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Walker’s much-ballyhooed $100 million tax cut, as everyone should know by now, translates into roughly $13 per household. That $13 per year equals 3.5 cents per day, so if you save it up for a week, you’ll end up with a full entire quarter. That’s just enough to buy a gumball at any of our local grocery stores. If your house is particularly nice, you might end up with two or three gumballs. Of course, if you’re poor and don’t own a home, sorry, no gumballs for you.

But for the sake of argument, let’s say you’re a one-gumball person. Most of us are. Looking forward to it? Think again. Since state and local taxes are deductible from your federal taxes, every tax cut you get from the state means you'll have to pay more in federal taxes. If you’re in the 25 percent tax bracket, then you’ll have to send every fourth gumball to the IRS. Now you’re down to just three a month.

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But hey, a gumball is a gumball. Which would you rather have, better schools for Wisconsin’s children, or a handful of gumballs? Personally, I’m grateful to the governor for this. I’d write him a thank-you note, except that my tax savings won’t cover the cost of a postage stamp.

Tom O'Brien, Reedsburg

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Daniel Holzman

gumballs for the bags.

Mark Darkow


Thinkforonce:

"gumballs for the bags."
Bags are old ladies. Sexist!

Daniel Holzman

Says, Doc.

Reverend Al

Well. Bluffs? You are uncharacteristically silent about the answers to your last post. Got something? Anything? How about you, Thinky?

Barry Wilcox

Bluffsinview isn't interested in exchanging ideas. He/she only wants to post her/his opinion. Bluffsinview isn't interested in anyone else's idea or defending his/her own ideas.

Daniel Holzman

From the sound of your public education, Al. Sounds like your students could write a book on their experience with you titled, "The Lies My Teacher told Me." Math is supposed to be objective.

Barry Wilcox

@thinkforonce Speaking of lies, you never did tell me what anti-women comments you lied about me making. I take your inability to tell me what comments I made as your admission to being a liar.

Reverend Al

As usual, your reply does not address the topic, nor make any .sense. Just more
ad hominem twaddle from the Stinky One. Where are you Bluffs? Had enough time to wash the egg off your face?

Daniel Holzman

Ally, you posted you were a teacher with an MS. Then you became a cop. As usual, liars have a difficult time remembering where their lies end and reality starts. As an ex-cop, you must realize that?

Then you say I make no sense.

You are lost in your delusions and using projection. You are the topic of your posts (lies). Get some therapy. You sound like PTSD.

Barry Wilcox

thinkforonce said "As usual, liars have a difficult time remembering where their lies end and reality starts."

I read Reverend Al's comment and I didn't see any lies. If you think there's a lie there why don't you point it out. I know by the comments you make that you don't really know the difference between a lie and the truth. You still haven't shown me that you weren't lying when you said I made anti-women comments.

Reverend Al

No, Stinky, I said I had an MS in Math. I got that going to grad school part-time while I was a cop, because I enjoy math. On what basis do you call me a liar?
What do you know about it, or anything else, actually? LOL. Don't tax the rich!

Pat Nash

Let's see if Dark and the Rev and the other right-wingers have any guts. I dare them to spend 3 days in a public elementary school, visiting classrooms. Better yet, they could volunteer to help kids who need extra help reading...just sit in the library and listen to them read, then spend a little time in a classroom every week. And on the playgrounds, too. Just a little time. Do they have the courage to do that, to test out their theories on our public schools, or will they be too chicken and just sit at home and read their right-wing propaganda that verifies the hatred and prejudice in their narrow minds? Comon, boys, it's not that hard. Do it. Then come and tell me how bad our teachers are and how easy they have it. I dare you!

Barry Wilcox

@bluffsinview How do you know none of us have done that already. I could also challenge you to follow any of us on our jobs and tell us we don't deserve the money we earned. There is more to the high cost of education than just the teacher salaries. It's just easier for the left to say the right hates teachers because they want to reduce education costs. It's easier than actual looking at the overall costs of education and trying to get them under control.

