Sunday, November 18, 2018

11th hour tricks will speed up the FitzWalkerVos final bell

GOP leaders in Wisconsin are ready, willing and able to deal themselves an unnecessary and crippling self-inflicted political wound.

Basically, that's what can happen when you take your own importance and news releases too seriously.

So sometime in the 51 days before Democrat Tony Evers is sworn in as Governor and replaces the Republican incumbent whom the electorate unambiguously rejected, a defeated Scott Walker and his lead legislative hench-people will have codified some 11th-hour changes to Wisconsin traditional law and tradition through which they will desperately try to make their beloved FitzWalkerStan permanent.

Assembly Speaker and public official caricature Robin Vos has done most the talking for this sad, one-dimensional, and pathological partisan trio.

He went on Milwaukee talk radio the other day, and without understanding the basics of projection or unintentional self-parody, said it was Democrats after the election who were the "sore losers."

And he later told his home county paper that he and allies have to change the rules of the game now so they won't be dictated to later. 

Talk about an expanding self-awareness deficit.

Speaking of which: the fundamental mistake these purportedly professional politicians are making is that they over value their own importance and mistakenly think they have a right to permanence and possess a path to its righteous implementation.

Instead of grasping the truth of what happened on Nov. 6th - - that people wanted change. And Walker's defeat and the blowout upheaval in the US House of Representatives proved that politics is defined by impermanence, and is regulated by the proverbial pendulum.

And as long as Donald Trump is their party leader, and the basic demographics of the US electorate get more urban and diverse, Republican losses will continue and the careers of the likes of Vos and Fitzgerald are already on the same clock that Paul Ryan knew was ticking.

And which ran out on Walker.

Meaning that whatever last-ditch rigging of boards and appointments and privilege FitzWalkerVos manage to force into government and foist onto the electorate are going to be short-lived and self-defeating - - their reversal sped along by public disgust at the game-playing and the grasping.

And, more practically, doomed by the inevitable ash-canning of their 2012 gerrymander that handed them their corrupted and unearned share of power that's already begun to fade.

So in the short run, Vos and Fitzgerald will self-deal themselves into position to dole out a few more favors for donors and special interests, and will beat their chests at a few more self-serving news conferences and trade association soirees - - and with Walker's final, legacy-killing official signature can clutch temporarily at some of the levers of power for a bit longer - - but these guys have to know the wheels of justice are already picking up speed and will grind exceedingly fine.

About Trump's apocalyptic toolkit and his other super powers

I'm taking Trump's advice. We've got enough magic tools for the whole family to rake away what could fuel the next great Milwaukee forest floor conflagration, just like the Finns taught us.
And we're super prepared for the next Category 5 superstorm with just what you need from his toolkit.
Because Trump knows things and has smart friends who keep him one step ahead of disaster.

Though Trump's not perfect; somehow he forgot what his his "very, very substantial" friend Jim told him about avoiding Paris, because boy, oh boy, did Trump have a bad time there, what with the bad press and the hidden no-fly zone - - who knew? - - and the wet hair and basically toute la nerf meters.

Trump has powerful friends, too. He's got one named Roger who has a friend in London who has a friend in Moscow who can make your opponent's emails appear and her candidacy flat out vanish.

Speaking of disappearing acts, Trump's got a new friend named Whitaker who can make Robert Mueller and Lady Justice disappear.

And another friend in North Korea whose magic is strong that he can make an entire nuclear arsenal disappear right before your very eyes.

Trump himself also has super-powers, but he's still learning how to manage them. Like thinking he made Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal go poof, but back they came.

But credit where it's due: he did make 34 Republic incumbent members of Congress decide to retire.

And he flipped the whole House of Representatives to the Democrats - - even all the entire delegation in a county in California as orange as his coiffure.

Not to mention making sure thousands of adults from Mexico and Central America can't see their children, vice-versa.

He even made made sure one incumbent Republican Governor got rejected by voters who once loved his winking and snacking, and who then found himself sitting on a cold day in a tree stand pretending to be Hannibal Lecter.

Now that's supernatural!


