Report: Trump Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used office for personal gain

Does this really shock anyone? An internal watchdog found evidence that Elaine Chao committed potential ethics violations while serving as transportation secretary under President Donald Trump, but the Justice Department declined to open an investigation. Evidence collected by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general found that Chao had used her taxpayer-funded staff and…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Employer Provided Health Insurance Isn’t A Viable Model.

Most of my life I have had employer provided health insurance except for the period when I was self-employed and bought my own on the open market. But that was over 40 years ago and it was actually rather affordable. But as we watched the pandemic ravage our country and…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Balanced Budget Laws Hamstring States During World Pandemics

The great tsunami of conservative policy early this century included the demand for state balanced budget amendments. And of course former Governor Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos just had to have one…so of course Wisconsin does. The conceit is you have to live within your budget and so…

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John Nygren Set To Return To Madison As A Lobbyist: This Shouldn’t Even Be Legal!

Two weeks ago I wrote that John Nygren, elected just a month before, had announced that he was retiring essentially effective immediately from the Wisconsin Assembly. Well now it’s been announced that he will become a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans. The maintenance staff in the Capitol…

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Ted Cruz Is Running For President In 2024 And Intends To Inherit The Trump Base

Even given the feckless grovelling of Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Ted Cruz has become the most egregious sycophant in the Trump biosphere. This has got to be one of the biggest disappointments for the future of the Republican party as one of their staunchest supporters of conservative values has sold…

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Trump Prepared To Offer Wisconsin $3+ Million In Stimulus Money

And the GOP controlled Wisconsin legislature won’t turn it down because it is not taxpayer money…instead it will be purloined from their Republican base. For the past week or so, the Trump campaign has been threatening to demand a recount of votes in the November 3rd Wisconsin presidential race. An…

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Just Days After WI GOP Legislators Say There Is Nothing More We Can Do: COVID-19 Positive Cases and Deaths Set Records Just Flat OFF The Charts.

Apparently Wisconsin Republicans just don’t care if you die: I mean, they’ve sued the governor every chance they’ve had and it hasn’t helped. Wisconsin reports more than 5,200 cases, 64 deaths, shattering previous records in worst day of pandemic yet. Wisconsin reached its most dire point yet Tuesday in the…

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Lindsey Graham’s Take On Releasing Tax Returns…well only some tax returns.

This little foray into Senate politics and Republican politics made a big splash all over Twitter for the past week or so but didn’t much of a splash in the mass media. So I’ve been watching it for a while and wondering if I should bring it to Blogging Blue….

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Credit Card Issuers Aren’t Helping

A while back I suggested that as part of the financial response to the pandemic recession, that credit card issuers reduce the interest rates that they charge on carried balances. (When Will Congress Address Credit Card Debt?) After all, other interest rates (including home mortgages now) are at historically low…

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Yes, We’ve Been Tracking the Issues at USPS

And let’s start with John Oliver! and you have my permission to perform unprotected philately at will!

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