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Gov. Scott Walker Caused The Budget Problem In Wisconsin By Giving Tax Breaks To The Rich!

And now he wants the government workers to pay for it. Nothing like a little wealth redistribution the wrong way. Rich get richer, poor get shit on. This has to be the most blatant case of Republicans helping the rich and screwing the poor that we’ve ever seen. When anyone tries to say that these cuts to government workers are crucial to balancing the budget, respond by saying….well then, let’s repeal those tax cuts that got us into this mess. Gov. Walker is like a “mini-Bush”….cut taxes for the multi-millionaires and then stick the debt with working class folks.

He was handed a balanced budget when he took office, a balanced budget. So the only one to blame for this mess is the person looking back at him in the mirror. Don’t believe the Republican and media lie machine. Talking Points Memo has more…

Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state’s fiscal bureau — the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — concluded that Wisconsin isn’t even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.

“Walker was not forced into a budget repair bill by circumstances beyond he control,” says Jack Norman, research director at the Institute for Wisconsin Future — a public interest think tank. “He wanted a budget repair bill and forced it by pushing through tax cuts… so he could rush through these other changes.”

He is a sleazy bastard. Of course, he IS a Republican. There aren’t many left who aren’t sleazy, selfish bastards.

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February 21, 2011 - Posted by | Politics | ,

12 Comments »

  1. I was reading further and I found that the governor received a 240 million deficit from his successor however thats hardly the worse I’ve ever heard and preventing unions from collectively bargaining isn’t going to fix that.

    The unions are more than happy to take pay cuts and everything else but what bothers them is taking the right away to collectively bargain. This in my opinion is despicable.

    Comment by Jeff | February 21, 2011 | Reply

    • From the linked article…
      “In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state’s budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million.

      To the extent that there is an imbalance — Walker claims there is a $137 million deficit — it is not because of a drop in revenues or increases in the cost of state employee contracts, benefits or pensions. It is because Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January.”

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | February 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. George Lakoff says this whole deficit situation in Wisconsin is a ruse.

    “Deficits can be addressed by raising revenue, plugging tax loopholes, putting people to work, and developing the economy long-term in all the ways the President has discussed. But deficits are not what really matters to conservatives.

    Conservatives really want to change the basis of American life, to make America run according to the conservative moral worldview in all areas of life.

    http://georgelakoff.com/2011/02/19/what-conservatives-really-want/

    In other words, make the rich richer, the poor poorer. The individual issues are all too real in a move starting in Wisconsin to prop up the former with corporate and individual tax breaks and attack the weaker middle class by breaking unions nationwide.

    http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/78-78/5019-thank-you-governor-walker

    The morality of the right is in question with their: “assaults on unions, public employees, women’s rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting, and on and on.”

    And the Right-wing, playing in part on the racist fears of the tea party, are playing right into the hands of the uber-rich corpfascists. I like what Ed Schultz says in his new book, Killer Politics:

    “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t get the dumb bastard to vote in his own self-interest.”

    A litte harsh maybe on the politically retarded, perhaps, but thanks in part to Ed, this has become a nationwide story.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 21, 2011 | Reply

    • A friend of mine has been recommending a book by George Lakoff to me for a while, I think it’s Moral Politics but I’ll have to check with him. Thanks for the awesome links as usual.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | February 21, 2011 | Reply

      • Lakoff, a linguist, has long been critical of how the left “frames” their words. You’d think with all of the liberal Hollywood communicators, that Democrats could do a much better job of selling their viewpoints.

        http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo3637992.html

        The Republicans have done quite well using simple “bumper sticker” slogans, sound bites and talking points which they utilize OVER-and-OVER, ad nauseum. [Tell a LIE often enough....!] Republican wordmeister Frank Luntz has done a great job of “keeping the message simple” for the many simple minds out there who get fired up by the trite Luntz-inspired language of a Palin, Beck, or Limbaugh, then pack the voting booths like good little soldiers.

        Comment by Grant in Texas | February 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. I was checking out a gallup poll that says that the blue states are weak right now and may go red. Heres the article:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/146234/Number-Solidly-Democratic-States-Cut-Half.aspx

    This poll saddens and upsets me and I sincerely hope that things change! Maybe these protests will be part of that. :(

    Comment by Jeff | February 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Morning Joe Scarborough was saying this morning that there will be a backlash against labor unions, that people want teachers to go teach, state senators to “do their job” and legislate.

