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November 19, 2017

An old GOP learns new tricks to close state government
You can always count on Republicans to promote efficiency.

For instance, take the old saying, 'one step forward and two steps back.' Well, when it comes to open government in Wisconsin, the Republicans decided that such a fitful march to the rear was too inefficient.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hail Mary ... for the Democrats
Twice this week - at least twice this week - Democrats criticizing the state's $3-billion deal with Foxconn referred to the whole thing as Gov. Scott Walker's Hail Mary re-election scheme.
Friday, November 17, 2017

First 'pre-mortem' of the 2018 elections
American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Simpler tax simplification
As you read this, President Trump's tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

To be a great president, you first have to like politics
On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman -- each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually enjoyed politics.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Enterprise land deal should be rejected
Some people are on the right side of history and some people are on the wrong side of history, and pretty soon we'll find out whether members of the Oneida County Board of Supervisors are racing back to the bygone days of government land grabs or are forging ahead in a new world of expanding property rights.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Why the Left has been so wrong about the Trump Boom
Time magazine's cover story for the week of Nov. 6 is a classic. It blares: "The Wrecking Crew: How Trump's Cabinet Is Dismantling Government As We Know It." The New York Times ran a lead editorial complaining that team Trump is shrinking the regulatory state at an "unprecedented" pace.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Five biggest reasons to hate the IRS tax code
President Donald Trump has proposed what he calls "the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan." He also wants vast simplification so Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard return. Let's hope that part of this reform package will be to defang the IRS, which treats Americans as if they are guilty until proven innocent and invades the basic privacy rights of citizens.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Communism turns 100
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

An American president and the world
The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Now we know John Kelly
After all the sound and fury and infantile tweeting, what have we learned from the controversy over the president's call to Sgt. La David Johnson's widow?
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A private military
We've fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress?

After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and - stayed. Afghanistan is now America's longest war, ever.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's time to rein in the DNR's trespassing
As we report in today's edition, the state is pushing forward with the re-prosecution of a man who has already served a year in prison for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens but whose conviction the state Supreme Court recently overturned.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Air traffic control's job one is safety
Being stuck in an airport terminal waiting for an overdue departure is no fun.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Let them leave
The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England.

So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Death of the Border Crossers
The door of the antiquated bus folds open as the Ortiz family anxiously steps onto the only sizable street of Altar, Sonora Mexico. It's a typical small Mexican town but with a significant difference.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thanks to Trump, health care reform is on the way
If you were listening only to the mainstream media and political liberals last week, you might be convinced the sky is falling.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Trump and Gold Star families: He doesn't get it
In the 1970 film "Patton," Ed Binns portrays Lt. General Walter "Bedell" Smith, who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff near the end of World War II.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Why Sports and politics do not mix
There's a famous Woody Allen joke: "Those who can't do teach, and those who can't teach teach gym."
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Getting in a tiff over TIFs
As we report in today's edition, the city of Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) have gotten themselves into a tif over TIFs, or tax incremental financing districts.
Friday, October 13, 2017

War is not a spectator sport
On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: "I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely lose one or more of your precious Marines if you haven't already.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Keep them unknown: Mass shooters belong in dustbin of history
Another month, another mass shooting in America.

Last week, the familiar and devastatingly sad song and dance we're all too used to as a nation unfolded in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hurricane relief: It's time to get out of the way
The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do?

Give us lots of money, say many.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Democrats, don't blame the voters who are not racist
One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I've gotten to meet.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gunfight at the Not OK Corral
There's trouble brewing at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, and, if what we hear on the street turns out to be true, next year's sheriff's election might take the brew to an outright boil.
Friday, October 6, 2017

We need more than 'thoughts and prayers'
Whenever someone commits a heinous gun crime like the massacre in Las Vegas, politicians swiftly assure us that the victims and their families are "in our thoughts and prayers."
Friday, October 6, 2017

Three men who saved baseball from itself
From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Yes, the states can fix the Obamacare debacle
Back in 1996, a Republican Congress and a Democratic president (Bill Clinton) enacted one of the most historic bipartisan policy victories in modern times: the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act for welfare reform.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dangerous Dan had better be
Years ago there was an amusement park nestled in the mountains of North Carolina called Ghost Town in the Sky.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Disabled by government
A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators.
Friday, September 29, 2017

America's unfriendly skies
Liberals love to portray Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried, valiantly, to shed that criticism - but then why are so many in the party defending the special interests of private- and corporate-jet owners over the interests of the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need taxpayer subsidies to jet across the country?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Vietnam War 2017
Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington's Kennedy Center on a cool September evening.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Health care, tax reform: It's now or never
Republicans can argue about immigration and dreamers, they can argue about defense spending and Russia, they can argue about trade and marijuana (yes, they are fighting over that), but there are two issues they had better stop squabbling about and pass: a health care overhaul and tax reform.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Detoured by government
Michelle Freenor's business almost failed before it began.

That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. "Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah's Historic District," said one five-star Yelp review. "Great, informative," said another.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Blame for disaster
"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take," demands "The Daily Show" comic Trevor Noah, "until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!"

His audience roars its approval.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy New Year
Labor Day has already come, and summer is all but over. Autumn - with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year - is upon us. Now - in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas - ought logically to be New Year's Day, which means resolutions and predictions.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Winds of change are blowing in Boulder Junction
Though it may not feel like it to those who wanted to split the clerk-treasurer's position in Boulder Junction - the attempt narrowly failed at an electors meeting Tuesday night - that meeting and vote was in fact a tremendous victory for grassroots democracy.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Face it: The Trump boom is here
Has anyone noticed - through the fog of Russia, James Comey, Charlottesville and now two monster hurricanes - that the U.S. economy is booming faster than it has since the late Clinton years?
Friday, September 15, 2017

Seeing alternatives
I just got new glasses - without going to an optometrist.

It's another innovation made possible by the internet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reprimand to Trump from Pittsburgh Voters: 'It's Not About You'
On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give "a word or a feeling about Donald Trump."
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trump makes the right move on Dreamers
President Donald Trump pulled the plug this week on the so-called Dreamers' program that gave deportation relief to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, ending the amnesty order created by President Obama.
Friday, September 8, 2017

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