Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bad Journalism Dooms Dying Newspaper

The Journal Sentinel tells us Government's Old Ways Won't Cut It Any Longer. They want us to "start by looking at the way the state governs itself." But, a much better starting-point would be to dispel the myths and misinformation (aided by poor reporting from the Journal) about government size and tax burdens.

Many alarming quotes are used for fodder in the piece. None offer any comparison or a basis for such alarm. "Everyone agree that the taxes to pay for these [services] are too high and must come down." "Wisconsin economic competitiveness is declining due to increasing tax burden." No measurement, no metric is given to support such. Just accept it so we can move forward dismantling the government and privatizing everything.

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