October 16, 2009
Wow! WPRI is breaking news
If you occasionally wonder what self-proclaimed "think tankers" do when there are no elections to play with, wonder no more. The super-right Wisconsin Policy Research (sic) Institute (WPRI) has issued a study that will change the world. What have they discovered?
Well, in 1997, they inform us in a message from their president, the average age of legislators was 43, and then I stopped reading because the hidden agenda had suddenly become obvious. WPRI, like the Republican Party, believe in term limits so they cooked another "research piece" and you can bet another poll from WPRI and the Political Science dept at UW-Madison. Why do they want term limits? Because well known incumbents often defeat well-financed newcomers. The answer, friends, is public financing of campaigns. Pass that and I will lead the parade for term limits--not before.
WPRI calls attention to Jim Doyle, who apparently is now in favor of term limits. Imagine that. After 30-plus years at the trough it is time? Whoa Nelly! How bold, governor, how bold.
Speaking of bold, Obama is moving like molasses in appointments to the federal bench. So far, the Washington Post tells us, he has had three--three judges confirmed--and has nominated only 23. Why so slow? Well, Olympia, glad you asked. He is working with Republicans to make the nominations acceptable. You know--nonpartisan, moderate, non-controversial. Meanwhile, the Bush court is not waiting.
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We already have term limits. They're called "elections."
-Alan Gesler | Lake Geneva, WI | October 16, 2009