December 27, 2010
Maybe Coburn ain't so hot!
The MJS editors asked Senate candidate Ron Johnson to name the person in public life he admired most. He named the extremist from Oklahoma, Tom Coburn. (I'm not making this up.) Whoa Nelly. But here is the good stuff. Coburn, on the Senate floor said, "Russ Feingold is my idea of a great Senator. He keeps his word and he is a man of great integrity."
While such praise may sound nice, Russ should consider the plight of a Cub fan when the opposition hits a home run at Wrigley Field. The fan wants to keep the ball but tradition compels him to throw the ball back on the field.
No disrespect toward Russ, but he might think about demanding reply time to tell Coburn his views are, thank you, not accepted so long as Coburn sits on the first responder bill!
Susan Mitchell is back. Susan and George Mitchell have been cheerleaders for school vouchers for years. She is president of School Choice Wisconsin and has been in the forefront of those anti-public school troops led by Howard Fuller and former Mayor John Norquist.
Now that the Sykes clone Scott Walker is about to take office, Mitchell will be calling for expansion of the school "choice" program--statewide. And, because tests show that choice schools are no more effective than MPS schools, Susan Mitchell and Fuller will oppose testing because ignorance is bliss.
They will have to resort to ideological nonsense that "proves" the Fuller/Mitchell line that private is always better than public! Oh boy. Four years of propaganda from the Bradley Foundation on the brilliance of the choice program. Yikes!
I'm still angry that Louis Butler was kicked to the back of the bus by Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions. I was cheering for Reid to win re-election, but darned if I can remember why. Have we gone back to a time when people of color need not apply? Shame on you, Axelrod. Or was it the AG or...
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I agree with you, Ed, that having friends in the Senate like Coburn and McCain saying nice things about Russ after his loss is disingenuous at best.
And I too am disappointed that the Senate - in its wisdom? - tossed Justice Butler overboard. The Senate is clearly dysfunctional, and I sincerely hope that those senators who are demanding rules reform on day 1 are successful.
But I am most concerned about the future of our Wisconsin schools under the new administration, and an expansion of that questionable voucher program is only the beginning. All that I've been able to learn about Walker's plans are that he believes that each district should be responsible for its own funding and curriculum - which means that poor rural schools are on their own and the rich suburban schools will flourish - just like things are now!
Not good enough...
-John Smart | Park Falls WI | December 27, 2010
"...those anti-public school troops led by Howard Fuller..."
Hey, Stupid!! Yeah, you!!
Dr. Fuller is a former Superintendent of the Milwaukee Public School system. He is hardly "anti-public schools".
Dr. Fuller is "Pro" education. Grow up.
-Leo trismegestis | Wisconsin | December 27, 2010
Do you think Ron Johnson has any idea what a senator does? He has hired staff from outside the state. He admires people from outside Wisconsin. during the campaign he ranted/raved about his own agenda.
This boy is simply not a Wisconsin kind of fellow.
His idea of cleaning house in Washington seems to be akin to sweeping the dirt under a carpet or moving boxes from one side of the basement to the other. Johnson certainly does not have Wisconsin interests or ideals in mind. What he will do will most likely benefit himself and his business in Oshkosh. Plastics? This is a petroleum based product and one that threatens the environment. Do you really think Johnson will do anything to wean us from petroleum dependency or anything to protect the earth's environment?
Since the election we have had 2 months of wondering and worry. During the next 6 years will will be witnesses to total ineptness.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Out | December 27, 2010
It seems to me that what is asked for when asking for less government involvement in our lives is similar to the wishes of the anarchist.
-Richard Kanak | Cherry Valley, Illinois | December 27, 2010
While I get no pleasure from it I have to rip the Dems again. The other day I heard a Dem spokesman in NPR responding to a question about increased size of government. It was pathetic, and full of policy speak, and then he sort of got to the main point. That being, the government would not have to "grow" if bankers were honest, if drug companies were honest, if the food industry could police itself, if the insurance industry actually insured people who might just get sick, if, if, if, But, they don't and haven't and therefor the Dems will propose legislation that protects people from the dishonest and marauders of society. Wow. I wonder how that would fly?
All this by wishing jerks likes Sykes, Limbaugh, et. al. would actually run for office and take real responsiblity when the hollowness of their policy ideas actually comes to light. Instead they get Eager Beaver idiots like Walker, Obungle etc. to do their dirty work.
Signing off from Egg Harbor. We leave Wisconsin today. Have fun, you are in for a hell of a ride.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor, WI. | December 27, 2010