 9 hours ago
Quiet morning in Vilas County as the sun comes out (somewhere) for the opening of deer hunting season in Wisconsin!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Twitter wants to know if state plane got him there

Walker is in Vilas County. Did he fly there on our dime? Someone asks:

"How much are we paying for this? Let me guess, one last ride in the state plane"
 9 hours ago
Quiet morning in Vilas County as the sun comes out (somewhere) for the opening of deer hunting season in Wisconsin!

A reminder: Walker & Vos killed two SE WI rail lines

Conservatives say they are all about choice.

Except when it comes to getting from Point "A" to Point "B." 

Or maybe to work. Or the airport.

We know Walker killed the Madison-Milwaukee Amtrak line, so for Madisonians, no nice ride rain, sleet or snow to the downtown business district, or to see the Amazing Giannis and the Bucks, or to access the broader and usually-less expensive menu of flights out of Mitchell International Airport.

And for Milwaukeeans, no direct Amtrak service the other way to the State Capitol, or within walking distance of Camp Randall and the Kohl Center, and so on. Of course, you can ride the Amtrak to the station in Columbus, then make your own way to Madison, but why would you?

Ditto for anyone coming to Madison from the West, or the Twin Cities. 

Walker's way's the highway, so mind the orange barrels and keep a sharp out for the Scottholes. He's leaving office after an election he doesn't concede he lost, but his legacy will point you to the tire and front-end alignment shops for decades.

But because Walker bequeathed us a transportation 'system' so damaged that even his own long-time transportation Secretary urged Walker's defeat, and his overly-expensive but transit-deprived Foxconn boondoggle cannot easily connect to Amtrak, don't forget that he and high-decibel post-election crybaby Robin Vos also killed a second, separate rail project that could have connected Foxconn and other SE regional employers and downtowns with workers and other travelers in Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties.

And also have taken some traffic off roads which congest at rush hour or whenever a motorist's tire rim collides with a Scotthole. Or when a semi-flips, as one did this Thursday not far from the Foxconn zone; you didn't really need to make that flight or court date or job interview, did you, northbound motorists? 
The northbound lanes of the interstate were shut down at 6:22 a.m., with traffic diverted onto Highway 142. One northbound lane reopened at 9:19 a.m. as the cleanup continued. The remaining lanes reopened after noon. 
Known as the K-R-M, the proposed commuter rail line would have operated 15 round-trips daily. Extensive study revealed its merits:
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Faster travel time – much faster than bus (83 to 108 minutes) and comparable to car (54 minutes) between Milwaukee and Kenosha
Higher level of reliability – unaffected by rush hour automobile and truck traffic; priority at street, highway, and freight crossings; little impact from the weather
Better comfort and convenience–smoother ride; more visible stations; simple straight route
More ridership – about 7,400 trips and 98,700 passenger-miles on an average weekday (over three

times more than the TSM bus alternative)
Alternative during freeway system reconstruction–unaffected by traffic congestion
Reduced air pollution and energy consumption – reduction in vehicle-generated emissions and energy consumption due to increased transit use
More efficient development and redevelopment – potential for higher density development and redevelopment around stations
Accessibility to jobs – over 900,000 jobs accessible within one mile of train stations in the KRM/Metra corridor
Economic impact – potential for economic growth by more closely linking southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois
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The service model would have been similar to the METRA commuter train line - - 
20110530 Metra.JPG
- - that already connects Chicago to Kenosha, a convenience something the Walker embraced with promotional funding - - "A one-hour commute. Or one hour bike ride!" - - because they knew Illinois could readily supply millennial workers to Foxconn which Wisconsin could not supply.

But because the KRM ran on a rail and not on the concrete which GOP campaign-banking road-building interests always prefer, Vos and Walker killed the KRM after sticking it to President Obama, Milwaukee and Madison by sinking the Amtrak extension and with it, the ability of similar regional transit authorities, or RTAs statewide to better coordinate transit options of their choices.

The new Republican-led Legislature has since approved GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan to cut transit aid by 10% next year, slicing nearly $7 million from Milwaukee County buses. 
At the same time, state Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the KRM's most powerful opponent, pushed through the measure to kill the RTA, leaving no one to fund or run the KRM.
That was in the summer of 2011.

Last year, officials in Vos' district were wondering, as Foxconn loomed, might we have an RTA?


Probably not, since Vos believes transit is a social service, you know, for those people, so imagine all the expense drug-testing them before they could board a bus, penchance, a train?

