Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Murphy's Right

Murphy re-posts an article which purports to explain why Wisconsin politics are so.....ahhhh......partisan.

He adds an item to the list in the article:

One factor that the magazine might have missed: the sheer increase in state spending, which has continued for decades under both Democratic and Republican regimes. There is far more state funding and far more state programs at stake than 20 years ago. As a result, the number of lobbyists and amount of their campaign spending has grown ever bigger.

I would suggest that the term "public interest" has been forgotten.

Murphy mentions the elephant in the room, but not quite all of it: the size and scope of State Government requires both defensive and offensive plays from various interests. That's also called "rent-seeking."

Maybe it is a daunting task; but paring back the State's reach and influence would go a long way towards paring back 'partisanship.'

We could start with the "licensing" process...

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