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Tool of the Week: Tone Deaf DPI

Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 16, 2020

MADISON — There are so many tools this week in the left’s rush job to crown Joe Biden president, but we’ll take a break from voter irregularities for some old-fashioned bureaucratic buffoonery. 

The buffoons in question? Once again, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

As Wisconsin Spotlight reported last week, DPI is requesting a whopping $1.6 billion increase in its biennial budget — 2021-23. Incredibly, Mike Thompson, DPI’s deputy state superintendent defends the request with a straight face.

“We think it’s a realistic budget,” Thompson told Fox47. “We think it’s a budget that prioritzes what the citizens of Wisconsin want for educating their kids.” 

A realistic budget? At a time when a pandemic is forcing Wisconsinites to the unemployment and bread lines, when a lot of homeowners aren’t sure how they’re going to pay their mortgages, let alone their property taxes, these bureaucratic boneheads come hat in hand asking for double-digit, taxpayer-funded increases. 

Tone deaf is not a big enough descriptor for these out-of-touch educrats. 

And what would the citizens of Wisconsin get for $1.6 billion more — a two-year budget north of $15 billion? Mental health aid and more “equity” programs, Thompson said. Translation: More funding for the kind of radical left curriculum teaching students that they live in a systemically racist, white supremacist country.

Thankfully, reasonable lawmakers who control the purse strings see DPI’s latest wish list as unreasonable, if not insane. 

“Going into what will likely be a very tough budget, the Department of Public Instruction’s request is unrealistic. DPI is requesting an increase of $1.4 billion (for public schools) while Governor Evers himself directed state agencies to reduce their budgets, not increase them,” said recently elected Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield).

The only ones who can’t see how unrealistic DPI’s request is are the educrats who have always preached the gospel of more money — in good times and bad. 

They do so because they are bureaucrats, and that’s what bureaucrats do. They do so because they’re tools. 

DPI is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week. 

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