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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...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Looked at rationally, Gregory Thornton, Ph.D., the newly chosen superintendent who will take over the leadership of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), should have overwhelming support to begin reforming the state’s largest urban school district. Thornton topped the list of applicants in a nationwide search conducted...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Just two weeks into the new year, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke claims he already has a $5 million budget shortage that will force him to shut down major programs in his department. That should immediately prompt the public to question not only Sheriff Clarke’s management skills, but also his political motives for such an extraordinary announcement...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
One of the things that killed all those idyllic small towns that conservatives remember so fondly, the towns with white picket fences and vanilla populations to match, was shopping malls...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
The attempted airplane bombing on Christmas Day should set off waves of dread among anyone who flies, and not just as a reminder that there are people in the world eager to blow airliners and their passengers to smithereens. We are still overwhelmingly more likely to die as a result of getting into our cars...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009
2009 began with exhilarating promise for Wisconsin Democrats after the state’s landslide support for President Barack Obama helped them win the Assembly, giving them control of the governor’s office and both houses of the Legislature. Somewhere along the way, however, Democrats decided they were far more...