Meet Tommy Thompson
Two-thirds of the state's Republican voters opposed Tommy Thompson's Senate candidacy, and he emerged from the GOP primary an altered, aged version of his former self.
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If I were you guys, I'd get the Yes Men or someone who can poke fun at TommyT while making a point.
I get worried about some of these elections because we all seem to be listening to ourselves (read as "liberals", "progressives") and we know that's not true across the state. Even though Walker stole the election both times, there were still enough people casting ballots for him to put it within reach.
Btw, for the Bob Fest, someone ought to invite Rocky Anderson from The Justice Party.
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | August 26, 2012
Note to Mike Tate and every other Wisconsin Democratic organization:
Put together a broadsheet showing the actual votes cast by Tammy Baldwin and Paul Ryan on every issue that reveals the lack of concern for the poor, elderly, middle class, jobless, women, students, the environment, by Ryan and the rest of the Republicans...and demonstrates how Tammy has consistently voted in SUPPORT of her constituent's needs.
No need to add additional information. If those reading it who are worried about their own precarious financial situation learn that Ryan voted to retain the subsidies to the largest oil companies...and that he didn't want to levy any payment from minerals companies mining on federally owned lands, it should be clear that his talk about reducing the deficit by 'eliminating tax loopholes' is without substance.
If the readers are concerned about their lack of affordable health care, and learn Ryan voted to repeal the ACA countless times...while voting against even disclosing that he takes part in taxpayer subsidized health insurance, PLUS voted against relinquishing his own insurance even though he supported taking away ACA's protections for the rest of us... the discrepancy between his campaign claims and who he is actually representing would be evident.
Only the number of the bill, the date, and a brief description with a column showing the Baldwin/Ryan vote on each would be needed to demonstrate not only the integrity and intent of those candidates in their respective races... but clearly define the differences between Republicans and Democrats as a whole.
Print it in newspapers around the state; distribute it door to door; hand it out at farmers' markets and other public gatherings. The only way to combat the lies shown daily in special interest-funded ads on tv is to give people the facts that local and national media omit.
-Lady of the Lake | Middleton, WI | August 27, 2012
I would like to know where he donated his money to get tax deductions. Does he have a tax exempt organization established that ultimately goes to himself? This is probably Romney's problem also.
-Kathleen Hart | Muskego, WI | August 29, 2012
It always surprises me that Tommy Thompson tends to be over-rated in WI. What is his claim to fame? He got tough on the utterly powerless. He consistently ruled anti-working class, pro-wealthy, and he didn't hide it. He moved on to glory... well, OK, he went to DC and proved to be numbingly mediocre at his best, an embarrassment that the Bush admin. preferred to keep quietly in the background. The national news media was not as agreeable as Wisconsin's. Put simply, Thompson proved to be a dud. This isn't the 1980s. Years of right wing politics pulled the state to the bottom, filling it with abandoned farms and empty factories, Wisconsin is dying, and Thompson came back to finish it off.
-DHFabian | Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 | September 2, 2012