Category Archives: Good government

Assign UW Extension assets to campuses stateside

When I see someone in the Milwaukee region from the University of Wisconsin – Madison -– other than its best export, its wonderful graduates – I call it a “sighting.” It’s like the visit from a rare bird. Our flagship university… Read more

Next up for healthcare: Sanders’ plan and 40% payroll tax?

Because the Republican plan for health care reform was not innovative enough, Speaker Paul Ryan came up short on “repeal and reform.” Ryancare was prosaic GOP stuff: smaller government, tax cuts and subsidy reductions. Because President… Read more

The health care speech Ryan ought to give

Speaker Paul Ryan is in a jam. photo credit Wikipedia The Republican Party has driven its “repeal and replace” legislation into a box canyon. It isn’t selling on the Hill or with the American people. But there is a way out. As with… Read more

Thompson, Walker: different paths to longevity

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson surfaced briefly in the news on the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the first of what would be come a record four terms as governor of Wisconsin. The attention paid to arguably the… Read more

Now it’s about performance for new president


My 105 valid reasons to not vote for Donald Trump obviously had little impact locally or elsewhere, mainly because the dislike of Hillary Clinton and her elitist, crony politics far out-weighed my case. The dissatisfaction with eight years of the… Read more

More items for Walker’s Second Act

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Last week’s blog on a menu of potential initiative for Gov. Scott Walker for his next two years in office drew several responses. The consensus was that he has more serious work to do, that he needs to be about… Read more

Gov. Walker, GOP need second act

Governor Walker

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconson Even though the Wisconsin unemployment rate has dropped to 4.2% and wages have finally started to move upward, there isn’t an economist or economic developer who doesn’t want a stronger base for the… Read more

It’s time for new anti-poverty program

It’s been more than 50 years since LBJ launched the “War on Poverty” and more than 20 since Tommy Thompson launched his “Work Not Welfare” campaign in Wisconsin. Neither worked very well to improve the lives of people in the lower ranks of… Read more

How will Gov. Walker finish his term?

Governor Walker

Gov. Scott Walker has hinted at running for a third term in 2018, but he has not hinted at his agenda for the rest of his second term, much less for a third four years. He shot to the top of the early presidential polls on the strength of his… Read more

Ryan’s way forward: disruptive innovation


I gave Paul Ryan ten reasons not take the Speaker job before he decided to go for it. Obviously, my blog had a big impact on his thinking. I did better when I suggested one morning that Scott Walker declare defeat on his presidential run, and he… Read more