      Four times this morning Joe showed a video put out by the Wisconsin Republican Party showing what Joe called “vile and despicable” posters in the union crowd.

      Posters stating Walker=Hitler, another equating him with Mussolini, and another, a picture of Gov. Walker with a gun sight over his face reading to “Reload”. I had never seen these particular posters all week and I’ve watch a lot of video from Madison both on CNN and MSNBC. Suspicious that they many were close ups of placards with no crowd evident in the background OR the Wisconsin Republicans could just as well have had them videotaped anywhere done by a Breitbart type dirty trickster. However, Joe seemed to believe the worst and said that IF tea partiers had paraded such “vile” posters, the liberal MSM would be all over it, but instead said they are giving a free pass to the “union thugs”.

      Anyone who marched for civil rights and anti-war demonstrations in the 1960′s, as I did on occasion, know that sometimes at the last moment, strangers (Black Ops?) suddenly show up to do things to embarrass a movement.

      http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/21/mark-williams-infiltrate-seiu/

      Joe Scarborough will have on his buddy, Gov. Walker tomorrow morning. Let the ass-licking begin!

      Comment by Grant in Texas | February 21, 2011 | Reply

  4. Finally, somebody is calling what the REICH is trying to do here in Amerika, by its real name…FASCISM!

    http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/20/2011/4089

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    As Democracy is taking bloom in the Middle East, I have feared for some time that we are losing it here.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 22, 2011 | Reply

  5. You seem to forget one important issue. Walker took over from a Democrap and the state house took over from Democraps that left the state in financial trouble. Like most states, Wisconsin has to balance the budget. They cannot print Obama money to build a train or give someone a car, they have to balance the budget. Wisconsin is a highly taxed state, for everyone including the “rich” so it seems that just taxing the “rich” is not enough. Cutting spending needs to be part of the equation.

    I do agree that it is totally unfair to expect teachers to pay a small portion of their healthcare and retirement. That would be treating them like the private sector expecting them to pay for something.

    So Military takeover is a blooming democracy, that is a hoot.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | February 22, 2011 | Reply

    • You are not even worth the time for a rebuttal. On my deathbed I will resent taking the time to even read your “crap”.

      Comment by Grant in Texas | February 22, 2011 | Reply

  6. Going to rant for a bit:Taking a different angle on this story none of this would be happening if Democrats didn’t take their ball and went home in 2010. When Dems don’t vote you leave your and your state’s fate in the hands of the Atlanta Ralphs. So don’t be surprised when you get stuck with a Michele Bachmann or Scott Walker when you chose not to vote.
    Another thing I wonder what does people like Ed Schultz and Michael Moore expect President Obama or the Democrats to do? All they can do is express support for the protesters and they have done that.
    I saw Michael Moore let out a whine over at DU(yes I know if I hate that site why keep going again I do like the videos)again outside saying I support them what else can the President do?

    I truly wished wealthy liberals like Michael Moore get out of their ivory towers and put their money where their mouths are. For 30 years the wealthy of the political right have poured in cash for their causes while rich liberals whine and hold on to their wallets.

    Think about this: right wing talk radio are in markets where a Republican couldn’t get elected to be the guy that mops up puke in a public bathroom, but I willingly to wager that there more than two right wing talk stations in those markets. And those right wing talk station have a booming AM signal while the Liberal talk station’s signal turns into shit when the sun goes down or if you move too far away.

    What’s going on in Wisconsin should be a wake up call to the firebaggers, because if they pulled this shit in 2012 we’re going to have bigger issues than protesting corrupt Republican governors.

    Comment by Johnny C. | February 22, 2011 | Reply

  7. I have never expressed myself politically before. But I can’t agree more with you on Scott Walker. I am sure this bill of his will be passed and will be a sad day in Wisconsin.

    I have never meet a Republican that was concerned about workers rights. I have linked your page in my article.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Republican-Governor-Taking-Away-Workers-Rights

    Comment by Sandy M. | February 24, 2011 | Reply


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