(Speaking of Witch Hunts . . . ) Candidate Mary Burke Endures the Trial of the Trail

Though the real news was that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke had just been endorsed by the largest police union in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's online headline said, "Mary Burke stumbles when asked to define plagiarism". As if the shock of the question caused her to lose her balance, thus betraying her pact with … Continue reading (Speaking of Witch Hunts . . . ) Candidate Mary Burke Endures the Trial of the Trail

Anti-War Democrats Begin to Emerge

It turns out there is a slight anti-war reaction emerging in the Democratic Party, for 85 House Democrats said "no, thanks" to President Obama's request for a formal authorization to train and arm the "good" Syrian rebels in the fight against the Syrian rebels/terrorists,  known as ISIS. Given the political risks involved for opposing their fellow Democrat and president … Continue reading Anti-War Democrats Begin to Emerge

Sharing Some Intellectual Property

Sometimes property can get too intellectual, if you know what I mean. According to Wisconsin's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, one  of the state's rising industries is something called "agricultural tourism." Says Kleefisch, "Visitors from all over the world are coming to Wisconsin to view our advanced agricultural operations, to learn more about our hybrid biotech seeds, to … Continue reading Sharing Some Intellectual Property

Pres. Obama’s 2015 Budget: Less for Great Lakes, more for Prisons and still too much for Defense

There is for the progressively compassionate much to like about Pres. Obama's newly released federal budget: more for the poor, less for the wealthy for instance. A raise in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. $300 billion to maintain what we have built. Money for full-time child care. Money for immigration reform. No cuts in … Continue reading Pres. Obama’s 2015 Budget: Less for Great Lakes, more for Prisons and still too much for Defense

Heed Sen. Elizabeth Warren on War’s Civilian Casualties

(Photo by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Community Banks Roundtable) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) It is safe to say that every major war over the last few centuries at least has brought great harm and suffering to innocent civilians (or non-combatants), people, including women and children, who have been killed, wounded, or forced from their homes. … Continue reading Heed Sen. Elizabeth Warren on War’s Civilian Casualties

Gov. Walker as Captain Ahab

The Wisconsin conservative spin machine (call it the whitewashing machine) has been rotating wildly today, making itself dizzier than normal, after yesterday's release of some damaging email records that seem to confirm that Walker, as Milwaukee County Executive, had at least some knowledge of a secret email system that allowed secret and illegal communication between his county office and his … Continue reading Gov. Walker as Captain Ahab

Cesar Chavez, a Living Wage and Bipartisan Tax/Debt Pandering

(By USGov-DOL (USGov-DOL) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) Two apparently radical, left-wing proposals were discussed in Madison last week, one of which is supported, sort of, by our Republican governor and one which is opposed by Milwaukee County's Democratic County Executive. And what Democratic candidate Mary Burke says she supports are right-wing budget ideas of prioritizing paying down debt and giving much of … Continue reading Cesar Chavez, a Living Wage and Bipartisan Tax/Debt Pandering

A “Farm Bill” that Denies Food to the Poor

(By Sr. Maria Ludgera Haberstroh (Kloster Reute bei Bad Waldsee)  Photographer: Horst F. Freudenberger (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons) Because farms grow food, and some Americans need help purchasing food, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), more commonly known as "food stamps", and farms have been legislatively linked for some time now. But this … Continue reading A “Farm Bill” that Denies Food to the Poor

Weekend Rebuttal: Gov. Walker’s Tax Surplus Plan is a Gift to the Suburbs

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a plan for our nearly billion dollar tax surplus: give everyone in the state, even the wealthy, a quite modest tax cut. Which means, in real terms, that the richest in the state, the top 20%, will receive the largest percentage of the tax cut. This will no doubt help the suburbs … Continue reading Weekend Rebuttal: Gov. Walker’s Tax Surplus Plan is a Gift to the Suburbs

Collins & Brooks together again

The published conversations between NY Times columnists Gail Collins and David Brooks are always witty and enlightening, thanks mostly to Collins' wit and political enlightenment. More mutual debate of this kind would be both more useful and entertaining than the typical monotonous monologues our pundits produce.  In their latest tete-a-tete, we learn that the usually … Continue reading Collins & Brooks together again