Hypocrisy of Wisconsin Democrats

Hypocrisy is on full display in the Wisconsin recalls.

Just days after recall petitions were turned into the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is demanding Governor Walker cease a so-called “recall stall” and effectively end the verification process for the nearly one million recall signatures.

Despite a signature gathering period marred by numerous concrete and anecdotal incidents of fraud, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is brazenly demanding Governor Walker “instruct his fanatics” to cease their efforts to verify the recall signatures. Their logic of course being that since the Democratic Party claimed they have one million signatures, it would be “frivolous” to ascertain how many of those signatures are valid.

And here’s why this call by Mike Tate and the Wisconsin Democrats is total hypocrisy.

  • For over 3 weeks in early 2011, 14 Democratic state senators fled Wisconsin to Illinois to indefinitely delay a vote on Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.
  • When the Budget Repair Bill was passed in mid-March 2011, Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette delayed publishing the new law.
  • Before the Budget Repair Bill could go into effect, Democrat District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed a lawsuit with the Dane County Circuit Court to issue a stay on the law.
  • After losing the 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election, liberal candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg demanded a month-long recount that saw little change in the vote totals and confirmed a Prosser victory.

The recall is going to be expensive for taxpayers. However it’s only going to be expensive because the Democrats insisted on it. Instead of waiting until the next election, they threw a tantrum that is resulting in something totally unnecessary.

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Just a reminder for voters in the 2nd …

when Nancy Nusbaum was Brown County Executive spending increased dramatically.

Brown County officials looked up the budget numbers for us, focusing on the seven budgets Nusbaum signed from late 1995 to early 2003.

Operating spending went up 53 percent over those seven years. That works out to an average increase of 6.3 percent per year. State, local and federal funds contribute to the budget.

So the ad is on target numerically.

Indeed, Nusbaum does not dispute the numbers in it and did not criticize the ad as unfair but noted the County Board had a role in the budgets.

By contrast, the spending increase over the seven years following Nusbaum’s tenure was 34 percent, which is 4.2 percent per year on average.

If you live in the 2nd Senate District do you want a return big spending ways that won’t move Wisconsin “FORWARD”?

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Today: Vote Rob Cowles in the 2nd

If you live in the Wisconsin 2nd Senate District you need to get out & vote for Rob Cowles.  This recent letter to the editor explains why:

For years, Cowles has consistently said we need to balance our state’s budget without gimmicks, stop raiding funds to balance our state budget, and stop using one-time money to continue bloated state spending.

Last fall, Wisconsin elected people that have done those very things. For the first time in years, the state eliminated a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall. Wisconsin finally has a balanced state budget without using gimmicks or one-time money.

Wisconsin has paid back funds that the courts ruled were illegally taken and used in the last budget cycle. Important programs like Medicaid are receiving an additional $1.2 billion over and above the last budget cycle to help the poor and the elderly. And for the first time in a long time, many of Wisconsin’s schools are balancing their budgets without tax increases and without laying off good, hard-working teachers.

Lower taxes, strong schools, helping those in need, eliminating billion-dollar budget deficits without gimmicks and giving Wisconsin its first truly balanced budget in over a decade.

Wisconsin needs to stay on the path moving “FORWARD”, that happens by keeping Rob Cowles and the other Republicans facing bogus recall elections in office.

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Where’s Your Budget?

Let’s be perfectly frank, when it comes to the so-called debt-ceiling “deal” I’m not exactly a fan.  I don’t think it goes far enough when it comes to making spending cuts.  That being said it does seem that thanks to the stand by many freshman Republicans and the Tea Party things are better than they could have been when the debate started.  And the Republicans have presented a budget which is more than President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate have done.  As Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) points out:

Nevertheless, the president still hasn’t shown us his cards. He still hasn’t put forward a credible plan to tackle the threat of ever-rising spending and debt, and his evasiveness is emblematic of the party he leads.

Ever since they abused the budget process to jam their health-care takeover through Congress last year, the Democrats have simply done away with serious budgeting altogether. The simplest explanation—and the president’s real bluff—is that they don’t want to commit publicly to the kind of tax increases and health-care rationing that would be required to sustain their archaic vision of government.

The president’s February budget deliberately dodged the tough choices necessary to confront the threat of runaway federal spending. It was rejected unanimously in a Senate controlled by his own party.

In short it’s been nothing but rhetoric instead of leadership coming from the Oval Office.

Since then he has offered a lot of rhetoric but no real plan to avoid a spending-driven debt crisis. His speeches and press conferences are no substitutes for actual budgets with specific numbers and independently verified projections of future deficits and debt. Meanwhile, it has been over two years since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed any budget at all. This is a historic failure to fulfill one of the most basic responsibilities of governing.

This leadership deficit has thrown the federal budget process into chaos at the worst possible time.

While this so-called “deal” is far from perfect there is a silver lining:

The president tried to use the debt-ceiling negotiations to secure the first of many tax increases that his party needs to pay for its legacy of unfunded promises. He failed. Instead, Republicans won the policy debate by securing the first of many spending restraints we need to avoid a debt-driven economic calamity.

The question is when will President Obama and the Democrats be willing to have meaningful debate when it comes to a “real” budget plan?

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