Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
Last week, the right's Benghazi conspiracy “scandal” continued to fizzle-out. After many cynical attempts to make political hay out of human tragedy, the Congressional Republicans again failed to gain any traction on the issue.
There is a never-ending stream of wacky conspiracy theories emanating from the extreme right media. Recent examples include birtherism, the “false flag” attack of the Boston bombings, Feds buying-up bullets, and the Benghazi cover-up. These loony tales have in common a desire to paint the President of the United States as not one of “us”- foreign born, a socialist, Muslim, or acting against the interests of our country.
Senator Herb Kohl self-funded his political campaigns. Since he was beholden to no contributors, he ran on the slogan, “Nobody's Senator But Yours”. During his own political career, Scott Walker has consistently behaved as an anti-Kohl, being beholden to any large contributor kind enough to throw money his way. Walker's pay-to-play policies are more blatant and rampant than those of any recent state politician. He is, in fact, “Everybody's Governor But Yours”.
America's scientific strength is second to none. A continuing robust American science effort is important for national security, public health, economic vitality, and national prestige. However, steps to undermine that strength have recently come from new Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).
Wisconsin is one of 19 states which have a process to recall public officials. Introduced by progressive Republicans, a recall has been a part of the Wisconsin Constitution since 1926. The recall is designed as a way to keep our elected politicians accountable to those they serve.