Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Wisconsin Republicans Propose Imbalanced Budget Amendment
Once again, we would think stories about legislation Wisconsin state republicans continue to propose and pass are really spoofs from the Onion. But they're not.
First saw the story on this at Root River Siren.
How many voters know that Wisconsin has a statute prohibiting the state legislature from passing bills IF general expenditures exceed estimated revenues? Without that statute, the result is very much likely ...more state debt.
Well, so-called fiscal conservatives from the state's so-called fiscal conservative party knew about it and that's why they made it a priority to nullify it for the state's next budget.
The proposed amendment ...
See? They can call it a "priorities" budget now. That's the latest buzzword in GOP budget politics.
And, remember candidate Scott Walker's "Never spend more than you have" Brown Bag thingie? It turns out that rule wasn't Walker's idea or creation either ...it was in state statutes all along. But republicans are hellbent on changing the rules.
Let's get down to the real endgame here. They WANT debt. All of the Norquist pledge signers elected to Wisconsin's state legislature including Gov. Walker prefer debt over a balance or surplus. Even Walker's so-called budget surplus and the rainy day fund are funded with more debt! That's right. The state's debt increased during Walker's first budget while he touts a surplus and a rainy day fund ...believe it or not.
That's one reason why they blew a gasket over the UW's surplus. They want debt so they can show the public how insatiable and unworkable the concept of government is with our money, AND to build a debt so massive and towering that the only reasonable way out is not to take responsibility for it, but to sell off the state's public property to pay down the debt. Wait a minute ...THAT'S in the budget too. It's no conspiracy. It's right there in the printed word.
If they have no intention to provide the necessary tax revenue to pay for our needs and balance the budget today, why would they do it tomorrow? Or the next day? This is the long road to privatization. That's what it's all about.
Posted by Lou Kaye at 11:44 AM