The office of State Sen. Frank Lasee, (R-De Pere), circulated earlier this month a proposed op-ed or Internet posting that I think equates recall petition signers with tax delinquents - - and like other things coming from that office, raises more questions than answers. About everything from logic to math.
I've seen two versions. Here's one, and taxpayers, see your tax dollars at work:
This is What Hypocrisy Looks Like!
Have you ever had your lawn get away from you for a while? Maybe your kids have a dance recital or you have family coming into town and you just didn’t have the time to mow it?
Eventually, if it gets so bad, your neighbors start to give you dirty looks, and rather than have your neighbors resent you for making the neighborhood look bad you get out the old mower and get to work.
Technically, if you live in town, there is probably a law that says you have to mow your yard, although I doubt the thought crossed your mind when your neighbors were giving you the eye. Your neighbors were using a powerful tool, called shame.
Meet the recallers. They've developed a powerful antibody to shame.
Over the next month, state and local governments will pay $17 MILLION because the left didn’t get their way. It's a funny coincidence that some of the people that signed the recall petitions just happen to owe over $17 MILLION in back taxes and that's only part of the recall list!
These are the people, when asked how local governments will pay for these elections say “Tax the rich! They need to pay their FAIR SHARE!” Apparently that means “We don’t have to pay, so they can pay more.” They don't care about spending other people's money on recalls. They are shameless.
Of course, not everyone who signed a recall petition owes back taxes, and I’m sure there are a few Walker supporters who aren’t completely paid up either, times are hard. The difference is those Walker supporters aren’t asking everyone else to pay $17 million dollars because they didn’t get their way, so they can have a "do over".
In total, these Recallers have cost the state $34 Million dollars, and then they have the nerve to talk about “fair share.” That’s $34 Million that won’t be spent to pay teachers, $34 Million that won’t help sick people with medical care, that's $34 Million that won’t go back into Taxpayer pockets.
Many local governments could wind up short this year because they didn’t budget for the recall elections. Town and city governments don’t have a lot of extra money lying around, and this is going to have a big impact on the money they have to repair roads, to pay snowplow drivers in winter, to provide all kinds of services.
For safety’s sake, let’s hope Global Warming hits really hard this year! I like the Carolina winters.
Although shame doesn’t work on everyone, it can do some serious good. When I was in the legislature I authored the law requiring the Department of Revenue to start the Taxpayer Website of Shame. This goes back to the lawn mowing. If your neighbors know you’re not paying your taxes, you might be a little more likely to pay them.
Last year the Taxpayer Website of Shame brought in $17.4 million dollars in revenue for the state. $17.4 million dollars just by putting people names on a website and saying “These people are ripping you off.”
Now, there are a lot of hardworking people who have fallen on hard times and for one reason or another have been unable to pay. There have also been a lot who refuse to pay, who have no shame, like the ones who signed the recall petitions.I look forward to hearing from you about the issues of concern to you.