Republican State Rep. Janel Brandtjen rightly placed blame for Milwaukee's crime woes on Mayor Tom Barrett. It comes with the job mayor, if you don't like or want the responsibility I'm sure there are other job opportunities for you. Her displeasure that surrounding communities are becoming more affected is understandable. If we were honest we'd agree with her, no one really wants to suffer the consequences of others actions.
Her solution to the problem is wrong if not outright absurd.
How would cutting resources for the city help? She may have an idea, but unfortunately none of the news media either asked or printed her answer. As a city resident who lives 1/2 block outside of her district I'd be interesting in knowing. She will be getting an email from me asking.
Thankfully Gov. Scott Walker showed the concern that should have been displayed by Brandtjen. There needs to be a willingness to find solutions to the problem, like the way Republicans acquiesced to Rep. John Nygren and his daughters struggle with drugs.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is also right that an unlimited amount of additional money is not the answer to the cities problems. It's a social problem, not a fiscal one.
The reaction by the black community with Mandela Barnes and Lena Taylor leading the pack are way to typical. The real problem is not the reaction to how crime affects others, but the lack of reaction and solutions by Milwaukee elected officials.
And I guess I'll end this by asking why do only the affected people react to "dog whistles" and not the accused intended ears?