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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : opinions July 25, 2017

The time to act on health care is now
There is apparently only one thing worse than having Democrats in complete control of the federal government, and that is having Republicans in control of it.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Wisconsin will lead a property rights revolution
The Murr family owns two adjacent lots along the Lower St. Croix River. The lots were originally purchased as two separate and distinct lots (Lot F and Lot E) in 1960 and 1963, respectively.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why Trump Jr. should release more emails
For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans their presidential campaign had "absolutely no contact" with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Loving animals to death
We need to sell more rhino horns, quickly.

That may be the only way to save rhinos from extinction. Today, rhinos vanish because poachers kill them for their horns. Businesses turn their horns into ornaments or quack health potions.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cruz rescues Republicans on Obamacare
Republicans are finally getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators - Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assist from Mike Lee of Utah - to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums and save money for the government, all without alienating millions of voters. He's pulled the Republicans' fannies out of the fire, flipping a losing strategy into a big-time winner.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Unanswered questions of 2017
In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: "France is America's first and oldest ally. A lot of people don't know that," have already been following the strategy first recommended by a great Gallic leader, Napoleon Bonaparte: "Never interfere with an opponent while he's in the process of destroying himself."
Friday, July 21, 2017

Stupid hostile media
President Donald Trump drives people crazy.

Especially those in the media.

Friday, July 21, 2017

California and the President
Donald Trump has new words for an old song: "California, here I don't come."

The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn't made it to Hollywood.

Something tells me he'd rather sit down with Vladimir Putin than with California's extremely popular governor, Jerry Brown.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why the greens hate nuclear power
Let's stretch our imaginations for a moment and assume the left is right that global warming will bring apocalyptic warming by the end of the century and the only way to save the planet from extinction is to stop using fossil fuels right now.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Time to deep-six misinformation about Carlin Club
There's always two sides to every issue, at least, and a contested attempt by Carlin Club LLC to pump water out of its well adjacent to Carlin Lake is no different, with a lawsuit set to be heard in November.

Friday, July 14, 2017

We can and must do better - together
This year, Congress has worked hard to craft solutions to the real challenges being experienced in the healthcare marketplace. In many states, including Wisconsin, the individual insurance market needs to offer more health plan options at a lower cost. We need Congress to act now.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Not the most dependable of friends
Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who -because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary Clinton carried -is commonly referred to as the most vulnerable Republican incumbent facing re-election.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump can make American energy dominant
At the recent Unleashing American Energy event, Donald Trump renewed his promise of an era of American global energy dominance. He said this energy superpower status would be gained by using all of our energy resources. He also noted that in just six months, we've reduced the petroleum share of the trade deficit by 5 percent. What a welcome change from Barack Obama, whose administration took every possible step to stop American fossil fuel development.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More nonsense
It is just amazing to us how sensational and dishonest the mainstream media and liberals can be when it comes to anything Donald Trump.

Friday, July 7, 2017

School Inc.
Every year, almost every industry improves.

We get more choices - usually better choices, for less money.

"But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there's one that stands out as an exception," according to the Cato Institute's Andrew Coulson. "One activity in which excellence doesn't spawn countless imitators or spread on a massive scale: schooling."

Friday, July 7, 2017

For every season
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, there's one thing most of us know to be true, or at least we should: It's great to live in America, with all the riches and opportunities this nation still possesses.

We've had our tough times, to be sure, and tough times remain ahead, but, on this Fourth, most of us deep down know things could be worse - oppression could be greater, living standards could be lower - and in much of the world it is.

Monday, July 3, 2017

What would our founders think?
This is the fourth year I've been privileged to write a column for The Lakeland Times for Independence Day. It is an honor for me to do so. With celebratory intentions I've always attempted to write about our glorious nation and its bright future. Apologizing in advance, this column will not entirely reflect that objective.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The GOP tries to hammer free speech again
OK, let's just say it: When it comes to open government and free speech, the Republicans are just a rotten, lousy party. They like neither free speech nor open government.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Fast growth, and lots of it, is right around the corner
Every day, legions of economists dismiss Donald Trump's economic agenda and forecast of 3 percent growth as a wild-eyed fantasy. The consensus is that the economy "can't possibly grow at 3 percent," according to The Wall Street Journal. "Slow growth is the new norm, so get used to it," wrote Rucir Sharma, chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley, in Foreign Affairs magazine this month.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Character beyond measure
Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Now hear this!
I'm technically disabled - but not mentally disabled the way some of my foes on CNN seem to believe I am. No, my disability is hearing loss. In one ear I'm nearly deaf.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

An American Trademark: Free Speech
These days the First Amendment is on shakier ground than it has been in a long, long time.

