January 23, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

A Walker to the End of a Lie

This wonderful NY Times piece from last Sunday lays out the clear difference between economic approaches in Wisconsin and Minnesota. One being a doctrinaire political ideology where Right Wing do-nothing austerity and the suffering it causes is peddled to the masses as job creation. And the other, a can-do activist state government, taxing some spending for the state and creating growth and services and increased  quality of life.

Scott Walker, stooge of the tax and service-cutting, union-crushing Koch Brothers in Wisconsin, presides over a slowing economic environment and job market and a diminished state profile. Minnesota’s Mark Dayton, however, is an unabashed liberal, taxing the rich, increasing aid to education and social services. Jobs are up and so is the desirability of Minnesota as a destination for business and families.

Here then, in microcosm, is the clear philosophy of public investment, for once in sharp contrast with the myth of an outdated, discredited Right wing I’ve-got-mine-screw-you ideology.

You don’t have to spin, only observe.

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Davy Crockett Lives

Seeing the news of the loss of Fess Parker reminded me of the great nights watching the Disney Davy Crockett show on our Philco console.  Fess as Davy, like a lot of the cowboy heroes in movies and TV, stood for moral values.  These included caring for one another (Davy opposed the Indian Removal Act) as well as thinking before you act (“make sure you’re right and then go ahead”).  Such a liberal mensch.  His values are still here (although hard to find).  One place is in the history books where the great progressive tradition of social justice can be learned, from Jefferson to Lincoln to Roosevelt to King.  Except in Texas where the school board is blue penciling-history for a story concocted by the Extreme Right celebrating Jeff Davis and Phyllis Schlafly!  In Davy’s adopted home state, the one he died for at the Alamo. Davy would be a gunnin’ for those varmints for sure.  First I think he would grin ’em out of countenance.

About 20 years ago I got to draw the animated Davy for Rabbit Ears Productions which was voiced by Nicholas Cage with music by David Bromberg.  I wanted a new Davy and redesigned him for the fun of it.. But Fess Parker is the Davy  Crockett for all times.  Being brave and decent all the way. He’d be a-scratchin’ for Health Care reform this week.  Because to care about America means caring about Americans.  And he was pro-America every time.

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