But what has the Walker/ALEC agenda gotten Wisconsin residents? Rather than delivering the 10,000 new businesses and 250,000 jobs, Walker is down 4,338 businesses from when he took office and the state ranks dead last in job creation according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
From Athens, Greece, to Madison, Wisconsin, the common theme today is said to be "austerity versus growth."
Labor observers are noting the second recent case of a Wisconsin manufacturing company very deliberately provoking a strike to gain the insertion of a "right-to-work" provision, suggesting that Gov. Scott Walker's attack on public employee rights is spreading to the private sector.
Unless we know our history, we will have little understanding of how far we have come, how we got here, and how that progress was made thanks to the moral convictions and political skills of great Americans like Victor Berger.
Republican governors Rick Scott of Florida, John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin all turned down available Federal funds. California's governor is happy to take the money to build a system linking Los Angeles and San Francisco but it's become tied up by routing and funding disputes.
Leaders of the Tea Party acknowledged on Wednesday that if the recall effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is successful, it would effectively kill their movement.
In this election year, women are being thrust into the political debate and openly attacked as if we were a single hot-button issue like gun rights or fracking.
Earlier this year during a televised visit to a conservative think tank in Washington, Walker said he was a "great believer in the truth" as he tried to defend his terrible record as governor. Politifact hasn't rated this Walker statement yet, but this one's easy. It gets a Pants-on-Fire False.
The line between what's legitimate free speech versus a threat of bodily harm to him will be tested, blurred and challenged just as repeatedly. Nugent is only the latest example of that. He won't be the last. That's what makes what he said so chilling.
Republicans seem to think they can get away with almost anything because their Election Day hopes will be saved by a bad economy. But the people they attack know the Tea Party's history of cynical, culture-war attacks that deeply affect the lives of real people. We have our eyes wide open.
While recovery policies that incorporate the green industry are certainly more propitious than those without, they are once more promising things the industry can't really deliver to those suffering through the recession.
Underlying every single argument about women in this election is the issue of class. Ann Romney, the privileged mother of five versus women who "have" to work for pay.
Men out-earn women in the U.S. and lots of people in this country think they should continue to do so, to the detriment of individual women, their families and our entire society.
I urge you to invoke the words Mr. Reagan used to describe the defense budget, as education is best defense in securing the American dream, "defense is not a budget issue. You spend what you need."
We must become a much more politically engaged and informed population and take responsibility for ensuring that those we elect to represent us in Congress are held accountable, but also support them when they do the right thing.
We can no longer afford to be so profligate with our transportation infrastructure and if we don't reign in these costs and creatively rethink these systems, the global economy will eventually force the issue. That's a bridge I don't think we want to cross.