Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett is running to replace Scott Walker because of Walker's supposed attacks on public employees, but according to a report by Wisconsin Reporter (one of the Franklin Center Web sites that I oversee), Barrett stands by his calls to rein in public employee pay and benefits, also. Reported Dustin Hurst:
"After a campaign rally here Monday, as Barrett attempts to energize his supporters ahead of Tuesday's recall election, he stood by his plan to 'Put Madison on a Diet,' a 67-page document he issued during his 2010 run for governor. 'The underlying tenets are still there,' Barrett told Wisconsin Reporter about the plan." Hurst reports that the link to the plan has disappeared from the Barrett Web site, but that the Barrett plan calls for cuts in public employee pay and benefits. Not that I believe Barrett, but what does it say that even he has to pretend to believe in reining in these costs?