The Democrats and their allies in the media were quick to pile on when a few Republicans misguidedly tried to drastically change the state’s open records laws earlier this year. But as the legislature considers another matter of clean government – much-needed reforms to the GAB – The Left has shown its hand.
Over at Right Wisconsin today, I wrote about the subject:
During the fiasco over the open records language, Jon Erpenbach claimed that “just the fact that they even tried to do this in the first place should bother everybody in this state.” Erpenbach was right – Wisconsinites ought to have been bothered by those changes, which would’ve endangered freedom of speech in Wisconsin and allowed government to create its own definition of ethics.
But the people of Wisconsin should be bothered for the same reasons when it comes to the GAB. First, the bureaucracy tasked with defining ethics in our elections unconstitutionally persecuted (using police) outspoken conservatives and Republican donors. Second, people should be bothered by the Democrats’ eagerness to prop up the GAB despite its blatant violations.
The open records and CCAP changes set heads spinning across the conservative grassroots, media, and much of its establishment because those changes were wrong and would have damaged the integrity of Wisconsin’s government.
Reforming the GAB, which the Republicans created, by the way, is imperative to open government. The media likes to refer to the GAB as a “non-partisan” panel. Such a panel is like a Yeti: often talked about, and it’d be cool if they really existed. But they don’t, and never will.
Proposed reforms to the GAB reflect the reality that everything has to do with politics, and a lethargic panel of geriatric old judges can’t and won’t control a staff of lifelong liberal bureaucrats with agendas.
The reform creates a bi-partisan panel – which dispenses with the imaginary unicorn of a non-partisan entity.
Whole thing here.