Might they also ask why RTAs have been dead for nearly eight years?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Duffy's wolf killing bill echoes other WI/GOP last-ditch moves

Another Republican headed for the minority party sidelines is heard from, regrettably.

US Rep. Sean Duffy - - not to be out-done by Scott Walker and his legislative allies' 11th-hour partisan and special-interest legislating maneuvering - - has moved through the House before Democrats take over in January a bill to remove federal protections for grey wolves in Wisconsin and other states.

Duffy is pushing the fiction that the states can better 'manage' wolf populations, even though federal judges affirmed last year a 2014 US District Court ruling that the wolves continued to require federal protections, in part because the states had done such a lousy job embedding science and best practices into their wolf hunting programs.
gray wolf
Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Which was certainly the case in Wisconsin, where the short-lived wolf hunts from 2012-2014 were marred by excessive and broken kill quotas, not to mention the usage of dogs in the Wisconsin hunt which was OK-ed by a judge even though the practice put both species into fighting postures.

A more recent effort to put the Wisconsin on record favoring an open season on wolf killing, no doubt anticipating the subsequent move by Duffy, got as far as a hearing.

Note also that data showed most wolves were killed during the recent Wisconsin seasons after being caught in traps, then shot in the head.

Let's hope the US Senate will again acknowledge the essential role wolves play in natural forest management, as well as the value of the Endangered Species Act, and turn aside spurious, 11th-hours bills that get it all wrong.

The Trump administration is also out to gut the Endangered Species Act, by the way.

Fox-in-the-US EPA-hen-house update

Trump's appointment of a coal lobbyist to run the US EPA is bad news, but as least he's installed strong regional EPA directors to stand up to the boss and protect the law, clean air and fresh water.

Like this one.

EPA's southern director indicted

And here's another one who managed to get "fake nose" instead of 'fake news' into Chicago media, because Trump always finds the best people.
Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp proudly shows off her first deer, taken opening weekend last year. In the upcoming TV Special "Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2012, Stepp urges male hunters to take more girls and women hunting. "The secret's out," she says. "Hunting is a lot of fun, so don't keep it to yourselves."  photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

Walker era bookended by hostility to Amtrak, favors for Foxconn

And what they had in common: obeisance to the road-builders and right-wing ideology.

As the Walker era ends with one final round of subsidy-ridden and putridly-partisan grotesqueries, let us not forget his first major wound to the state that now bookends eight long years of distorted and damaging one-party rule.


Walker began by throwing away the construction of a fully, federally-paid Amtrak extension from Milwaukee-to-Madison-to-modern regional connections - - plus more jobs wrapped in future train assembly and rail corridor development - - by inflating by a factor of twelve the size of the possible state operating contribution beyond the state's estimate of about $80,000 monthly.


So 'we can't afford that!' and not a dime to move people regionally and through the I-94 corridor by rail.


Walker's full anti-city, anti-rail history, here.


Yet Walker managed after backing a deficit-ballooning 15-year orgy of unsustainable highway expansion to shovel a fresh gob of taxpayer dollars to the tune of $490 million to 'improve' part of the I-94 corridor so the already-heavily subsidized Foxconn project he powered through the legislature and local governments - - and through their residents' homes and farms - - can move TV screens in driverless vehicles less than 20 miles from Mt. Pleasant to a shipping site at Mitchell International Airport.


So millions to move TVs, not people. 


TV screens by the truckload that will get preferential service to avoid possible traffic congestion which is routine on roads pocked by Scottholes, and crowded by motorists without rail options that Walker has consistently blocked.


Congested even by workers who might have used rail to get to Foxconn jobs


Walker will not be missed.


A full Foxconn archive is here.

Walker's rejection of rejection helps justify 11th-hour meddling

Walker has made two worrisome moves since his rejection by the voters on Nov. 6th for a third term that go beyond a losing incumbent's understandable unhappiness at being defeated.

* The first was his unwillingness to make a formal concession statement. The public and the victor deserved hearing one. It's part of the drill. It shows you respect the process and your part in it. Withholding it made Walker look petty and small.

*  The second troubling move came in his long-delayed remarks Thursday when he would not concede that he'd been rejected by the electorate.

