Union Blues, Wisconsin and More…

A few recommended reads on the Unions, Wisconsin, Obama’s speech to U.S. Governors and more: Via The New Yorker is this must read: Union Blues From The Atlantic: Obama to Governors: Don’t Vilify Public Workers Gov. Scott Walker responds to President Obama… Michael Boomberg… Limit Pay, Not Unions New York … Continue reading

Charlie Sheen: Off The Rails

I find myself compelled to read pieces on all the various interviews with Charlie Sheen, the whopper apparently being the TMZ interview. I usually avoid reading this stuff but I felt compelled to tune in because I’ve lost a couple of people dear to me to drugs and alcohol. There’s … Continue reading

Union Support Noted at the Oscars

Last night watching the Oscars there was not much said in the way of politics during any of the acceptance speeches, save for a couple of winners thanking their union crews and Charles Ferguson, the winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary for Inside Job. Ferguson said during his  acceptance speech: Forgive me, I … Continue reading

Old Battle Begins Anew: Senators Want To Legalize Cheap Drug Importation

It’s the can-Charlie-Brown-kick-the-football-this-time equivilent of Senate legislation, but an odd-bedfellows coalition of Democrats and Republicans are trying once more to cut drug costs for millions of Americans by allowing the reimportation of FDA-approved prescription drugs from other countries. With little fanfare, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) this … Continue reading

Wisconsin: 100,000 Strong

Hilda Solis the Secretary of Labor said on Saturday that “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trying to force workers in his state to give up their rights.”  Solis, speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Winter Meeting, accosted Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) for their efforts to … Continue reading

ABC-TV: Oscar-Worthy, But Journalistically Unsound

The last segment on every Friday’s broadcast of ABC-TV’s “World News,” with Diane Sawyer, is a “Person of the Week.” Usually, those persons have gone out of their way to do something good for people, or have lived a long and distinguished life, or by their example give inspiration to … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: The Protests Are No Surprise; The Wonder Is Why They Didn’t Happen Sooner

When the public employee protests erupted back in his home state of Wisconsin, Congressman Paul Ryan now-famously mused that it was “like Cairo has moved to Madison these days.” While Ryan, a conservative Republican, certainly didn’t have it in mind when he spoke, there is something of a romantic quality … Continue reading