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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!

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May 29, 2015 03:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Is deliberately creating havoc anything like pushing Act 10 to try and look like Reagan? Asking for a friend.

Fiorina ran HP into the ground. Is that what spunk means?

May 30, 2015 10:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, you make too much sense for the liberals to understand. AnyBob's head is going to explode with so much common sense thrust at him.

Dave, not B

Jun 1, 2015 09:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Change requires agitating and rarely occurs from those in power, such as Sheriff Dave Clarke (R-Cable TV).

Jun 1, 2015 11:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The whole issue of getting "unsafe" rail cars (that carry crude oil) off the tracks was part of the lefties' plan from the very beginning, with an aim to stop new oil drilling completely. First, ban any "new" pipelines that can carry it much more safely and force crude oil transport into rail cars and trucks. Second, wait until trucks or rail cars carrying crude oil are involved in any "incidents". Third, use such incidents as the reasons to impose "reasonable" safety standards for oil-carrying rail cars and/or trucks, standards that are either virtually impossible to meet within the time frames stated in the rules, or make the regulatory mandated standards very costly. Fourth, claim how such regulations have made such transport much "safer" (in reality shutting down the oil transport completely). No way to transport the oil = no new oil drilling.

Sound anything like regulations covering new oil refineries or nuclear plants??

Jun 1, 2015 10:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gee, chances that companies will hire illegals for construction jobs and not pass along the savings to the customer? 100%?

Jun 2, 2015 08:42 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

These projects are bid.

Jun 2, 2015 11:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Of course they are bid. And bid rigging never happens in Wisconsin, nah, never....

Jun 2, 2015 01:21 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Straw dog. Is irrespective of prevailing wage.

Jun 2, 2015 08:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Every time I read Dave Blaster I'm imaging he is swishing pom poms. fightinbobfan

Jun 3, 2015 11:24 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Call me Caitlin.

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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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