May 16, 201307:16 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Blaska may be mistaken, but Soglin is evil
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Normally, I would have written “wrong” for “evil.” But it is the habit of our acquaintances on the Left to personalize the political. An old Alinsky strategem. Thus, is Scott Walker portrayed with little Hitler mustaches. It is why the self-righteous mobs subject the governor’s family to taunts on his front lawn in a residential neighborhood at midnight. I thought it might be instructive for the other side to try that on for size, for once. See how it fits.
Besides, I want to be able to write it while I still can. After all, Mayor Paul Soglin wants to use city government to “curtail” free speech in Madison. Is there any other interpretation? His goal is no different from the Internal Revenue Service’s vendetta against organizations that espouse limited government in favor of personal freedom. Nor are their methods that different. Just a little harassment for the good of the New Order.
Richard Nixon, welcome to the Democrat(ic) party! The Enemies List lives!
Let’s start with the IRS, the Tricky One’s favorite cudgel. Politico is reporting:
• The Internal Revenue Service asked Tea Party groups to see donor rolls.
• It asked for printouts of Facebook posts.
• And it asked what books people were reading. By way of James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal we learn that:
Some of the letters [from the IRS] asked for copies of the groups’ Web pages, blog posts and social media postings – making some tea party members worry they’d be punished for their tweets or Facebook comments by their followers. Each letter had a stern warning about “penalties of perjury” – which became intimidating for groups that were being asked about future activities, like future donations or endorsements
In one instance, the American Patriots Against Government Excess was asked to provide summaries or copies of all material passed out at meetings. …
Here in Madison, if your business membership association should, for instance, have supported Scott Walker’s Act 10, well! Don’t you think the 20 good liberals on the Common Council should know about that before they buy your janitorial supplies?
“I think it would be a good idea to know if the bidders are contributing to political efforts which go into organizations that may be lobbying for certain kinds of outcomes or working against the interests of the city,” Soglin told Patricia Schneider at TCT.
Schneider reports that Soglin “is wondering if companies supporting Republican causes would rather lobby against the city or do business with it. He’s betting that exposing such activities might prompt some companies to curtail them.” An ordinance has been drafted to that effect.
No soup for you!
Soglin has been in communication with the front office at In Business, to whom he writes:
It is unfortunate for Madison and the business community, that David Blaska does not know what he is talking about.
In a recent blog entitled “Is Paul Soglin that stupid?” [Blaska: I thought that might get his attention!] he wrote, “Paul practiced economic blackmail for a living before being elected mayor this last time. He was bankrolled by Judy Faulkner, billionaire Epic owner, to attack WMC member companies.”
While that may make for some enticing copy, it is blatantly false. Neither Judy Faulkner nor Epic paid for WMC Watch (there is another program of a similar name), nor did the company provide work time, when I was an Epic employee.
We know that Blaska has no boundaries in attacking me, but I suggest he show some respect and dignity in writing of the role of one of Wisconsin’s most important and largest employers. I am not sure if Mr. Blaska decided to make things up, but it reflects poorly on your publication.
Four points here:
1) I am struck by how the mayor regards any linkage of his anti-WMC Watch with the billionaire Faulkner and her company, Epic Systems, as disreputable, almost defamatory. (“Show some respect!”) No, Ms. Faulkner is too important to be dragged through that kind of mud.
2) At the time Soglin was working for Epic, Faulkner directed the Janesville-based construction company building her futuristic campus in Verona to quit its leadership role in WMC. So, Faulkner was a good guess. But if Soglin says Judith Faulkner did not bankroll his anti-WMC crusade, we’ll just have to take him at his word, because ...
3) Mr. Soglin has had ample opportunities to disclose the source of the funding he received to operate WMC Watch, whose purpose was to attack not WMC itself as much as the member businesses themselves. Paul has consistently refused to disclose where he got his money, which is ironic, given that he wants the city of Madison to require organizations he disdains to do what he himself will not do to this day. Paul is a hypocrite.
4) Most chillingly, Soglin never disputes my contention that the purpose of WMC Watch was the practice of economic blackmail. Then again, Madison never heard Paul Soglin upbraid the mobs for trying to shut down M&I Bank during the Siege of the Capitol two years ago. Never climbed the bully pulpit to excoriate the obscene taunts aimed at the 14-year-old girl who spoke, bravely, at the Sarah Palin Tea Party rally. Never spoke for Care Net when it was denied low-cost community development block grants for affordable housing for indigent mothers because it was pro-life. Kermit Gosnell’s little shop of horrors had a better shot at getting those dollars.