The worldwide economy has tanked; the U.S. economy has tanked; the state's economy has tanked -- but Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, blames Gov. Jim Doyle.
Doyle, not coincidentally, is a Democrat.
As the Legislative Fiscal Bureau yesterday issued its latest dire prediction of future state revenue -- another drop of $1.45 billion over the next three years -- Vos wasted no time issuing the following statement:
“We heard last week that the increased deficit would be bad and today the Legislative Fiscal Bureau has confirmed that it is even worse than we had originally thought. This incredible revenue decline and subsequent major increase in the deficit should finally signal to taxpayers that Governor Doyle has been overreaching in his claims that our budget woes are solely due to the national economy. There are very few states in the country facing a worse fiscal situation than Wisconsin.Aw, c'mon, Robin. Give Doyle a break. He didn't cause the economy to tank. Whatever his "reckless tax-and-spend policies" may have done on the state level, they're incidental to what's happened to our 401k's, the stock market, and the millions of jobs nationally that have disappeared. Working together through this mess would be more beneficial than lobbing more knee-jerk partisan attacks.
“Because most small business owners file their business taxes as individuals, the decline in individual income tax collections indicates that employers throughout Wisconsin are suffering the tremendous burden of Governor Doyle’s reckless tax-and-spend policies instituted over the last six years. The only thing Democrats can do to improve this terrible hardship on employers and families is stop taxing people to death and start cutting the size of government.”
Then, after we're all back at work, let the political games begin again.