Nov 30, 201510:32 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Walker wrecks Wisconsin (or not)
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Wisconsin is being wrecked!
Wrecked like the Hesperus. Wrecked like a 30-car pile up on the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange. Wrecked like a Syrian village, and miserably.
Who is this wrecker? His name is Scott Walker. His Koch-stained hands heaving on the plunger to bring down an entire state like a Great Society high-rise housing project, according to the perfervid maunderings of our embittered liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances.
“Our governor’s incompetence is wrecking Wisconsin,” the Voice of Progressivism fairly shrieked the day before Thanksgiving. No blessings to be counted this holiday season. Not when Wisconsin is being wrecked!
The best efforts of Mike Tate, the Capitol intifada, the teachers unions, and pre-dawn raids by the speech police have failed to derail the GOP golem. Time to turn the shrillness dial up to a full-on 11.
“Walker is a right-wing ideologue who refuses to admit that his ideas and initiatives are wrong even after they have failed miserably.”
Not just failed, but miserably. So says the miserable left-wing ideologues who championed Jimmy Carter for president. Twice. And Mike Dukakis. And Walter Mondale over Ronald Reagan. And Jesse Jackson! And John (his cheatin’ heart) Edwards! Who else but the partisan outlet that harried and hectored Tommy Thompson (“King Tommy”) elected four times over Democrat(ic) paragons like Ed Garvey and Chuck (“Do we have a relationship?”) Chvala.
Just how, exactly, is Wisconsin being wrecked? You want details? Isn’t partisan passion enough? Don’t need no stinkin’ details.
Opinion trumps fact
For evidence of statewide wreckage, The Corporation That Speaks as if It Were a Person cites opinion polls. That’s it. True enough, Walker’s approval numbers are upside down. The Marquette Law School poll has Walker at only 38% approval, 58% disapproval. That’s big and there’s no sugarcoating it. Voters feel what they feel.
As the greatest president of the past 50 years would say, they’re entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. Here are the facts:
• No longer can government prosecutors punish political speech. Wisconsin campaign finance law is being brought into conformance with a slew of federal court decisions.
• The integrity of the ballot box has been strengthened. Once again, federal courts have upheld Wisconsin’s reforms over Democratic objections.
• We joined the rest of the union in allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. Contrary to the jeremiads, legal concealed carry has not resulted in Dodge City at high noon.
• Making college more affordable — UW tuition has been frozen for an unprecedented six straight years.
• UW–Madison retains its fourth place national ranking in research spending.
• For the first time in Wisconsin’s history everyone living in poverty is covered under Medicaid. (Affirmed by PolitiFact.)
• Property taxes as percentage of Wisconsin taxpayers’ personal income are at their lowest level since 1946, says the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.
• Taxes have been reduced $4.7 billion. (A PolitiFact rating of “true.”)
• The Laffer Curve triumphant: Wisconsin reduced taxes yet revenue collections are up 4.3%.
• Wisconsin high school graduation rates are second highest in the nation; they improved from 85.7% in 2010 to 88.0% in 2013 to 88.6% in 2014, according to the DPI.
• The environment? We’re the 17th most eco-friendly state in the nation, exceeded in the 10-state Midwest only by Minnesota and South Dakota.