Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
New revelations surface daily concerning Scott "The Law Doesn't Apply to Me" Walker's legal and ethical troubles. However, the sordid tales of pay-for-play corruption and outright lawlessness are being adequately covered by the media. So I won't further expand on these continuing embarrassments to our state. Today, I want to discuss a perfectly legal, but bone-headed, decision by our state's chief executive.
Vice President Joe Biden frequently repeats the truism, "Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” A corollary to this sentiment is, "Don't tell me what you value. Show me what laws you passed and I'll tell you what you value."
If you voted in Tuesday's primary election, your ballot directed you to select a political party and vote only for candidates from that party. There were three parties to choose from- Democrats, Republicans, and the Constitution Party. Many people (including me) wondered, "What the heck is the Constitution Party?". Upon examination, I found them to be a group of religious zealots that resembles an American Christian Taliban.
I recently returned from a week-long vacation to London. I never fail to be impressed by the efficiency and convenience of that city's rail transit system. On the way home, our connecting flight was canceled due to storms and we had to spend a day in Philadelphia. Once again, we found ourselves in a city with a great rail transit system. Then we returned to Milwaukee.
Our state government should operate in a fully transparent way. We need to know what our elected officials are doing, how their decisions are being made, and how they are spending our money. On the other hand, private citizens should be granted a good deal of anonymity. We should be able to vote, express our opinions, and communicate with our representatives without our actions being widely publicized.