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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.

Surprise! Surprise!

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.


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Mar 27, 2014 02:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yawn !

Mar 27, 2014 09:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This wasn't your most exciting column, Dave. On the other hand, it's not like you could report on the dead in the water, non-campaign of Mary Burke. Nothing going on there at all.
Mary Burke is running a great campaign to come in second place this November. She must be working on her "It was an honor to be nominated" speech. Any Democrat operative doesn't want anything to do with the Burke campaign, it's the equivalent of getting an Air Force assignment to Greenland.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Mar 28, 2014 08:35 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Tough crowd!

Mar 28, 2014 02:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

how about the temporary sales tax that Tony Earl signed to get us out of the Dreyfus disaster? Tommy T liked it so much he decided to keep it.

Selective memory, eh davie?

Mar 30, 2014 04:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska should thank god for (liberal) women...probably the only reason he didn't find himself swimming in a rain barrel all those years ago.

Mar 31, 2014 12:12 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

"How about the temporary sales tax that Tony Earl signed to get us out of the Dreyfus disaster? Tommy T liked it so much he decided to keep it."

Actually, that's exactly my point, isn't it?

Mar 31, 2014 06:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Then why not tell us all about Big Spender Tommy? Oh, that's right he is your idol, and you used to work for him. It's OK for the R's to do it but not the D's. True colors showing again.

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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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