Thursday, January 13, 2005

I'm Not Thrilled With Jim Doyle, But Considering the Alternative...

by Tom Bozzo

A sidebar in the Wisconsin State Journal article (sidebar not online) on Gov. Doyle's State of the State address reports that a proposal to increase University of Wisconsin funding faster than corrections funding — for a change — made it into the text provided to reporters, but was cut from the final speech. The number crunchers are reportedly still trying to figure out how to make it work.

Decreasing higher education funding is one unfortunate side effect of a "no new taxes" pledge that headlined Doyle's 2002 campaign to unseat the incompetent Tommy Thompson lieutenant Scott McCallum.

I should probably give Doyle a break for having to work with a legislature that often is to him what the Newt Gingrich Congress was to Bill Clinton. That also reminds me that the alternative to Doyle is basically fascist theocracy.

Still, it's not exactly radical to say that corrections expenditures are excessive. (I await a knock on the door from a representative of the prison-industrial complex.)

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