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Feb 12, 201503:11 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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‘Fascism has come to Illinois’

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Portions of this blog first appeared on Feb. 3 at RightWisconsin.

A Republican has been elected governor of our neighbor to the south, breaking 12 years of uninterrupted Democratic hegemony. That’s cause for name-calling and conspiracy mongering among the paranoid Left.

During the dozen years Democrats controlled both houses of the Illinois Legislature and the governor’s office, Illinois Democrats’ fiscal stewardship became a scandal of 60 Minutes proportions. The CBS television news magazine called Illinois state government’s fiscal stewardship “possibly the worst in the nation; spends double what it takes in!” (Video here.)

Gov. Bruce Rauner came into office with a $5.8 billion backlog of unpaid bills, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Something had to give. Rauner signed an executive order Monday eliminating union fair share payments, which he called a “critical cog in the corrupt bargain crushing taxpayers,” WGN News reports.

According to WGN, “[Rauner] says he took action after a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year that found the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act violated the First Amendment by mandating involuntary union dues.”

This modest reform is further evidence of liberal end times. Under the provocative headline “Fascism has come to Illinois,” the leftwing blog Cognitive Dissodence rails: “Bruce Rauner ran for governor of Illinois on the platform of being another Scott Walker. Despite this warning, he was still able to use his millions to buy the election.” Or maybe, my, because of that warning — for it never occurs to our acquaintances that voters wanted a Scott Walker, in which case it was a promise to be like Walker.

Author Chris Liebenthal is a Milwaukee County employee and public-sector union heavy who was once disciplined for “wasting the taxpayers’ time.” Now he is auditioning for Graeme Zielinski’s old job. He hopes “that the union members in Illinois have their marching boots at hand. A strong and direct action is the only thing that fools like Rauner — and Walker — understand.”

Right. The union intifada of 2011 sure showed Scott Walker who was boss. Tune up the vuvuzelas, cue Big Ed Schultz, start the drum circles, draw the little Hitler mustaches. Do to Bruce Rauner what you did to Scott Walker: make him a national rock star.

Walker gets elected three times in four years and that’s “fascism!”

Illinois has been pure Democrat, not Minnesota

Raising taxes hasn’t worked. “Revenues are down, despite the huge ‘temporary’ increase in income taxes. Already paying junk bond rates, the state will commit to even more borrowing,” says Chicago Now, October 2014.

“Generous teacher pensions continue as Illinois’ financial crisis worsens; State has worst U.S. credit rating, reported the Washington Times in September.

Illinois is the poster child of Democratic governance, not supposedly sainted Minnesota. Madison’s progressive mouthpiece — exempt from the Move to Amenders — serves as head cheerleader for that cold-water Cuba:

While Walker has been practicing the austerity economics known as trickle down during his time in office, [Gov. Mark] Dayton’s different economic philosophy has produced some happy results. (“Two very different governors.”)

Of course, those happy results come at a price — higher taxes. Minnesota is the fifth-most-taxed state in the nation. Wisconsin has managed to drop down to 13th, according to the Tax Foundation.


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Feb 13, 2015 06:49 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Chris Kyle was a hero and I rarely use that word.
I say we should arm the Kurds to the teeth. Put a Marine Expeditionary Force in Irbil, armor, air and intel. Squash ISIS like a bug, whether the Shiites like it or not.

Feb 13, 2015 08:22 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your solution is a little too macho for the president, Expat. Perhaps a little jawboning from Susan Rice or Valerie Jarrett. Perhaps a few more mea culpas about the Crusades.

Feb 13, 2015 08:30 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Or a hashtag from the wife of the Commander in Tweet?
Or he leads from behind while practising Strategic Patience?

Feb 13, 2015 05:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So much to chuckle about in this blog, Blaska:

- You list a bunch of facts in your second section there, but where is your point? Minnesota is doing SIGNIFICANTLY better than Wisconsin in one area: While we are cutting our university budget by $300 million, they are investing $500 million in theirs. They will keep their big brains at home while ours will fly the coop. Those big brains start companies, innovate, make lots of money, pour it back into the economy. I know you think the greatest guy ever is college dropout Scott Walker, but when it comes to actually creating jobs and stimulating the economy, I'd rather have a couple Judy Faulkners.

- Wisconsin Reporter had it first because they're the ones that Walker's staff whispers to. They can't stay far enough away from Dan Bice, who has the guts to ask the administration a tough question from time to time. WR is a Walker mouthpiece, funded by the same special interests that pad his campaign coffers, namely the Bradley Foundation. They're in bed together! Do you dispute this?

- Yay for the USA! Yay for shooting at people and blowing them up! American Sniper is a success at the box office so therefore conservatives trump liberals in the culture war as well!

Feb 17, 2015 11:04 am
 Posted by  JNT

"But we still got global warming, right? Or is it “climate change” now?"

