When someone in authority says a "modest" change is coming to Wisconsin, Bucky, you'd best head for the hills.
With your hand on your wallet.
In February of 2011, it was newly-elected Gov. Scott Walker who said the changes he sought in his anti-collective bargaining bill, Act 40, were but "modest."
So modest that no negotiations, compromise or discussions with those impacted would be necessary.
In fact, Walker liked his "modest" proposal so much he told reporter Bill Luedders it was a "modest, modest proposal."
(And duly noted a number of times on this blog to reveal Walker's methods.)
After Walker's talking point camouflage, you'd think no one in Wisconsin would tout any plan that struck at other people's lifestyles and incomes as 'modest" without at least an asterisk or air-quotes - - but you'd be wrong, even when "modest" is shown to mean "maximum," too.
The head of the UW System again channels Walker and, again, Jonathan Swift at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday to justify a big hike in higher education costs for Wisconsin students and their families:
Kevin Reilly, his words:
UW System President Kevin Reilly proposed the maximum tuition increase allowed by the Legislature in the 2011-'13 state budget, calling it a "modest, predictable" increase that would help offset cuts in state aid.
The 5.5% increase, on top of another 5.5% increase approved last year, will generate a total of $110 million in new tuition revenue over the 2011-'13 biennium - about a third of what's needed to make up for a total $250 million in state budget cuts and $66 million in losses expected from state budget shortfalls.