I know that in the last ten years in Wisconsin it has become fashionable to minimize what public employees do for us, and in some cases flat out denigrate them. The politicians can spend trillions of dollars on never-ending wars of choice without even giving it a second thought, and blow up the deficit with tax cuts for the uber rich, yet somehow the salaries and benefits of municipal, county, and state employees becomes the main reason why we are in such deep debt.
I’ve been thinking about Margaret Chase Smith’s Declaration of Conscience very much lately, especially when watching the mental and verbal contortions Republican elected officials go through in order to continue to defend President Donald Trump. We have had some dreadful presidents in our history, but has there ever been anyone who resorted to appeals to “Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear” on an almost daily basis as much as the current occupant of the White House?
Rep. James Sensenbrenner recently announced his retirement. Most media coverage has focused only on who might replace him in the Congress. This essay looks at his 40+ year legacy.
There’s finally some reason to be optimistic about journalism in Wisconsin. The good news is that we northeast Wisconsin residents can engage two online sources that are the opposite of lazy: The Oshkosh Examiner and the Wisconsin Examiner.
Local government officials, most of whom are in a position to know first-hand how Madison politics harms communities, rarely call out the corruption. They will sometimes pass strongly worded resolutions asking the legislature to pass this or that bill, but they almost always stop short of using the “C word” to describe what’s going on down in Mad town.
July 16 Update: Today in the House of Representatives four Republicans joined the Democrats in…
So-called representative government in Wisconsin has been on life-support for a long time, but if anyone still needs proof of that they need look no further than the process that gave us this budget stalemate.
No politician can match President Trump in terms of using social media in a mostly moronic and patently pathetic manner. On the other hand, there really are not that many good political role models out there. For most politicians, including Wisconsin pols, social media is a cheap form of public relations, completely self-serving without even a pretense of being anything more.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, soon-to-be former Governor Scott Walker signed all of…