Bill Kaplan: Vaccinations will end pandemic

COVID-19 does not care whether you are a Democrat or Republican; we must unite against our common enemy – the virus. It’s long past time to end personal attacks and vitriol from all sides. Former GOP state Senator Dale Schultz once said: “We’re better than this.” Unvaccinated Wisconsinites will not be persuaded to get a shot by disparagement. Respectful engagement…

Bill Kaplan: Listen to doctors, get vaccinated.

Please listen to doctors about getting vaccinated to save yourself and loved ones, as well as end the pandemic (I do listen as I am married to one of America’s leading doctors). Louisiana GOP Senator Bill Cassidy, also a doctor, said: “Whenever politicians mess with public health, usually it doesn’t work out well for public health. And, ultimately it doesn’t…

Bill Kaplan: Bipartisan infrastructure plan gains momentum

Senator Ron Johnson refuses to support bi-partisan plan. The bipartisan infrastructure plan has gained momentum: The House Democratic-GOP Problem Solvers Caucus, which includes Wisconsin GOP Representatives Mike Gallagher and Bryan Steil, “strongly supports the Senate infrastructure framework … .” The group also touted a business-labor coalition that endorsed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan: “A broad coalition of organizations across the…

Bill Kaplan: Speaker Vos is disingenuous in opposing Medicaid expansion

Within nanoseconds, Wisconsin GOP legislative leaders terminated a special legislative session convened to pass Medicaid expansion. Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers had called for the session to “expand BadgerCare (Medicaid) and invest the $1 billion in cost savings realized under the American Rescue Plan Act into Wisconsin’s economic recovery and more than 50 projects and economic development initiatives across the…

Bill Kaplan: PRO Act will help restore the American Dream

The 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) states: “It is declared to be the policy of the United States to eliminate the causes of certain substantial obstructions to the free flow of commerce … by encouraging … collective bargaining and by protecting the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of their own choosing,…

Bill Kaplan: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s betrayal

Article VI of the Constitution specifies that members of Congress (and state legislators) “shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution … .” Moreover, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson took the following oath of office: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true…