About That Budget Deficit in Wisconsin

From Talking Points Memo:

The reality is radically different. Unlike true austerity measures — service rollbacks, furloughs, and other temporary measures that cause pain but save money — rolling back worker’s bargaining rights by itself saves almost nothing on its own. But Walker’s doing it anyhow, to knock down a barrier and allow him to cut state employee benefits immediately.

Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state’s fiscal bureau — the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — concluded that Wisconsin isn’t even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.

“Walker was not forced into a budget repair bill by circumstances beyond he control,” says Jack Norman, research director at the Institute for Wisconsin Future — a public interest think tank. “He wanted a budget repair bill and forced it by pushing through tax cuts… so he could rush through these other changes.”

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  1. Total bullcrap. The fatcat banksters fubared the financial system, so now we got to stick it to the teachers? Total crap. The teachers didn’t bring about the recession. Why punish them?

  2. oh, it’s not just the teachers- it is every unionized state employee, right down to the lowly teaching assistant grad students and paramedics. my problem is that removing the right to collective bargaining does not solve the budget problem. the bargaining is the solution to the problem. this guy (and all his other ultra-conservative “pro-business” friends), just hates that laborers have the right to better working environments, salaries and benefits.

    how dare he spit on the faces of all of those state workers. those people sacrifice the higher wages available in the private sector in order to get those benefits and care for their families.

    p.s. fuck you, scott walker.

  3. If I’m not mistaken, Rachel Maddow said on last night’s show that the firefighters and police unions were exempt from the bill. Coincidentally, these were the only two unions that supported Walker in the election. What a dick.

  4. I am so sick of no one pointing out that the tea baggers who want to cut taxes and “drown government in a bathtub” while wrapping themselves in the flag of patriotism, are truly treasonous enemies of our country.

    What “patriot” wants to destroy our form of government?

    1. I know! Tea baggers are like only two steps away from being Hitler and stuff!

      Seriously, though, this kind of rhetoric is just silly and not really helpful. Hitler references are the extreme, but calling them “treasonous enemies of our country” is rhetoric of a similar pedigree.

      I strongly suspect that, as misguided as their actions are, they are acting from a genuine desire to help the country. The trick is getting them to see that their attempts to help are actually causing harm.

      Of course all of the above is in reference to tea baggers in general. Walker in particular may actually be a treasonous enemy of our country who is genuinely trying to destroy our form of government. Or maybe not, I don’t know. Either way he is clearly a douche bag.

      1. “You know who else thought he was helping his country?

        That’s right. Hitler.”

        Of course. Forgive me. I forgot for second that anyone with whom I disagree is necessarily trying to destroy the country. I feel so silly.

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