A Moderate Way Forward on COVID

If both sides were serious, a bipartisan COVID relief plan wouldn’t be that hard to imagine and it could happen fast. President Joe Biden’s long experience in Washington is already showing why a government run by a competent practitioner is so much better than government run by a populist zealot of any stripe. On MondayContinue reading “A Moderate Way Forward on COVID”

Searching For a Responsible Localism

By Harvey M. Jacobs The Biden administration swept into office with a flurry of executive orders. One seeks to reduce the amount of fossil fuels extracted from federal lands. That has elicited support from national environmental groups (though some say the order won’t go far enough) and local tribes while it is being roundly criticizedContinue reading “Searching For a Responsible Localism”

Let’s Make a Deal

Sometimes the big picture is more important than the details. That’s the case with the COVID relief package working its way through Congress right now. President Biden’s plan would cost $1.9 trillion. Ten Republican senators have offered a plan — with few public details at this point — costing around $600 billion. That’s a canyonContinue reading “Let’s Make a Deal”

Somebody’s Gotta Stand Up To Robin Vos

Gov. Tony Evers is not the most powerful man in Wisconsin. Nope. That’d be Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The Rochester Republican is now the longest serving Speaker in Wisconsin history. He didn’t get there by being a nice guy and he didn’t get there by being an idiot. He’s been able to stay in powerContinue reading “Somebody’s Gotta Stand Up To Robin Vos”

Between a Rock and Dianne Feinstein

There’s much to admire about California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, not the least of which is that she spells her name with two n’s just as my wife does. Feinstein was the first woman to serve as mayor of San Francisco and she was highly regarded in that job before being elected to the senate. There,Continue reading “Between a Rock and Dianne Feinstein”

Archetypes of the Problem

One of the reasons for our current polarization is people like Scot Ross and Dan O’Donnell. Folks like this have always been around, going back to the likes of Joe McCarthy and Huey Long up to the present with Donald Trump. They’re self-obsessed publicity seekers for whom controversy is like oxygen, so they find itContinue reading “Archetypes of the Problem”

GOP Can’t Mask Its Moral Bankruptcy

I want to be bi-partisan, but most of the time the Republicans don’t help. I had some hope for new Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg. In his first significant move after taking the reins from Scott Fitzgerald, who moved on to Congress, LeMaheiu engineered a sensible compromise to a COVID relief bill thatContinue reading “GOP Can’t Mask Its Moral Bankruptcy”

“Massive Cleanup Has Already Begun!”

President Joe Biden has said that he wants to lower the temperature in America. The press could help by being a little less breathless. I made the mistake, as I do too often, of watching NBC’s “Today Show” this morning. It’s an irritating way to start the day. Even the most mundane development is “BreakingContinue reading ““Massive Cleanup Has Already Begun!””

Four Parties?

On last Sunday’s Meet The Press, host Chuck Todd revealed some fascinating polling data. The electorate is equally divided between Trump Republicans, traditional Republicans, Biden Democrats and Democrats who prefer the politics of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Exactly 17% of voters picked each of those four categories. Host Chuck Todd made the point thatContinue reading “Four Parties?”