Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Republican have a need to mark their territory with bills calling for 2/3 majorities and Constitutional Amendments. Sen. Johnson Demands "Straight Jacket."

It would be nice if, as the title suggests, Republicans would FIRST try to practice what they preach, before forcing their theoretical policies on future legislatures and state constitutions. And perhaps they have already done that, with horrific results, and didn't care. We know spending caps destroyed the Colorado economy when a similar plan, The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), failed so miserably.

Lesson learned? Naw, just listen to the not too swift, inarticulate jumbled thought process from the arrogant Senator rich enough to buy his seat, Ron Johnson. In the clip below Johnson stammers out his justification for conservative theories, like caps and constitutional amendments, as if they were the only solutions left. Anyone who can propose putting our economy and future elected officials in a "straight jacket" is not only irresponsible, but a pompous right wing extremist. From Upfront with Mike Gousha:

ONE MORE THING: American families may have had to tighten their belts, an analogy often brought up by Republican ideologues, but can you imagine families putting a cap on spending for the rest of their lives. Think about it.

Just as revealing, check out the arrogant answers from State Rep. Mike Huebsch to State Sen. John Erpenbach when he asked about the need or wisdom of super majorities and constitutional territorial GOP markings.

Wis Radio Net: Middleton Democrat Jon Erpenbach is a member of the Senate Judiciary committee, questions former Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch about a proposal to require two-thirds supermajority for tax increases.
“Given what’s going on with the state’s deficit and the thought of tying the hands of future legislatures, in your honest opinion do you think it’s a road that we really need to go down?”
Huebsch says ‘higher taxes’ is not the answer to fill the $3 billion budget hole, and this legislation is indicative of that belief.  
Erpenbach asks whether this type of legislation, or a constitutional amendment, is really necessary in order for Republicans to cut spending. Huebsch says it’s not, however he stresses that taxes are high enough in Wisconsin and he says the government simply can’t squeeze any more money from taxpayers. The super majority gives lawmakers a chance to say “enough’s enough.

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