The North Shore Exponent is doing a new feature to bring to shame politicians and those who try to make a mockery of our mainstream values. We are not going after the Democrats and the crazy liberals, but we will address this in both parties. This is why the North Shore Exponent Has a Dummy of the Month Award. Check this page every month as we bring to shame those who destroy our values for political gain.
The Hall of Shame
February 2009-State Representative Mark Pocan and One Wisconsin Now. They are the first winners of the Dummy of the Month for their no-good flimsy attacks on the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Both Pocan and OWN attacked President Todd Berry’s appearance at the Defending the American Dream Summit in Milwaukee on March 7, 2009. OWN and Representative Pocan’s attack on his appearance was flimsy as they claimed WISTAX was biased over financial contributions they made to Republicans over Dems. Their attacks were nothing but an attempt to mask their failure to hold Governor Doyle accountable on the 2009 Wisconsin’ State Budget. More stunning, Rep. Pocan issues a tasteless letter to the Wisconsin media to discredit WISTAX’s non-partisan status. To act so flamboyant to avoid your own problems is why Rep. Pocan and OWN are awarded this shameful dishonor.
March 2009-Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools Board President Peter Blewett
In the middle of the 2009 DPI Superintendent race, WEAC and the left wing special interests were on the edge as they did not answer how they account for failures in Milwaukee’s Public Schools. The North Shore Exponent exposed Citizen Action’s attempt to distort the truth by issuing a direct mail piece that was aimed in helping the Tony Evers campaign despite he was never mentioned. Citizen Action claimed in the mailer that MPS graduation rates, including high school graduation, raised 38 percent and claiming that MPS Board member Peter Blewett is smart in handling taxpayer dollars. The truth, graduation rates at MPS only increased by nine percent and Blewett was part of the unused building problem that wastes taxpayer dollars. The dubious mailer did nothing but to deceive voters and Citizen Action along with President Peter Blewett are awarded this shameful dishonor for March 2009.
Dishonorable Mentions for March 2009
SEIU and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council for their botched and failed protest at the 2009 Wisconsin Defending the American Dream Summit. Also, a press release from the organization lied about AFP members in Wisconsin and who they represent.
US Senator Herb Kohl for voting in favor of the wasteful, pork laden omnibus spending bill. Also, Kohl was a key contributor in the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing this wasteful monstrosity.
Wisconsin Legislative Joint Finance Committee Chairmen Mark Pocan and Mark Miller for loading the Wisconsin State Budget with worthless non-fiscal policy items.
April 2009-State Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) and State Rep. Nick Milroy (D-Superior)
Both Representative Milroy and Senator Jauch retaliated against a Madison Tea Party speaker at an event up in Superior in April of 2009. Their attack on former Superior Mayor Dave Ross warranted Senators Jauch and Rep. Milroy this shameful dishonor.
A few days after the Madison Tea Party at an event in Superior to honor the new Superior Harbor, Senator Jauch and Rep. Milroy acted arrogantly towards former Mayor Ross over remarks he made in his speech in 2009 at the Madison Tea Party.
In his speech, Senator Jauch attacked Mayor Ross by saying:“So for those who bellyache in Madison at that rally where they shouted to the moon about their taxes, they ought to come and ask us what’s wasteful about this,” Senator Jauch said. “This is worthwhile spending. This is good spending, Mr. Ross. This is where we’re going to take the money, then let’s not condemn it somewhere else.”
Rep. Milroy also acted like a cocky freshman Democrat and said to the Mayor: “I really want to thank the taxpayers because that’s who’s paying for this project ultimately…I didn’t hear from one taxpayer that this was wasteful government spending.”
For their attempt to attack and smear Mayor Ross both Rep. Milroy and Senator Jauch earn this award of shameful dishonor.
Dishonorable Mentions for April
Senator Arlen Specter (RINO now D-PA) for switching parties and betraying on the GOP and the State of Pennsylvania.
Governor Doyle for allowing the Statewide Smoking ban to be inserted in the budget over stand alone legislation.
Susan Rogensen of CNN for her lack of professionalism and bias during her infamous interview with a Chicago Tea Party attendee.
May 2009-The Dirty Dozen-The 12 Wisconsin Democrats on the Legislative Joint Finance Committee
May 2009’s award is mega-sized times twelve. These are the twelve individuals known as the Dirty Dozen. These twelve Democrats voted against working families, and sided with their special interest buddies in Madison. These lawmakers put a big stain on Wisconsin’s clean government reputation and decided to resort to backroom politics to get the 2009 state budget done without seeing the day of light. They decided to go in the dark when people are starting to know they have had enough of the hypocrisy of former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan.
John Lehman’s actions on the Joint Finance Committee were one of the reasons for his defeat on November 2, 2010. For this dirty deal, we award the dirty dozen this shameful dishonor.
Dishonorable Mentions for May
Governor Jim Doyle for his inaction of dealing with a staggering budget deficit when the deficit increased. The former Governor waited nearly two weeks to come up with a plan.
Institute for Wisconsin’s Future for advocating that more taxes are part of solving the state budget problem.
Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) for ramming the infamous Cap and Trade bill when seniors are struggling to pay their energy bills.
June 2009-Congressman Tom Petri and his unidentified staffer
This award goes to Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin, 6th). Many people may ask, why Tom Petri and not the Madison legislators on the state budget? It is pure and complete stupidity that a staffer from Rep. Petri’s office showed total disregard and poor constituent service during the critical vote on Cap and Trade in 2009.
From our good friends at Mr. Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, they provided this blow by blow account of what happened:
The full telephone exchange is below:
XXXXX: “Can you tell me if Mr. Petri has read the bill? I’m very concerned that he has not had the time to digest the bill and understand it before voting on it and I don’t think he should be voting for legislation he hasn’t read”
Petri Staffer: “obviously he hasn’t read the bill – its 1200 pages long.”
XXXXX: “So you are admitting to me that my Representative is going to be voting on a bill he hasn’t bothered to read?”
Petri Staffer: “Well can you let me finish?! I’m telling you that he read the important parts. You’re interrupting me.”
XXXXX: “But he hasn’t read the whole thing? I don’t appreciate, as a constituent of Rep. Petri’s, being snapped at by his intern who just admitted to me that he won’t be reading a very important piece of legislation, especially after the 3 billion in taxes that has already been levied against Wisconsinites this year. As a republican it isn’t prudent for him to vote on this bill, much less for him to not read it first.
Dishonorable Mentions for June
State Rep. Jeff Wood for his two switched votes on amendments on the state budget that made Republicans go in uproar.
State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker for making a bad state budget go worse by using secret meetings and keeping the minority out of the process. Also, this demonstrated his horrible record on transparency.
Red Fred Kessler for his segregationist attitude towards the children of Milwaukee by putting the Milwaukee Parental Choice program on a slow death. This was done by reducing the enrollment cap.
Rep. Peggy Krusick for her diva attitude against school choice and the families of St. Anthony’s who are looking for hope, not fear.
Check Back Again Next Month for our next award winners.