Mar 27, 201401:13 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
That tax increase? It’s only temporary (for now)
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The check is in the mail. I’ll still love you tomorrow. Barack Obama has drawn a line in the sand.
Some lies are so obvious that all but a fool can see them coming a mile away. To the fools, the deceptively wise Gomer Pyle, gas pump philosopher of Mayberry, offered these words of consolation: “Surprise, surprise.”
So it happens that the Democratic governor of Illinois, Patrick Quinn, announced this week that the temporary 67% income tax hike from a couple years ago — the one that was supposed to come off next year — is going to be permanent.
Isn’t that how all tax increases start out? Temporary until made permanent. Enacted by legislators addicted to old demon taxation. When authorized in the 1980s, county-option sales taxes in Wisconsin were supposed to directly relieve property taxes. Truth is, the sales tax is now considered just another revenue source.
Even after jacking up taxes in 2011, Illinois continues to stagger under $5.4 billion (with a B) worth of unpaid bills. If only they had doubled down on raising taxes, Illinois’ fiscal house would be even stronger!
That’s the most pertinent way that Quinn’s Republican gubernatorial challenger “is borrowing Scott Walker’s schtick,” Jack Craver (should you care to note it). That’s a little more relevant than “both profess[ing] a love of Harley Davidson,” don’t you think?
No accidents allowed, we’re progressives
The League of (Liberal) Women Voters asked candidates for County Board two questions: “What should the county do to ‘address’ homelessness?” and “What is the most pressing environmental problem?” Not whether borrowing is out of control? Not whether public safety is adequately addressed? (The League’s 2014 Spring Voter Guide.)
Those are catnip questions for progressives like Abigail Wuest, running for County Board in northwest Dane County (Cross Plains-Mazomanie-Black Earth). She answered, “I believe the biggest environmental threat that we face is climate change.” Ms. Wuest encourages great use of the county’s manure digester near Waunakee. Unfortunately, the manure digester appears to be a chronic leaker. Worse than Julian Assange. (Full disclosure: I’m supporting her opponent, Todd Osborne.) The election is Tuesday, April 1.