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A weekly look at the threats to the health of our body politic.

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A weekly look at the threats to the health of our body politic.

    Wisconsin is up to its eyeballs in problems. How do we fix it?

    Wisconsin is up to its eyeballs in problems. How do we fix it?

    Wisconsin has its fair share of problems.

    In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BlueJean Nation says the problems vary from place to place, from young people drowning in student debt, unsafe drinking water, lack of internet access, racial profiling, mass incarceration, an unlivable minimum wage, and issues in infrastructure, all grow from the same fundamental problem: a broken political climate that serves very few.

     

    • 3 min
    Current Political Culture Celebrates Greed

    Current Political Culture Celebrates Greed

    It’s time for your Democracy Checkup.

    In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BlueJean explains why he thinks people have lost faith in the Democratic Party, and why people distrust public institutions.

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    Is Foxconn Worth the Investment?

    Is Foxconn Worth the Investment?

     

    There are still a lot of big questions that need to be addressed when it comes to Foxconn.

    In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BlueJean nation says the most important question asks what basket should Wisconsin be putting our eggs in to? If Wisconsin spends the money, should it be to subsidize a company from Taiwan? Or should the state use it to empower the people here at home in Wisconsin?

     

     

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    Is the WMC Holding Wisconsin Back?

    Is the WMC Holding Wisconsin Back?

    In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BluJean Nation explains why he believes the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is holding Wisconsin back with a backward way of thinking. The WMC’s philosophy, he says, of lowering the cost of business is a recipe that hasn’t worked for years.

     

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    Starting the Conversation on Abortion

    Starting the Conversation on Abortion

    On tonight’s Democracy Checkup, Mike McCabe of BlueJean Nation wants to begin a difficult conversation: abortion. In this commentary, McCabe argues that politicians should spend more time looking for common ground on making abortion unnecessary — from sex education, to birth control, to combating poverty.

    McCabe says outlawing abortion won’t make the procedure disappear, it will only make it far more dangerous. Instead, politicians make it difficult for the women who seek to get them and the professionals that perform them, using it to divide the country and pick up votes in process.

    • 4 min
    Support Wisconsin Workers

    Support Wisconsin Workers

    A lot of what is made and sold is designed to be discarded after a single use. Is the same thing happening to workers? Are people disposable? As automation rises, jobs seem to be surrendered to machines.

    In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BlueJean Nation discusses the need for government support in the age of disposable workers.

     

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