Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mary Lazich Still Wants to Raise Your Taxes

A week ago we noted that state senator Mary Lazich wanted to introduce a bill that would create a Silver Alert system here in Wisconsin. At the time we thought this was odd because Lazich, who has a history of talking tough when it comes cutting taxes, was introducing a program that was going to cost money, money that was presumably going to come from the tax payers of Wisconsin.

We feel no differently today.

This weekend Lazich's back with more craven pandering to the elderly voters of her district with a pull-on-your-heartstrings post on what a great idea the Silver Alert program would be, but there still no mention on how much it would cost or where the money would come from. We find this particularly insulting since Lazich posted, not one, but two taxes-are-going-to-get-out-of-control posts on Wednesday. Here's a snipette of her glossing over a piece from the Washington Times:
The newspaper has a quote to remember from political strategist Trent Duffy: "Most reporters are covering the state budgets and thinking 'Oh, the poor states,' and no one is looking at this from the perspective of the taxpayers who are the ones whose wallets are going to be on the line."

How true.
True, indeed. More so since Lazich herself seems to be just one of those legislators not looking out for tax payers, or at least doing so only in a manner that suits her fancy.

Let's get this straight: this isn't about old people or Alzheimer's -- this is about holding a public official accountable to her rhetoric. At the beginning of the year, Lazich said in no uncertain terms that "more taxes are not the solution." In the same post she wrote, "The way to reduce taxes is to reduce spending."

But here she is proposing more state spending.

So let's have Lazich answer a few questions for us:
  • How much will a Silver Alert Program in Wisconsin cost?
  • Where will the money come from?
  • Why is now a good time to spend this money given the current budget deficit?
I don't think these are unreasonable questions and apparently I might not be alone.

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