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.

 


The dog that didn’t bark, part the umpteenth repeal, replace, and retreat

Well, it seems the Wisconsin State Journal will never weigh in, editorially, on the recent attempt get rid of Obamacare. It was quite a calamity in the making — engineered and promoted by their most favoritest Congressman, Paul Ryan.  24 million Americans came close to losing health insurance.  It just seems amazing that this whole thing could play out — over years really, and especially over the last several months — and the State Journal never said a word.