On Text of Paul Ryan's VP acceptance speech
A good speech? Probably was. A factual speech with numbers he can probably deliver? No way. Rep Ryan is a good man gone astray. His prediction of 12 M jobs over the next 4 years is impossible given the kinds of cuts he wants. Simply impossible.
We needed a solution in the early 2000's and instead were welcomed to a wartime economy that was not paid for. We still have not paid for this and neither party had been able to find a compromise of cuts and added taxes to make up the difference.
Ryan is all smoke and no substance. God help us if he prevails.
On Axelrod: Ryan selection evokes memories of Palin
One thing is perfectly clear here. The trickle down folks are still calling the bets in any GOP race. Perhaps this will be the crowning point where Atlas Shrugged becomes the national novel and everyone has to fiend for themselves.
On Why Justice Roberts sided with majority on Obamacare
Of course the mandate was the equivalent of a tax. Always was but neither party chose to frame it that way. We don't have to take out a mortgage and buy a house but if we do, we can get a tax deduction. The same thing goes for a host of other things that result in a reduced tax.
Justice Roberts has done an immense service to this country. Health care reform will stand up there besides the introduction of Medicare and the passing of the ADA as a major step in the evolution of governmental action to help people in the end. Call it a bit of Socialism if you wish, but its a reasonable plan to help a lot of people who seriously need the help.
Speaking of Medicare in the first place, are we not forced to join Medicare when we hit 65? We pay an extra fee (tax)if we elect to defer Medicare. Same as the Affordable Care Act.
On Reel life on the fringes
Harold and Maude instantly came to mind when I started to read this article. Some may point to the Graduate with Dustin Hoffman as a cult movie too.
On Playing with dynamite
Gerson fails to mention that this so-called decisive victory was facilitated by a non-stop barrage of ads from various third parties and paid for by money that should be kept out of politics. In the days ahead of the election, the Walker administration pulls over 50,000 jobs out of a hat and claims they have a budget surplus because of their actions.
The point about people not willing to pursue a recall even if they would not normally vote for Walker is probably legit. The problem is that few voters understood what was behind Walker's position on collective bargaining and education cuts. The good money is now pushing hard for privatizing schools and rolling back environmental laws. Too bad.
On Gubernatorial endorsement coming Sunday
I'd be willing to be that Mr. Peck picks Tom Barrett simply because I sense that the Janesville crowd understands that the economy fell off a cliff because of decisions made long before 2008 and that had nothing to do with who was governor in Wisconsin. There are a lot of former auto workers union people in Janesville who will not hesitate to kick Walker out of office. Lets hope they do.
On Romney taking credit for auto industry success
There is simply no way the companies could have recovered without federal help. Who could possibly loan them the money. This guy is crazy if he thinks he deserves credit when he recommended a bankruptcy without aid.
On Who's who? Obama, Romney projecting mirror image
Sadly, there is quite a bit of truth in this comparison. If either of these guys were left to do what they want to do on their own, both with gravitate towards the middle. In order to get elected, they have to hide on their respective left or right fringes. I guess that means we should vote for whoever seems to be hiding the least information on their real position.
The reality is that Mr. Romney has already sold his soul to the extreme right. He has backed Paul Ryan's budget and would repeal the federal version of almost the same health care bill he supported in the past. He is by far the bigger flip flopper in a contest where both of them are guilty of the practice.
Ask yourself who can do the most damage to our democracy.
On Gubernatorial candidates speak separately at UW-W event
Had I attended this event and found out that Mr. Barrett had to leave early, I would have come away with a sense that this fellow really does not care about our county. Either he understood the way this was to work or he did not.
It is forums like this that make or break our democracy. Perhaps those that condemn the organizers would rather schedule one of these things for themselves.
On Does Wisconsin or Illinois have better governor?
Governor Quinn was on the Ed Show yesterday discussing this very subject. Both governors faced similar financial problems and will continue to face them in the months ahead but the true measure of success is how these states will fare in the long run.
With regard to education, job growth, fair treatment of workers, and the states environment, Quinn wins hands down. New businesses are not afraid of moving to WI because of the noise over this recall. They are afraid to move because in the long run they are going to have a harder time finding qualified employees. Walker has slashed education across the board, put things in his budget that would cut spending for math and science programs, and opened up the middle of the state for sand mining. Who would want to move here?
Those like George Will only see the bottom line. We need to be able to pay for schools and get good teachers too.
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