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May 21, 201501:02 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Shooting nine politically incorrect questions at troubled neighborhoods near you

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Scott Walker has lost Walter Cronkite

At least insofar as WEDC goes. The agency is a major embarrassment for the governor. A struggling young writer named Christian Schneider writes, for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

So far, there has been nothing worse for economic development in the state than the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The beleaguered agency has been beset by administrative failures, most recently uncovered by a negative state audit.

But the idea that a small state agency can somehow inject life into a state's economy is not just outdated, it is a recipe for exactly the type of Gilded Age corruption some are alleging in the 2011 loan to William Minahan's Building Committee Inc. So-called “jobs agencies” are the oxygen on which “crony capitalists” subsist.

Of course, the state needs business to do well — but in order to provide any permanent benefit, a company must succeed in the marketplace, not by getting an artificial boost from state taxpayers. In a perfect system, when businesses have sound operational models, we reward them with our expendable income. — “Time to scrap the WEDC.”

I have been making the same argument in conversations with a former City of Madison economic development specialist about creating a state venture capital fund. Assigning politicians and their appointees to make economic bets using taxpayer money is big government progressivism. 

No surprise #1 — that Noam Chomsky was on bin Laden’s nightstand.

No surprise #2 and Congratulations #1— Bill Lueders is leaving the UW–Madison-based Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which always “investigated” conservatives. He’s going over to the Progressive magazine. Who would have guessed he’d go to a liberal-progressive-socialist publication?

Congratulations #2 — to Dane County’s newest judge, Jim Troupis.

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May 21, 2015 01:48 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Bonus un-PC Question #10: Is bad parenting wrecking our public schools? Read Pat Schneider at The Capital Times.

May 21, 2015 02:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your first paragraph has a glaring error which UNDERSTATES the number of incidents year to date. The recently thrown-around number of 35 was reported on May 17 as being the count from "the beginning of April" -- about 6 weeks' worth, not from the beginning of the year.

As I remember there were numerous similar incidents earlier this year in January, February, and March (including the West Towne food court shootout), and I think there have been 2 or 3 more recent incidents since the "35" number was reported on May 17.

God forbid, but if/when some child playing in their yard (or sleeping inside their home) gets critically injured or killed, will there be protests and a demand for change from the usual suspects? I won't hold my breath.

May 21, 2015 03:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

60% of the crimes in Chicago involve guns bought in Wisconsin or Indiana- (see Chicago Tribune) nobody seems to be looking into why- and whether there is a link to our current level of gun violence- whether or not it does- based on the Chicago numbers it looks like there are problems with criminal access to guns in Wisconsin.
Most changing neighborhoods in Chicago in the 1970s were followed 2 years later by major police scandals. Having lived in one of those neighborhoods I can tell you under policing (probably due to payoffs) was a key factor in the deterioration of those communities. If Young Black and Gifted was smart they would tone down the rhetoric and focus on the reforms working their way through the county that would reduce incarceration due to poverty as opposed to serious criminal activities.

May 21, 2015 04:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Obvious Question # 10 - Black lives only matter if a white police officer shoots them. If a young black man is shot by another young black man it's a non-issue. What's young black and gifted doing to stop / prevent these types of crimes from happening?

May 21, 2015 04:28 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Not so young (their leader is a grandmother), fairly black and entitled will tell us which black lives matter most.
Time for Madison gang squad (they DO have one don't they?) to match databases with their counterparts in Chi-Towm and Milwaukee.

May 21, 2015 04:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


If you were truly concerned about government outreach you would condemn all the republican sponsored moves to take control of local affairs away from local units of government and school boards. Call out Marklein, Tiffany, Vos, Nygren, both Fitz's, and their unintimidated leader, out nonresident governor. But by doing that you would have to break your code of silence. Journaist, my patoot !

May 21, 2015 05:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How could any of the conservative agenda spewing narrative that Blaska has written in this blog be considered "journalism"? That's like calling Rush Limbaugh an "news anchor" (which he does on his show). Blaska's posts are becoming pretty predictable, notice he never mentioned Scott Walker's failed jobs numbers, failed policies, failed WEDC, proven pay to play politics with a failed company in Milwaukee County and failed budget continuing the downward spiral of this once great state. Nice job at keeping your head in the sand on these issues.

May 22, 2015 10:26 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

funny how we never heard about the economy or jobs numbers during the Doyle years - i'm still trying to wrap my head around how the 4.4% unemployment rate is negative for the state. maybe not so many jobs have been created in wisconsin because it's a cold misbegotten place for 6 months out of the year and businesses don't want to locate here for that reason. the 4.4% rate seems to indicate to me that most people who want to work are working. you should be happy that the republicans have their head in the sand about global warming - if Wisconsin becomes a warmer place, then maybe we would get more job creation. cheer up - climate change isn't all bad!

May 22, 2015 12:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Please go back to science class to understand what "quantum" means before attempting to use it in a sentence. Unless you really believe that the last six plus years have seen a microscopically tiny amount of growth in government overreach..

May 22, 2015 07:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Maybe the city of Madison PD could park one of these in the neighborhoods with the shootings:

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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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