This is where left-wing economists frequently invoke the historically highest marginal tax rate -- 91 percent -- under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Not that they ever would advocate such a thing, mind you. They're just pointing it out. They don't argue that higher taxes will create more wealth so much as that higher taxes will create more equality. (If top earners leave the state, they're right.)
And apparently, the ticket to economic equality is for Americans to ignore the heavy load of debt that taxpayers must shoulder because politicians have handed out benefits and pensions to public workers regardless of the cost.
The answer to Wisconsin's woes -- like the answer to America's red ink -- is to keep feeding the beast.
"The country," Moore assures, "is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands."
Then again, your hands are not really your hands, unless they're extracting more money from your wallet.