Racine TEA Party Forum Focuses on Balanced Budgets

Both at the state and federal level, balanced budget presentations were made by Congressman Paul Ryan and State Senator Van Wanggaard.

The levels of focus were different, but both Congressman Paul Ryan and State Senator Van Wanggaard say the path to properity for the country and the state relies on a balanced budget.

They were making their remarks at a balanced budget forum hosted by the Racine TEA Party on Nov. 9 at South Hills Country Club.

While is the right way to craft a balanced budget amendment on the federal level, Wanggaard talked about Wisconsin. Both agreed that reducing spending and maximizing revenue without increasing taxes is the most sound way to go.

"And it's working," Wanggaard told the crowd of about 250. "Unlike the last budget cycle that cut $730 million from schools and then put the burden on the backs of property taxpayers, this budget has tools that benefit everyone."

Despite the potential of being recalled, Wanggaard said he can't afford the time to think about it.

"I have to be really serious about job creation," he continued. "But we also need to get our message out."

Wanggaard pointed specifically to the MacIver Institute, a Madison think-tank, that is airing commercials in Wisconsin touting the successes of the budget repair bill.

Healy showed a 60-second commercial that highlights communities throughout the state and how the biennial budget is helping them. See the video with this story to watch the commercial.

"This is the first budget in as long as I can remember without a structural deficit," Healy said during his remarks.

But when an audience member asked why the state was picking on unions and used his brother-in-law as an example of a public employee working two jobs to make ends meet, Healy said it's a dirty secret that public workers have never paid into their pension.

"In this economy it's not too much to ask for them to make this change," he said to applause.

Wanggaard concluded the evening by reiterating his committment to bringing and growing jobs in Wisconsin.

"Government doesn't create jobs, but we can create an environment that is welcoming," he said. "In the past, we used to cheer for 10,000 or 15,000 jobs, but those days are gone. I am not ashamed to be happy if five or ten jobs are created because that means five or ten people are back to work."


James R Hoffa November 11, 2011 at 12:03 AM
That's a pretty sweet commercial! And yes, I know from watching Rachel Maddow that the clip of the waving smiling family is stock footage that was purchased from a web-site as opposed to real Wisconsinites actually smiling and waving. But that still doesn't change the message of the ad, which is IT'S WORKING!!! And how can one honestly argue against that!
jt November 11, 2011 at 05:33 AM
yes emporer, your newclothes are very becoming! NOT!
Kim Lamar November 11, 2011 at 04:41 PM
I attended the TEA party function on Wednesday night. It is such a calm respectful crowd. I'm very happy to be a part of this movement. What a stark contrast to the "occupiers".
Urban Pioneer November 12, 2011 at 02:02 AM
At the entire TEA Party not one rape, murder or petty theft of anyone else's electronics or lunch money was reported.. But it's possible the Patch girls are hiding the truth! Itsworkingwisconsin.com Is the link to the 9 minute version!
Morninmist Same November 15, 2011 at 04:25 PM
The last time Fitz made the decision to run fake Democrats--all THREE LOST! Which of you TeaGOP folks wants to be the FAKE DEM this time? Step right up!! http://www.channel3000.com/politics/29766758/detail.html Fitzgerald Says He Would Run Fake Democrats Majority Leader Says GOP Waiting Until January Before Starting Its Effort Updated: 2:25 pm CST November 14, 2011 MORE INFO MADISON, Wis. -- Republican state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he hasn't ruled out running fake Democrats again in recall elections targeting GOP incumbents in order to give them more time to campaign.Republicans used that tactic this summer in recalls targeting six GOP incumbents. The Democratic Party said it will file paperwork on Tuesday to recall Republican state Sens. Van Wanggaard of Racine, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Pam Galloway of Wausau. Fitzgerald said Monday he also expects to be targeted for recall.


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