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Tool of the Week: Team Tony, full of crap

Remember that kid in school who was so full of crap you just stopped listening to him?

The kind of kid who would say audacious things like his deadbeat dad was actually in the witness relocation program somewhere in the Desert Southwest because he single-handedly brought down a drug cartel. Or that his uncle is Evel Knievel.

These are the kind of kids Tall Tale Tony Evers has surrounded himself with.

Last week, after it was reported the state ended the 2021 fiscal year with a better-than-expected $2.58 billion budget surplus and a rainy day fund balance of $1.73 billion, Team Evers immediately — and falsely — took credit for Wisconsin’s robust budget numbers.

“A healthy rainy-day fund will help us face tomorrow’s challenges head-on,” Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan said in a statement. “By prudently managing our way through this crisis we’ve built the largest Budget Stabilization Fund in state history, making sure we’re ready for future challenges, and securing a strong pandemic recovery for our hard-hit communities, businesses and industries.”

We? Just like there’s no I in team, there was no Evers “we” in the state’s budget success.

The liberal governor has proposed two massive tax-and-spend budgets that the Republican-led Legislature rebuilt from the ground up. Conservatives included healthy tax cuts and boxed Evers into a corner. He has signed two biennial budgets that nearly all legislative Democrats voted against.

“It’s laughable the idea the governor is trying to take credit for signing two conservative budgets,” said Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna). “We laid the groundwork for the surpluses that we have seen at the end of the day. His budget ideas included massive tax increases (over $1 billion in the current budget) that would strangle our economy.”

It would be laughable if if this administration ever told the truth. But Team Tony’s constant stream of whoppers has gotten old. Really old.

And annoying. Like that kid who lies about everything.

That’s the work of tools. Tall Tale Tony and his team of truth benders are full of crap, and they are collectively Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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