Not a good news week for our progressive acquaintances
The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its case against Michael Flynn, “a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller,” Associated Press reports.
The Justice Department said it had concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview on January 24, 2017 was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
This is just the beginning of the great unravelling. Adam Schiff, call your lawyer.
Human cost of the lockdown
“The Eurozone economy will suffer ‘a recession of historic proportions this year’ because of the coronavirus pandemic, European Union official predicted, with soaring national debts entrenching economic division between countries that would threaten the currency bloc’s stability.” That’s from the Wall Street Journal today (05-07-2020).
You don’t think that recession will cross the Atlantic Ocean?
⇒ 3.2 million more Americans unemployed in last week brings pandemic total to 33 million.
If Republican legislators win their supreme court case against Gov. Tony Evers on the coronavirus lockdown, what have they won? Aside from getting their fingerprints on any re-opening plan that results, which can be criticized as too much or not enough — in other words, from both directions at the same time. Expect the court to decide Friday 05-08-2020.
Fiscal responsibility, where art thou?
State tax revenue down 43% in April at $1.145 billion — an $870 million reduction. We ask again: When will local government tighten their belts? Madison teachers continue on full salary and they’re not even distance teaching. Madison’s anticipated $350 million school building referendum? Not going to happen. MMSD will need the money to fill in the shortfall in state aid. Some $90 million of the district’s $430 million total budget comes from State of Wisconsin taxpayers, not local property taxes.
University of Wisconsin system president Ray Cross is looking to cut and streamline the bloated public college system. But not at Madison or Milwaukee. Too bad, the identity politics grievance studies should be first to go.
Joe Biden signs up for sensitivity training
We predicted that Joe Biden will not be the Democrat(ic) nominee. “Democrats aren’t stuck with Joe Biden,” says the mainstream liberal New Republic magazine.
Indeed, 40% of Democratic voters under the age of 45 — the core of Sanders’ base — said the party should pick a different nominee after watching a video of Biden’s denial, according to a Morning Consult poll, Politico reports. Rep. Ayanna Presley, of The Squad, is one.
Joe Biden should love U.S. Education Sec’y Betsy DeVos, says the Wall Street Journal. “Now that Mr. Biden said he has been falsely accused of assault by Tara Reade.” The WSJ explains that DeVos issued a new rule replacing “what was close to a what was close to a guilty-upon-accusation standard that Mr. Biden had promulgated in the Obama years.”
The new rule says college tribunals must give the accuser and accused the chance to present and challenge evidence and to cross-examine witnesses. Both will receive the same written notice about allegations, and both will enjoy the same right to appeal. Such basic fairness has been missing on campus for years.
Welcome to the Ethics Board, One Scot
Still cannot believe The Capital Times would choose (One) Scot Ross as their hill to die on. (CT excuses Democrat’s obscenities.) The CT finally posted its “look over there” defense of Ross a day after publication.
Professional environmentalist Steve Hiniker stands with (One) Scot Ross.
So we are supposed to smile and be Wisconsin nice while the GOP gerrymanders and uses voter suppression to keep their illegitimate hold on power to enact laws and policies that screw us? Well, let me smile and politely say that I welcome Scot Ross to the ethics board. I apologize in advance if he upsets the sensibilities of the oh-so-gracious Republican majority of the legislature and their sponsors at the Wisconsin State Journal and David Blaska. I am sure that they will recover from the shock of someone saying the nasty word for pooh.
The chief custodian of the Policy Werkes schools Mr. Hiniker thusly:
No, Steve, you are fully justified in dropping as many F-bombs and ad hominem, personal attacks that have nothing to do with the issues at hand. How else are you going to cover for your political failures? A sure way to persuade voters. (Voter suppression! Yet, somehow, Karofsky won! Go figure.)
Is Eric Hovde running for governor?