Teabaggers overlook “cause and effect”

Have our schools failed us?

By Jack E. Lohman

So the conservatives — after increasing the size of government by 10% over the last eight years — are now not happy with the increased taxes that resulted. Duh!!!

Did Wisconsin schools not teach the phenomena of “cause and effect?” Did conservatives not understand how the dominoes would fall if they kept spending taxpayer dollars on roads and bridges to nowhere? Did they ever wonder what was causing all of this government spending?

The “cause” is simple. Special interests give politicians campaign cash so they spend taxpayer money on their special projects. CEOs are not stupid. Campaign cash works, or it wouldn’t be given.

The “effect” is equally simple: taxes increase.

Oh, we didn’t count on thaaat!

There is only one thing that will cause taxes to go down; less spending. In Wisconsin our legislature spends $1300 per taxpayer per year on government giveaways to special interests that fund their elections, and both the Republicans and Democrats are guilty of succumbing to contributor pressure. Both receive cash bribes.

The cost to the special interests? About $5 per taxpayer per year in campaign contributions, but they get the $1300 in return. In the business world they call that an excellent return on investment.

So what would happen if the taxpayers spent the $5 instead? Well, that’s what we call public funding of campaigns. We ‘d save most or all of the $1300 if we eliminated the bribes.

Is there any reason why the taxpayers should not make this excellent investment?

None, except that it would level the playing field for challengers and politicians don’t like level playing fields. And conservatives prefer paying the $1300 rather than the $5. Go figure.

Politicians are paid by special interests to spend money foolishly and by the taxpayers to spend money smartly. So we as a country would be far better off publicly funding the elections. We are doing it now through the back door, let’s do it up front.

And for the record, I’m not opposed to today’s teabagger rally if it remains sensible. It may send a message to politicians that things must change. But I worry about the obvious denseness of those who do not see the high costs of our system of bribery, and hope that we can get them back into math class.

Some are concerned with high taxes in general, others with Obama’s plan to increase them for over-$250K families. Most of us, 95%, wish we had that worry.


— Norm Coleman knows he will lose but the longer he can hold out, the longer the Dems are short a vote in the senate. The Republican governor should at least make Franken a temporary appointment.

—  The pirates are now mad at us. Shame on Obama. Better that we start blowing them out of the water before they reach our ships. There’s no better way of sending the message. Electrified barbed wire will slow them down and provide a more stable target, but arms on board are necessary.

— Too bad John McCain left Sarah Palin off his list of potential leaders. She has potential, and probably more than current leadership.

— Corporate taxes are again in the air, and they shouldn’t be. They shouldn’t be taxed at all, unless they send jobs overseas. Otherwise, they just pass their taxes and high legal costs of tax avoidance on to consumers. And we make them uncompetitive in the process. Are more math classes in order?

— Yes, there’s been a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” just as there was “leftwing extremist activity” when Bush did some of his stupid things.  I see both as a good balance as long as they don’t turn into riots or violations of civil rights.

10 Responses to Teabaggers overlook “cause and effect”

  1. John Hyland says:

    Let’s see! Under Bush, it went up by 10% in 8 years. What was the inflation rate for those ten years. I’d be willing to bet it would be considerably more than 10%!

  2. John, I am absolutely not in agreement with Obama’s fix, and the future effects that fix will have on our debt. I voted for Bush twice, but given his trashing of the system and what he’s left for Obama to deal with, I’m also not willing to give him a passing grade as a president.

  3. Ken Van Doren says:


    I have been stumbling upon you on the internet trying to teach you exactly what you accuse others of not understanding, that is cause and effect. Glad ;to see you are finally getting it. But, your criticism is a bit off the mark. Almost from day one, I was criticizing GB II for his hypocrisy. Low taxes are great. Big goverNMEnt is not. Almost every problem we have is either caused by or made worse by government intrusion, including one of your pet causes, high cost of medicine. And as our debt grows, you can blame the goverNMEnt for the high cost of everything, as almost everything will be taxed higher to support our goverNMEnts.

    But are these protesters off base? Perhaps some, but not all. I for one protested the profligacy of the GB II admininistration, as well as his attacks on our rights. I remember commenting early on, that his pretension of being “conservative,” and in favor of a “free market” when he really was not, most likely would confuse people, or to falsely accuse free market policies of the disaster he was causing. And so it came to pass….

    Milt Freidman once said of his father, “George Bush is the worst thing to happen to the Republican Party in the last 75 years.” If his comment was about junior, he would not have needed the qualifying phrase.

    And some of us were or will be protesting the Republicans as much as the Democrats. I for one.

  4. Ken, I never say never, and I will never say that government is bad at all things. We taxpayers are paying something like ten times more for private troops in the middle east than we pay for government troops. We are paying 17-20% more for private Medicare than for public Medicare. And we are doing that because private companies can give campaign contributions and public companies can’t. How much do you think mailing a letter would cost if you turned the post office over to Halliburton?

    I said above that I am not against these protests, if they stay civil. It is unfortunate that they are supported by wackos like Coulter and Limbaugh and driven by Fox commentators.

    Simply, if our private corporations were run by shareholders rather than greedy CEOs with incestuous Boards, I’d have more trust in them. But they aren’t and I don’t.

    In sum, the right wing simply doesn’t understand the effects of our corrupt political system. Politicians take money from the special interests that want in the pockets of the taxpayers, and as long as we have a privatized campaign system it will remain that way. Protest if you will, but expect more of the same.

  5. Soapbox Jill says:

    What are you? Who is your “we” group? Not conservatives, although calling Bush 2 conservative is inaccurate by definition. You like Palin? But are mum on Obama? Libertarian? Who are you politically?

    I agree with you in theory about special interest money. It can steal individual votes and dollars by influencing things. On the other hand, some special interest groups represent me, and give my voice more power. Like the NRA, for example. I think the details of these groups and their influence would need to be unraveled and laid out in a straight line to judge them correctly.

  6. >>> What are you?

    You can see my complete disclosure HERE and more details at the last link on the page.

    >>> Who is your “we” group?

    All of the groups in Wisconsin that want to get the graft out of government decisions. You know, like “corruption.”

    >>> Not conservatives…

    Who knows what “conservative” is? People that want to keep the graft in government? No. That we are not.

    >>> You like Palin?

    Yes, on her own and without the McCain handlers (though I voted for McCain).

    >>> But are mum on Obama?

    Generally I think Obama is trying his best (though I didn’t vote for him). But he is working with a crooked bunch (like, $46 million from the insurance industry to kill healthcare reform). And I disagree with his bailouts.

    >>> Libertarian?

    On some issues, but they are too extreme on others.

    >>> Who are you politically?

    See the full disclosure here. Where’s yours?

    >>> “special interest money … can steal individual votes and dollars by influencing things. On the other hand, some special interest groups represent me, and give my voice more power. ”

    Wow. So you’re okay with bribers as long as they are “your” bribers?

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