Rep. Frank Lasee still doesn’t get it


By Jack E. Lohman

The world financial market has crumbled because of political corruption, and State Rep. Frank Lasee (R-Bellevue) wants more of the same.

Political corruption is the root cause of today’s economic crisis. Special interests bribed politicians in both political parties to lift regulation of our financial and credit industries, and Bill Clinton signed the 1999 bill into law. Even with a solid Republican congress at the time, the Dems were complicit. The D’s also pushed to allow mortgages for those unable to handle the payments, and the R’s went along.

Why? Because politicians from both parties were taking cash bribes from the financial industry to turn a blind eye, and they did that job well.

Rep. Lasee likes the cash-and-carry political system, but we’ve seen what private money can do to the process of lawmaking. It isn’t pretty.

Lasee believes that if he just discloses who is buying his votes on legislation, that should be good enough for the voters and taxpayers.

It isn’t.  Never has been and never will be.

Politicians already do disclose where they
get their money, and they still vote the way
the special interests want. So we know that
“disclosure” doesn’t even begin to slow the
corruption, and that’s just fine with them.

Besides, the public doesn’t want disclosure of bribes. We don’t want to know “who” is bribing our state representatives, we don’t want them bribed at all. Not even by the special interests we agree with.

We don’t want politicians working for us but taking from them. If anybody is going to fund their elections it should be the people to whom they are responsible; the taxpayers. For $5 per taxpayer per year we can make that happen.

How does it affect you?

Look at one of Lasee’s signature issues, health care. Cash from the insurance and health care industry blocked the passage of Healthy Wisconsin, and Lasee was right in there with his opposing vote opposition. That he and other legislators enjoy guaranteed health care paid for by taxpayers is, well, an employee perk. But when we taxpayers decide to provide health care to the general public, that magically becomes “socialized medicine.” How do you like that reasoning?

And look at the unnecessary government spending, which special interests pay politicians for. That translates to higher taxes on wages and homes. And though Lasee rails against high taxes, he and his Republican cohorts turn their heads and offer up more of the same. For a price.

He wants a free-market health care system even after seeing what the free market has done to the financial sector. And I suppose he’d have supported privatizing Social Security so we all could have put our money into the stock market. Give it to the fat cats so they can spend it for us, don’cha know.   

Lasee calls public funding of campaigns “welfare for politicians,” but nothing can compare with the current system of political welfare which guarantees a 90% election rate. He chooses not to give that up.

No, the public doesn’t want a continuation, we want change.

For the record I am a McCain supporter, mainly because of his commitment AGAINST earmarks and FOR public funding of campaigns. If we get the corruptive influence of money out of the system, health care will get fixed overnight.

To achieve change, ALL of the state Republicans and
MOST of the Dems must be replaced in November. 

13 Responses to Rep. Frank Lasee still doesn’t get it

  1. Publius says:

    “Cash from the insurance and health care industry blocked the passage of Healthy Wisconsin, and Lasee was right in there with his opposing vote.”

    I’ll bet you $1000 you can’t find a record of Lasee’s vote on Healthy Wisconsin.

  2. It is my understanding that the entire Republican assembly voted against opposed HW, and that’s why it failed. But you can be sure that he did not vote FOR it, and if present he would have voted against it because he has stated his opposition to it. At least, unless he is two-faced.

    That said, however, the point is that our corrupt political system killed Healthy Wisconsin. Or I suppose you’d like to argue that too.

  3. Publius says:

    My point is that you are always inaccurate and uninformed.

    Please show me the vote in the Assembly. My $1000 offer stands.

  4. That’s a frivolous attack, Publius, but I would expect that from you and I stand corrected. You are trying to divert the conversation from factual political corruption, — which as I recall you support — to one misstatement.

    As I recall that specific vote, the Republican assembly refused even to bring it to a vote. So no, that officially is not a negative vote. It’s a non-vote. Good guys they. My apologies.

    But I am not wrong on Lasee’s opposition to Healthy Wisconsin and I am not wrong on his opposition to a clean electoral system. And I am not wrong on the heavy price paid by the insurance industry to kill the Healthy Wisconsin legislation and I am not wrong on the high costs to taxpayers for our corrupt political system.

    So you go ahead and hang your hat on the insignificant.

  5. Publius says:

    I’m hanging my hat on your willful misrepresentation of fact – which discredits any point thereafter.

    Moreover, it was the Democrats who failed to actually introduce Healthy Wisconsin in the Assembly – so nice try. Why wouldn’t they introduce it?

  6. Oh give me a break. Careless, yes, willful, no. Don’t exaggerate it, unless your sole purpose is to divert from the real problem of corruption. And why would the Dems not introduce it? How about a majority leader telling them he won’t bring it to the floor for a vote? Yeah, nice try.

  7. Publius says:

    It didn’t stop them from introducing a whole host of other pieces of bad legislation. If HW is what the public wants, then certainly introducing it and forcing a vote on it – it’s called a “pulling motion” – would have been the GOP’s downfall, right?

    I’ll grant you that there is plenty of other things that may cause the downfall of the GOP in the Assembly, but Healthy Wisconsin ain’t one of them…

  8. Well, I’ll have to take your word at that. As I recall, you are either a legislator or staffer on the GOP side, and must certainly know all of the games that can be played.

    But if a “pulling motion” was not attempted, it was likely because the insurance industry greased enough palms on both sides of the isle to block its consideration. We have the best government money can buy, don’cha know?

    And that’s the whole issue, Publius. It’s “be careful of what you ask for” time. The cash-and-carry system of politics has gotten this country into deep trouble. It’s the Democrats and Republicans alike that have given away the store, and in this case the GOP will suffer and in the next case the Dems will.

    But right now the nation and world is heading for a deep crash all because of the US political system. None in the legislature or congress can be happy with where they have led us.

  9. Jack:

    I think you are backing the wrong candidate for POTUS. Can you identify one piece of legislation McCain sponsored and got passed during his 25 years in the Senate that improved the lives of average Americans?

  10. John, if he and Feingold would have passed their bill in its original form, it would have been good for the country. But because a (so-called) “maverick” fails to get good bills passed under a corrupt political system, is not reason to blame the maverick. Blame the political system, if you will, but not the guy who is bucking it. The only way I could give you a yes to your question is if McCain were like the rest.

    That’s the same answer you could give if I asked the same question of Obama.

  11. And as I sit here watching Colin Powell endorse Obama, I fully realize that I am supporting a horse that is not going to finish first in the race. My vote is not going to put McCain in office, but it will be for who I want to represent me going forward.

    I do respect Powell and those backing Obama, and feel that Obama will also be a pretty decent president. He certainly can’t be any worse than what we now have.

    The only chance for McCain (at this point) is for the Dems to get over-confident and not show up at the polls. And if we are really lucky, Obama will tap Doyle for a federal job and move Barb Lawton into the governorship. She is absolutely superb on her support for strong ethics in government. Powell will likely be tapped for Secretary of State, which would be an excellent choice.

  12. ezag says:

    Finance reform won’t do it. Congress and the executive have too many degrees of freedom on taxation and spending. They will undermine any reform to get at the money. Better to tinker with the constitution and make a permanent change in the regulation of congress rather than the regulation of the electorate.

  13. I disagree Ezag. Money talks. Without the payola these jerks would be voting for their people rather than their pocketbooks. Spending money stupidly does not keep them in office. Campaign money does. Without it they’d be thrown out by the voters.

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