Feb 17, 201410:35 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Blaska is just the man to speak against ‘good government’
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It has been decided. The cause of good government is best served by adopting Iowa’s system of legislative redistricting and by gelding the First Amendment to prevent corporations from speaking 60 days before an election — with a generous carve-out for corporations like the Wisconsin State Journal, of course.
The newspaper’s Scott Milfred is moderating a panel at 6:30 this evening (Feb. 17) at Edgewood College, Madison. I intend to take a seat, however uninvited, next to Sen. Dale Schultz, Sen. Fred Risser, the League of (Liberal) Women Voters, and Mr. Jay Heck of Common Cause. Heck may think it’s hell but, dammit, college students should be exposed to both sides of an issue. Details here.
Alec Koch, come on down! The Cincinnati bureau of the IRS requires Blaska’s Bring It! to report that this blogge receives major funding from the third and most mysterious of the Koch Brothers, Alec. As luck would have it, Alec Koch is even more elusive than the Squire’s erstwhile aide de camp, Ruben Mamoulian (now believed residing in one of Madame Brenda’s Tiny Houses — the one with the TV satellite dish).
Well, burst my bubble and call it trouble. Turns out that the other two Koch Boys aren’t quite what the MSNBC ravers make them out to be.
In political giving over the last 25 years, turns out they rank number 59, with $18 million in political giving. (As the Beatles White Album would put it, “Number 59, Number 59, Number …”) Six of the top 10 are labor unions. They gave more than $278 million, with most of it going to Democrats: AFSCME ($60.6 million), NEA ($53.5 million), IBEW ($44.4 million), UAW ($41.6 million), Carpenters & Joiners ($39.2 million), and SEIU ($38.3 million).
Three of the remaining four slots in the top 10 were taken by AT&T ($56.4 million), the National Association of Realtors ($51.2 million), and Goldman Sachs ($44.8 million).
Progs didn’t bargain on workplace democracy — The Progressive magazine before last Friday opined, “If workers have a place at the bargaining table in the South, Republicans are doomed.”
Republicans need not worry, for workers at the VW plant in Chatanooga, Tenn., turned down membership in the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626 on Friday. They did so despite the unprecedented access the company gave union organizers — the UAW could work the shop floor. Can’t blame intimidation.
That won’t stop MSNBC, Comrade John, and the politburo from asking what’s the matter with Tennessee and blaming those troglodyte Southerners for voting against “their own best interests!”
VW allowed union organizers inside the plant. If they could promote the upside to unionization, why are other voices denied? And why does the NLRB allow workers’ councils only at unionized workplaces?