Category Archives: Good government

25 UW campuses increasingly strapped for funds

It’s only a matter of time until the political leaders of the state address the obvious necessity to set an updated strategy for the University of Wisconsin System. Big ideas for new directions for UWS won’t jump out during the careful campaign… Read more

McCain: the right kind of tough guy

When my boys were growing up and I was trying to help them find the fine line between the hard and soft sides of life in America, I pitched this: “Be as tough as you have to be, but no tougher.” It’s this line – between warrior when… Read more

Where have all the fiscal conservatives gone?

As a fiscal conservative, I miss the Republican Party. Even though its leaders have never balanced the federal budget when they were in power in recent decades, they at least talked the talk on the need to bring down the deficit and its… Read more

UWO criminal charges miss the mark

The criminal charges filed by the Wisconsin attorney general’s office against the former chancellor and vice chancellor of UW–Oshkosh have the smell of prosecutorial overreach, scapegoating and missing of the mark. Rick Wells- Photo Credit:… Read more

Disarray in White House not okay

President Trump, who made a TV career out of firing people, is showing that he is very comfortable with firing his people in the White House. Of late, he has terminated at least one a week, like he did on his TV show. President Trump on the… Read more

The Walker agenda: the said and unsaid

Looking ahead at what promises to be a tough election year for Republicans, Gov. Walker’s state of the state address last week was as important for what it didn’t say as for what it did. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker- photo credit… Read more

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