Reverend Al

You put your foot in it again, Bluffs. I have a B.Ed and a MS in mathematics. Before becoming a cop, I taught in the Chicago public schools. While a cop, I substituted in Chicago public schools. Also while a cop, I took a leave of absense and taught high school math full time for a year, and taught math at Chicago State Univ. Since retiring, I have substituted in a Wisconsin public high school, though no longer do so.
Am I not allowed to spend my retirement doing things I want without someone who is short on facts trying to shame me? I know a lot about the public schools. For the money they spend, they do a 'moderate' job. Their problems are not going to be solved by throwing more money at them. They have become vehicles for brainwashing kids into being liberals.
Speaking of guts, how about joining the neighborhood watch in the mostly black/hispanic area in IIlinois where I live? Or in Milwaukee, if Chicago is too far for you to wander from safe Baraboo?

j j

Boy oh boy, bluffsinview put his big foot in his mouth. I know 'exactly' what goes on in the public schools. If I had my way, first thing "The Dept of Education DC" would be shut down. Your 'Federal Control Common Core' indoctrination would not exist. Next, liberal indoctrination public schools would be straightened out. You either teach, or find yourself another job. None of this transgender bathroom issue crap would exist, "I Have Two Mommies" or "I Have Two Daddies" books would not be taught/exist on the library shelves. If you want to know, find out on your own time and money. From there on, tweaking here and there, top-notch quality education in the schools would exist. That includes your liberal colleges. Brown University has "Naked Week". We wouldn't have the ills that exist in our schools and in this country.

Other nations teachings have surpassed our kids achievement scores. That shouldn't have happened. Dumbing-down is the liberal Agenda.

Mark Darkow

"Dumbing-down is the liberal Agenda."
True.

Tim Carney

Dark you're exactly right. The FIRST cut that should be made is the DOE being shut down and control of schools returned to State and local government WHERE IT BELONGS. A one size fits all approach to education never works

Tim Carney

Accepted and have done it for years Bluff....I have been a volunteer since my first son was in school and it's amazing that the teachers who look for excuses and wait for the government to take care of their problems have the most trouble and are the weakest teachers. Those that teach self reliance and practice themselves have the most active and interactive classes and have students that look inward for their solutions rather than sittng back and expecting others to learn for them

WILLIAM WASER

Tom, you should be in charge at the WDR, I here they have a good chess team. How big of a coffee container would you need?
From what I have read you won't get the gumballs, he is putting it into schools... just what we need more gum stuck under desks and chairs.
Was it really the jobs Doyle "drove" away, or was it a result of the Bush Bus going off the cliff?

Barry Wilcox

The government took more of my money than they needed. It is right to give me my $13 back. Then I can decide what to do with it. After all I earned it. If I want put it towards my bills I can, if I want to give it to the schools or homeless I can. But, I think I'll get pizza with mine. Pizza makes me happy and it's my $13.

The way Tom wants to do it is like a store overcharging me and telling me that instead of giving me my money back they are going to use it to improve the parking lot.

j j

Many of us will take the gumballs!

Less money these indoctrination centers get, the better our public schools will become. Then they can get to the important function of teaching private school quality education; instead of "I Have Too Mommies", "I Have Two Daddies", "How Two Daddies Have Sex", "How Two Mommies Have Sex", "I Want To Be A Girl Today, Tomorrow A Boy", which bathroom do I use today, the Boys or the Girls. Recently, Brown University had "Naked Week". Sick-minded liberal teaching coming from the Dept. of Education, DC. Close it down.

j j

Another rule set by the liberal Dept. of Education, DC. It needs to be shut down. Boy who wants to play girl.

http://www.infowars.com/girls-threatened-with-hate-crime-charges-for-complaining-about-transgender-bathroom-harassment/

Daniel Holzman

That is the size of it, Tom. What happened to the $800 million he took from the K-12 system? Where are all those 250,000 jobs, Ally? 200 is a drop.

Reverend Al

So, Thinky, you don't want your $13 either? Send it on to me. This is starting to look good.

Reverend Al

I don't itemize deductions, so your claim that I will be taxed more on my federal taxes is inaccurate. Seventy percent of taxpayers take the standard deduction, so you are off base right from the beginning. For my part, I'll take a small property tax reduction over a tax increase any time.
If you don't want the $13, feel free to send it to me.
The idea that keeping the $13 in government hands would result in better schools and education for Wisconsin children is laughable, considering the track record of the eductional establishment. I'll take the handful of gumballs anytime.
I do have a bone to pick with the Governor, however. His bringing an Amazon distribution
center, with 200 jobs, to Wisconsin means we will pay sales tax on our purchases from Amazon starting in November. What are 200 jobs compared to all that sales tax? A LOT of gumballs. Why couldn't Walker be like Jim Doyle and drive jobs away?

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