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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.


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 Milwaukee Buzz - March 24, 2015
 Here's to the next five years of Obamacare
 This week in 2010, five years ago, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. It has not led to a revolution - yet - but if you asked your average conservative which was worse, the oppressive taxation without representation of King George or giving 16 million Americans access to affordable health insurance, they would say Obamacare every time, I'm sure. I do not understand this.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - March 10, 2015
 Obamacare vs. right to work
 The right to work law, like Act 10, doesn't hold up to the scrutiny conservatives would apply were it a Democratic bill. Health-care reform was a major campaign item, something promised by Obama. Walker denied interest in right to work and called it a distraction, and it was never a statewide issue during the 2014 election.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - March 3, 2015
 Finding the truth in war stories
 This column begins with your periodic reminder that In Real Life, I teach high school English. I often teach Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried," as a whole or in pieces, including the chapter "How to Tell a True War Story." I've been thinking a lot about that story lately, as NBC anchor Brian Williams, Bill O'Reilly, and even Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been in the news lately for telling untrue war (or "war") stories.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - February 24, 2015
 What makes "right to work" worthy of an extraordinary session?
 This week, the Wisconsin legislature begins the fast-track process to pass "right-to-work" - or, as I call it, "right-to-freeload." They are doing this in a so-called "extraordinary session" of the legislature. While "extraordinary session" may well be a technical term related to the rules under which the session will operate, we all know what "extraordinary" means and, historically, such sessions have been used to address major or important or emergency issues.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - February 17, 2015
 2 reasons why it's a bad week to be an atheist
 So what's making atheism tough this week? Two things. One is Scott Walker. And I don't just say that on principle, though I can see why you might think that given my history in this space. The second thing setting off my atheist alarms this last week is something that really was newsworthy. That's the murder of three observant Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., last Tuesday.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - February 9, 2015
 Building the streetcar doesn't hurt MPS
 Last week Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, a streetcar opponent and announced candidate for mayor against Barrett in 2016, earned a "Mostly False" from PolitiFact Wisconsin for saying the streetcar would "take precious revenue away" from MPS.
 
 Kids & Family - February 3, 2015
 Walker's never-ending quest to widen the resource gap
 The dramatic budget cuts at the hands of Scott Walker would be devastating for this city and the state overall -- it would increase the resource gap.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 27, 2015
 Walker's teacher licensing program is a bad idea and another attack on unions
 The "Scott Walker thing" in question is the plan our governor is putting in his budget to allow people with "real-life experience" to become licensed public school teachers, potentially without even a lick of training, student teaching, or other assurance that those people know a single thing about teaching. It's easy to guess why Walker is proposing such a thing -- I'll get to that in a minute -- but let me explain why I agree with my student teacher that it's a terrible idea.
 
 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.
 


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