This politically diverse group got communed over dinner and a rather interesting conversation about politics -- what they love, what they hate and why they need to get together more often.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
We're ignoring how we create problems with our solutions.
No politician wants an “Eat-Me” float in their community’s parade. That is precisely what happened when the Dean expelled students from the Delta Fraternity at Faber College. The expulsion was the root cause of the students’ action. The resulting riot and near decimation of the town’s main street can be traced to its’ roots - the expulsion. If there were no expulsion, the students would not have been motivated to disrupt in grand fashion. Of course all of this is a fictional story from the classic National Lampoon movie “Animal House.” Though this was just a movie, it is a classic example of the theory of unintended consequences. The theory in brief, states that for every problem you solve, you either create or sow the seeds of another …
Monday, August 8, 2011
For the most part, challengers are more savvy than incumbents when it comes to Twitter and Facebook.
When state Sen. Alberta Darling sent out this tweet to her nearly 360 Twitter followers, she didn’t use a penny of the more than $1 million in campaign cash she has raised so far. “Check out this editorial from the Journal Sentinel about the complaint filed regarding Citizen Action and my opponent http://ow.ly/5U8jF,” the River Hills Republican incumbent tweeted. Darling’s Democartic opponent in Tuesday’s 8th District recall race, state Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay), fired her own missile with this tweet, “UPDATE: WHAT IS SHE HIDING?: New Details Emerge in Alberta Darling Coverup http://dld.bz/ajWCV.” Candidates tossing out accusations against their opponents is nothing new in politics. But in an era where social media is playing a …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Check the Union Label
As the union imposed exile of 14 Wisconsin State Senators enters its fourth week, it’s time to ask the most fundamental question: what compromise are they seeking and what is their solution to the Doyle driven budget mess? Maybe that is a better question to ask Richard Trumpka, or the Democratic National Committee. Recently the Journal Sentinel obtained emails from Governor Scott Walker to the Democrat Senators, as recently as today, offered a compromise allowing unions collective bargaining on wages with no limits. That is a major reversal from the original proposal, and was the main theme of the boots on the ground (public employees) at the rallies in Madison. So what is this really about? It must be about the give-backs on pension …