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
Governor Doyle has been quoted as saying that he may have to raise taxes in order to continue to fund education in Wisconsin.
The significance of that statement is far-reaching and not just a little disconcerting. Up to this point, he has stated that he has not raised taxes. We know better, but he couches the "raising" of taxes as meaning the big three: income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes.
This utterance by our governor must indicate that the big three are now subject to being increased; this, of course, after he has managed to create more taxes and more fee increases after we all thought there were no more that he could find.
Coupled with all this is his recent indication that he simply hasn't given any thought to a campaign for a third term because he has to stay focused on the economic plight of Wisconsin that was caused by the national economic crisis. Now, we all know that this statement just isn't true. He thought about running for a third term even before he was sworn in for the second term, and he has likely thought of that every day since his second inauguration.
There continue to be rumors that he will not run since he thinks he might well lose; those rumors usually end up by saying that he would love a federal judgeship.
Whatever. Our state will need a long time to recover no matter what his decision will be; and the bulk of our problems were home grown and not foisted upon us by the national economic crisis. That simply brought them to light sooner than might otherwise have been the case.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Joe The Mouth".