Milwaukee Needs To Address Issues With Fire and Police Commission Before Madison Helps Out And Another Update.

A few days ago, I finally put down my thoughts about redoing Milwaukee’s very badly broken Fire and Police Commission. But the mayor and the common council really shouldn’t wait too long because it looks like the GOP in Madison have the FPC in their sights. And the last thing…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Essential Employees Tend To Be Minimum Wage Earners

As the United States has struggled with lock downs, stay at home orders, and other socially and economically disruptive actions taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus…decisions were made about who is/isn’t an essential worker in an essential business. Obviously health care workers are essential, as are police and…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: The US Economy Is Built From The Bottom Up And Is Pretty Local

During the Great Recession, the Bush Administration, Obama Administration, and the Federal Reserve Bank focused on saving the economy by saving the big banks and investors and the auto industry. Those were the big players who were on the brink of bankruptcy and failure and would in fact cause great…

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The Republicans Need To Make Up Their Minds

So Congress passes a relief bill and the President torpedoes it and the House Dems take him at his word and then, the House GOP kills the new current version of the relief bill. I think the President needs to call House GOP leadership and Senate Majority Leader McConnell and…

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Wisconsin: How Your Representatives Voted On The COVID Support Bill:

AND add Senator Ron Johnson as one of only six NAY votes in the Senate…

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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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Book Report: Economix by Michael Goodwin

Looking for a primer on economics that’s not all addled economics gobbledy-gook that reads like Milton Friedman and puts you to sleep? Well, this graphic text book might be what you want if you want to understand socialism and capitalism and communism and any of the other ism trends. Mr….

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What’s The Status Of The Next Pandemic Economic Relief Bill?

Or Support Bill or Stimulus Bill…depending on how you look at it. But everyone should be back on Washington today…or at least the major players should be. Where’s the next economic relief bill? There shouldn’t be anything else on the table this week…nothing else. And from Washington? Mum’s the word!

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What Did Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, or Steven Mnuchin Do Today?

They should have been meeting to finally hammer out the next COVID-19 financial stimulus package. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been working on this for months. They both should pretty much know where each party stands and be ready to meet somewhere in…

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