We had noted earlier that the editorial board over at the Wisconsin State Journal had slept quite soundly as the US Senate slapped together sweeping changes to the tax law. Well, a little update: eventually the State Journal did regain consciousness long enough to comment, sort of.
Their main concern turns out to be that the tax bill adds to the federal debt. Now there are many ways to hate the Senate tax bill, and people do hate it, although mostly not because of the thing the State Journal hates. FiveThirtyEight reports that it’s less popular than any previously passed tax bill. But let’s just focus on what the State Journal hates.
For some reason the State Journal focuses narrowly on Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh). Johnson had promised never to support a tax bill increasing the national debt, and now he’d voted for, well, precisely just that. So Johnson’s kind of a hypocrite and that’s the long and short of our local newspaper’s analysis.
But wait, in reality it’s not just Johnson who deserves to be featured in honest editorials throughout the land. It’s the GOP as a WHOLE — the GOP Senate and the GOP House — now racing to combine their separate GOP messes into a consolidated GOP mess for our self-dealing GOP president to consider (ha-ha-ha) and sign. All that earlier GOP fear-mongering about the debt? That was just GOP tactical theatrics while a Dem was in the White House. No one should ever have taken it seriously. See what they’re doing.
That’s the right editorial. It’s not about Ron Johnson.