Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle is practically kicking himself because of his actions from last year which he now views as a mistake-not raising taxes high enough. Nearly a year after one of the largest tax increases in Wisconsin history, it is once again time to break the record for largest tax increase in Wisconsin history. With the legislative session starting, the tax-and-spend Democrats are in charge. So look out.
Two years ago, when the governor was running for real election, he spoke in favor of repealing the automatic annual increases in the gasoline excise tax. Now that he does not have to run for office this year, he most assuredly regrets that decision. And has said so. After raising the cigarette tax one dollar per package, he laments over keeping that too low. So expect that to go up. The real kicker here is that he wants us to believe that he wants people to stop smoking and raising the excise tax on a package of cigarettes will help them do that. It will make Wisconsin healthier. Well, if that is the ultimate goal, then just do an outright ban on cigarettes. Why try to tax smokers and think you're doing them a favor at the same time? Well, here's the answer whenever you raise taxes on anyone you're doing a huge disservice to your constituency. This could not be more obvious in a recessionary period. Even the tax and spend liberals at the federal level, now that now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. They will be running up huge deficits spending our way out of this recessionary time. Even though states do not have the ability to run up huge deficits like the feds can, huge tax increases are not going to help. Perhaps it is this lack of fiscal sense that Jim Doyle shows that is evident to the Obama administration and will explain why Jim Doyle did not get a federal appointment.
As the days to the Bush administration dropped to a close, we will soon be experiencing the full Monty of an Obama administration. Due to the lack of leadership that George Bush has been showing recently, Barack Obama has unofficially been assuming his presidential duties. Even when he pulls out his placard, with the office of president elect on it, he's still chance the mantra that we only have one president at a time. What, because Bush has been mailing it in, he hasn't been exactly locking horns with anyone and few have even complained. But, because Obama has been parading himself out to a lot turn with his 'office of the president elect' placard on it, we have been getting a few insights of what we can expect once January 20 rolls around. Well, probably January 21, because with the inaugural balls and everyone falling all over themselves noting that what an historic day January 20 will be, the federal government will be mailing you in that day too.
In the campaign, Americans were promised just about everything under the sun. We were promised efficient government, better bureaucracies, and balanced budgets. Now, not that anything was said just to get elected, but the expectations are going to be lowered. And the bad thing is, they are going to be lowered a lot. The Obama presidency can be compared to just about every Democratic presidency of the 20th century. Last November, we were electing Obama because we were seeking the good qualities of a youthful Kennedy, and the inspiration of Franklin Roosevelt. What will we be getting? Well, Obama has been reading a lot of Lincoln. But his most recent speech sounded like the malaise speech that was delivered by Jimmy Carter. Evidently, the economic situation in America will not be getting better soon. Every day, millions of Americans who once chanted 'yes we can' are now hearing 'probably not'. We were expecting the balanced budgets like we got from the Clinton administration. But instead, like the Clintons did, Obama will be checking the polls to see what is popular and read a speech from his TelePrompTer accordingly. So, instead of getting balanced budgets, we will be getting hugely expanded social programs reminiscent of the Lyndon Johnson era. And we also lack the energy to keep the fire lit for a fireside chat. American voters were all taken in by the eloquence of a reassuring speech made by Barack Obama leading us know that the future was going to be okay. But now, our economic future is to be feared. What is the only thing we have to fear?
The federal government's bailout programs, which have since been really named recovery plans, have become the latest example of an overgrown governments way of giving the citizens of free lunch. It seems like everybody wants a bailout. The financial sector got theirs, the auto industry is getting theirs, and the biggest they allow program yet is still being put together by the new Congress to be implemented by the new administration. Endless free money for everyone. How could there possibly be a downside?
Milwaukee County executive Scott Walker has received criticism for not asking for bailout money. And on the surface this looks like a bad decision. This explains why the masses have embraced the snubbing of Scott Walker. There seems to be enough free money for everyone. Unless you don't take some, then you don't get your share because somebody else will grab it off the table. This is what it is coming to. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle happily held his hand out looking for millions and millions perhaps billions of dollars to come our way to put Wisconsin workers back to work. The difference here is that Jim Doyle believes that the only programs we need our make work government programs that will build public transportation for people who will not use it or need it. Doyle did not settle for a little choo-choo train that would go from Kenosha to Milwaukee. Now, he now wants a train that will go from Minneapolis to Chicago stopping several times in Wisconsin. Yes, this would put some people to work. Yes, this would make use of millions and millions perhaps billions of dollars that just seems to have no particular home from the federal government. Forever, once the bailout money stops, the people of Wisconsin will be left holding the bill to maintain this huge overpriced infrastructure project. Gov. Doyle wants to stick it to his citizens.
