Ex-congressman says Ron Johnson is wrong

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 by Steve Kagen

Sen. Ron Johnson’s comments about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 deserve our attention. In wrongly stating “… we got the $800 billion stimulus which basically went into the pockets of public unions,” Johnson suggests working class women and men caused our economic mess. Johnson is wrong. By 2008, our economy had been […]

Iran compromise: It’s not even close

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 by Steve Kagen

Regarding our compromise with Iran, it’s not even close. Rejecting the agreement would be an absolute disaster for the United States and Israel, for it prevents Iran from developing a nuclear bomb and moves them closer to the community of nations. Some in Congress think rejecting it will lead to new negotiations, but there is […]

Obey Fought for Equality and Justice in Congress

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by Steve Kagen

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the opening ceremonies of the Dave Obey Civic Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County in Wausau, sharing lessons learned while serving with Chairman Obey in the U.S. House of Representatives during the most challenging times our nation faced in a century. As Wisconsin’s […]

Employee Free Choice Act EFCA

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 by Steve Kagen

Collective Bargaining Dr. Kagen cosponsored and voted for legislation that would have made it possible for working class heroes to form effective collective bargaining unions as easily as it was to eliminate them, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). If enacted, EFCA would have required employers and related unions to enter into binding arbitration within […]


Posted on Sep 30, 2013 by Steve Kagen

Working hard together with Chairman of House Appropriations Committee Dave Obey, U.S. Senators Herb Kohl, Russ Feingold and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, we accomplished a great deal for everyone in NE Wisconsin and the nation. And whatever success I may have had, know this: none of it would have been possible without the […]

Making War is Our Worst Human Failure

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 by Steve Kagen

We should all be grateful that President Barack Obama, whom I consider to be my friend, has taken time to think the issue of making war against Syria all the way through and for asking to hear our opinions — brave actions recent presidents of these United States failed to do. In effect, by asking […]

Gov. Walker Hides Prices for Insurance

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 by Steve Kagen

Times are tough for everyone in Wisconsin, especially for small business owners and their employees who work hard every day to please their customers. Their budgets are tighter than ever, and they are driving down all of their business expenses to survive, the largest one being costs for health insurance. When making business decisions, every […]

The Same Treatment at the Same Price

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 by Steve Kagen

My father, Dr. Marv Kagen, died last fall after practicing dermatology for 60 years. Before he passed, I asked him what he enjoyed most about practicing medicine. “That’s easy,” he said. “Every day, I cared for the richest and poorest people in town and I treated everyone equally at the same price. Can you do […]

Dream Act

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 by Steve Kagen

Dr. Kagen voted to enact The Dream Act (HR 5281) on December 8, 2010, saying, “We’re a nation of immigrants and by supporting legal immigration America will remain vibrant, independent and free.”