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Bill Kaplan: U.S. Senator Johnson undermines checks and balances

Bill Kaplan: U.S. Senator Johnson undermines checks and balances

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached horrific milestones. A stunning 1.6 million cases nationally, including over 15,000 in Wisconsin (WI), near 100,000 deaths nationally, over 500 in WI. Moreover, the economy is plunging downward, including historic mortgage arrears, retail sales collapse and a sharp rise in unemployment. The U.S. jobless rate is 14.7 percent, while WI is at 14.1 percent. [caption id="attachment_5554" align="alignright" width="249"] Photo by Gage Skidmore[/caption] However, the unprecedented crisis offers an opportunity for Trump and his acolyte WI GOP Senator Ron Johnson to undermine checks and balances. Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, apparently does not grasp that the Senate and White House are separate institutions. The Senate is supposed to provide oversight over the Trump administration to help expose and root out corruption and misconduct. After the Watergate scandals, Congress passed the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978. The legislation established a…

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