Feb 4, 201512:27 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Wisconsin students survived Act 10; Democrats, not so much
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So John Boehner did not leave the podium for a smoke break during President Obama’s State of the Union address, contrary to our prediction. Technicians here at the Policy Werkes suspect that a burnt-out coil in Old Sparky, our legacy mainframe computer, is responsible for the faux pas.
At least Wisconsin Democrats exhibited no similar signs of disrespect during Gov. Scott Walker’s budget address last night. (Full text and video here.) Saw no orange T-shirts, no blue fists, no chanting, no drum circles. No Democrat turned his back on Walker’s outstretched hand as in past addresses. That’s progress, one supposes.
Still, how can anyone this side of Comrade Nichols and Fighting Ed sit on their hands so long without going numb?
Walker recounts that state government reduced property taxes for the first time in 12 years and promises to keep the lid on for the next two years. Why is that not an applause line? Exists there a more regressive tax? From the reaction on the Democrat(ic) side of the aisle, one would have thought someone had set off a stink bomb. Lower taxes. Eee-yooo! Enjoying your minority status, are we?
Echoing the global climate change alarmists, Democrats are certain that expanding school choice and freeing up the state university system from political micromanagement will dumb Wisconsin down into a northern Dogpatch.
“Recently, some have raised concerns about this proposed reform,” Walker said last night. “These are some of the same claims we heard four years ago when our Act 10 reforms were enacted.”
“Today,” Walker continued during his budget address, “our graduation rates are higher, third-grade reading scores are better, and Wisconsin ACT scores are second best in the country.”