March 12th, 2014

When Scott Walker runs for president in 2016…

…which I happen to think he will, he can point to this accomplishment:

With growing tax collections now expected to give the state a $1billion budget surplus in June 2015, Walker’s bill will cut property and income taxes for families and businesses, and zero out all income taxes for manufacturers in the state,” reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

11 Responses to “When Scott Walker runs for president in 2016…”

  1. Don Carlos Says:

    Pointing to a major accomplishment is fine, except it will register with exactly none of the 47%. My guess (er, ‘estimate’, as a source not authorized to speak by superiors) is that no more than 5% of the 53% remaining potential voters may notice this.

  2. Paul in Boston Says:

    How can that be an accomplishment? That money belongs to the government so that it can take care of the poor, the sick, women, and children who need it much more than you do.

  3. parker Says:

    Walker never graduated from college and probably started a war on women by pulling some girls ponytail in the 2nd grade….. obviously unfit to be president.

  4. southpaw Says:

    Don Carlos hit the nail on the head. Half the country could care less about not paying the taxes they’re not paying now. The MSM will gaffaw and mock his achievements as trivial and of no use to most “hardworking Americans”.
    All presidential campaigns’ agendas in the future will be based on what new programs the candidates offer to make that same non-taxpaying half’s life better. The winner will be the candidate who talks about the most free goodies, not what’s good for the country, or about freedom, or self reliance. As long as the government is handing out money, why would they vote for a job?

  5. Don Carlos Says:

    What will “fix” things is an inevitable global financial collapse, I use “fix” sardonically. The collapse will fix the 47% but will also fix every man Jack of us.

    The Central Bankers (USA, EU, Japan, China) have all been ‘printing’ digital money to beat the band for years. It is now estimated that global debt exceeds 100 TRILLION DOLLARS.

    Ludwig von Mises, a truly great economist, observed about Central Bank-driven booms that “The boom can last only as long as the credit expansion progresses at an ever-accelerated pace. The boom comes to an end as soon as additional quantities of fiduciary media are no longer thrown upon the loan market.” Booms dont just end; they crash.

    There are one thousand billion in a trillion. The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has grown by more than $4 Trillion since 2008, and for several months now it has been “tapering’ by printing ten billion $ less per month with which to buy mortgage backed securities and US Treasury bills. At this rate (the fear is a stock market thump if a faster taper), the Fed will reduce its rate of growth by a mere $120 billion a year. I remind you there are one thousand billion in a trillion. At this rate it takes EIGHT YEARS This tapering is tokenism pure and simple. Yeah, like now they’re really really serious.
    I remind you also that the Central Banks favor inflation–makes their jobs easier, though it kills all the savers when interest rates are as trivial as they are and have been. Who saves? Why, historically, the Middle Classes-for homes, colleges, retirement, and they are being rat-nibbled to death by minimal interest income. Germany is still scared to death of inflation since 1922; read “When Money Dies”, by Adam Fergusson, But Germany is alone in its historical fear. Nah, won’t happen here.

    What is raising the minimum wage? It is Inflation (productivity doesn’t increase) and increased unskilled employment. What are rising college costs at a time of poor baccalaureate employment? Inflation; the value of their degrees is overpriced to the unemployed degree-clutchers.

    And we gotta keep people buying stuff, lest things crater. Buy something, buy anything, that’s why the Fed govt gives out all this money. CPI goes up, the gov’t doles out more.

  6. Beverly Says:

    Well, shoot, y’all. I’ve never seen so many Eeyores.

    Walker’s achievement is pretty spectacular, given the vicious opposition and death threats he’s faced. And yes, he’s running for president.

    Now what he needs to do is GET THE WORD OUT. This is our A-#1 problem: breaching the media’s Cone of Silence (which, alas, works a lot better in real life than it did in “Get Smart”).

  7. Beverly Says:

    This is lovely: an elderly lady who waved at the high school students passing her house every day got a wonderful surprise.

    Just a little pick-me-up, and a reminder that the kids are, like, totally redeemable. ;-)

  8. Matt_SE Says:

    I’d vote for Walker if he is the nominee, but at this point he’s still down my list a ways…maybe in the middle.
    Fiscal restraint in a blue state is no mean feat, and the contrast of reasonable, adult governance to Obama’s administration will not be lost on many voters.

    Contrary to the doom-and-gloomers, there is a case to be made even to the 47%ers. It remains to be seen if Walker can/will make that case.

    And at any rate, I’m more focused on 2014 right now.

    P.S. I agree with Don Carlos about the collapse “fixing” things. If something like that does happen before 2016 (and there are troubling signs in China right now), the landscape will change dramatically.

  9. Matt_SE Says:

    An article at RedState by an author I enjoy (Streiff) takes some hard shots at another Republican presidential hopeful, Rand Paul:

    Paul’s libertarian isolationism is one of the most uncomfortable things for conservatives. His responses to the Ukraine crisis haven’t exactly covered him in glory.

  10. Richard Aubrey Says:

    I get a Milwaukee conservative talk show in my area, which is not in Wisconsin.
    The details of Walker’s work over the years are fascinating, as are the tactics of his enemies. Vile.

  11. expat Says:

    Thanks for the link.

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