By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — President Joe Biden apparently couldn’t find a farmer he could do a friendly photo-op with.
Biden dropped by La Crosse Tuesday to sell a $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” deal that he nearly blew up because he wants to spend a lot more tax money on radical left agenda items.
Originally, Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack were planning to pay a call on a family farm in Iowa County. But they suddenly ditched their agriculture dog-and-pony show (perhaps because no one can remember the last time Biden set foot on a farm) and instead visited a bus station in La Crosse. Biden also had ice cream. He likes ice cream.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin pounced on the Democrat’s change of heart.
“After fighting for a death tax that would crush multi-generational farms, creating a labor crisis that has left agriculture businesses without workers and promoting far-left policies that would cripple rural Wisconsinites’ way of life, Joe Biden had the audacity to abandon Wisconsin farmers for a bus station,” said state GOP Chairman Andrew Hitt following what the party is calling Joe Biden’s bait-and-switch on Wisconsin farmers.
Included in the press release was a comment from Jim Goodman of the National Family Farm Coalition. He said he was glad the president was coming to Wisconsin to talk agriculture. Farmers were hoping to get a “little traction on some legislation we’re interested in.”
“But, now, that’s not a message he’s going to hear from anybody in person,” Goodman said.
Darin Von Ruden, a farmer from Westby and president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, said it was a “major letdown” that Biden changed the focus of his trip and left Vilsack at home.
Biden defended his stop in Wisconsin to sell the infrastructure bill. He said he wanted to “cut through the noise in Washington.” Of course, the gaffer-in-chief created his own noise over the weekend when he suggested he may veto the whole deal if he didn’t get more money. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) said there will never be enough money to appease the administration and their radical friends.
“Biden and his fellow Democrats refuse to acknowledge their socialist policies are creating greater hampering economic recovery, and further mortgaging our children’s future. Everyone agrees we must invest in infrastructure,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, we’ve recently added $6 trillion to our national debt that now exceeds $28 trillion. A fiscally responsible infrastructure bill would use the $700 billion of ‘Covid relief’ spending that isn’t spent in this fiscal year and repurpose that amount for real infrastructure – not new entitlements.”
A Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce survey finds Biden’s policy proposals are wildly unpopular with employers in Wisconsin. Not only are businesses concerned about the impact of generous unemployment benefits on the workforce shortage, they also strongly oppose the President’s tax and spend agenda.
According to the survey, roughly nine in 10 businesses oppose Biden’s plans to raise individual income taxes, corporate income taxes and capital gains taxes.
The survey results show:
- 89 percent of employers oppose raising the corporate income tax from 21 percent to 28 percent
- 86 percent of employers oppose raising the capital gains tax from 20 percent to 43.4 percent on taxpayers with incomes over $1 million
- 85 percent of employers oppose raising the rate of the top individual income tax bracket to 39.6 percent
“This new data shows the President is going to have an uphill battle selling his massive tax increases to individuals and employers of all sizes,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer. “Families and businesses already face enough challenges as our state recovers from the worst economic downturn in a century. Hitting hardworking Wisconsinites with higher taxes and increased costs will do nothing more than slow – or potentially reverse – our recovery.”
The survey also shows Gov. Tony Evers is lacking support for some of his key proposals.
Eight in 10 businesses oppose his attempt to expand Medicaid in the state. Roughly three-quarters of employers oppose his attempts to raise the minimum wage to $15-per-hour. And 73 percent of Wisconsin businesses oppose giving counties and municipalities the ability to raise the sales tax from 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent.