Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pat Strachota: a tax break that helps everyone?

Hi folks,

In the suspension-of-all-cynicism category, a vote from Rep. Strachota.

Tax break eyed for efficient appliances
Judith Davidoff1/15/2008 11:19 am


Lawton said the bill, which would not go into effect until at least April 2009, would save consumers money both at the store and on their utility bills, reduce harmful carbon emissions and stimulate the economy. She said the proposal has been received favorably by both the Sierra Club and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and has support from both sides of the aisle, with co-sponsors Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, and Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona.

Common sense sometimes blooms -- lambs lie down with lions and Pat Strachota votes for a cost effective and environmentally friendly tax break.

Okay, here's one moment of cynicism. Here's my jaundiced eye at work.

When the idea of a "free-market" is raised to the status of an ideological truth, human values get replaced by economic values -- and "goodness" gets replaced by "efficiency."

Everywhere you see this substitution is a symptom of an underlying worldview that reduces human beings to their, mere, economic value.

Think about it: at work, you're only "good" when you're "efficient".

Representative Strachota has often voted in patterns that suggest she believes in this weedy worldview and so, I have to assume she voted this way not because it was good for people, but because it was economically and financially more efficient for people.

But that's just me being cynical. I hope I'm wrong.


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