Meanwhile, Madison's own Jon Hunter grumbled a bit last week about the proposed (and now rejected) bipartisan deficit commission. Hunter grumbled that we don't need a committee to study a problem that we all recognize and know how to solve. Hunter also expressed his pessimism about the prospect of the Administration or Congress actually doing anything about that problem.
Missing from Hunter's grumbling was any mention of the plank in our own eye. Certainly deficits will continue as long as politicians keep promising pork and subsidizing corn and taking us to war without passing taxes to pay for them. but our politicians will keep doing that as long as we keep asking them to. Among the local deficit drivers among us whom Hunter neglected to include in his complaint:
- State Senator Russell Olson and the Highway 34 committee, who have lobbied Washington for earmarks to add lanes to a highway that can get by without them.
- Pat Prostrollo, who really really really wanted more Cash for Clunkers.
- Dwaine Chapel and the Lake Area Improvement Corporation, who are happy to pave and gutter the industrial park with $190K of earmark dough.
- The Madison City Commission, which is thrilled to get stimulus dollars to renovate the downtown depot.
- Jan Nicolay and the Brant Lake Sanitary District, which got Senator Johnson to wangle $400K from Uncle Sam for their sewer system.
- Cory and Erin Heidelberger, who certainly aren't sending back our tax deduction for mortgage interest (how about you?).
- Every one of Jon Hunter's elderly subscribers who have let Medicare pay their doctor bills.