cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Tucked away in the 1,743 page budget document created by Governor Doyle was the elimination of cost analysis for state contracts. Apparently he believes that we all should be comfortable with his ability to decide what to spend, when, at what amount and with whom. And, we should be so trusting as to permit all this to occur with no oversight.
I, for one, do not feel good about this possibility. Some Democrats, very few actually, have indicated that they, too, feel a bit queasy at this thought. I presume that all Republicans will also share that queasy feeling.
This needs to be taken out of the budget as one of the very first actions taken.
Beyond this obvious "misdirection" play attempt, there is something even more onerous that jumps out at me.
Our governor is apparently taking lessons, and learning them very quickly and very well, from President Obama. This is precisely the "stuff" that has been permitted to occur in Washington and it will prove to have been disastrous so far as the economy is concerned.
We appear to be on a spending binge that even the proverbial "drunken sailors" would eschew. Washington is intent on "spreading the wealth" and it appears that same mantra is at work in Wisconsin. The only problem with this approach is quite simple: wealth is not the property of the nation or the state to distribute. The spreading of wealth will prove to have been the signature failure of this era.
We are tasked to pay the mortgages of others without any voice in the matter. Our national debt is run up in chucks of trillions of dollars and there has been virtually no debate since but one political party is in absolute control. Our learned leaders are pushing us over the edge of that dreaded "slippery slope", and they're doing it with smiles upon their faces.
This is also the case in Wisconsin; there is but one political party in absolute control, and there is virtually no debate.
We must remember this travesty every time we vote from here on out; presuming that the powerful ones do not come up with some new reason to deny us that right.