Monday, May 19, 2008

Good cop, bad cop

Troy Fullerton describes the speeches of Congressmen Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner as "Good Cop, Bad Cop" and has the transcript of the bad cop's speech. Sensenbrenner's speech is worth reading for the part attacking the state budget fix compromise.

The State budget repair bill which passed this week strips away the money to implement REAL ID in Wisconsin. Worse, last year’s budget hiked the drivers’ license fee by $10 to pay for REAL ID implementation. The budget repair bill steals that money to use for other spending, an idea that goes against the foundation of our core values.

All Republicans in the State Senate voted against this bill. Unfortunately, Speaker Heubsch decided to push it through the Assembly. And he did so in a manner which does not fix the problems of overtaxing, and replaces transportation fees with more state borrowing–exactly the same move which helped destroy the Republican brand. Everyone can see this is a political shell game that simply postpones the hard decisions.

Sometimes, leadership consists of saying “NO” to bad policies, rather than going along to get along.