The attack on free speech by the Left has been going on for years, of course. It started decades ago with the banning of displays of the Ten Commandments in classrooms and courthouses, and the banishing of manger scenes from the public square.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon
In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew - having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had shaken down from businessmen - resigned his office.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Climate change hypocrites
Maybe the most laughable reaction to Donald Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate accord came from European and Chinese leaders who blasted Trump and America for "surrendering its world leadership" role. The sanctimonious leaders of Asian and European nations pledged to move full speed ahead on clean energy without the United States. Be my guest.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why Trump must make Putin smile
Whenever Donald Trump gratuitously insults an American ally or casually degrades our country's reputation, it is hard not to wonder what he thinks he is doing. Could the president of the United States perpetrate these damaging stunts, over and over again, merely to massage his own ego? Of all the explanations for Trump's astonishingly destructive behavior, immaturity and narcissism are actually among the more innocent possibilities.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fly better
Wonder why your flight is late?

Why planes keep circling?

Why even after you've landed, you sometimes can't deplane?

Bad weather plays a role, but flying is also nastier because American airports use 50-year-old technology.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The overwhelming success of Obamacare
President Donald Trump came to Wisconsin this week, and among the things he did while in the Badger state was to meet with some of the "victims" of Obamacare, which he called a catastrophe that must be reversed.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Straight talk from the border
Not long ago I attended a class where we were encouraged to discuss controversial topics civilly. During the topic of illegal immigration I was corrected by a classmate, an attorney, when I stated illegal aliens committed a "crime" by entering our country illegally. Additionally, he was terribly offended when I refused to refer to illegal aliens as "undocumented immigrants."
Friday, June 16, 2017

Ascension has worked hard to educate community leaders
This week, we expect members of the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee to make an important decision about the availability of health care services for local residents.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Marshfield Clinic deserves opportunity to compete
At Marshfield Clinic we have been open, honest and forthright about our plans to build a 12-bed hospital in Minocqua. We want to provide the same world-class care and patient experience to our patients in an in-patient setting as we do in our more than 50 clinics and hospital across Wisconsin.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Citizens deserve answers, information in dog neglect case
The prosecution file is shut tightly on a recent decision by an Oneida County assistant district attorney not to charge the owner of a dog rescue operation who was accused of serious animal neglect and abuse, but the assistant DA, Mary Sowinski, needs to open it and let the sunshine in.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Two polar opposite examples
For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial's on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league's MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career hits. But what is most cherished about "Stan the Man" is his signature decency.
Friday, June 9, 2017

No, Trump didn't cause Obamacare to fail
It's finally official. The Affordable Care Act is a public-policy flop of epic proportions. That's the only possible conclusion from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announcement recently that it will drop out of many markets in Kansas and Missouri. The firm lost $100 million under the Obamacare insurance exchanges from 2014 to 2016. This is another body blow to the government-insurance system Barack Obama created in 2010. Blue Cross is one of the biggest health insurers in the nation, and now 25 more counties in these states will have no insurer left.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chomsky's Venezuela lesson
Venezuela descends into chaos. Its people, once the wealthiest in Latin America, starve. Even The New York Times runs headlines like "Dying Infants and No Medicine."
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A toast to Martha Milanowski
In the opening scene of Woody Allen's movie "Stardust Memories," Allen plays a character sitting in a train car full of somber and sad people as they wait to depart the station: Older couples stare blankly ahead; no one is smiling; the conductor's face is expressionless and motionless; a man is crying.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Schools at fault for graduation protests
Donald Trump's presidency has been filled with protests since his victory over Hillary Clinton in November.
Friday, June 2, 2017

The praying mantis explains today's politics
To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female - which is the physically larger and stronger of the two - and, if permitted, mounts the female from the rear. In the frenzy of the pair's passion, the female will often turn her head completely around and, unromantically, bite off her male partner's head. After the femme fatale's act of sexual cannibalism, the headless male's decapitated torso continues to remain fully engaged - his little hips somehow managing to grind even faster and longer.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trump's epic budget swindle
Elect a fraudster to the presidency - remember Trump University and the Trump Foundation? - and he will soon deliver a fraudulent budget. What makes this presidential fraudster's first budget so special is the simultaneous perpetration of multiple levels of fraud.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Supervisor gone rogue
There are many ways to say it.

We could say he's insane, but that would surely require us to have some type of government license. We could say his wheels have come off, but we cannot proclaim to be engineers.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Trump tax cut will boost jobs and growth
A recent front-page story in The Wall Street Journal proclaims that 3 percent economic growth isn't achievable. We are told that 2 to 2.5 percent growth is the best we can do, because of low labor-force and productivity growth.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Times' green baloney
The New York Times' hostility to industry gets worse every day.

Last week, The Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline "In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska's Bristol Bay."

Friday, May 26, 2017

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