Jan 23, 201310:06 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Take up the Progressive cry: No more tax cuts!
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Sometimes the ball just floats into your wheelhouse so sweetly that you can count the stitches before you unload, corkscrew style (RIP Stan the Man) and send it into the cheap seats.
Our liberal acquaintances just cannot help themselves. Thank you, Progs, for this:
“Walker’s proposed tax cut political, irresponsible,” declares The Capital Times.
“Your progressive voice” is greatly troubled at the prospect of a $340 million income tax break for the hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin. One would think, in the event of The Current President’s increase in payroll taxes, imposition of the Obamacare tax, etc., that some tax relief might be welcome. One would be wrong, apparently. The CT frets:
Though Walker likes to criticize Democrats, especially former Gov. Jim Doyle, the big, big spender – as candidate Eric Hovde noted in last summer’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate – was Tommy Thompson. And how did Thompson bust budgets? By giving away cuts on the eve of elections.
Um, guys, if Gov. Walker is returning money to the people or, better yet, not taking it in the first place, exactly how is he a “big spender”? He’s not spending $340 million of the people’s money, he’s letting the people who earned it spend it. Only a liberal could go all Orwell on us and newspeak (if I may use the term as a transitive verb) a tax break as “spending.”
Now for some facts, however inconvenient: Gov. Walker and the Republican Legislature inherited a $3.6 billion structural deficit from Jim Doyle and erased it. Yes, they balanced the budget without raising taxes. They put in place tools for local governments to better control their expenses (see: Act 10). And they managed to replenish the state’s rainy day fund, although it was never “plenished” in the first place.
All of which is very agitating to the anti-Capitalist Times.
Allowing the people a break on their taxes in this slow/no-growth economy is condemned as “political.” That is another way of saying that it is popular. (The word itself is derived from the root for “people.”) Note the linkage to Tommy Thompson in the quote above. Yes, the man was elected four times as governor, much to their chagrin.
Can’t we be honest, Capital Timers? What you really want is MORE government spending. You want more government spending because you believe that government knows better how to spend that income. In a state that must balance its budget by law, that requires MORE taxation. That is why you are opposed to a tax break for the middle class.
But who am I to bite down on this gaudy gift? Please Chris Larson, please Peter Barca, please take up The Capital Times’ chant: Read my lips! No more tax cuts!
Today’s blog is dedicated to Zacchaeus, the tax collector who climbed a tree to see a great man.
Not a peep from the Solidarity Singers?
Imagine if Capitol Police Chief David Erwin had arrested a unionista for disrupting Gov. Scott Walker’s inauguration/Special Olympics ceremony/State of the State speech/etc. My acquaintances at The Capital Times would have likened the protester to Martin Luther King Jr., as they did (incredibly) here.
Washington, D.C., has always taken a much harder stance. “A wonderful Christian man” climbed a tree during The Current Incumbent’s inauguration (which apparently occurred on Monday) holding a pro-life, anti-abortion sign. He shouted his message as best he could, given that he was competing for the attention of the several hundred thousand spectators with the booming cadences of the amplified Incumbent. Not only was this speaker of truth to power arrested, but he has been banned from the Capitol – no wait – he is banned from the entirety of the District of Columbia! (The Washington Post has the story.)
I am indebted to Ann of Althouse for the tip. The lady comments:
Some of this reminds me of our tenacious Wisconsin protesters, whose deep convictions and emotive righteousness have led them to specialize in loud annoyingness and innumerable petty violations. [The inauguration protester] is different from them too. He’s driven by religious fervor, and he’s not on the left.