Posts Tagged ‘Herb Kohl’

How about some Xmas greed from Feingold & Kohl?

December 23, 2009

Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman. The two most unsavory members of the Senate Democratic caucus were naughty all year but Santa Reid still stuffed their stockings full of goodies. Lieberman may be an Orthodox Jew but he at least understands what the Christmas spirit is about: greed.

Meanwhile, our two Jewish senators seem to have missed that point and they’ll be spending Christmas getting what Jews traditionally get: disapproval from self-righteous gentiles.

Voters across the country are angry over sweet deals in the Senate health bill for a handful of Democrats who once threatened to block the legislation. Some Wisconsin residents are also wondering why their own senators failed to cut similar deals for the Badger State.

Conservatives, meanwhile, are trying to use the outrage over these special provisions – from millions of extra Medicaid dollars for Nebraska to $100 million for a medical center in Connecticut – to stoke opposition to a bill that’s becoming increasingly unpopular with American voters.

In Wisconsin, Walter and Elaine Moede of Sturgeon Bay were so angry about the special deal for Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson that they made public their letter to Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl demanding the senators fight to secure more Medicaid dollars for Wisconsin.

“Your vote is every bit as crucial as Senator Nelson’s, so there is no reason to expect that you cannot give us as your constituents the same protection as he has obtained for his,” they wrote.

Feingold votes against more stimulus

December 14, 2009

Russ Feingold was one of three Senate Democrats to vote against another round of stimulus supported by the Obama administration.

Feingold’s U.S. senate colegue, Democrat Herb Kohl voted yes, and he then announced almost $15-million dollars in projects and new federal aid for the Badger State – plus another 11-million for national autism education projects. Kohl’s Wisconsin earmarks included transit upgrades, new health projects in La Crosse and Eau Claire, and military construction projects at Fort McCoy and Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport.

Feelings? I don’t know how I feel myself, but I would like you to forgive me for diverting attention from this issue to another one – health care – to show that fiscal hawks like Feingold support the public option because it saves money, not simply because it’s more generous and more fair (which it is).

Brunch Links

July 14, 2009

We’ll be touching on a few national and international issues today chez le Sconz. I do feel relatively guilty linking to the Washington Post considering that the rag allowed an op-ed today by Sarah Palin that wasn’t even about little league hockey. Illusory Tenant discusses.

WaPo: Sen. Herb Kohl questions Sotomayor: “I would like to suggest that this constant criticism of you in terms of your inability to be an impartial judge is totally refuted by the record that you’ve compiled as a federal judge up to this point.”

Bucknaked Politics: Kim Jong-il has pancreatic cancer, reports South Korean intelligence.

Forward Our Motto: Two Dane County cities make Money Magazine’s top 100 small towns to live in, one at number 4! You have to guess before you hit the link.

Paul Soglin: Target is coming to University Ave.

Critical Badger: $150 of our seg-fees go to the union.

Cap Times: Gubernatorial candidates exploiting social media.