Digging through some of my great-grandfather’s old personal belongings, I found the following note: December 17, 1918 My dearest Mabel: I hope this letter finds you in good spirits. For nearly a year here on the Western front, I have longed to once again gaze upon your honeyed visage. As the nights fall to below […]
A couple years back, a liberal writer friend of mine suggested we work together on a project: we’d take a cross country trip and keep a journal of our discussions. His elevator pitch: “What would a conservative and liberal talk about in the car on a road trip?” I told him I presumed I would […]
Another year, another list of my favorite albums. As always, these have been carefully selected through a strict scientific method; now that I have taken the lab coat off and turned off all the Bunsen burners, these are the 10 albums the formula yielded. It’s just science. 10. Chance the Rapper, “Coloring Book” All year, […]
The first Sunday I appeared on television as a political commentator, I was also scheduled to attend a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game later in the day. It was March of 2008, and the show was on in the morning, while the game was in the afternoon. Before the game started, I wondered whether anyone would actually recognize […]
As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, the Wisconsin State Historical Society is one of my favorite places to hang out. If I had the time, I could spend full days just combing through microfilm, plucking oddities from hundred year old newspapers. In fact, when I need to scroll through old papers to do work […]
Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features a story about how “civility” has been lost in Wisconsin due to the conflict over collective bargaining rights. The article goes out of its way to show that both sides are guilty of incivility, with UW-Madison political science professor Dennis Dresang declaring that “nobody’s got a monopoly on rhetoric and […]
(Warning: the following is an attempt by the author to write something free-market related on the day after his Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. It may be interrupted by sudden outbursts of weapons-grade joy.) By the way, did I mention that the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl last night? After the […]
An old bit from Louis C.K., but seems to sum up the current climate in politics: You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video
The press is likely to dismiss this report as propaganda for the business community, but I, for one, am willing to listen to those who might want to employ me someday. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce conducted their annual member survey and came up with these results, which cry out for state regulatory reform: 1. How […]
Protesters outside Governor Scott Walker’s inauguration: When asked the meaning of their outfits, they said Scott Walker turning back the federal high-speed train money “set us back 150 years.”
Basically, we get the political discourse we ask for. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video
Via the Cato Institute blog: President Obama says he wants to “invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt.” Uhhhh…. here’s his plan.
My latest article in the Isthmus this week discusses how tarnishing the Supreme Court became good business for Mike McCabe and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign once a conservative majority took over. Read it here.