May 31, 2003
We elected them?
Watching the Republican "leaders" fumble this budget makes me wonder why we test teachers, firefighters, cops, and schoolchildren when we do not test legislative candidates. Like police officers and firefighters, they are dealing with life and death issues. But am I the only one who is reminded of "Lord of the Flies"? If you haven't read Golding's book recently, check it out of the library--if the libraries remain open after this crowd is finished.
The reason for the I.Q. test idea for legislators came to me while reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Saturday morning. It is quite apparent these right-wingers do not understand the basic role of government in our society. They see it only as a platform for gimmicks and nonsense. Dean Kaufert, co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, said, "We're going to make cuts so that state government doesn't grow." Then he announced that he and his right-wing pals would cut state government by another $100 million and then freeze state expenditures for three years. What is he talking about? No more roads for three years? People should stop having children until 2006? The Department of Commerce should keep new companies out if they might be a burden on taxpayers? Hold off on going to technical college or the University of Wisconsin for three years? This is nuts.
Not to be outdone, Alberta Darling also spoke the other day. She does not want to "de-equalize" taxes, whatever that means. Then she is quoted saying, "We have to lead by example. If we continue to have fiscal disarray and sloppy fiscal irresponsibility, we can't get there." According to Alberta, we are in the midst of "sloppy fiscal irresponsibility." Words to live by.
And we thought the Reimer/Doyle budget was awful. Wait until these Republicans, who seem hell-bent on the destruction of state government, get their budget out there for inspection.
Time for a part-time Legislature and a qualification test before running.
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