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Taking Liberties
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It’s been a heck of an Easter for the Catholic Church. Who knew the latest revelations about a horrendous case of sexual abuse by a Wisconsin priest would throw the worldwide church and the current pope into their most tumultuous credibility crisis yet? In politics, there is an axiom that misdeeds can get you into a lot of trouble, but it’s the cover-up that can be fatal. An unbelievable Holy Week of dodging...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We happened to be in Washington, D.C., during the historic passage of health care reform, an achievement that visionary Democratic and Republican presidents had sought for three-quarters of a century. That same day, we walked from the White House to the National Mall with tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters waving American flags...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Who knew Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s campaign for governor would turn into a search for Wisconsin’s top chef? What our political candidates have for lunch rarely becomes a campaign issue. As long as they consume enough of the basic food groups to remain upright, we really don’t care all that much about their nutrition. But when one candidate promotes what he eats for lunch...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It’s been years since the so-called “liberal” media could be accused of failing to sufficiently publicize the views of the extreme right. Labeling the media “liberal,” a political tactic by conservatives, worked like a charm. Newspapers everywhere scurried to add right-wing columnists, the more troglodytic the better. Television crews were sent to town hall meetings on health care to film the most shril...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Now we know why Republicans aren’t very much fun on dates. Forget the Rolling Stones singing about getting no “Satisfaction.” Republicans don’t even want no “Stimulation.” When the Obama administration put together an economic stimulus plan to head off a second Great Depression, Republicans made a political decision to oppose any government action to improve the lives of Americans. It was a clever way to...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Shrinking budgets have forced states around the country to finally stop wasting taxpayer money by imprisoning nonviolent offenders and turning small-time lawbreakers into hardened, more dangerous criminals. It’s one of the few examples where government could spend less money and actually benefit more people and increase public safety. By reserving prison for violent criminals...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
In some cases, perhaps the best we can hope for from our politicians is that they’re lying to us. If they actually believe some of the things they say, we’re in really big trouble. We have perfect examples in the Republican opposition to economic stimulus funds nationally and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker’s opposition to economic stimulus and job creation in Wisconsin. In speeches...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
If we didn’t know anything, we’d think Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was the hottest star in the Republican Party. He’s all over the cable news shows talking about his deficit reduction plan, “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Conservative George Will recently wrote a column forecasting him as the 2013 Republican vice president of the United States. Even President Barack Obama singled out Ryan as a pleasant guy with...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
Much of the first year of President Bill Clinton’s administration got sidetracked as a result of Clinton trying to live up to his campaign promise to end discrimination against gays in the military. It said something about how deep-rooted bigotry against gay people was in 1993 that a simple issue of fairness and nondiscrimination created a firestorm of controversy for Clinton...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010
Republicans claim it’s unfair to characterize them as simply “The Party of No,” but then an incredible windfall of jobs and development is announced for the state of Wisconsin to a rising chorus of Republicans shrieking “No!” Republicans...