When, in fact, that is exactly what happened. He's the incumbent and the electorate said "no more."

Saying that the electorate did not reject him because he got 30,000 more votes than he did the last time he ran overlooks and minimizes that Tony Evers' total was 30,000+ more than his. Playing word games on top of numbers game is a stupid, losing game. 

Now you could say that none of this really matters because it doesn't impact any policy, but that's not true.

By not formally conceding, and then not acknowledging the value of the votes which defeated him, allows Walker to justify working closely with his loyal legislative lieutenants who are plotting 11th-hour, special-session hits to Evers' authority after the swearing-in in January.

Walker's claim to even greater, relevant popularity makes it easier for his team to ignore the results, writ large and accurately, as if they were serving an even larger silent majority or band of more-worthy voters.

But to do it, you've got to lay the foundation that the election wasn't really credible, which is exactly what he's done since he refused to take the stage in defeat, then graciously and substantively get out of the way.

An intellectually honest and principled incumbent who puts the democratic process first would use the period between an election rejection and the victor's inauguration to promote political harmony. If you're the Governor, that's pretty much the least you owe the voters for eight years of chief executive powers, perks and overall, literal privileged residency.

Instead, we're getting one last round of purely punitive partisanship, on top of contempt for Wisconsin tradition, disregard for the democratic process and dismissal of reality.

The mind observing all this, however, is disappointed but neither boggled or surprised.

Walker goes out making bad choices - - file them away: he'll be back because this is all he knows - - and remember as he leaves office that he's still the same  guy who was rejected as Marquette University student body president 30 years ago after his campaign workers grabbed and tossed away copies of the student paper from newsstand boxes because the paper had withdrawn a Walker endorsement.  

About which he said at the time he knew nothing.

Also more fully quoted in this post:
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Ah, The Marquette Tribune had it in 2010, and used its files clear back to 1988, when Walker's campaign for student body president imploded over ethics and rule violations, and it was time to take responsibility:
Walker’s campaign record murky

In the run-up to election day, the Tribune’s editorial board endorsed Walker’s opponent John Quigley, but said either candidate had the potential to serve effectively.

However, the Tribune revised its editorial the following day, calling Walker “unfit for presidency...” 
The revision also expressed disappointment in Walker’s campaign workers reportedly throwing away issues of the Tribune after the endorsement was initially made.

Walker dismissed this, saying he had no knowledge of what his supporters did, according to a Tribune article from February 25, 1988.
Like The Bard said, "What's past is prologue."  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Little WI Dictators' schemes come into costly, undemocratic focus

Partisan pipsqueaks peck away at the people's democracy, public spending and process transparency.

The rise of the little dictators foreshadowed after Walker fell to the kind of teacher Wisconsin Republicans savaged with Act 10 is coming into full but incomplete view, and they've broadened their perverse horizons from merely hamstringing Evers' rule-making powers to rigging a State Supreme Court seat for a conservative appointee even if costs state taxpayers millions of dollars to alter election procedures.

Do Vos and Fitzgerald care about public spending and fair elections? Not if their political advantages are at risk.
Picture of Representative Robin Vos
Walker may be engaging in some 'right thing' post election silence, but GOP Assembly Speaker was self-righteously-loud-and-clear about last-minute, partisan legislating.

Walker dumping lawsuits, policy failures on incoming DNR

Call it the people's well, poisoned.

Unless the wheels of justice suddenly shift to supersonic, incoming Tony Evers' appointees will find that Walker's outgoing 'chamber of commerce mentality' DNR left behind a raft of unfinished business, litigation and fewer experts on staff to assess issues and transparently resolve them, including:

*  The relentless spread of chronic wasting disease in the state deer herd during Walker's tenure, exacerbated by his allegiance to deer farming and canned shooting businesses, ineffective prevention measures and even reduced carcass testing. 
Coincidentally, the 2018 gun deer hunting season begins Saturday.

