RightWisconsin Editor James Wigderson joined the Steve Scaffidi show this week to discuss the race for Wisconsin attorney general. Wigderson offered his view of the Democratic candidate, Josh Kaul, and how Kaul sees the job of attorney general.
“His goal seems to be that he is going to defend the liberal agenda no matter what,” Wigderson said. “Whether he does that as a member of the legislature or as the attorney general, it doesn’t seem to make a difference to him. You almost think he would have been better off running for governor just because of all of his policy positions.”
Wigderson also pointed out Kaul’s comments about what his role would be as attorney general during Sunday’s debate.
“He even came out and said, one of the the things that he’s been saying all along, he sees his role as the attorney general as somebody who advocates for policy positions,” Wigderson said.
Wigderson and Scaffidi also discussed the U.S. Senate debate between the incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) from Saturday night.
“What was interesting to me was actually the questions from the questioners,” Wigderson said. “We joked after the first debate that Vukmir was debating both Baldwin and the moderators. Well, in the second debate, they were literally using Baldwin’s talking points to ask questions of Vukmir. It was cringeworthy to watch the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association put on that debate.”
Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers proposed a 10 percent “middle class tax cut.” Wigderson dismissed the idea that Evers could ever be serious about cutting taxes.
“Tony Evers talking about tax cuts is like Bill Clinton talking about fidelity in marriage,” Wigderson said. “Tony Evers has never met a tax increase he didn’t like. He has supported every single school referendum that has been a tax on the middle class. Tony Evers has opposed every single budget that has cut taxes. He has objected to the tuition freeze on the UW System schools.Tony Evers is the last person should be the last person talking about middle class tax cuts.”
Wigderson also pointed out that Evers’ announced plan would only increase taxes elsewhere.
“And, of course, what does Evers promise to do?” Wigderson asked. “He’s going to raise taxes on ‘other people’ to pay for this tax cut: manufacturers, which of course means less jobs in this state, and of all things, farmers. Does he know that Wisconsin is a farming state?”
On the flip side, Wigderson said, Governor Scott Walker does have a sound plan for the two-thirds funding by the state of public education.
“The way that the governor is planning on funding this is that he is going to take it out of the surplus that is not only projected in the current budget but also projected in the future budgets as well,” Wigderson said. “The Act 10 cuts that have led to these surpluses are now allowing the state to make this kind of investment.”
However, Wigderson wondered if that money could be better directed elsewhere.
“To me, as a conservative, I look at it and say that it’s questionable whether or not more funding for schools is necessary, or even whether or not it will be effective,” Wigderson said.
“It depends where that money goes,” Scaffidi said.
“it depends where that money goes and how you spend it,” Wigderson said. “I would prefer that money get used for independent charter schools, things like that, that will have more bang for the buck. But that’s not what the polls show people want.”
Wigderson said the tho-thirds funding promise goes back to polling that the governor saw even during the last election cycle which showed voters want more funding for public schools.
Finally, Scaffidi and Wigderson talked about To Kill a Mockingbird, and what kind of apology the Shorewood School District should offer for canceling the performance before bringing it back one night only. How does it relate to the Democrats’ desire for mob rule?