Scott Walker Throwing Wisconsin Under the Bus for His Own Presidential Aspirations

1898983_10152229484457489_1415292464_nTax cuts and the Republican party are synonymous with one another.  Cutting taxes has been an intricate part of the Republican platform for as long as I’ve been alive, and the rhetoric only seems to be getting worse with each passing year.  It’s essentially their entire economy policy.

How are we going to grow our GDP, create jobs, balance the budget, reduce our national debt, lower unemployment and increase wages?

Tax cuts!

Despite the fact that for over 30 years we’ve endured trickle-down economics and there’s been absolutely no correlation between tax cuts and economic prosperity.

But just like how Republicans use “small government” to manipulate millions of people to side with them, “tax cuts” is another term Republicans use to garner support from those who seem to be willfully ignorant about our economy.  Millions of people who admit that over the last 30+ years wages have stalled, their benefits have shrunk, pensions vanished and hours increased – yet still believe that more tax cuts are the answer to their economic salvation.

However, most of us know what trickle-down economics really does.  It makes the wealthy even wealthier at the expense of everyone else.

Well, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has decided that his state needs to cut taxes because his state is slated for a $1 billion surplus next year.

Makes sense, right?  Ignore the fact that even though he’s bragging about the surplus within his state, he still had the nerve to ask President Obama for federal funds to help his state during a propane shortage.

Nothing quite like being the party that often stands against “big government spending,” begging for money from that very same government just after bragging about your state’s $1 billion surplus.

Though, like I said, the reason why he doesn’t want to touch that surplus is because he wants to cut taxes.  Not because taxes need to be cut.  No.  But because he wants something to run on in 2016 when he runs for president.

But by pushing for this tax cut, he’s essentially throwing the state of Wisconsin under the proverbial bus in the future.

Hey, you don’t have to take my word for it.  Republican State Senator Dale Shultz (a 22-year veteran) said about Walker’s tax plan, “The tax plan sets us up for a very bad time in the future.”

See, apparently Wisconsin has some rather large bills due in the next several years and several Wisconsin Republicans feel that these tax cuts will burden the state in the future.

A future that Scott Walker seems to believe he won’t be a part of.

Walker clearly wants to use these tax cuts as a “chip” he can use for his probable 2016 presidential run.  He wants to be able to say that under his leadership he took a deficit, flipped it into a surplus then cut taxes for the people of Wisconsin.  Leaving out the part that by doing so he’s screwing the state in the future when those bills they have coming due need to be paid.

But hey, if he becomes president, what does he care, right?

Those looming deficits can get saddled to the next governor.  It’s a similar strategy to how Republicans tag our 2009 deficits on President Obama when that budget was passed in 2008 under George W. Bush.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, a Democrat, put it perfectly, “The national spotlight is all he cares about.  The long-term future of whatever entity he is governing is secondary to his political ambitions.”

And if you look at future projects, he’s absolutely right.  Though the next two budget cycles are projected to yield surpluses, the following two are projecting close to a $700 million deficit.  And if Walker gets his tax cuts that number is expected to balloon to $800 million.

Democratic Representative Cory Mason sits on the joint-finance panel.  He said of Walker’s tax proposal, “If you’re a governor trying to manage the fiscal ship of state to make sure you’re in a good place in the next budget, none of this makes sense.  Unless you’re a governor who’s running for president who can say, ‘I did more tax cuts than other governors.'”

And I fully believe that’s exactly what Scott Walker is trying to do.  Nothing sounds better to the Republican voter than, “I cut taxes when I was in charge.”  It doesn’t matter what the result of those tax cuts were, or even if they made sense, just as long as they cut taxes.

Common sense would say why not wait another year, see how the next budget is going to look, then decide if you’re going to cut taxes?  If your primary goal is to help the state of Wisconsin, wouldn’t that be the responsible thing to do?  Why risk cutting taxes now when many people (including several Republicans) are expecting large deficits when the next budget needs to be passed?

Those are all rhetorical questions obviously.  Most of us know why he’s doing it.  He can’t run for president in 2016, using his tax cuts as a catalyst for support, if he waits too long.

But in his blind ambition to become the next President of the United States, Scott Walker is proving that he’ll throw the entire state under the bus if it helps him achieve his own selfish goals.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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