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The Walker thugs waited for a while but now they think it is safe to go after disabled vets. In 2007 the state of Wisconsin Passed into law that a veteran who was deemed 100% disabled by the Federal Department of Veteran's Affairs would get a 100% refund on his or hers property taxes from the state. Total cost? 17.7 million dollars. Those taxes would still have to be paid by the veteran to the municipality that the veteran lived in and there would have to be proof of payment. It was one of the more intelligent political moves made by the politicians in Wisconsin. Now the republicans are looking to take part of it back.

The republicans want to cap the refund at 2500$. There is also a means test to phase it out for other veterans. Now some people might look at this and think that this would be a good idea. Until you look at how Wisconsin collects its taxes. Property taxes are one of the big ways we are paying for business welfare, I mean schools, roads, and general civic improvements/repairs, police, fire, EMS, and all the other stuff that goes directly towards quality of life. You know, civilization. 17.7 Million dollars is  a lot of money right? Can't let some vet get a tax break on his million dollar home just cause that person is listed as 100% disabled. There's got to be a means test. Those slackers are gettin' gubmint handouts already and stuff.

Jackasses. A single veteran on 100% disablity is paid approximately 2,500$ per month as a base. Any one who wants to check that number can go to the  Department of Veteran's Affairs website for an accurate dollar amount. Let's just do the math on the number that I gave you. Call it 31,000$ per year. Now let's go the a bank or a credit union. They run the numbers too. There is no fucking way either entity will loan you a million as you cannot EVAH pay it back. So a disabled veteran cannot live in a home like that because the veteran cannot afford to buy it in the first place.

The mental midgets and fall guys for this piece of legislative stupidity are Dale Kooyenga and John Nygren. Both are republicans. Nygren is the typical business lapdog that ALEC looks for and loves as a lapdog. Kooyenga is stabbing fellow veterans in the back. Then again he was in Baghdad playing as a economic developement guy during 2008 when a lot of money went AWOL. Sorry Dale. You are and remain a REMF bean counter. The sad thing is that I am willing to make a small wager that you didn't do a real good job counting those beans. You earned a bonze star. Nice. No "V" on it is there? You were there, but in the green zone being an administrator. Not a combat operator, a pencil  pusher. Another guy who wants to be the next Paul Ryan.

Do either of you assholes speaks German? Russian? Chinese? Japanese? Arabic? Farsi?
No to all of them? Say thank you to a veteran and then apologize for even suggesting this kind of idiocy to begin with. Mr. Kooyenga you should know better than to knife you former comrades in arms in the back. Look for them to return the favor with interest.

Lastly you republican freak show operators. When you yell, or put on a bumper sticker or car magnet or anything else that says I/We support the troops in Wisconsin will know it for yet another GOP lie.

Originally posted to flycaster on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tips for stupid state reps. (21+ / 0-)

    Stop eating lead paint chips and washing it down with polluted water......

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:20:29 AM PDT

  •  Here in Florida those w/100% VA disabilty (9+ / 0-)

    do not pay any property tax at all and now that I'm a widow it carries over to me.  However, if I ever buy another house it doesn't convert to the new home.  

    This move in WI is frightening in that I'm sure our state reps are watching other states for "great" ideas such as this.  

    We had 11 Amendments on our ballot in 2012 and several dealt w/property tax relief:

    The only amendments topping 60 percent — with 5 percent of the precincts yet to report — targeted property tax relief to low-income seniors, disabled veterans and spouses of military deceased military personnel and first responders. Each was barely above the 60-percent level.

    All of the amendments were placed on the ballot by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Most would have advanced the GOP's low-tax, small government agenda. The amendments were numbered 1 through 12, but there was no Amendment 7.

    Thanks for writing this up and please keep us updated!  Oh, and good luck.  I can commiserate with Wisconsinites in that we have a republican heavy legislature and we have Rick Scott.  ::sigh::

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:54:56 AM PDT

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (3+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 04:59:20 AM PDT

  •  But, how many... (2+ / 0-)
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    Kimbeaux, Sand Hill Crane

    How many vets listed at 100% disabled have other income or family income or substantial family assets?  Just because the VA says they're disabled is not automatic destitution.

    I fully agree with the tax rebate.  I am not defending the Republicans.

    But, there are some vets who are listed as totally disabled and very, very able.  Tammy Duckworth and Max Cleland come to mind (if indeed they have the 100% listing).

    So, yes, let's all support our vets in every way we can, but carefully craft our arguments.  

    •  So don't pay for injuring someone (2+ / 0-)
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      flycaster, Sand Hill Crane

      Disabled veterans are paid BECAUSE THEIR SERVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DISABILITY!

       Now Wanker and all the Republicans (who seldom serve in the military) want to divert a disabled veteran's money earned with blood on a battlefield IF they may have other sources of income.

      This sounds like something from the guy who allowed his hand picked associate to steal money donated to disabled veterans - probably thought the veterans didn't need it riding around in those fancy wheelchairs.

  •  Regarding your comment about Mr. Kooyenga: (2+ / 0-)
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    flycaster, Sand Hill Crane

    "....You earned a bonze star...."  A suggested rewording:  "...received a bronze stat."

  •  Welcome to divide and conquer. I guarantee (0+ / 0-)

    Sargento, Johnsonville and other Walker contributors will not have a cap on their propery tax relief.   Good news is that if projections are right (philly fed coincident) then property values and, hence, taxes will go down due to the economic mess caused by tea party economics.

    Barca and the assembly dems did one of the first good moves by dems in Wi for years when they offered no ammendments and called for a vote.   Let the gop own this budget...so much social/moral BS and pork in there.  A great move by dems!

    In investing some say to buy when things seem at their worst.  This budget shows the gop for what they are.  The failed recall has made them so bold that they have gone to radical positions that position their party as an outlier.  This budget will help dems....they are their own worst enemy.  If dems buy now, they willhave a good return on investment.

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