Politics


Leadership to Move Forward

The struggle is not over. The blue wave was successful in many places across the country. But it was not a tsunami. It did not wash away all the obstacles to building a better, more just America.The good news is we no longer have complete Republican control in Wisconsin and nationally. The downside is that we have a divided government, and legislative gridlock will be the likely result. But this does not mean we can't move forward with a progressive agenda. There is a positive path forward that can build on the success of this election. We can continue the process of ...

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Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias is a term we hear a lot of these days. What is it? Why does it matter? What can we do about it?Andrea Huggenvik, executive director of YWCA, Wausau, spoke at a recent AAUW (American Association of University Women) meeting.She told us that a bias is an unconscious attribution of qualities belonging to a group. Without thinking, we react a certain way that has been pre-set in our brain. It would come under the category “we’ve always done it this way.”Implicit bias happens when our learned associations don’t match our values or knowledge. We ...

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Nine Communities Vote on Big Money in Politics

Nine Communities will vote to reclaim democracy from moneyed interests.On Tuesday, November 6th, Wisconsin residents in nine communities will vote on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only humans should have constitutional rights and that money is not the same as speech and political spending can be limited to allow all Americans to participate in the democratic process.Voters will cast ballots in Jackson, Sauk and Wood counties, the villages of Readstown, Westfield and Weston, and the towns of Kickapoo, Rib Mountain and Vermont.If all vote ...

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“Supporting” the Troops Hypocrisy

“White House Takes Aim at Financial Protections For Military,”“The Trump administration is taking aim at a law designed to protect military service members from getting cheated by shady lending practices.”National Public Radio, August 13, 2018.“Mulvaney Looks to Weaken Oversight of Military Lending,” “The Trump administration is planning to suspend routine examinations of lenders for violations of the Military Lending Act, which was devised to protect military service members and their families from financial fraud, predatory loans and credit ...

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THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XII: THE RICH CLASS WAR ON SOCIAL SECURITY

ec“Social Security” is unusual because unlike most other government programs, we pretend a specific tax finances it. That makes it easy to mentally match payroll tax revenues and benefit payments, and to calculate whether the 75- year actuarial balance is positive or negative. No one knows or cares whether the defense program runs actuarial deficits -- because we don't pretend that a particular tax pays for defense. In reality, Social Security benefits are paid in exactly the same way that the government spends on anything else - by crediting somebody's bank ...

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GRASSROOTS FESTIVALS IN EAU CLAIRE AND WAUSAU

Eau Claire Grassroots Festival will be held at UW Eau Claire-Davies Center-Ojibwe Ball Room,77 Roosevelt Ave., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701Saturday September 22, 2018Registration 8:00 / Event 9:00For Tickets, Registration and information go to…https: //www.eventbrite.com/e/eau-claire-grassroots-festival-tickets-47368609787PLEASE PREREGISTER / FOOD ORDERS WILL END SEP. 16THKEY NOTE SPEAKER is John Nichols, journalist, author and orator.There will be 20 workshops on Environment, Education, Economics and Equality.This event is hosted by ...

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A CLOSER LOOK AT “FAKE NEWS”

In campaign speeches, tweets, and press conferences, Trump counters with, "Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. Just remember, what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."President Trump calls "fake news," a label he pins on nearly all media outlets except Fox News, "the enemy of the American people."According to the three Washington Post journalists assigned to update a fact-checker database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement made by Trump, as of August 1, 2018, Trump made 4,229 ...

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FIGHTING BOB FEST, SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

The seventeenth annual Fighting Bob Fest will kick off on Friday, September 14 at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Avenue, Madison.The full day of speeches, workshops and other activities takes place on Saturday, September 15. You will want to be there.The Progressive magazine sponsors Fighting Bob Fest to honor Wisconsin’s own Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette. Now, more than ever, we need LaFollette’s vision and voice.Location details and scheduled speakers and events will be available later this month. You can be sure that the best people in the ...

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Wisconsin’s Choices for Governor

According to recent newspaper stories, many Wisconsin voters don't know enough about the candidates for governor to form an opinion. A Marquette University poll says thirty eight percent are still undecided about the Democratic candidates for Governor. The August 14th primary election is one week away. If you are uninformed or undecided, this article is for you.There are eight Democrats running for governor. There are 10 on the August 14th ballot but Dana Wachs and Andy Gronik have withdrawn. This may seem confusing because all the Democratic candidates have similar ...

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SILENCE IS CONSENT

”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke, British member of parliament (1766-94) and critic of British treatment of the American colonies.I have been reading a biography of President Harry Truman. This got me thinking about the other presidents we have had since that time. Like Truman, some were Democrats and some were Republicans. Some were liberals and some conservatives. All of them did some good and made some mistakes. All were ambitious politicians who were not as honest as they should have been. But ...

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