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with Joe Vanden Plas


Free enterprise on trial? How about government intervention instead?

In his 1981 inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan famously said, “In this present crisis, government isn’t the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

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Walker works it Wisconsin-style

Say what you want about Gov. Scott Walker (just keep it clean, my Madison friends), he hasn't let the threat of a recall election stop him from doing essential work. These days, that includes addressing the so-called skills mismatch that leaves so many good-paying jobs unfilled.

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The jobs are coming, the jobs are coming!

“The business community in Wisconsin is confident, upbeat, and poised for job creation,” stated Kurt Bauer, president of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. After six months of down-in-the-dumps job creation, or shall I say job destruction, that would be welcome news. But Mr. Bauer’s optimism, based on the findings of the WMC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Survey, will be more broadly shared when we have evidence of sustained job growth.

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The odds still favor Walker

By now, Gov. Scott Walker's opponents might have the requisite number of qualified signatures to force a recall election in 2012. If you want to remove him from office, bring your lunch because you're trying to accomplish something difficult.

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After Madison Prep vote, it’s time to shake things up

There’s nothing like standing in the schoolhouse door. For me, the Madison School Board’s 5-2 vote to shoot down Madison Preparatory Academy, a proposed charter school specifically designed for low-income minority students, brings to mind images of George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door to block the integration of the University of Alabama, or state officials blocking James Meredith’s enrollment at the University of Mississippi.

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