John Nygren Deceived Voters, Takes Lobbying Job After Winning Election

When it comes to shameless acts it would be rather difficult to one-up former State Representative John Nygren. The incumbent resigned his elected office after having won it on November 3rd so to become a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans. In so doing he underscores why Republican campaigns about fiscal austerity and personal accountability are as solid as Donald Trump giving lessons on marriage fidelity.

One might assume the maneuvering to secure this new job took place before the election, meaning that Nygren deceived the voters about his intentions in running and serving once elected. If he did not seek the job prior to the voting then he has a character flaw that would allow him, once elected, to spurn those who had just cast a ballot for him.

Winning an election, then resigning the following month, only to take a job to exert pressure on former colleagues is something that most candidates, in good conscience, could not do. Most candidates have more respect for not only themselves but also for the voters they recently asked for support. Disdaining the election process and the voters are unseemly.

Nygren is like the person who accepted a dinner invitation but at the last moment discovered a better offer. That is just not a good color on anyone.

Frustration With U.S. Senate Makes For Grand Ole Opry Reference

If you follow the actions of the United State Senate…or should I say antics…you will note that not much of substance has been achieved over the past many months.

One of the great desires that this blogger has pushed over the years is an infrastructure package. I had hoped that the Trump Administration would have led with that pressing need in January 2017. Needless to say there is no such legislation awaiting a presidential signature as 2020 comes to a close.

After the transformative changes our nation is processing relating to social justice and racial equality the Senate is found wanting as bills for police policy is right under that of infrastructure. We know the pandemic stimulus package that was needed back in September still has not found a time to get a vote on the floor. The political gamesmanship has created more than a serious logjam over legislation, it has put millions of our fellow citizens into great fiscal uncertainty. Even more of them the day after Christmas!

We all witness congressional dysfunction in our morning newspaper and the evening news. But it was stated most perfectly last week when retiring Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee stated the Senate is “like joining the Grand Ole Opry and not being able to sing.”

That sums up the last year in the Senate perfectly. And sadly.