Quote of the Day:
“When I hear politicians talk about restoring faith in government, no, no, no, no, no. That is the wrong solution. We need to engender that healthy distrust, that healthy distrust, that our founders found with government.”
— U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., giving his prescription for the GOP at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C.
Well, the good news for Johnson is that, at least at the state level in Wisconsin, that healthy distrust in government may never have been higher. Take, for example, the minor fracas developing over Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to rescind a nomination for a UW-Platteville student to the Board of Regents after finding out the student signed a recall petition against Walker last year.
Meanwhile, in the contentious debate over a bill to mandate ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, it turns out there were as many fireworks in the gallery as on the floor. Steve Elbow reports on how several rows of spectators were ejected for merely applauding, and others were ordered by police to remove duct tape covering their mouths in protest.
Meanwhile, Pew Charitable Trusts released a report showing that Wisconsin is one of only three states to have actually lost jobs in the last 12 months. That “distrust” seems to be percolating nicely.
Closer to home, new Madison School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham says she plans to increase accountability (and presumably restore community trust?) across the district.
With all that distrust, is it any wonder Madisonians are seeking an escape? They’ve apparently found it in Broadway musicals; the addition of touring productions of “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys” made the 2012-13 season the biggest ever for the Overture Center.