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A better state

August 18, 2009 - Blaine Hyska
Jim Doyle’s not running re-election as governor of Wisconsin.

Good. Wisconsin will be a better state without him.

I hope President Obama is smart enough to ignore his obvious overtures to be appointed to a high-level federal position.

As a resident of Michigan, I hope he never has any control over how I live.

Thanks to Gov. Doyle, anyone in Wisconsin who smokes, owns a phone, buys a gun or registers a boat will pay more than $2 billion increased taxes and fees this year.

Doyle also is now requiring all drivers to have auto insurance. It seems the trial lawyers were getting tired for suing poor mortals when there were large insurance companies out there.

I wonder who’s going to see higher premiums to pay for this.

So much for looking out for the common man.

In addition, one of his budget vetoes this year combined parts of three sentences to create a new one, which is a violation of a voter-approved constitutional ban.

The so-called "Frankenstein veto" is when a governor crosses out letters within words or words with sentences to create new sentences and words.

In other words, they’re rewriting the document to suit their own needs.

Wisconsin voters approved the ban in 2008 to limit a governor's veto power.

What was Doyle’s reaction when he was caught?

Doyle told The Associated Press that it was "a very technical, little thing" that wasn't caught in two frenzied days of work by his staff on vetoes.

The veto deleted the creation of a study committee to look into mentally ill care facilities, leaving it to be done instead by a Doyle appointee.

Don’t hold your breath on an investigation. He’s got state lawmakers wrapped around his little finger.

How many more days until he’s gone?


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