Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Green's kidding on spending, right?

Wausau Daily Herald:
Doyle challenger: Spending out of control

Gov. Jim Doyle's administration is guilty of fiscal mismanagement, leading to a 20 percent increase in spending in the past four years, Republican challenger Mark Green told reporters and editors from the Wausau Daily Herald on Monday.

Green, a four-term congressman from Green Bay, said state spending must be held closer to the rate of growth or the annual inflation rate, currently at 4.3 percent.

He vowed to stop overspending and to direct money to some programs, such as the University of Wisconsin System, that were cut previously...
As Cory Liebmann says at One Blog, he's got to be kidding, right?

In the state Assembly, Green voted for the Tommy Thompson budgets, with spending like there was no tomorrow, that created a $3.2-billion deficit, which Doyle inherited.

In Congress, Green's voted for Bush budgets that have taken the country from its largest surplus in history to its biggest deficit.

Did you notice that his plan to "stop overspending" is to give more money to UW? A worthy goal. But he still hasn't identified one dollar in specific cuts or savings, and the media continue to let him peddle his snake oil as though it might cure something.


At 12:23 PM, Blogger TrueConservative said...

Let me see - Green claims there is a huge structural deficit. Then he suggests

1) not collecting sales taxes for a weekend

2) Reducing state spending and giving the savings to UW System.

I guess the structural deficit Green claims exists is just not big enough for him to really care about. Sounds like Mark Green the big spender we know so well from his legislative history. Not Mark Green the fiscal conservative who no one has ever met.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Harry Walker said...

Green is cut from the same cloth as the rest of the pretend fiscal conservatives in Washington and Madison. Let me see if I have this straight--Green is going to get rid of the structural deficit by: cutting taxes on notebooks and erasers, spending more on the UW and promising to never eliminate state jobs...sounds like a true fiscal conservative to me.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Louis Kaye said...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green proposed Monday giving Wisconsin back-to-school shoppers a break from the sales tax for one weekend each year. Green spokesman Luke Punzenberger said the campaign has not calculated an estimated cost for the tax break. He said shoppers in other states have seen savings of up to $10 million.

Green apparently will promise anything to get votes. No doubt, everyone would like a tax cut. But no matter how well intentioned a tax holiday appears to shoppers, Green just took a projected $2.50 billion deficit and turned it into a $2.51 billion deficit. He just broke another one of his reckless campaign promises about prohibiting politicians from making the deficit even worse. This guy was a House Representative? He can’t be this stupid?! Can he?


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