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Dec 11, 201201:35 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Send Segway Jeremy to Lansing, Michigan

Send Segway Jeremy to Lansing, Michigan

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Maybe they’ll put him to work!

The Blaska Policy Research Werkes and Tanning Salon announces today a Holiday Fund Drive to send Wisconsin’s most recognized spokesman for organized labor to embattled Michigan. I refer, of course, to Segway Jeremy, miraculously rescued from death’s door by your donations.

No need for a bus ticket. Jeremy, the peripatetic Capitol protester, has his own wheels – two of them. No, all we need is money for the Illinois and Indiana tollbooths and a couple of burgers. Maybe an overcoat. Contribute today in care of this website to send Jeremy on his way!

Michigan, if you haven’t noticed, is in trouble. It’s got Detroit, which makes Fallujah seem like a vacation getaway. It’s the only state that lost population in the last census. Its unemployment rate is the sixth highest in the nation at 9.1%. And it’s got the Lions.

So, naturally, the good people of Michigan elected Republicans to try to change things around. Doing something different when what you’ve been doing is failing is what defines sanity, to put things in the positive.

They looked at an economic development policy potentially more powerful than the greatest Keynesian stimulus that Barack Obama could imagine – yes, greater even than high-speed rail. A thing called “jobs.” Michigan has decided to encourage them by becoming the 24th Right to Work state.

Which is pretty amazing, considering that 17.5% of Michigan workers are unionized, compared to 11.8% nationwide (6.9% in the private sector).

No longer will Michigan tolerate closed labor union shops. That is the law that forces workers to belong to a labor union organization and to pay its dues even if they choose not to do so. That has the labor unions and its apologists in a dither for, let’s say it, compulsion is the union way.

My friend and comrade in the descriptive arts, John Nichols, was in full spin cycle in Sunday’s “Views of the Capital Times,” carried by the Wisconsin State Journal. (For those of you who are bollixed by the Citizens United decision, who says corporations can’t speak?)

Like many “progressives,” Comrade John is pro-choice about some things (like life) and not so much about other things, such as freedom of association. (See Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Number One.)

The term “Right to Work” carries connotations that are too positive for Mr. Nichols, who is associate editor of the most pro-union news outlet in Wisconsin, the non-union Capital Times.

So John very cleverly substitutes for Right to Work the term “No rights at work.” Cute!

No rights at work! The mythology of our acquaintances on the Left (for they ARE our acquaintances) is that, without labor union contracts, employees would be working for Simon Legree.

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Dec 14, 2012 07:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I didn't know that Blaska was an ungulate! It's uncomposted dairy barn runoff like this that shreds any credible information this rag (i.e., InBusiness) may offer. It's a matter of context -- how the facts are framed by uninformed opinion and belief, something the editors don't seem to worry about unless they get in the way of making a buck at the public's expense. Hint: most of those worker rights are the direct and derivative results of decades of labor organization about 100 years ago. Not a single one appeared spontaneously because an owner or manager thought his workplace would be better for it. Oh, and Blaska forgot child labor laws.

Dec 14, 2012 02:57 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Matt Logan, is that you? BTW: I DID cite "Child labor, Chs. DWD 270 to 277." Read for comprehension. Now, a Socratic exercise. How does one "make a buck at the public's expense?" In Business is not mandated by ObamaCare or coerced by the police powers of the state. It rises or falls on that most democratic of venues: individual choices made by a free people in the marketplace. But then, allowing workers to decide for themselves whether they choose membership in an organization with which they disagree cannot be permitted under the collectivism of today's progressives. Progs like you know what is best for the great unwashed.

Dec 20, 2012 05:33 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

Hey Anonymous....move to Michigan!

Leave us alone with your ditzy left wing unionista drivel.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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