Category Archives: Good government

White House: One-man band or diverse team of experts?

Not everyone is interested in the management dimension of how the sprawling federal government is managed from the White House, but they should be. Every successful organization is the result of great teamwork at the executive level, not the genius … Read the rest

Harris could nudge Democratic agenda to practical solutions

If Kamala Harris could help Joe Biden to add a large dose of pragmatism to the highflying political ambitions and rhetoric of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, she could have indelible political legacy and a historic career. Clearly, … Read the rest

Appoint Tommy as interim UW president

One of my friends came up with bold idea for getting the University of Wisconsin System out of its current leadership mess. Appoint former Gov. Tommy Thompson as system president for one year. If ever there were a time when … Read the rest

Post crisis, UW 2050 Needs Strategist at Helm

Under the heading of the famous line, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” University of Wisconsin Regents may want to use the current calamity facing the university system to re-think many of the ways it does business. Like … Read the rest

Quarantine therapy on Kettle Moraine trails

Kids are scampering up the hills in front of their parents on the rolling trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. It’s a happy sight that is happening far more often as people in Southeast Wisconsin realize how lucky they … Read the rest

Wisconsin two-man Dem primary looms large

Going into Super Tuesday, some pundits were speculating that the crowded contest for the Democratic Party presidential nomination would be virtually decided by the time the Wisconsin primary rolled around April 7. The opposite happened when Joe Biden jumped ahead … Read the rest

Sensenbrenner exit: when principles are trumped

The obvious question: what took Jim Sensenbrenner so long to step down from the Wisconsin Fifth Congressional seat. He announced last week that he would not run for a 22nd term, saying, “It’s time.” He will have been in Congress … Read the rest

Divisions aside, 4th parades bring out our unified best

Watching the hometown 4th of July parade in West Bend, I got to thinking that what I love most about my favorite holiday, beyond the cookouts and get-togethers with family and friends. It is the implicit declaration that we the … Read the rest

Avoid gridlock, let Wisconsin voters make big calls

Now that Wisconsin faces at least four years of partisan gridlock, as evidenced by the rocky transition from Republican Scott Walker to Democrat Tony Evers, how can we get big issues revsolved for the state? An answer might be found … Read the rest

H.W. deserved a second term

George H. W. Bush was born a gold-plated patrician, and he lost his re-election in 1992 partly because many voters thought he was out of touch with the people. But he was one of the most regular, down-to-earth guys you … Read the rest