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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Donald Sykes Discusses the City's efforts to Create Employment

When Donald Sykes took over the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board in 2007, he had decades of experience in training new workers. Sykes—a former head of the Social Development Commission and the New Hope Project, and a veteran of Washington policy-making—returned two years ago to a Milwaukee...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

What to Hope For (and realistically expect) in Obama's First Year

Merle Haggard once famously predicted that "when a President goes through the White House doors, and does what he says he'll do, we'll all be drinkin' that free Bubble-Up, and eatin' that Rainbow Stew."
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Tonight @ the Sugar Maple - 7 p.m.

Drinking Liberally normally meets on Wednesdays, but for an event as historic as the inauguration of the country’s first African American president (and the farewell to the country’s least popular president), they’re willing to make an exception. The thirsty lefties meet tonight at the Sugar Maple at 7 p.m. for a free event they’re billing as the “End of an Error” inauguration party.
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Tonight @ Serb Hall - 7 p.m.

After years of campaigning with a platform of change, president-elect Obama will finally have the opportunity to implement his transformation of Washington, but before he starts, there’s going to be a rocking, celebrity-laden party in the nation’s capital. Tickets to that blowout, however, are being scalped for thousands of dollars, but Milwaukee’s party...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
In Washington, the Obama administration is going to have a license to kill eight years of government showering gifts upon the wealthy and create real change with tax breaks for ordinary, working Americans who actually need them, universal health care and millions of new jobs. In dramatic contrast...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Bold action for difficult times

This year, like every year, gives us an opportunity to consider where we've been, how we arrived at the present moment, and how we can launch a new year with promise.2008 was particularly difficult and is ending with our nation in the deepest recession since the Great Depression in the 1930s. These difficulties offer us an opportunity to make big changes in the way we think about our society, our neighborhoods and our role in moving into the future in a fair and just manner.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008
There is a scene in Monty Python & The Holy Grail where a group of outraged peasants, desperate to scapegoat someone for their lot in life, eagerly produce an unfortunate young woman to the local authorities, proclaiming her to be a witch. "How do you know she's a witch?" asks the magistrate? "Well, she LOOKS LIKE ONE!" bellows the crowd! Following the unfolding saga of Illinois Governor Pete Blagojevich, I was frankly surprised that it took as long as it did...
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008
Those among us who are sure that Barack Obama has descended from Heaven to cool the planet, calm the seas, and bring peace on earth are getting a full dose of reality from the Rod Blagojevich scandal. Obama, in reality, has crawled and clawed his way up from the sewer of corruption and graft that is the Chicago political machine. No one has stated definitively that Mr. Obama played any part in the attempted sale of his senate seat. In fact, the transcripts of Mr. Blagojevich's conversations, in which he repeatedly refers to Mr. Obama using language unfit for prime time would seem to imply the opposite.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Obama and his advisers share the same worldview

When the journalistic pack bites into a tasty cliche, it often refuses to let go, lazily chewing and regurgitating a phrase like “team of rivals” long after the flavor is gone. Derived from the Doris Kearns Goodwin book on Lincoln’s cabinet, that morsel had scant relevance to the cabinet being assembled by Barack Obama, as the...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Gates has more in common with Obama than Bush

As Barack Obama makes his way through the transition to power, he is learning the steps of an old dance. Having promised change, he now surrounds himself with experience. Having poured scorn not only on the Bush administration but at times on the Clinton administration as well, he...

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