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Dec 2, 201306:59 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Progressivism in the crosshairs

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From the pages of In Business magazine.

Now that Democrats have made their peace with the one percent, in the person of Mary Burke, the party bosses’ handpicked candidate for governor, it is safe to be successful again — especially if you inherited your wealth.

Having used it to defeat Mitt Romney, the class warfare meme has served its purpose. Now our progressive acquaintances are stuck with Barack Obama for another three years, after which time the (un)Affordable Health Care act website may be up and running. 

The biggest trophy of big-government progressivism since LBJ’s Great Society is sputtering like Baghdad Bob in the bunker. Barack Obama outright lied about keeping your plan if you liked it, the healthy 20-somethings needed to make this Ponzi scheme work are playing Call of Duty, and once-hopeful cancer patients are being denied coverage. Newsman Brit Hume notes that Obamacare was supposed to insure the uninsured; instead, it is uninsuring the insured. 

The high priests of big government don’t seem to be able to make government work — with the notable exception of its well-trained attack dog, the IRS. The Democrats’ economic stimulus has stimulated only the federal debt, now greater than at any time since the end of World War II (when we really got something for the money). We took Nazi Germany’s surrender three and a half years after Pearl Harbor, but in the same time span Obama-Reid-Pelosi could not build a working webpage for their signature legislation. Of course, Obamacare is more than a webpage; it is an attempt to reorder one-sixth of the national economy.

Progressives argue that the economic stimulus wasn’t expensive enough and that health care should have been nationalized. Strange how the failure of every government overreach is explained as not having overreached enough.

Their contempt for individual free choice is staggering. Holman Jenkins Jr. in The Wall Street Journal isolates the DNA of Big Government’s latest experiment. Promoting Hillarycare in 1993, the heroine of Benghazi said, “We just think people will be too focused on saving money and they won’t get the care for their children and themselves that they need. ... The money has to go to the federal government because the federal government will spend that money better.”

While struggling to straddle yet another issue, Mary Burke left a small progressive fingerprint. On school choice, Burke says she would not have expanded vouchers as Gov. Scott Walker did but didn’t say she would repeal what’s already in place. Then she let slip that parents should leave their kids’ education to the experts.

“That’s the role of government, where it can do things better as an organization than individuals can do on their own.” 


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Dec 2, 2013 10:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, Obama is a failure - there is little doubt of that now. Anyone still defending him is delusional. Imagine if the Republicans had not pressed the shutdown and taken the PR hit and had simply let the ACA implode on its own. A couple of points though. Mary Burke would be foolish to say she'd repeal Act10 because she can't. The assembly will certainly stay Republican so things that have been done will not be undone. (People on the crazy left have yet to figure that out). The other thing is that invoking World War II is ridiculous. Mostly because it contrasts that time where everyone sacrificed to win a war to our last two wars where no one except our service men and women (and their families) sacrificed anything. Seriously tax cuts in war time? The greatest generation must be sick.

Dec 3, 2013 05:48 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Strange how the failure of every government overreach is explained as not having overreached enough"

You of all people should know one of the fundamental rules of liberalism:

"Government grows in response to its own failure."

Other fundamental rules include:

* Being liberal means never having to say "I'm Responsible"
* There can be no freedom until everything is free.

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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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