Friday, March 27, 2015

The Blind Leading The Blinded



Never mind the buzz over Ted "the one" Cruz; forget about the familial glow of Jeb "the smart one" Bush. The guy who the thinkers of the right (I know, I know) consider the true standard-bearer of Republican policy is Scott Walker. I believe the word for that is... un-fucking-believable. Because he's taken his state, buried it, and danced on the grave.

... Wisconsin ranks worst among the 50 states in terms of a shrinking middle class, with real median household incomes here falling 14.7 percent since 2000, according to a new report.
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All other states showed some decline but none as great as Wisconsin’s 5.7 percent figure.
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“Our recent experiment in Wisconsin to undermine this legacy has brought us the greatest contraction of the middle class in the country,” he said. 
In addition, many Wisconsinites are now paying a higher percentage of their income to cover housing costs. In 2000, only 24 percent of state families were spending more than the 30 percent of their income on rent or a mortgage but that has increased to 31 percent.
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Also, the median household income in Wisconsin was $60,344 in 2000 but now stands at just $51,467 after adjusting for inflation. That’s a dip of 14.7 percent.
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Put another way, Wisconsin incomes were well above the national average in 2000 but are now below the national average, according to the data...

And that article doesn't even mention the increasingly drastic cuts to needed services, as they scramble to address deficits while hewing to the tax-cut-as-revenue-enhancer catechism.

Truly, we've come to find ourselves in some parallel universe, where the more something is true, the less it is to be believed. I can only wonder when we're gonna discover that down is up and that gravity makes us all float away.

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2 comments:

Oblio said...

IMHO, once things really start heating up on the campaign trail, Scott Walker will be revealed as the duplicitous moron that he really is. He won't make it through the primaries in a position of strength, if at all. However, as I like to say, what I don't know is a lot.

Ray said...

You have to understand the mind set of the TP/GOP. They want what has happen to WI to happen to the Federal Government. Please take the time to look at the legislation that they have pushed in states they run. It is a clear message they are running a scorched earth campaign against all forms of government.

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