* Multiple challenges to the Foxconn project dealing with local property takings, air emission and water diversion approvals and actions flowing from state and local officials in Illinois. Here is a full archive from this blog about Foxconn, including this item summarizing some of the pending litigation: 

Here are links to some of the main environmental issues, and the thread running through them is obvious: favors were given away to Foxconn by Walker and the Legislature, but the basic resources involved - - clean air and water - - belong to the people and are supposed to be protected for the people by their trustee: the state and the DNR.
Filling wetlands, streams and lakes.  
More extensive clean air exemptions. 
Quick water diversion approval. 
Quick air emissions approvals. 
Routine environmental impact statement mocked, waived.
...And Team Walker keeps cheering the dislocation along, and hoping you don't ask whether this is all a little premature, given local litigation over private property seizures, the pending and unresolved challenge to the Lake Michigan diversion because of the risk it poses to the integrity and value of the Great Lakes Compact, the opposition in Illinois in several jurisdictions over surface and wastewater concerns and a separate challenge to the air emission permits, and so on.
* Four legal actions triggered by the issuance by state agencies of a wetlands permit, permission to acquire state parkland, and a quickie land annexation - - all to help a key Walker donor build a controversial, privately-owned golf course along Lake Michigan in Sheboygan County. 

Here is one blog post with some of the project's history and a summary local news story laying out the legal challenges.

*  Repetitive extreme rain events and damaging, fatal floods routinely predicted by climate change science which steadfastly Walker refused to respect and his DNR wiped from its webpages.

*  And the groundwater is either being depleted by overpumping greenlit by the DNR and outgoing Attorney General Brad Schimel, or is being polluted by fast-expanding large cattle feeding operations with intentionally-weakened 'regulation' by the state.

A summary piece about that is here.
The DNR used to make it easy to see in a single chart how and where CAFOs were expanding, but that chart no longer exists.
Hey, if the DNR was willing to run five CAFO permit hearings past citizens in a single day, imagine how much staff time it would take to keep updating that chart.
It's also no surprise that the DNR would keep showing disinterest as documented by state auditors in making sure rural well water wasn't also a repository for cattle waste.

Tommy sticks it to Walker

Former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson's ego is still intact, though he's moved on 
from old scapegoats to a new target. 

*  After a bit of hesitation, Tommy says he could have beaten Evers:

Asked about Walker's re-election bid, Thompson suggested that it was all but inevitable that Walker would lose to Evers, given the massive Democratic turnout in Dane and Milwaukee counties. 
Thompson said the situation was made worse for Republicans because college-educated women in the Milwaukee suburbs really dislike President Donald Trump...
"Scott Walker couldn't have won. I don't know if even I would have been able. I probably could have," said Thompson, who lost in his last statewide campaign, against U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2012.
I guess that's how one former GOP Governor who won four terms kicks when down a potential legacy rival from the same party who couldn't win a third. 

Ooof!

And you thought Trump had an empathy deficit.
Tommy Thompson 1.jpg
Dining with Evers Thursday
* And while nearly all of this news story is behind a paywall, it's clear that Tommy is letting Walker know that 'divide-and-conquer' is also dead-and-buried:
Governor-elect Evers seeks bipartisan counsel from former Gov. Tommy Thompson
Wisconsin Governor-elect Tony Evers, a Democrat, has reached out to former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, about how to work across the political aisle, said Thompson, who excelled in bipartisanship.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Kimberly-Clark seeks WI subsidy to stem layoffs, but spends US tax windfall on layoffs

Wisconsin taxpayers are asking, correctly, when is enough, enough?

We ask as Republicans confront the damage their Foxconn boondoggle is doing to the additional subsidy their legislators and defeated Governor want to throw at the very profitable multinational corporation Kimberly-Clark.

A business that had already snubbed Wisconsin with a headquarters move - - thank you, Dave Zweifel, for the reminder - - and also remember this:

Kimberly-Clark reaped a windfall in the Ryan-Trump tax giveaway bill, and is spending it on stockholders and - - wait for it - - the very kind of cost-saving downsizing which it now wants Wisconsin taxpayers to pay to undo.
As I noted earlier this year
How many subsidies can profitable Kimberly-Clark absorb? Plenty, apparently.
The K-C subsidy potential...comes on the heels of the profitable company already getting major Trump tax breaks and using the windfall to close up those Wisconsin facilities, as I'd noted in February: 
Desperate Walker offers another company Foxconn-level subsidies
And don't forget that K-C said it would fund the plant closings with savings under the Trump-Ryan tax cut plan, so, first the federal treasury is drained for the company's benefit, and then Walker wants to step in with state money and give the company more and more millions.

