Dec 31, 201307:27 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison’s progressive heroes of 2013, Part 1
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As the late folksinger sang, Love me, love me, I’m a liberal. Got to love them progressives — as they prefer to be called — for making our jobs so much easier here at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes and Tanning Salon. Who needs to rebut the redistributive state when our acquaintances on the left do the heavy lifting?
Herewith are the expiring year’s progressive heroes, submitted (as Rod Serling might say) for your disapproval. In no particular odor:
Mike Tate: The Democrat(ic) party boss handpicked a challenger to You Know Who. His anointed candidate fit the right profile: a) female, b) left few footprints in the public arena, c) personally wealthy and willing to spend, d) coachable to say as little as possible. Must ... Avoid ... Primary in Wisconsin. Maybe Old Fighting Bob really is dead as disco.
Mary Burke: Her big promise: To make no promises. Her grudging ramblings on Act 10 sound like Professor Irwin Corey with an adverse dilaudid reaction.
Legislative Democrats: The party of government employee unions voted against iron mining in Iron County. Iron County, unemployment rate 13.4%, can just sell fishing bait to tourists from Dane County, where unemployment is only 4%. Democrats’ big issue: job creation.
The Homeless: After 40 years of liberal rule, Madison’s chickens came home to roost — “homeless” people occupied the City-County Building much as many municipal employees had occupied the State Capitol during the unionista intifada. This time, the health department issued an infectious lice alert and the mayor, himself an overnight Capitol crasher, called for their involuntary commitment.
Paul Soglin: Want to do business with the City of Madison? Prove that you did not contribute to Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for Growth, Crossroads GPS, or other organizations (cue George Orwell) “working against the interests of the city.” (Recounted here.) Even the Madison Common Council could not stomach this empowerment of the thought police.