I believe that Democrats are getting themselves into a very bad strategic position but I'm not sure how many of them even realize it.
For several weeks they have been bemoaning how horrible life will be in America if the sequestration spending cuts go through as scheduled. Republicans in the House of Representatives already passed two measures that would help target the spending cuts better but Democrats in the Senate have done nothing and the president is too busy playing golf and shooting skeet to care.
This week, I introduced the 2013-15 biennial state budget.
We focused on our five priorities, which are creating jobs, developing our workforce, transforming education, reforming government, and investing in infrastructure. Specifically I’m proud to announce a $343 million middle-class income tax cut. Under our budget plan, you, the hardworking middle-class taxpayers, will get to keep more of the money you earn.
While reducing income taxes, we also worked to control spending to ensure the promises we make today will be able to be fulfilled in the future. The budget I proposed contains a responsible, comprehensive entitlement reform package. These programs will provide a hand up, but not a permanent hand out.
Reforming entitlements, focusing on my five main priorities, and cutting income taxes are all aimed at providing Wisconsin citizens with more prosperity, better performance, and true independence.
In my State of the State address, I stood with operating engineers from Local 139, and carpenters and millwrights from northern Wisconsin locals of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, all who are looking for work.
Passing a bill that streamlines the process for safe and environmentally sound mining, could lead to as many as 3,000 construction-related jobs and 2,800 long-term jobs.
We have the potential for a billion and a half dollar investment right here in our state that would be a lifeline to the people of Iron County. The benefits will be felt all across Wisconsin.
I applaud the Legislature for moving quickly to introduce mining legislation. Reforming current law to allow for a predictable and practical method to obtain a mining permit will help move our state forward.
We will continue to work together to reform the permitting process, while keeping intact the environmental safeguards that protect our air, land, and water resources.
The REAL Race to the Bottom
It is unfair that some have more than others. It is unfair that some are born rich, others poor. It is unfair that some people are smarter than others, It is unfair that some people have better skills than others. It is unfair that some people are luckier than others. It is unfair that some people have a higher energy level than others, and are willing to work longer, harder, smarter than others.
But is it JUST for the government to take what belongs to one person and give it to another against his will? Why is it any more just for government to do what you and I would go to prison for doing? Moreover, what kind of society are we likely to create when we provide increased incentives to become takers, fewer incentives to become or remain producers?
President Obama got what he demanded, a tax increase on the job-creating sector of America's economy - ‘the rich.’ It will harm economic growth, hinder new job creation and, at most, reduce our annual deficit by about 5%.
President Obama then left town with 95% of the deficits still unresolved. Treasury Secretary Geithner issued a statement on December 31st that the nation had already gone over the debt ceiling cliff - $16.4 trillion. President Obama blew through the most recent $2.1 trillion debt ceiling in only 17 months. This fiscal path is clearly unsustainable.