… and business taxes must be on top of the list!
By Jack E. Lohman
How many more businesses and jobs must Wisconsin lose before we get serious about fixing our system?
Opposition candidates for Wisconsin governor now include Scott Walker, Mark Todd and Mark Neumann. Todd and Neumann are businessmen; Walker is Milwaukee’s County Executive. All are Republicans running to unseat Jim Doyle.
The big issue will be taxes. Doyle raised them in areas the Republicans reject, but in power they’d also raise them in different areas. That’s the name of the game; our current electoral system demands it.
Taxes increase because spending increases, and none of the four have a plan to stop it. Or even want to. Spending occurs when politicians give taxpayer assets to the special interests that fund their elections, and none of the candidates support stopping that cash flow. Our state’s economy becomes trashed, hurting both businesses and consumers alike.
Only meaningful campaign finance reform will fix the system, the best option being full public funding of campaigns. We must get politicians voting on behalf of the state’s economy, not their own wallets. Doyle talked big but after winning his election we learned he was only tricking us.
Both Walker and Neumann opposed reform while in office. None want to give up the flow of legal bribes, as they prefer incumbancy over sound government.
Unfortunately, while taxpayers want politicians to vote in the best interest of the state, the special interests funding the elections want exactly the opposite, and they usually win.
However taxes are applied to businesses, they are passed on to the public in one form or another. Whether in higher product prices or state fees or taxes on product sales, we all pay them. But in the process we make Wisconsin’s corporations uncompetitive with product from other countries.
Our state should have zero taxes on companies whose products or services are manufactured or provided by state workers. Companies who manufacture out of the state or country should be subject to the current or increased taxes.
If we are willing to implement meaningful campaign reform, individuals will not have to make up the difference. If politicians insist on maintaining the current political corruption, individual taxes will need to be raised.
With a stronger state economy and business climate we’d have companies and jobs coming to the state rather than leaving. But will the politicians give up the payola?
Beyond that there’s health care, with the insurance industry fighting to keep a share of your income and our economy and business profits, with many of our state’s political and business leaders still falling for their rhetoric. The chances are slim that Obama will do anything smart, and we may prefer no bill over a bad bill. Then it will fall to the states to be innovative, and so far only Doyle has shown promise in this area.
— Get used to it. This is a “cause and effect” problem. Nothing else. It is 100% caused by a corrupt political system: Politicians who are willing to give away taxpayer assets to acquire the funds necessary to stay in office. They even get a piece of your “private” healthcare dollar. Aren’t they great?
— Is our political corruption any different from that in Afghanistan or Somalia or any other troubled nation? We already have anti-tax demonstrations across the county. At what point will they turn violent? When we have to turn the guns on them will we then realize that we have a political corruption problem?
— I ask again: Just how long would a corporation last if it had a board of directors that took money from special interests that received corporate assets owned by its shareholders? Are our politicians any different?