Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos need to go

The Wisconsin State Journal produced one of its better efforts in its latest Sunday editorial (“Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos should drop their vendetta”) saying,

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, have been calling for the resignations of the Elections and Ethics administrators in recent weeks — without offering any evidence of wrongdoing.

Well, yes. This is open and shut. There is no evidence of wrongdoing at the Elections or Ethics boards, but there is plenty of evidence that Vos and Fitzgerald are (again) using their positions to unethically cement their own power and longevity in the legislature. They’ve gerrymandered legislative districts, they’ve made it harder for Wisconsinites to vote, they’ve wrecked the independent Gov’t Accountability Board, they’ve greased the wheels for secret money in our elections. And now  — outrageously — they want to fire these two relatively underpowered watchdogs for no good reason.

So the Wisconsin State Journal was right, although they didn’t go far enough.

It’s not enough to say that Vos and Fitzgerald are wrong, possibly just out of pique, trying to fire these two board administrators. A one-time rebuke is justified, but just the start, more is required. The way to hold elected officials “accountable” is to vote ’em out at election time. The State Journal should call for that to happen, and do it repeatedly.  There’s a primary this year on August 14 and a general election on the first Tuesday in November.

Replacing these two enemies of good government won’t be easy (maybe not even possible) because of the self-serving gerrymandering and other steps they so eagerly put in place as soon as they achieved their leadership positions. No matter. Wisconsin deserves better. We call on the State Journal to get very, very serious about making the case that gerrymandering, voter suppression, lack of rule-following, secret cash, coordinating with outside groups and petty vendettas are disqualifying at re-election time. And we call on the State Journal to say it over and over, amen.

Eeek! A Mouse!!! State Journal fails to note elephant in room

We had noted earlier that the editorial board over at the Wisconsin State Journal had slept quite soundly as the US Senate slapped together sweeping changes to the tax law. Well, a little update: eventually the State Journal did regain consciousness long enough to comment, sort of.

Their main concern turns out to be that the tax bill adds to the federal debt. Now there are many ways to hate the Senate tax bill, and people do hate it, although mostly not because of the thing the State Journal hates. FiveThirtyEight reports that it’s less popular than any previously passed tax bill. But let’s just focus on what the State Journal hates.

For some reason the State Journal focuses narrowly on Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh).  Johnson had promised never to support a tax bill increasing the national debt, and now he’d voted for, well, precisely just that. So Johnson’s kind of a hypocrite and that’s the long and short of our local newspaper’s analysis.

But wait, in reality it’s not just Johnson who deserves to be featured in honest editorials throughout the land. It’s the GOP as a WHOLE — the GOP Senate and the GOP House — now racing to combine their separate GOP messes into a consolidated GOP mess for our self-dealing GOP president to consider (ha-ha-ha) and sign. All that earlier GOP fear-mongering about the debt? That was just GOP tactical theatrics while a Dem was in the White House. No one should ever have taken it seriously. See what they’re doing.

That’s the right editorial. It’s not about Ron Johnson.


House Republicans celebrate their newest horrible health care bill What the hell is wrong with these people?

Jesus. In a bill reorganizing one-fifth of the U.S. economy, House Republicans have passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. There was no time to read this bill. Because of the rush, no one can know the exact impact, but it was celebrated as a political “win” for President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Of course, the broad themes are clear:

  • millions of Americans will lose access to medical care
  • as a result, tens of thousands will die prematurely
  • the wealthy will get a big tax cut

That’s the broad outline.

Reckless governance, deep immorality, class warfare.

Behold the House Republicans and the President at happy hour.