In March, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, the former head of the Wisconsin GOP, issued a report warning that the party’s future depends on cultivating minority and younger voters. He proposed doing this by taking such actions as supporting immigration reform and embracing “welcoming and inclusive” attitudes on gay rights.
It reads like a story from The Onion: “Mining company re-writes environmental rules for its polluting project.”
Let’s face it: Tea party events are not where you’d go scouting for the next Einstein or Mozart. The nation’s current crop of conservatives is fiercely anti-intellectual and combative toward the arts. They’re threatened by people who respect facts and the messy complexity of reality when they’re incapable of absorbing anything that can’t be reduced to a 15-second bite on Fox News.
The GOP’s catering to these voters in recent years explains why people with graduate degrees have consistently voted Democratic since Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential race. It also reveals why the disconnects in tea party ideology seems so Kafka-esque to even the most modest of thinkers.
In a nation that’s more divided along partisan lines than at any time in recent memory, Wisconsin is the most divided of all states.
That’s not just an opinion, it’s the conclusion of a comprehensive survey conducted by Public Policy Polling. Researchers found the gaps here between Republican and Democratic support for both the governor and the president are the country’s widest.
While the Internet has brought enormous benefits to society, it should be used with caution. The embarrassing hoax perpetrated on Notre Dame footballer Manti Te’o spotlighted the latest Internet scam of catfishing, one of the numerous hazards facing cybersurfers.
Catfishing refers to engaging people in online romantic relationships through fake Internet profiles. The practice is not illegal, but as the linebacker’s experience demonstrates, it can be emotionally devastating.
The United States virtually belongs to Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma and a handful of other special interests – including the National Rifle Association. The rest of us merely live in it.
The NRA’s wealth does not come from hunters but rather from the producers of weapons and ammunition. That industry is expected to rack up $11.7 billion in sales and $993 million in profits this year, according to analysts at IBIS World. An increasing percentage of those profits are from semi-automatic weapons produced for combat, according to industry analysts.
A homophobic diner visited the Applebee’s in Rice Lake last month, where he was waited on by out gay server Tim Phares. After slinging derogatory anti-gay epithets at Phares behind his back all evening – slurs that were overheard and reported by diners at nearby tables – the culprit called the following day to say he would not eat at the restaurant again until it fired Phares.
Gov. Scott Walker and his tea party acolytes are breathlessly touting the possibility of a $342-million budget surplus, but what does it mean?
When Walker took office two years ago, the state faced a severe projected budget deficit. Republicans had voters quaking in their UGGs with warnings that Wisconsin was bankrupt and financially imploding.