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Feb 22, 201608:56 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Walker’s ‘war on workers’ and other paranoid conspiracies

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Walker’s ‘war on workers’

It’s that tiresome Democratic meme again. The Sunday New York Times tells us that Gov. Walker has resumed (did he ever suspend?) his “War on Workers.”

Hieronymus Bosch depicts Walker’s War on Workers

“Workers” in Wisconsin state government are being carpet bombed with … what? Common sense management practices? The Times heroically tried to inflame modern management 101 into an ISIS-level assault on the proletariat. In the liberal-progressive-socialist cult of victimology, government employees are as much victims as LGBTs, students, racial minorities, women, and even — post Ferguson — criminals.

“New hires who had six months probation will now be under a two-year watch in which to please their masters,” The Times shrieks.

Yeah, pleasing the boss for two years instead of only six months, that’s Hague Tribunal stuff. (We note, for the record, that for everyone but government workers, Wisconsin is an at-will employment state, meaning you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all — as opposed to being fired only for “just cause.” Been that way for decades.)

But wait, there’s more outrage in Gotham: “Gone, too, is seniority as a bulwark for job protection: administrators will now be able to do layoffs based on subjective evaluations of a worker’s job performance.”

The horrors! Please tell us it was all a mistake. In a tight budget, the diligent and most accomplished will remain on the job while the under-performers will be let go? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

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• As you sow … Iowa County D.A. Larry Nelson was hoping to become a circuit court judge. He boasted that he participated in the discredited John Doe 2 free speech witchhunt. Voters took notice. Larry Nelson came in third and out of the running in Tuesday’s primary. Perhaps Nelson’s coup de grace was his reprint of a Capital Times editorial praising the assault on political speech, Matt Kittle reports at Wisconsin Watchdog.

• The Paul Ryan scenario, Part #36 — “Campaigns secretly prep for brokered GOP convention — Politico, Feb. 16.

• “To stop Trump, Rubio must offer Cruz VP or Supreme Court spot,” The Daily Wire recommends. Now, where have we heard that before? Could it be last Tuesday’s Bring It!?

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Feb 23, 2016 07:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oddly enough, you offer your most ridiculous statement for last:

Cruz is a genuine mad man, and to have him a heartbeat from the presidency should scare all voters into relegating hom to the Sarah Palin/Paul Ryan trashpile.

Cruz has no experience as a jurist. Even Bradley has more, which isn't saying much. Even Rubio knows that.

Great humor post today.

Feb 23, 2016 10:21 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

"A world of absolutes born of the frustration of government overreach, matched in darkness, marinated in bile, ready and willing to throw babies out with bath water."
Dave, this is what the GOP has worked so hard for years to create and manipulate. You thought you could control it. Now it's biting you in the Trump. (I think I'll copyright that.) I'm afraid you own it. Despite your Tea Party fawnings ( worked so hard for years to create...), I think you're still tugged to the Tommy! center of your party despite the bile you so frequently contribute to the discussion. You almost have my sympathies as you haplessly witness your party spiral...out of control? ...into insanity? ...down the rabbit hole? Whatever. When YOU have to be the adult in the room...Paraguay, indeed.

Feb 23, 2016 12:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Trump orchestrated GOP meltdown is truly fantastic to behold.

Hey, what about that Republican up in Eau Claire who couldn't stand the heat and bailed out of the kitchen the other day? She called pointed questions about her record "vile." A member of the party of Trump calling a school board member's fair and well-spoken criticism vile? Irony at its finest!

Feb 23, 2016 06:08 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat


Who to vote for..... the feminist married to the serial abuser of women?
She of enough financial savvy to pull down $675k for a solid hour of talking?
A secretary of state taking, what? $400m from foreign countries for her foundation?

Scott Pelley. "Mrs. Clinton have you lied to the American people?"
Clinton. "I have always tried to tell the truth. Always."
Pelley. "Have you ever succeeded?"

I'm feeling the Bern!hmvn

Feb 24, 2016 08:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

While the libs watch the "GOP meltdown, they are not watching their own. Why not watch the destruction of your own "this is how democracy works" party. How can a candidate who won Iowa by the slimmest of margins, get shlonged in New Hampshire and have four times the number of delegates. The fix is on!

Feb 24, 2016 09:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If the Wisconsin civil service keeps evolving it may well end up as an "at will" employer. If that would have been the case during the Doyle administration Mr. Blaska probably would not have reached the retirement finish-line in state service. About the best the Doyalites could do was to put Blaska in a cubicle close to the toilets (flush, flush, flush).

Regarding Trump, I'd say just get used to it. There is no workable strategy in place to stop him. Many people in America are acting out the movie "Network" and are venting years of pent up steam. After the Hillary indictment it will be a cake walk to Pennsylvania Avenue for the Trumpster.

And to Anon 7:58, how much experience as a "jurist" did supreme court chief justice Earl Warren have? Please cite some decisions handed down by Earl Warren prior to his supreme court tenure.

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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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