I've already gone over this with David, but he doesn't want to discuss science. Global warming refers to the long-term warming trend by which this planet's mean surface land/ocean temperature is increasing 0.16 C/decade. Last year, 2014, was the warmest year in the global instrumental record since 1880. It was also the warmest year in the longest instrumental record in the world, that of central England, which dates back to 1659. Global warming.

Climate change refers to the ramifications of a warming world, especially with regard to the hydrological cycle. To understand this cycle, take out a map. This isn't a liberal or a conservative talking point. It's a map. Find the world's deserts. Look for them: the Sonoran, Sahara and Arabian in the north, the Atacama, Kalahari, and the Australian deserts in the south. What's the pattern? The pattern is that they lie close to 30 degree latitude both in the northern and southern hemisphere. This isn't an accident. It has nothing to do with bacon or cholesterol as David would have you believe. This is the Hadley circulation. Warm air rises at the equator. Since the air temperature decreases with altitude, eventually the water vapor condenses and falls back to the surface. The air however, continues to rise until it hits the stratosphere and then bends poleward. The dry air that comes down at the 30 degree latitudes is responsible for the deserts.

In a warming world, the Hadley circulation moves poleward -- it's already moving. So look at the southwest region of the US, northern Africa, southern Europe. That's where the new deserts are going to form. An article that just came out 2 weeks ago looks at drought intensity in North America and warns of severe drought in the southwest and central plains in the coming decades depending on the carbon emission scenario. That's climate change.

Feb 17, 2015 12:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oh, my God.
Another rant from a Progressive moon bat on mythical global warming.

Not content with predictions of disaster for the polar regions that blew up in their faces, they're now predicting growth of deserts. If it weren't so utterly pathetic, it would be funny. But it's not funny at all, it's really, really pathetic.

Northwoods Patriot

Feb 17, 2015 01:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


If you in fact live in the "Northwoods" instead of your mothers basement in Cudahy, you would have noticed some changes to the flora and fauna in the last few decades. We have more southern species appearing here in the north, and see less of the species associated with northern WI. But then that would require long term observations, analysis and cogent though.

The recent study referred to by JNT is from Cornell Univ., certainly no hotbed of liberal thought or radical environmentalism. But it a world renowned research university.

And if you don't believe that the polar reqions are are changing, ask any polar bear, killer whale or seal that lives up (or down) there. Then apologize for your willful ignorance.

Sticking your head in the sand and calling people names surely doesn't make you a patriot. But it does label you as incurious and short sighted.

True Northwoods Patriot

Feb 17, 2015 04:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"That's climate change."

Fine. You'll get no argument from me on that. The question is: What are we going to do about it? Some say we need to change human activity. Ludicrous. Warming caused by human activity isn't even a drop in the bucket.

You want to reverse global warming? Figure out how to get volcanos to calm down. Then you'll be getting somewhere.

Feb 17, 2015 04:31 pm
 Posted by  JNT

I see we have more incoherent babbling from Northwoods Fool. I guess when all one reads is Der Stürmer, it’s no big surprise that NF doesn’t understand anything about science.

Feb 17, 2015 05:16 pm
 Posted by  JNT

Mr. Anonymous @4:28, we know that the warming is not due to volcanoes – if anything volcanoes are emitting sulfate aerosols that are cooling the planet. The first thing is bookkeeping: we know how much CO2 we're putting in the air, we know that about half of that goes into the ocean and terrestrial sinks. The stuff that remains in the atmosphere matches the measured rise in the CO2 concentration.

But there's a whole lot more. When you burn fossil fuels that means you're taking oxygen out of the atmosphere and combining it with the carbon to make CO2. We can measure the decrease in oxygen in the atmosphere. CO2 is coming from the burning of something. CO2 can also come from volcanoes --- but we can measure what that amount is and it's far smaller than the CO2 that human are causing. Also volcanoes produce CO2 from melting, not burning. Oceans don't produce CO2 by burning either.

Next we can look at the nature of the carbon that goes into the air. There are three kinds: carbon-12, carbon-13 and carbon-14. Plants preferentially take in carbon-12 because it's lighter and diffuses faster into the cells. By burning plants we're putting more carbon-12 back into the atmosphere and less carbon-13. On the other hand volcanoes put out relatively more carbon-13 than is contained in plants. Yet the ratio of carbon-13 to carbon-12 is decreasing in the atmosphere. That tells us that the carbon is coming from dead or living plants, not volcanoes or the oceans.

Finally we can look at carbon-14. Carbon-14 has a half-life under 6000 years. By 50000 years it's practically all gone (which is the limit by which you can date something with carbon-14). Living plants contain carbon-14, fossil fuels contain none. If you look at the relative concentrations of carbon-14 in the atmosphere, they're going down. That tells us that the carbon is coming from plants that have been dead a long time.

The rise of CO2 in the atmosphere comes from the burning of fossil fuels.

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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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