Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Wisconsin Covenant equal to snake oil

My column for the West Bend Daily News is online.  I can't believe they don't pay me for this, it's so much fun. It’s called, ”Wisconsin Covenant equal to snake oil.” Here’s my conclusion:

In this case, we have the executive branch, as embodied by slimeball Governor Doyle, essentially creating a new government program out of thin air and doling out its benefits to the unwitting citizens of the state. This program was never vetted by the Legislature or passed into law, as they are so careful to do, at least when dominated by Republicans. The Wisconsin Covenant is completely non-existent and yet the executive is attempting to enact it by decree. Such haughty attempts by the executive to run roughshod over the prerogative of the legislature should be met with derision and contempt. Haughty, I tell you! I snort at them!

The Wisconsin Covenant does not exist. I say it doesn't. Governor Doyle does not have the power to make such a promise on behalf of the state of Wisconsin without the backing of the Legislature. The fact that he is attempting to usurp the Legislature’s constitutional authority for personal political gain is something that free people should abhor. We should also prohibit him from campaigning or promoting his party's ideas.

All together now, men, "My country, 'tis of thee! Sweet land of Liberty!"

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Posted by Owen at 1435 hrs
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  1. Congratulations Owen! You know I love kitties!

    Posted by Wendy on September 25, 2007 at 0755 hrs
  2. Why would a commenter do that, Owen? Bush!

    Posted by scott on September 25, 2007 at 1457 hrs
  3. It's just not fair that Doyle came up with this first.

    Posted by on September 19, 2007 at 0650 hrs

  4. This notion of “everybody should go to college” is a distinctly American (and perhaps Canadian) perspective.  In Europe, four-year universities are usually free (save for fees), but are also much harder to get into than your typical American university. 

    Oh, but we were talking about Wisconsin Covenant.  That’s right.  We can all carp and moan about how Doyle did it, but it was still beautiful politics, and my guess is that there’s a 95% chance he’s going to leave the bargaining table with this program mostly intact.

    Some might call it underhanded.  Others might call it smart politics.  He’s just repackaging a bunch of stuff students alright get, except now he’s convincing them that Democrats are the reason they’re getting it.  Shrewd and smart.  Makes me proud for giving him my first-ever Democratic vote for governor.

    Posted by Recess Supervisor on September 25, 2007 at 1936 hrs

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