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Nov 18, 201308:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

If you don’t like big government, you can vote against it

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Architects of the greatest progressive overreach since Prohibition are reeling. Tammy Baldwin is begging Scott Walker to save health care for the poor. La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind voted Friday for the Republicans’ “Keep Your Health Care Plan,” a measure the White House said would “gut” the law. The shine on Hillary in 2016 is fading with reminders of Hillarycare. Was Ted Cruz right after all?

The people who vowed to make government work can’t design a proper website. In government we trust, indeed!

“There’s a growing likelihood that over time, enough Democrats may join Republicans to decide to start over and scrap the whole complex health care enterprise,” says the National Journal, which is about as straight down the middle as any news source gets. (“Obamacare is on life support.”)

The irony is rich: Tammy Baldwin pleading with Scott Walker to help the poor, uninsured shipwrecked by Typhoon Obamacare. On Friday, the governor schooled Sen. Baldwin:

Wisconsin will continue striving to cope with the [Affordable Care Act], and through the actions announced yesterday, we are working to provide the federal government more time. But, considering these difficulties arise as a direct result of federal law, states are reliant upon the President and Members in Congress such as yourself, to fix what is now broken. 

Tammy Baldwin, of course, voted for Obamacare. She declared on March 18, 2010: “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.”

Progressivism is the animus behind Obamacare, of course. Democrats concede that President Barack Obama may be a liar but he lied for our own good. As Jack Nicholson told A Few Good Men, we can’t handle the truth. 

Headline on the MSNBC website: Hey Mr. Speaker, find time to read the bill! For a moment, I thought it was addressing Nancy Pelosi, but no, they’re talking about John Boehner’s refusal to take up the Senate’s immigration bill.

The news just keeps getting worse: First, the Red Army is at the outskirts of Berlin. Heinrich Himmler has proposed surrender. Then, Hitler learns that his health insurance policy has been cancelled by Obamacare. Roll ’em, Lester!

The state knows best

My old boss Dave Zweifel, in his Sunday column, recycles the progressive argument that they know what is best for all of us so no need for individual choice. (How’z that workin’ for Obamacare, Dave?) School choice is evil because — “using taxpayer dollars” (that would be whose money, exactly?) — “promote(s) putting people who look alike and think alike with each other.”

That’s a pretty good definition of Madison’s public schools right there. The perpetually aggrieved unionized teachers enforce their worldview, sometimes without subtlety. (How typically progressive to prize diversity over educational achievement.) But the affluent can and do buy their way to Edgewood and other private schools, leaving the hoi polloi behind. The divide is even more stark in Milwaukee. Vouchers, Mr. Zweifel, help young Travon rub elbows with Richie Rich at University Prep.


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Nov 18, 2013 09:06 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Isn't it sad when people must plead and beg the governor to help the poor. Wouldn't you think that would be a character trait of being human not to mention being the most powerful person in the state. I guess the days of helping the less fortunate and those in need have passed. I wonder when that happened? I think I know...... it was three years ago this month.

Nov 18, 2013 09:34 am
 Posted by  John P.

You've got a bad case of projection. We, liberals, have never claimed that we know what's best, that's a Republican quality being rammed down our throats by the Walker Authority. That false premise is the only thing that allows you to make your crazy arguments.

Liberals don't think government is "the answer" to "everything," but it sure makes every trip down the rabbit hole conceptually sound like a brilliant Republican idea.

Without your fantasy world cartoon image of liberals, you don't have an argument or a good idea.


Howdy Doody

Nov 18, 2013 11:26 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Obama care was destined to failure from the start.

It was not a republican idea so why should they play nice.

If they helped roll it out right instead of fighting it every inch of the way, we may have a good product in hand.

Just not the conservative way.

Blaska, conservatives have messed up the country way more than any liberal. Even though they both are bad.

And this coming from an independent.

you show your ignorance anytime you put pen to paper.

Nov 18, 2013 11:55 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave,once taxes are paid, the money no longer belongs to you or I or the person living in a car yet working. It does not belong to the renter who pays rent which the landlord pays the taxes from. It is the price of living in America and having many freedoms that others do not receive round the world.

Nov 18, 2013 12:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

John P.
Did you not hear the president's mouthpiece, Jay Carney, say that "sure people are losing their insurance, but the policies they are getting are better!"?
You don't think that's a case of liberal "we know what's best for you and you don't?"
Why else are liberals anti-smoking, anti-transfat, anti Big Gulp?
They know that they can make decisions for us so much better than we, the ignorant masses, can for ourselves. . .

Nov 18, 2013 02:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

good point,

The masses are ignorant.

Nov 19, 2013 04:29 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

It is the LIBERAL impulse to feel then act. Hence activism and Progressives. It is a short distance between a possibly good intention and their inner totalitarian.
Just pick the lefty hissy fit of the day; gun magazines, Big Gulp, transfat, toilet tank capacity, mercury filled light bulbs, no charter schools, LGBT marriage, and you WILL get it regulated.
Unapproved speech is hateful, insensitive people will be re-educated.
Until the inevitable result of every Progressive utopia;
"Everything not mandatory is forbidden."

Nov 19, 2013 10:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


It is not mandatory for you to post on web sites. You are now forbidden to do so.

Nov 19, 2013 01:14 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Anon 10:58

I KNEW you could do it. Good liberal.

Nov 19, 2013 01:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 11:26 said:
"It was not a republican idea so why should they play nice. If they helped roll it out right instead of fighting it every inch of the way, we may have a good product in hand."

He/she misses or chooses to ignore the fact that government managed healthcare is a bad idea for our country and as such cannot be "done right" or be "good product". Remember all of the failed prior attempts? Ask Tammy or Hillary why their plans failed. It is because Government healthcare is a bad plan that cannot be made good. Regardless of who tries.

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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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