Since Mary Burke has been found to be a plagiarist for stealing material, some of it copyrighted, for her Wisconsin Jobs Plan, she created a comeback TV ad, saying that it’s no big deal, as the material used is good, and better than Gov. Scott Walker’s jobs plan.
Well, it is a big deal. Fred Barnes, executive director of the Weekly Standard, wrote on Sept. 30 that Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) was appointed U. S. Senator after Democratic Senator Max Baucus went off to China as U. S. Ambassador there. Walsh did not have an opponent in the Democratic primary election because U. S. Majority Leader Harry Reid persuaded his Democratic opponent to drop out, leaving Walsh to win the primary without a challenger. But, Walsh then proceeded to quit the race altogether due to his own plagiarism scandal. So, if it is serious enough to cause a prime U. S. Senate candidate to quit, does it not apply to a state candidate for governor as well?
Since Burke’s plagiarism expose’, she was interviewed with the question, “What unique idea for Wisconsin’s Jobs Plan has actually come from yourself?” Her answer was the use of anareobic digesters, by which microorganisms break down biodegradable waste materials without the use of oxygen. In turn, this opens up new jobs in Wisconsin.
But, upon further investigation, it was determined that Burke also plagiarized this information, as it was almost word for word from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s jobs plan when he was running for governor against Scott Walker in 2010.
It seems as though politics is no longer a battle of ideas over what is best for us, but, rather, a nasty game. To be sure, plagiarism is unethical, dishonest, and steals others’ material. Burke is trying to blow it off as “no big deal.”
You decide, and then vote for Gov. Scott Walker on Nov. 4.