Yesterday I wrote about a provision in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-17 Executive Budget that would strike “the search for truth” and the Wisconsin Idea from the university’s mission. After Gov. Walker’s intent to remove the Wisconsin Idea from the UW System’s mission statement became public, backlash was swift and hostile, at which point Gov. Walker’s staff chalked up the language to a “drafting error” while Gov. Walker again avoided taking any responsibility for language contained within his Executive Budget.
However, Gov. Walker’s explanation that a “drafting error” was to blame for his attempt to remove the Wisconsin Idea from the UW’s mission statement has now been exposed as a flagrant lie, as outlined in a report by Shawn Johnson of Wisconsin Public Radio
Documents show Gov. Scott Walker’s administration gave detailed instructions on how to remove the “Wisconsin Idea” from the University of Wisconsin System’s mission statement after telling reporters Wednesday that the change was a “drafting error.”
In a drafting file first reported on by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal, a Walker administration budget analyst gave explicit directions to the budget bill drafters on what to delete from the UW’s mission statement. That included deleting the words, “Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.”
This should put to rest any doubts that Gov. Scott Walker is in fact a liar of the highest order.