Neumann-Walker debate; a toss-up

… yet missing some very critical questions.

By Jack E. Lohman

Same old, same old, but absolutely nothing on how they are going to get the state legislature — which is owned and operated by special interests —  to put meaningful legislation on their desk. Until that happens there will be nothing good to be signed.

Wisconsin’s big problem is spending money on special-interest giveaways rather than needed state infrastructure, like schools and special education. But school kids don’t fund the elections; the Fat Cats do, and neither candidate wanted to tackle that.

Neither of these guys really get it. Our country and state are in deep financial trouble, and 80% of the problems can be traced to bribery in the political system, and 20% to stupid attempts to satisfy voter pressure. So what do they concentrate on? The latter.

Jobs

First and foremost we must get back into Wisconsin the jobs that were lost due to NAFTA and CAFTA trade giveaways our corrupt congress created. Jobs will only be created by cutting to zero the taxes paid by corporations who employ Wisconsin workers. And we must eliminate corporate healthcare costs, which is best done by supplanting ObamaCare with a state-run single payer system.

Only then will corporations be able to compete with foreign manufacturers and only then will we be able to attract new businesses to the state and keep the ones we have. Reducing unemployment increases the tax base.

Legislative Reform

None of this will occur as long as state legislators and their re-election campaigns are funded by special interests who want in taxpayer pockets. Election reforms are absolutely mandatory — like public funding of campaigns, instant runoff voting, none-of-the-above ballot choices, pay-for-performance for politicians, and smaller districts and more representation.

Can you imagine corruption being bad in Afghanistan but okay in Wisconsin?

Government Reform

Indeed we have great waste, much because government departments are always created but never eliminated. An independent commission must be established to review the size of each department, its purpose and need in today’s world, and the salaries as they relate to private industry. Departments no longer needed must be eliminated. Salaries and retirement benefits must br brought into line with private industry.

As a disclosure I am a Neumann supporter, though I can imagine that he wished I weren’t. I do disagree with some of his positions. But if a good bill on public policy were to reach his desk, I see him signing it. Scott Walker does not have that history.

2 Responses to Neumann-Walker debate; a toss-up

  1. John says:

    Jack, you have heard of the recent research into education level and eventual wages when comparing public and private workers? You suggested that pulbic workers pay must be brought in line with private workers, when the research clearly shows public pay is lower than private based on job type and education.

    I still haven’t done a story on this myself, so the facts I’m passing along to you are based on economists comments and political punditry. So, no link.

  2. I’ve seen just the opposite, John, but IF you are right then public wages should increase. Except for California I don’t see “wages” as a major problem, but they should be in parity nonetheless. And we should get rid of government waste.

    What I mainly see is a corrupt political system that fuels spending and high taxes, and even the Righties should be upset. But they aren’t.

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