Republicans Don't Think We Care About Corruption - Washington Post

Today's Washington Post says:


The scandal surrounding disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been a Washington obsession for months, but Republican lawmakers who returned from a two-week recess this week said they felt free to pass a relatively tepid ethics bill because their constituents rarely mention the issue.

18 Families Finance Campaign to Repeal the Estate Tax

You know the estate tax?  The one that the Republicans keep insisting on referring to as the "Death Tax"? The one that we needed to repeal so that poor familiy farmers and small businesses wouldn't lose everything that the family worked so hard for (or so everyone keeps saying)? Even people like Bill Gates Sr. and Paul Newman - you know, the "little people" - are appalled by all of this and think that the estate tax is a good idea.

To Chip or Not to Chip!

Some days I'm really proud to be from Wisconsin. Some days I'm embarassed. Some days I'm just confused. This is a confused day.

First our esteemed ex-governor Tommy gets himself set with a company that wants to put chips in our arms so that we can all be easily identifiable to our health care providers, etc.  Okay, so I had my doubts about that, since I didn't really even want to do that with my doggie, much less my daughters. But heck, I guess I've heard loopier ideas.

States win suit to stop new EPA standards

States win suit to stop new EPA standards - ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal appeals court sided with 14 states Friday and blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from going forward with new regulations activists say would lead to more air pollution from the nation's power plants and factories. [ Wisconsin News]


All I can say is - 'bout time. Apparently the court was capable of actually reading the Clean Air Act and understanding what it said.

Fearful? Or Uppity?

 "Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures. … They may accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve their insecurities."

 The late George Gerbner, Annenberg School for Communication


I'm afraid that I'm seeing this more and more.  "Sure, constitutional rights are important, but what about the terrorists?"  Fear really is not the answer, and we need to start prying people out of their foxholes and get them to be more uppity.  Join us. 


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