Sometimes it is useful to analyze proposed legislation by answering one simple question: Who does it help?
Ideally, of course, all state legislation would promote the general welfare, and every resident would benefit at least indirectly, but that is not always the case.
According to a poll released last week, the percentage of people who view Wisconsin’s economy as “poor” increased to 23 percent in the second quarter of this year.
Three months ago, only 18 percent perceived the state’s economy as “poor.” Meanwhile tehe percentage of respondents who considered the economy as “excellent” or “good” remained stable at 1 percent and 28 percent, respectively.
China, more strikingly than most nations, presents contrasting images to the world. Both are highlighted in recent news. The nation’s rapidly expanding strategic military capabilities are ominous. Maritime disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam and other nations punctuate such concern.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has just successfully hosted China’s President Xi Jinping. Meeting in a Southern California venue provided subtle symbolism, with the American leader travelling part of the distance to meet his powerful guest.
Have you ever had to defend your life? I mean somebody who knows you well plays prosecutor and you are the defense attorney, presenting your case, like your soul was on the line.
A longtime friend of mine from back home in Cleveland put me in that position recently. He is a creative guy who retired from being a teacher and guidance counselor many years ago after suffering an aneurism. He took the golden parachute and turned his poetry and novel writing into a full time thing.
School is winding down and the summer travel season has arrived. Most of us have some kind of system or ritual we do as we prepare to travel. Mine is cleaning for the burglars.
Yes, the burglars.
In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible “moderates” whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.
This will not end well.
See if this makes sense to you:
For years, I’ve argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don’t understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say it’s just a friendly fraternal greeting.
I don’t know if the rest of my fellow citizens feel it, but if I were even half-normal, the events taking place in America recently would make me more than a little depressed.
We started out with the horrible shooting of the Sikhs at their Wisconsin temple, followed by the Newtown, Conn., massacre of the innocents, and moved on to a Cleveland house where three young women had been held captive and abused for 10 years. There was also the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, and most recently the shootings at Santa Monica University.