Kimberly-Clark — maker of brands such as Kleenex, Scott and Huggies — said the savings it receives from the new tax-cut law will help them pay for a restructuring program that includes layoffs...
The announcement contrasts with other businesses, such as Starbucks and Walmart, that have said that they will increase wages or issue bonuses in the wake of the tax law. President Trump signed the law in late December...
"We also anticipate ongoing annual cash-flow benefits from tax reform," Kimberly-Clark Chief Financial Officer Maria Henry said on the call. "That provides us flexibility to continue to allocate significant capital to shareholders, while we also fund increased capital spending and our restructuring program over the next few years."
So the question for Wisconsin lawmakers and taxpayers is: when is enough, enough?

A full archive about Foxconn with more than 200 posts and even more embedded links is here.

About Walker's post-election 'right thing' political silence

It's trust-but-verify and actions-speak-louder-than-words-time at the State Capitol.

Agreed that Walker is doing "the right thing" to stay out of the news while Governor-elect Tony Evers moves through the gubernatorial transition.


We will see if Walker extends that behavior by discouraging his legislative allies from vindictive cutting back Evers' powers and prerogatives, as they have indicated they may - -  and will also follow through with vetoes - - should the special session he called result in bitter Vos/Fitzgerald overreach


I'm sure Walker understands that it's legacy-building time, and that if he wants a continuing political career - - remember, he's only 51 and even Richard Nixon got himself off the scrapheap - - he'll have a harder time remaking himself if he goes out as an 11th-hour sore and sour loser.



Picture of Representative Robin Vos
Walker may be engaging in some 'right thing' post election silence, but GOP Assembly Speaker was self-righteously-loud-and-clear about last-minute, partisan legislating.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

So NY, for Amazon HQ, gets 2X the Foxconn jobs for half the cost

Updated. You make the call:

New York State: 
Amazon Is Getting $1.5 Billion to Come to Queens. Now Begins the Fight Over if It’s Worth It.
“Amazon will receive performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City,” the company wrote in a blog post formally announcing the deal, most of which come from a state tax credit. “Amazon will receive these incentives over the next decade based on the incremental jobs it creates each year.”
The state also offered a capital grant to the company that could total as much as $500 million that Amazon can use to build new offices. 
Wisconsin: 
'It's a huge subsidy': the $4.8bn gamble to lure Foxconn to America
Foxconn itself has been more circumspect on the number of jobs it will create, saying in a press release it will “create 3,000 jobs with the potential to grow to 13,000 new jobs”. Even if 13,000 new jobs are created, Wisconsin would be paying $346,153 per job at a subsidy of $4.5bn. An astronomical sum, but nothing compared to the $1.5m per job cost if the deal ends up creating just 3,000 new positions. 
Updated, 12:00 p.m. Not to mention Virginia, which gets 25,000 Amazon jobs at the company's other new HQ locale for $819 million!

And all the Amazon jobs are supposed to average $150,000 annually, while Foxconn's have to hit about $54,000.

So which state got a better bang for its public bucks?

Here's an archive about Foxconn dating to the first we learned of its massive costs.



Baraboo can make sure its students can learn something

The Baraboo school system must deal with its pupils. 

Never has a group of Wisconsin educators been faced with a more immediate and compelling task - - and one, if handled intelligently, could have beneficial effects that might spread to other school districts and improve attitudes and tolerance statewide.

Baraboo school officials should require every boy in that horrifying photo of all those smiling teens giving the Heil Hitler salute to be sent on a chaperoned trip, and fast, to the Holocaust Museum and World War II Memorial In Washington, DC. 

No fun and games there, no side trips. 

And no trip, no diploma. Then each boy has 24 hours upon his return to write a paper about what he learned and read it aloud to his parents who then must sign it and attest that they heard it before the paper is turned in to the school principal. 

No paper, no sharing with the parents, no re-admission to school until the assignment is complete. 

For the students, it can be teachable moment that comes with some hope that expanded horizons can produce some learning that could stick with them for the rest of their lives. 

WISCNEWS.COM
A photo showing a group of Baraboo High School boys from the class of 2019 giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute prior to this past spring's prom is generating outrage online