Okay, nobody's perfect. Except for the possible exception of Barack Obama who was presented to us as the Messiah by the Democrats. His inauguration as the most anticipated date since Easter. Not Easter of last year, but the first Easter when Christ rose from the dead. When Obama began organizing his economic team, he was praised by selecting the smartest group of people since Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. He chose Tim Geithner to head the Treasury Department. And now Geithner is under some scrutiny for not paying taxes.
Fellow Democrats have come out in support of Tim Geithner. This of course means they are also lying for him. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader called the nonpayment of taxes an honest mistake. He referred to the investigation as a hiccup. What a bunch of baloney! It would've made more sense to come out and say that the person will be heading the IRS did not understand the tax form. Maybe this should be something that we all can try. Let's all not pay our taxes and claim that we had the hiccups.(Do not take this as tax advice.) I would think the people that are so glad to be rid of George Bush would hold the new administration to a higher standard. For years, people have written about how they loathed George Bush and his administration for the actions they have taken with the federal government. If we want to start fresh, let's set a better standard for everyone in the new administration. It's time to lead by example. If they don't, they will further prove that the only promised anything and everything just to get elected. It may not be too long until again we are suffering through another president with a 26% approval rating.
The educational system in America leads us to believe that the citizens of this great country have complete unbridled liberty to agree or disagree with the government and have absolutely no consequences provided you are not a direct threat to the personal safety of anyone in government. We are led to believe that the government takes no direction in education of the citizens of this country in terms of propagandizing the American way. Throughout her school years we scoffed at governments who had done this in the past such as the Soviet Union, Germany prior to World War II, and most recently Iraq. Although we believe this to be true, it is time to examine whether this is the actual practice here in the United States and what its role will be in a new administration.
Although the Constitution declares the government to have three distinct branches, the media has often been described as the fourth branch of government. Although its role as been deemed to objectively report news events and political happenings without bias, it is less true today than it has been in more than a century. The media, i.e. radio, TV, newspapers, are largely viewed as being left wing. This easily describes the left-wing bias in the past eight years which is produced countless stories of how George Bush has failed the American people in his presidency. This also provides explanation for the amount of hope and dream and lowered expectations for our next president. Of course the change takes place Tuesday, and it will be unclear as to when we will be returning to reality.
Reporting that Milwaukee County government is again wasting taxpayer money is becoming about as newsworthy as saying that the sun is going to rise in the East. Unfortunately it gets about as much reaction as that headline. Having to Milwaukee County supervisors schedule a taxpayer financed vacation to Washington DC to watch Barack Obama become the 44th president is about as coincidental as the two supervisors thinking that the citizens of Milwaukee County are stupid enough to believe they are story. Toni Clark and Elizabeth Coggs should be ashamed of themselves. They should be made pay back the County for the expense of their trip and should resign from office. That is the only way that they will be prevented from doing it again. I did just see a news story where they were going to pay back the County. They should. The scumbags ought to resign too. It's too bad that they couldn't do the right thing before getting caught and having some bad publicity.
Lee Holloway didn't show any leadership either by not questioning the intent of this trip. He should resign too. He has no business drawing up a list to get stimulus money. Scott Walker was elected county executive and if he chooses not to do so, amen. Tax and spend liberals across the county want to glom on to any money with the intent of spending it on a light rail boondoggle that will bankrupt the County in the years to come. In this economy, people who have lost their jobs are not going to take light rail to go to construction jobs to build roads and bridges. Who will be using the roads and bridges after the Obama administration builds them all? Tax-and-spend Democrats want to get the stimulus bill passed quickly before anybody has time to think about it. I heard one estimate say that it is going to take 4 to 8 years to get out of the current recession. Does this mean that the economy would be recovering on its own? In eight years the business cycle could return to one of growth and expansion of GDP. Does this mean we will spend trillions for programs that will have no effect? I am only glad that these huge deficits will be imposed on future generations.
The Journal Sentinel the other day, proved my point of a liberal tax-and-spend bias that is taking over the media today. Of course, I'm not due all the credit, this is been widely known for years now. However, when it is so blatant, it almost makes people sick.
There was a front-page story wonderfully spun about how raising taxes on hospitals is going to benefit so many people. This type of propaganda cannot possibly have a bad side. Or so were led to believe. With the huge budget deficit, we are once again going to be propagandized to death (or rather to debt) about what a good thing it would be if taxes were only higher in this state. Jim Doyle to responsibly let state spending explode in this state in the past couple of years having absolutely no forethought that tough times lay ahead. There were no rainy days ever in the forecast while he expanded bureaucracies and spent like never before believing he could only receive admiration while the state's financial future slid into uncertainty. Of course, who would object because he was only helping the children.