitefish Bay this would be one indication that his lax budgeting towards public safety is out of touch with the mainstream in Wisconsin. Second, during the Defending the American Dream Summit, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said: “When former Corrections Secretary Walter Kelley wanted to release prisoners early, it was then Attorney General Jim Doyle who said no to early release.” Let’s fast forward to today and Governor Doyle does a complete 180 on this issue.
On this issue, if Governor Doyle runs for a third term, he has basically lost all respect and support from law enforcement because right now law enforcement cannot trust Governor Doyle to keep our families, our communities, and our kids safe. Wisconsin should be fortunate that we have an Attorney General like JB Van Hollen who has consistently fought the Doyle Administration to keep our communities safe and we also have someone like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker who speaks straight from the bully pulpit with the truth on this issue.
There should be no excuse that we should use the economy as way to be “soft on crime”. Keeping our communities and our kids safe should be and always be the number one priority when it comes to our state’s finances. But, this issue is the issue you are not reading in the mainstream media in Milwaukee as the Journal Sentinel and the TV stations are failing to use this to connect the Doyle Administration’s dishonest budgeting to why the Whitefish Bay Police Department is at a disadvantage at fighting drugs. When the public hearings on the state budget come next week if you have the time to come to them, it is time we tell Governor Doyle to start protecting our future, not criminals.