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Jay Bullock

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Jay Bullock is a high school English teacher in Milwaukee, columnist for the Bay View Compass, singer-songwriter and occasional improv comedian.


Recent Articles
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 20, 2015
 Streetcar opposition is lousy with false dichotomies
 In an ad, Nate Hamilton puts forward a textbook false dichotomy. A false dichotomy is just what it sounds like, with a speaker suggesting a false choice or saying that there are only two possible positions on an issue. Though he phrases his call for opposition almost as revenge for his brother's killing, his implication is clearly that the streetcar will proceed only at the expense of justice, or the other way around -- stopping the streetcar will bring about the justice he seeks. But that's just not true.
 
 Kids & Family - January 13, 2015
 Accountability, recovery and Dave Begel
 Wisconsin Republicans have unveiled their version of a "school accountability" bill; Democrats released their own bill designed to increase accountability at private schools that receive tax-funded vouchers, some students lost two pre-exam days to weather, the Packers won a playoff game, and a fellow OnMilwaukee.com columnist responded to what Jay Bullock wrote ... not necessarily in that order.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 6, 2015
 A "recovery district" won't be magic
 Milwaukee's children, especially poor minority children, start school behind their white suburban peers, fall further behind over the years, and by the time they graduate, if they do, still end up in remedial college classes at a depressingly high rate. These are the facts, and they're true across all Milwaukee's sectors, they're true generally of urban poor children across the country, and they will be true of any Milwaukee "recovery district."
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 30, 2014
 The surprising left-right divide in reactions to killings
 By now, you've probably read and heard all you care to regarding police killings of unarmed black men and boys and the attendant protests, counter-protests, legal actions, recriminations and more. I don't have a lot to add to what has already been said, except this one thought that keeps bugging me and gets talked about at best only tangentially regarding these killings. And it's this: Why is reaction to this so divided along partisan lines?
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 23, 2014
 The surprising and not-so-surprising moments in 2014
 This year, there were some things that were surprising ... and not-so-surprising. At the end of 2013, I didn't publish anywhere a list of predictions for this year, so I don't really have a scorecard I can use to gauge my success or failure as a prognosticator and pundit. There's no way to check what I got right and wrong for 2014. But I can talk about what surprised me this year and what did not.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 17, 2014
 Fact-checkers ignore biggest Grothman lie: the poor are lazy
 A few Sundays ago, Congressman-elect Glenn Grothman told Milwaukee TV host Mike Gousha that welfare recipients "can easily get $35,000 a year in total benefits between the healthcare and the earned income credit and the FoodShare and the low-income housing and what have you." By zeroing on the number he spat out -- and, you know, $35,000 does seem like a lot of money -- the fact-checkers miss the chance to nail Grothman for the far worse implication of his statement: that the poor are lazy, and are paid by the government to stay lazy.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 9, 2014
 The right to freeload
 Right to work? There is not, right now, in Wisconsin or any other state a prohibition on people working. The act ought to be called the "right to freeload" bill.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 2, 2014
 Remember all the wars this season
 It's December, we're deep into this year's War on Christmas -- you have probably been Happy Holidays-ed repeatedly in the last week -- and it's easy, under fire like that, to forget about the many other ongoing wars and the casualties inflicted in them.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - November 25, 2014
 Things to be thankful for, 2014 edition
 It's Thanksgiving week, and in the spirit of the holiday, I'd like to offer some things that we can all be thankful for this season in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and beyond.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - November 18, 2014
 This white Democrat agrees: we blew it
 This year, though vote totals suggest Wisconsin turnout wasn't down for a mid-term election, my anecdata do: every election I give my students bonus credit for bringing in "I Voted" stickers. This month I collected fewer than I ever have from my overwhelmingly black and Latino students, suggesting they, their families, and their neighbors just didn't vote. Even in the "99 percent Obama" ward where Burke and the president appeared together, turnout was down from the last gubernatorial contest.
 


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