May 29, 201511:56 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
This, that, and ‘deliberately creating havoc’
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As the talented Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal might say, let’s talk about this, that, and the other thing.
Running a Republican caucus is like herding cats. Ask John Boehner. Or Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The freedom wing of the Republican Party wants to repeal the prevailing wage law, which could lower costs for municipal building projects. Problem is, the beneficiaries — the taxpayers — are well downstream. Their benefit is not immediately realized or easily traced. That is often the case for Republicans.
By contrast, the hurt for the construction workers is more immediately felt. Aggrieved parties take to the streets and get on the 6 o’clock news. Taxpayers almost never protest (at least, until the advent of the Tea Party). The reason Vos and Co. fear touching prevailing wage is that its hard hats are gravitating toward Republicans.
Same thing for the Madison Common Council. They hear the squeaky wheel — Young and Foolish — and throw some chum their way. Paying $50,000 to hire “experts” (i.e., someone from out of town) to parse the police department’s rules of engagement is relative chump change. Appoint a citizen’s committee while we’re at it. Yeah, it’s all window dressing, but just the same we must insist on ideological diversity, not just the Al Sharpton mentality.
Appoint Meadowood neighborhood activist Dave Glomp!
Good work, Chief Koval, and your Madison police on getting the shooters off the street. If Mayor Soglin won’t say it, your humble squire will.
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! Because you just may get a busy signal calling 9-1-1 in Baltimore, where 26 shootings — nine fatal — took place over Memorial Day weekend in a city just double the size of Madison.
Or Milwaukee? A mother of an 18-year-old shot to death by gangbangers is herself shot attending his wake. His death was the 59th homicide in the city this year. As of Friday last week, there had been two more, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Then an ambulance took gunfire, WISN TV-12 reports. An ambulance!