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Jan 3, 201308:01 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The Rose Bowl has thorns; Gabby Hayes says ‘bring on 2013’

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The problem? Taxes aren’t high enough!

When will we take Comrade Nichols and Fighting Ed at their word? When they tell us that they are raising taxes on “the rich,” they mean whoever has an income pays more taxes. The fiscal cliff, just averted, will cost Joe and Jill Lunchbucket. Your Social Security payroll tax will increase to 6.2% from 4.2%. For a modest income of $50,000, budget a $1,000 tax increase. The impact is greater than those numbers might indicate because that tax increase comes out of disposable income.

Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

After 10 years of criticizing the Bush tax cuts, Tammy Baldwin, in one of her last actions in the House, votes to make them permanent for 98% of all Americans. (H/T Duane)

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Jan 4, 2013 06:49 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Michigan State and Northwestern are both in the Big Ten David. Wisconsin plays them regularly.... for decades.... They both won bowl games.

Jan 4, 2013 06:53 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Shad Bowl? If you're going to quip about the U.P. - at least make some sense and show that you've been there. The Brook Trout Bowl maybe, or the Panfish Bowl. Even the Whitetail Bowl or the Ruffed Grouse Bowl would make some sense. Obviously the Yooper Bowl would be a native Yoopers preferred choice, or the Pasty Bowl. But come on David - the Shad Bowl? You're better than that....

Jan 4, 2013 07:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

A tax increase...... now you're playing the games of the liberal media. The restoration of the social security tax is NOT a tax increase. It is the end of a tax holiday that Obama came up with two years ago. A one year tax holiday that was allowed to extend to 2 years. I've been paying 6.2% for most of my adult life. The drop to 4.2% was a tax holiday. It expired. It's not a tax increase. There was no increase voted in. The holiday wasn't renewed. For a couple years we all had an extra $1,000 to spend. At the expense of future social secuirty benefits. Semantics David. It's what we always accuse the liberal media of. It's what we accuse the unions and the left of. Lets not play their game. Whining about 6.2% is like teachers whining about having to pay for their half of their retirment contributions. Again - you're smarter and better than that.

Jan 4, 2013 07:59 am
 Posted by  Kenneth B.

Photo of men in briefs prompts gratuitous jab at San Francisco. Auspicious way to begin the year.

Jan 4, 2013 08:41 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Am I keeping you busy, Anonymous? I was thinking the New Years Day bowl games, where the Big Ten went 1-4; overall this post-season they are 2-5. Michigan does indeed have shad, AKA: gizzard shad. (http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=492) I was wanted to name my bowl game after a junk fish. Humor, anonymous. Try it some time. Also, try some mathematics. Going from a tax rate of 4.2% to 6.2% tax is an INCREASE, no matter the mechanics of its implementation or the bias of your politics.

Jan 8, 2013 08:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Pasty Bowl David..... if that's not humor, I don't know what is. For someone who makes his living on humor, cynicism and parody, you do a pretty bad job of recognizing it.
Can't wait for Michigan to drop some gizzard shad all over Wisconsin on Feb. 9.

Jan 9, 2013 09:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

A serious question for you David. In 2008, as part of the Economic Stimulus Act, we all (working people) received a federal tax rebate. $600 for single and $1200 for couples. When that rebate was reduced to $400 and $800 inn 2009 and 2010 and disappeared in 2011 - did you consider that a tax increase?

Jan 9, 2013 02:05 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Yes, of course, because it increases your taxes. Is this difficult for you?

Jan 9, 2013 02:11 pm
 Posted by  uwbiz96

The tax increase is exactly that, and a huge disappointment. I know that despite it being part of Obama's widely derided stimulus in 2010, the Republicans fought for it to go permanent and lost, right? Right? Lord Almighty, if the Republicans truly are friends of the little guy, please send a sign ensuring us that they fought for it!

Jan 12, 2013 08:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It was an entitlement...

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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