|Tiffany not so truthful about state budget|
I read Sen. Tom Tiffany’s article about his thoughts on the present state budget. I?generally like fiction, but Tiffany’s view represents damage to our very system of governance and threats to its citizens.
I?must admit, Tiffany is good at maintaining the corporate party line and doesn’t let little things like facts get in the way.
The budget that Tiffany supports brutalizes its citizens in favor of corporate profit. It reverses environmental and labor protections that protect our jobs and our lives. It rolls back fair housing laws. It rolls back equal pay protections for women.It slashes medical assistance for the poor by rejecting the federal expansion of Medicaid. This alone will cost taxpayers $120 million more to insure 85,000 less people.
The budget contains tax breaks and handouts to road construction companies, corporate school privatizers, banks and investment companies, and alerts the Department of Natural Resources to actually assist exploiters and polluters to avoid legal responsibility for their crimes.
The budget attacks the unemployed by making it harder to collect benefits, freezes personal bank accounts in the case of accidental overpayments and makes it easier to get kicked off unemployment.
Tiffany has the gall to claim publicly that “this budget is one of the most favorable for the people of northern Wisconsin in a long time.” This man claims to be a representative while supporting policies that attack the very people he is supposed to represent.
Another of his claims is, “Wisconsin’s working families will see one of the largest income tax cuts in over a decade.” Technically, this has a grain of truth in it. Wisconsin families making over $300,000 per year will see the greatest portion of these tax breaks, along with rich corporations. The average family will receive $10. Buy your kid a third of a shoe.
This budget slashes the revenue available for the school system, judicial system, health care and voting rights, while bringing the state back to deficit spending Tiffany claims to oppose, by borrowing a billion to support road construction companies that donated to Tiffany’s campaign.
This is not just a Wisconsin problem. We have all seen these draconian measures put in place wherever Republicans control government. Terrorism is not the greatest threat to our nation. The conservative corporate agenda presents a clear and present danger.
Our nation is being drawn backwards into division and plutocracy. The conservative element of our government seems determined to strip every tax dollar from the public services they are meant to support and give it to their wealthy corporate masters.
Two-thirds of Wisconsin corporations already pay no tax. They do not support the state where they do business. They only take its resources and funds. The budget and policies that Tiffany claims are so good only take more of our money from the services that are the responsibility of government, and gives it to his rich friends.
These policies are all the more insidious because they are being put into place by supposed representatives of the people. All Tiffany, Walker and the GOP in Madison and Washington represent is the dissolution of the American government in the name of corporate profit. If we do not change the policies represented by men like Tiffany, the great American experiment will fail.
|Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:43 PM|