Wake up, Republicans! We are no longer under the repressive regime of Scott Walker!

We need to repair the damage that was done under his reign. It is going to require more tax money because there were not enough taxes collected under the Republican period of Walker. His theme of “no new taxes” might just as well have been labeled “down with education, down with our roads, down with health care, down with the Department of Natural Resources.” Now all of these entities need to be upgraded, restored to pre-Walker levels and, in many cases, improved from where they were 10 years ago.

All of these things cannot be done on the same dollars that we had 10 years ago. Inflation alone has depleted their worth greatly. It’s easy to sit back and claim that the Democrats are famous for raising taxes. Yes, it is true in this case, because Republicans were not up to the task of doing the things that absolutely needed to be done when you were in power.

Now, we have a very long way to go to get back to a level that will make this state a place where people want to live.

A place to start is to take the Medicaid funds from the federal government that we have been refusing for so long. We have already lost over a billion dollars that we could have used for improving many things. If we take the payment this year, we can have over 80,000 more families covered by good insurance. This argument that we don’t know if the federal government will be around to continue these payments in the future is ludicrous. Why shouldn’t we be getting federal dollars back, like 39 states are already doing?

If you think our roads aren’t in miserable shape, just take a ride anywhere to confirm how badly they are in need of repair.

Another place you need to get your heads out of the sand is on global warming. Quit following the lead of our 19th-century president. We can no longer do things as we have done them in the past. A million species are in danger of extinction if we keep going the way we have in the past. And one of those species is us humans! We don’t have long to get going in the right direction before it will be too late!

So Republicans, become leaders, not naysayers. Help Wisconsin become a leader once again as a place where people want to come to live, to get a great education, to have good health insurance and to drive on good roads. We can do it, but we need your help!

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