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Dec 11, 201309:53 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Wisconsin Democrats support mining the Big Rock Candy Mountain

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Count on our progressive acquaintances (for they ARE ...) to champion more “investment” (as they call “government spending”) on joblessness than they do on actual employment.

Fifty-one state legislators, all Democrats, joined U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan in asking that the government issue unemployment checks for an additional year. These are the same people, btw, who voted against iron mining in Iron County. The Democrats play their tiny violin despite the drop in unemployment at both the national and state levels. Failing to extend this benefit, Pocan says, “Will hurt job growth.”

Sayeth The Wall Street Journal (12-10-13), “This is the theory that you can increase employment by paying more people not to work. ... If that theory worked, the government should pay everyone not to work.”

Now, there are some mountains that Democrats don’t mind mining. Ruben Mamoulian,  cue up that old country song “Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There’s a land that’s fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes ...

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
There’s a lake of stew
And of whiskey too
You can paddle all around it
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains ...

Where you sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains


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Dec 11, 2013 02:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska says a blog nobody has ever heard of represents all progressives. That's like saying this blog represents all conservatives.

I wonder if Blaska has ever been out of work. I wonder if Blaska has ever tried to make ends meet on unemployment. And I continue to wonder what this blog has to do with business in Madison, where small businesses are constantly challenged by having to compete with large corporations that employ uneducated people at criminally low wages and no health care benefits.

Dec 11, 2013 04:46 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Unlike your business, Anon, that employs uneducated people at high wages and Gold-standard health care benefits? Or, maybe, as we suspect, you don't employ a soul, much less a wit. Now, name me the small business membership organization that is lobbying for more unemployment benefits. The NFIB, for instance, wants the entire program returned exclusively to the states. You DO realize that employers largely pay for this program, right Anon? Fortunately, the deal reached by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, will avoid the extension of unemployment benefits beyond the minimum 26 weeks.

Dec 11, 2013 07:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave- I had exactly that vinyl "Big Rock Candy Mountain" record when I was a kid- remember the picture and everything. Was this one yours? (I'm 62.)
Got any info on that thing (e.g., origin, artist, etc.)?
Scott in Rockton, IL

Dec 12, 2013 05:37 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Another song on the Hit Parade;

Four Dead in Benghazi

Dec 12, 2013 07:19 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Vinyl not in the Blaska Historical Odds and Ends Collection, Scott, but was on the Voco Label #636 in 1949.

Dec 12, 2013 10:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."

--Thomas Jefferson

Dec 12, 2013 03:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Says a guy that owned slaves. Perhaps not the best Jefferson quote for a discussion of labor issues.

Dec 13, 2013 06:08 am
 Posted by  John

"small businesses are constantly challenged by having to compete with large corporations..."

Well I run a small business in Madison, and I can tell you that city, state, and Federal gov't challenge us more than any large corporation. Arbitrary, unnecessary, and downright harmful regulation make trying to start and run your own business almost a fool's errand and ironically, give the large corporations you hate much more of an advantage than wages and benefits. A recent study suggested the burden of compliance costs companies around $10,000 per employee, but economies of scale make it much LESS for the big companies, and much MORE for the local guys. Unemployment insurance is a case in point; our stable-employment small business saw an increase of 300% in unemployment costs last year as the price of those extended benefits came home to roost.

Dec 13, 2013 08:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I was unemployed for a year and a half back in '82-'83. 39 weeks unemployment and 13 extended was it. And today's pansies can't make it with 99 weeks? Our economy bounced back much faster under Reagan's guidance than it is under the dunce currently in the White House. Affordable health care? With this kind of affordable health care, we'll need lifetime unemployment.

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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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