Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend:
“Let me be blunt: Wisconsin is out of money. Our state faces a $137 million shortfall in the current fiscal year and a projected $3.6 billion hole in the next biennium.
The recession has left Wisconsin families hurting. We simply cannot expect the taxpayers to shoulder an even greater tax burden to close the budget gap. Inaction is also not an option. Without immediate action, our most vulnerable members of society will be put at risk as the state’s coffers run dry and programs run out of money.
Labor costs account for 60% of the state general fund operational budget, and any serious budget solution must address the cost of labor.
Gov. Scott Walker is asking state employees to lend a hand in balancing the budget.
Under this plan, no public workers will lose their jobs or be forced to take furlough days.”
Admit it, you wished you lived in Wisconsin
“It’s not just that Wisconsin stands atop the football world, or that Wisconsin is quickly ascending to the top of the political world. It’s that Wisconsin’s CEO has what’s commonly known as ‘a pair’.”
What taxpayer-funded union bosses think of us
“This public employee union boss, who is paid with your tax dollars, actually called folks like you and me ‘mentally retarded’ for working to cut spending.
Voter ID? How about candidate ID?
“I think common sense suggests that the vast majority of people without IDs are too disengaged from society to ever vote anyway. Telling a man without an ID that he can’t vote would be like telling an Eskimo in Nome he’s not allowed on the beach in Cabo San Lucas.
Not really a problem.”
More f-bombs for your iPad
“When you can’t even count on the Muppets to behave in front of children, the world has become sick enough to make your head spin.”
“Planned Parenthood is a $1-plus billion business that rakes in one-third of its budget from government grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels. Congress has interrogated banking, energy, health insurance, tobacco and oil execs — treating them like serial killers before the cameras. When will they finally de-fund a corrupt industry that has real blood on its hands?”
“Remember around 15 years ago, when the alarmists were still somewhat rational, and they came up with the brilliant plan to ‘spread awareness’, rather than actually taking action in their own lives? And, if Something Wasn’t Done, winters would be a thing of the past and we would all burn? Flash forward to today, and, nothing has changed.”
Liberal bouquets for dead conservatives
“If liberals are going to celebrate Reagan, they might try to account for the fact that they fought his every move, alternating between derision and slander in the process.”
“The opening line in a New York Times piece caught my attention. It is typical of how government, once it gets control of something, then begins to expand it (and make it more costly for everyone) as it sees fit. Note the key falsehood in the sentence…”