Anatomy of the Deep State

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

During the last five years, the news media has been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. On one level, the critique is self-evident: In the domain that the public can see, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked in the worst manner since the 1850s, the violently rancorous decade preceding the Civil War.

Read more by Mike Lofgren at BillMoyers.com

Milw North Branch of RPMC hosting a booth at Juneteenth Day

Contact: Sam Hagedorn, (414) 303-5140

This outreach by the Milwaukee North Branch is an extension of Gov. Walker’s stated desire to reach across the political isle. We will show Milwaukee residents that we do care and want them on our side in the fight to improve both Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.

An opportunity to join the Republican Party, campaign literature along with free candy will be available at our booth. But more importantly we will listen to concerns of Milwaukee’s north side residents.

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. The Milwaukee event includes a parade at 9:00 am along with festival booths on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Center Street to Burleigh Ave. Our booth will be open from 9am – 5pm.

Juneteenth Milwaukee 2016 on Thur June 19

Milwaukee has one of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the nation. The event is organized by Northcott Neighborhood House.

Even though (Republican) President Lincoln freed the slaves in the Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, the good news didn’t reach the folks in Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger and his troops arrived there, announcing the end of the Civil War.

Since then, June 19 has been known as “Juneteenth Day” and is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Civil Rights era saw a resurgence of observation of the day, and it’s been a staple of Milwaukee festivals since the 1970s, when an employee of the Northcott Neighborhood House was inspired by the celebrations held in southern states.

Thirty years later, everyone agrees that the best Juneteenth party can be found right here in Milwaukee. This years’ celebration will feature kids’ games, exhibits, soul food, music, a parade and more.

Read more at OnMilwaukee.com

The Efficient Destruction of Flyover Country

–SNIP– Then disaster struck. We were about 25 miles away from Galesburg, Illinois. Galesburg has good interstate-highway access on I-74 and is a major hub for the BNSF. The town of about 12,000 people had Knox College, a large Maytag factory and warehouse facility, and a factory for Butler Buildings. Thanks to NAFTA, GATT, and, to a much lesser extent, labor unions, Maytag closed down. Butler Buildings was bought out by an Australian concern, which announced that, because of productivity issues at the Galesburg plant, it was to be closed. In a short time, 4,500 decent-paying jobs had been lost. Then firms that depended on business from Maytag and Butler Buildings, or from their employees, folded. Gates Rubber also cut back its workforce. Gary Goddard, the Galesburg city manager, watched as his several decades of work to build up his town evaporated. Many people in my town commuted to Galesburg. People would work full-time in Galesburg, and farm full- or part-time. Now, an economist would say this happens because of inefficiency, and the failure of manufacturing is all part of the “creative destruction” that is an essential engine of capitalism. But what I have seen here in the heartland of the United States is only the destruction; the creation takes place offshore. Making a god of efficiency denigrates the much more important goal of effectiveness. Efficiency (as Peter Drucker writes) is doing the thing right, while effectiveness is doing the right thing. Of course, ideologues firmly believe that effectiveness is purely automatic: Progress is inevitable! But that is not the reality I have seen.

Read more by Steve Berg at ChroniclesMagazine.org