At least both sides like trips

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No doubt, citizens will benefit immensely from political tourism.

WHO SAYS ELECTED members of the Wisconsin legislature can't get anything done?

And who says they can't do anything in a bipartisan way?

A 12-member delegation from the Assembly - including both Republican and Democrat leaders - recently completed an eight-day trip to Israel. Speaker Robin Vos told the Associated Press the trip allowed the legislators to exchange ideas and complete an educational experience, by meeting with various civic and elected leaders from Israel and talking about things like water technology, infrastructure, business, education and politics.

WELL, THANK GOD they were able to do that. How else could Wisconsin hope to make it through another frigid winter?

There's nothing unusual about a pack of politicians zipping around the globe on these important fact-finding trips. It's done regularly from the federal to state to local levels all across America. The skies are mighty friendly to elected politicians and their entourages. If anybody ever totaled up all the government travel expenses across the country to get one annual bottom-line number, half of America's taxpayers might keel over dead from sticker shock.

Meanwhile, at their day jobs in places like Madison or Washington, these people can't get anything done except fight with each other over their extremely polarizing partisan views. Actually solving the problems that face citizens apparently is beyond their reach, Republicans and Democrats alike. Both sides, pretty much, just talk. They rarely do.

So maybe we should applaud they finally found something on which to agree in a bipartisan manner. Both sides like junkets.

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