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2100, 08 Jun 16

Cutting off Milwaukee

I don’t think it’s a good idea or that there is any appetite for it in Madison, but at least someone is trying to SOMETHING for the people of Milwaukee.

A suburban Republican lawmaker ripped into Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday and said she would push for funding cuts to the city unless steps are taken to slash Milwaukee’s crime rate.

The provocative statement was issued by state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) and came in the wake of a high-profile Milwaukee carjacking that ended with a chase into Washington County and the arrest of five juveniles.

“Last week homeowners in Washington County were held hostage in their homes by the actions of five young criminals from Milwaukee,” Brandtjen wrote. “All night long the Milwaukee police, SWAT teams and law enforcement from Washington County combed the darkness for five youths with guns. Families were forced to unlock their gun cabinets and instruct their loved ones to shoot to kill.”


2100, 08 June 2016


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    It’s a great idea.

    Why fund a city that let’s criminals run the place?

    Liberals call for defunding of the burbs all the time for stupid things…like not recycling enough cardboard, etc.

  2. old baldy


    “It’s a great idea.

    Why fund a city that let’s criminals run the place?”.

    What a strange position for someone that has always claimed to be concerned about the welfare of the poor.

    Your recycling comment is just another one of your fact-less jabs at things you don’t understand. Typical.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    State cuts off rcycling grant (funding) to municipalities if municipality does not meet certain % guidlines for total recycling to solid wast disposal.

    Would you like to apologize for your incorrect statement?

    I am concerned for the poor. First thing poor people need is a crime free environment to begin the process to prosper!

    I don’t consider it very Christian to let evil run over and victimize the poor.

    In your nihilist world, that may be acceptable, but not for those of us who care.

  4. old baldy


    Nope. I am on the county recycling committee. You have it wrong (again). The state and dnr, run by the far right, have cut recycling grants all around. Right now they could care less if you meet any arbitrary % goals at all. And while you are apologizing, explain why it is a bad thing to recycle? The more we can re-use or recycle the less we put in the expensive landfills. And as long as you are pondering things beyond your knowledge base, ask you local legislators why the state is retaining the % of the tipping fee that used to come back to municipalities for the recycling program.

    Nope, the first things folks need is a job, not some whackadoodle politician like brandtjen whining about crime. Take an urban sociology or social justice class sometime.

    The poor are being victimized plenty by hypocritical politicians of both stripes, and by all sorts of religious zealots with their hand in the collect basket and promises they can’t keep.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    DNR did in past.

    So if liberals cut funding to burbs for crime of not recycling enough cardboard…we certainly can do the same for municipalities that enable criminals.

    In fact I insist we use the hyper hostage liberal strings that used to be used on cardboard recycling funding when it comes to crime.

  6. old baldy


    So blame all your problems on what may have happened in the past rather than plan for tomorrow.

    “So if liberals cut funding to burbs for crime of not recycling enough cardboard”. But they didn’t, and your guys have control at dnr now. Are you really that delusional?

    “In fact I insist we use the hyper hostage liberal strings that used to be used on cardboard recycling funding when it comes to crime.” Huh ??

  7. Kevin scheunemann


    Just indicating there is state precedent by liberals to cut off municipal funding for a lot less trivial matters than out of control crime.

    We should cut off Milwaukee. This issue is more important than cardboard.

  8. old baldy


    Is there really? Do you of any municipality that was penalized for not recycling enough cardboard? Please cite references, dates, locations, etc.

    No we shouldn’t. That doesn’t do anything to help the problem. Pretty christian of you, but then you are a selective christian anyway.

  9. Jason

    Old Blady says “Please cite references, dates, locations, etc.”

    Sorry bub, but you don’t get to ask for citations, references, or any specifics. You have been throwing shit out here as fact for a long time now, and have steadfastly refused to ever back any of your verbal diarrhea up when asked. Do your own homework.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    Then like liberal recycling goals on state level that penalized municipal funding if the mandated goals were not met….we simply set crime goals for Milwaukee, and penalize if they are not met.

    Don’t you agree that less crime is better for living environment on multiple levels?

  11. old baldy


    I provided sources when asked. You chose not to use them. I asked kev to provide proof of something that never happened. If you can prove it did, please share with all the readers.


    Never happened.

    Sure, I agree that less crime is better. Just as I feel less religion in publicly funded schools is better

  12. Jason

    Old Baldy… no you did not. And when pressed you dodged as fast and as hard as you could. Thanks for reaffirming my already low opinion of you.

  13. Owen Robinson

    NOT OWEN. Removed.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann


    If you agree less crime is better, why not set goals for less crime for municipalities?

    If municipalities fail to meet the less crime goals, state municipal funding is at risk.

    Just like the Madison liberals did on cardboard recycling once upon a time.

    Cardboard recycling goals are more important than crime victims and crime prevention?

  15. old baldy


    Correct. Your rules. Your ballgame.

    Maybe I’ll stop by later.

  16. Owen Robinson

    NOT OWEN. Removed

  17. Owen

    OB, I haven’t been on the site all day and that wasn’t me. You’re not the only victim of comment douchebaggery.

  18. Owen Robinson


  19. old baldy

    I don’t believe you.

  20. old baldy

    And the 2:07 post under my nom de plume wasn’t from me, either.

  21. old baldy

    NOT OB


  22. Owen

    Consider how sad someone’s life is that they get their jollies by impersonating other people in the comments of a blog.

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