Republicans love to hand out corporate welfare, tax credits, to attracted and retain businesses in Wisconsin. The GOP grovels at the feet of anything that comes along that promises to create jobs. It matters little if it reduces the states general fund to pay its bills. There’s no balance for these conservative free marketers who don’t see a corporate responsibility for public services.
Which leads me to a major bone of contention when it comes to the Republican gubernatorial run in the upcoming 2010 elections.
Watch for the words freedom, liberty, business, jobs and any reference to environmental policy. Freedom and liberty refer to corporate deregulation and liability. It also allows “Joe Citizen” the freedom to take on big business in the courts, laws permitting and at their own expense, because individually we’ve got the power to scare their corporate trial lawyers.
Check out the following comments from the GOP candidates for governor from Upfront with Mike Gousha (goo-Shay): Failed Republican Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s promise of liberty and freedom, along with the corporate policy focus of former right wing crazy and politician Mark Neumann. Neumann already has corporate donors calling him up asking how they can help (donate?). And those other, more troublesome issues, like doing away with poverty, investing in education and replacing Wisconsin’s aging infrastructure? All in good time… like never. Have you noticed there's never a really good time to spend that extra money?
What I don't understand is how anyone can think (Republicans don't) that as state services increase in price, we can enact policies that reduce state coffers by cutting taxes or advocating year long sales tax holidays. I guess that's what makes them fiscal geniuses.