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0709, 05 Mar 19

Who wants to live in Evers’ Wisconsin?

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a sample.

The first salvo in Wisconsin’s biennial budget process has been delivered. Gov. Tony Evers has delivered his budget proposal to the Legislature and it is a hot mess of liberal vengeance against the previous eight years. If our state’s budget were not so important to so many people, one would be inclined to think that Governor Evers is trying to play a joke on the people of Wisconsin.

When Evers began to draft his budget proposal, there were two paths before him. One path was the one of compromise. Knowing that he defeated Scott Walker by fewer than 30,000 votes and that the same electorate had sent even stronger Republican majorities to the Legislature, Evers could have taken the path of reasonable compromise that had a high probability of moving legislation in favor of his goals. Indeed, the Republican leaders in the Legislature had been sending strong signals that they were willing to compromise on a number of issues including education funding, transportation spending, criminal justice reform, and several other issues that Evers highlighted during the campaign.

The second path before Evers was one of inflexible fealty to the radical liberal base that elected him. He could write a budget that amounted to a liberal manifesto that tossed vegan faux meat to every liberal interest group in his batty base. Evers chose the second path. His choice to advance a statement of political doctrine instead of a serious budget proposal has forced the legislative Republicans to toss Evers’ proposal in the recycling bin and start from scratch.

While Evers’ budget proposal fails to measure up assomething to be evaluated as serious legislation, it does offer Wisconsinites a view of the Wisconsin Evers and the Democrats would create if the voters were foolish enough to give them control of government.


Frankly, Evers’ Wisconsin sounds terrible. It is not a state that makes it easier, more enjoyable, or more affordable to live, work, or play. Thankfully, we do not live in Evers’ Wisconsin. In our republican and divided form of government, Governor Evers is still one man whose barmy ideas can be ignored by the adults in the room.


0709, 05 March 2019


  1. dad29

    Evers is like AOC:  the more of them, the better for Conservatives.


  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Probably AOC and Bernie Sanders.

    Making it the dumbest state ever.

  3. jjf

    I look forward to Owen’s explanation as to why so many people voted against Walker.  Maybe they didn’t want to live in Walker’s Wisconsin.

    “Inflexible fealty.”  Oh, my.  Do you not observe how the WisGOP demanded that everyone stay in line?  Were you not a very part of it?

    What’s that about driver’s licenses?  You have some evidence that you can vote with them?  That they didn’t think about that?


  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    Lack of education in 2 distinct municipalities in WI!

    Rest of state voted overwhelmingly for Walker.

    It’s like a zombie heard in Madison.

  5. Pat

    “he defeated Scott Walker by fewer than 30,000 votes and that the same electorate had sent even stronger Republican majorities to the Legislature“

    How much did gerrymandering play into stronger majorities?

  6. steveegg

    Those who would be happier in Illinois if not for the fact that their pleasure comes from others’ pain.

  7. dad29

    How much did gerrymandering play into stronger majorities?

    You mean COURT-APPROVED redistricting?

    Well, Patsy, why do all the Democrat voters live in s*&^hole cities like Milwaukee??  Get them to move to Ixonia, Concord, Rhinelander, Black River Falls….or maybe to Illinois!!

  8. Pat

    Well, Dud, you call it what you want. The truth still remains that districts were still gerrymandered.

    And the 124,055 Milwaukee residents who voted for Walker in the last election call Milwaukee home.

  9. steveegg

    Thanks for being an example, Pat.

  10. Le Roi du Nord

    Well, dud, I don’t live in Milwaukee, nor Madison.  How could that have happened??

  11. jjf

    Tell us, Dad29, what would happen to Elm Grove if you could snap your fingers and make Milwaukee disappear.

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