Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lord of the Flies -- Democrat style

It didn't take long for the Democrats in the State Senate to dump party leader Judy Robson of Beloit.

It happened less than 24 hours after all 18 Senate Democrats voted in favor of the compromise state budget deal.

The chief complaint seems to be that Robson didn't battle hard enough to keep some of the ground the Senate Democrats wanted.

Yet all 18 voted FOR the budget they didn't like.

As if the Demoditzs weren't enough threatre of the absurd, the Republitwits voted unanimously in the Senate to reject the budget deal that a bipartisan conference committee hammered out.

There's a lot not to like in the budget deal but it's a real slap in the face to your own conferees to turn your back on them as both the Demoditzs and Republitwits did.

But, hey, it's Madison. There must be something in the water because these two sides seem unwilling to understand or appreciate the true meaning of governance.

On top of that, one of the main culprits -- lack of economic growth in the state -- has been ignored by both parties. If the economy grows, there might not be a need for new taxes.

The budget deal is one that few should be proud of. Our state could do better if the folks we elected -- regardless of party affiliation -- sat down, shut up and did what they were elcted to do rather than goof around looking for every available opportunity to stick it to the other side.

There's blame on all sides here. There are some simplistic Republicans who boil it down to whether there's a tax increase or not.

But governing isn't always that simple. Just as we've had to pay more for gasoline, milk, bread and the like the state's routine expenses have also gone up. The problem has been the failure to grow the economy.

It's easy to ramble off at the mouth, jot off an incendiary press release and go through the motions. It's a lot harder to actually engage in governance.


Dad29 said...


Let's raise taxes enough to close the 'structural deficit,' and see who's still around to pay them...

RAG said...

I'm not sure the answer is raising taxes -- particularly ones that affect the broader spectrum of state residents.

The real answer is getting serious about growing the economy.

I do remember, though, when Tony Earl was governor and there was a shortfall. They did a temporary surcharge which, surprise, was temporary (unlike most taxes) and repealed sooner than expected when things turned around. Tony Earl ("Tony the Taxer") took a lot of heat for that but at least he was up front about it and we didn't go through the b.s. that's happened since.

Nobody likes to pay higher prices, higher taxes, etc. But if a need really does exist to fund basic, traditional government services, then it's incumbent on the governemnt to first, be as lean and efficient as possible, and second, to be as open and honest as possible about the situation at hand. I don't think we had either this time.

Dad29 said...

You're right.

And we will NEVER see "clean, efficient" Gummint delivering ONLY the "needs."

By the way, wasn't it Dreyfus who sent back Tony's overcharge?