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.