Traveling close on the heels of
the news that, rather than restrict highway construction zones to places
where actual roadwork is happening, the Wisconsin DOT would rather widen
the highway system at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, we have
the news that the Wisconsin State Lottery is falling on hard times.
The brilliant state legislators have come
up with a characteristically brilliant idea -- use tax revenues to pay
the balance due!
Of course the fact that the state lotto
was introduced, ostensibly, to reduce taxes, to supplant them in fact,
is not a consideration here.
Nor should we note that competition, in
the form of the multistate PowerBall, has certainly been responsible for
taking a lot of business away from the local state pot.
Or that local Indian gambling businesses,
all six point seven trillion of them, may be a factor too.
And of course no one's thought yet that,
when a venture is failing to make you money, in a capitalistic society
the best thing to do is probably pull the plug entirely, pay off the remaining
winners, and simply never do such a foolish thing again.
Bear in mind this is the same state which,
when faced with a budget underrun for FY 99, seriously contemplates "switching
off" state sales tax during the December holiday season, blithely ignoring
the facts that
1. Consumers will then wait till the last
minute to buy gifts, harming amortizable income to small businesses which
use a lot of budgetary Hamburger Helper to make it through the lean months
2. State public schools could seriously
make use of a budget windfall.
It is woefully obvious that this state
has too much money in its coffers right now, and, like a moron who receives
an unexpected bonus in his paycheck one week, doesn't know what particular
piece of useless crap to spend it on. Should it be the solid gold rumaki
service set for 18 guests, or the all-iin-one buffalo slicer, dicer, hamburger
mill and espresso machine? What? Save it for a rainy day? Never!
Got to love that four-time Governor of
ours. Now about that grassroots initiative in regards to term limits...