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Nov 14, 201411:29 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Elections? Progressives don’t need no stinkin’ elections!

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Convincing each other of their own superiority, the progressives who forcibly occupied the Capitol in late winter 2011 chanted, “This is what democracy looks like.”

The spectacular fail of Scott Walker’s recall the following year entitled his victorious running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, to rejoin: “THIS is what democracy looks like.” Now, losing to Walker for a third time in four years despite (or because of) the target Big Labor painted on his back has soured the Blue Fist brigade — not on redistributionism, identity politics, or big government but on democracy itself.

Damn the will of the people, full speed ahead!

The marginalized president is already hunkering down in the bunker on immigration and global climate change. Closer to home, the chief bitter-ender at The Corporation That Wants to Geld the First Amendment demands that Democrats become the party of no, and damn bipartisanship!

Just say no, Mr. President — again and again,” says the proprietor of Progressive Fun Land, Paul Fanlund. He writes:

Obama, whom I believe historians will regard as a top-tier president, must position himself as the bulwark against an onslaught of changes that would cripple government’s ability to function, perhaps for generations.

Like Obamacare’s ability to function? Cash for Clunkers? The miscalculation on Syria? The IRS targeting conservative organizations? Actually, Mr. Fanlund, it was Harry Reid who crippled government’s ability to function. Sometime next week, Congress will put a bill on the president’s desk authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline, sponsored by a Republican in the House and a Democrat in the Senate who needs this bill to pass if she wants to remain in office. (“With Landrieu in peril, Dems suddenly decide it’s urgent to pass Keystone bill” — Washington Examiner.) Keystone is just one of some 300 bills Harry Reid bottled up in authoritarian fashion.

Hold it! The Way Out There Detection Device is picking up radio waves from Uncle Joe Biden: “And, when I say the middle class, the first time I said it, and I referred to myself as ‘Middle Class Joe,’ you know in Washington that’s not meant as a compliment. It means you’re not sophisticated.”

I’m with Professor Stupid

The Policy Werkes acquired this Japanese Army-surplus Way Out There Detection Device (batteries not included) to observe progressive resistance to the ballot box.

Progressives once celebrated the states as the laboratories of democracy, but only when its experiments resulted in bigger government, apparently. “We progressives and centrists in Wisconsin have no elected bulwark against becoming even more of a laboratory for tea party ideas,” cries Mr. Fanlund.

No elected bulwark? Then impose one by fiat!

Proves my thesis that progressivism is the philosophy of self-appointed experts, not of the people. “Progressives exalted the methodology of science under the meticulous supervision of a self-selected elite,” writes Daniel Okrent in Last Call, the Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Prohibition was the King Kong of big government nanny statism.

Just ask Jonathan Gruber, “one of the main architects of the Affordable Care Act,” according to National Public Radio. Gruber is on record saying Obamacare was enacted thanks to the “stupidity of the American voter.” Four different times. Imagine if this had come out before Nov. 4!

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.

Scratch a progressive and find contempt for the American voter. Just ask Mike Tate and Chris Larson about top-down decision-making.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: So much for compromise. Your president sicced the IRS on conservatives. Your Milwaukee DA conducted pre-dawn speech police raids in a never-ending secret vendetta. You boycotted businesses and occupied our Capitol. You threatened violence and boycotts. You put this state through two years of recall elections. We won anyway. Now you want Obama to go “full Mussolini” (credit to the anonymous poster at Nov. 13, 8:07 p.m.). I can only say, Bring It!

My co-conspirator Col. Tim Donovan (retired) has a gift for graphic arts. We’ll be featuring more of The Donovan File here at the Stately Manor.

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Nov 14, 2014 11:49 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

The Washington Times is reporting that Jim Doyle paid MIT Prof Jonathan Gruber $400,000 to tell Wisconsin that ObamaCare would work. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/13/editorial-jonathan-grubers-payday/

Nov 14, 2014 12:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You say you sat down with Richard Brown? Did you also break bread? What a relief! Gotta believe an endorsement from Blaska will make all the difference in the Madison mayor race. And you're only a few years late on that Smokin' Jay Cutler link. Welcome to the Twenty Teens!

Nov 14, 2014 01:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

More Gruber!

Nov 14, 2014 04:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You know who likes Obamacare? Those who were previously uninsured. They love it. Not that a retired state worker who has ever had to worry a lick about health care could possibly understand that perspective.

Nov 17, 2014 01:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Dave! How about those DOT-proposed increases for fees and auto registration? $800, whether it's a new Kia or a new Mercedes? How egalitarian! How about that PSC approving 75% rate hikes on the little guy? But, "Walker lowered my taxes!!!"
Hey Walker voters, feeling used yet? You should.
AnonyBob

(Off topic I know, but when would Blaska ever deal with Walker sleaze and pay-to-play if someone didn't bring it up? You're welcome.)

Nov 18, 2014 09:07 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

I almost feel sorry for you, AnonyBob. Almost. The PSC approved WE Energies request to increase rates by 1.8%. The proposed DOT increases amount to 2.5%. And no, I don't approve unless there is a corresponding decrease elsewhere. (Although electric vehicles should pay for their use of the highways since they don't pay gasoline tax.)

But you are silent on Dane County increasing its taxes 3.2% on the average homeowner. The City of Madison's proposed 2.8% increase. And the Madison School Board's 4.2% increase.

"Pay to play?" Do you have evidence or is that just your usual ad hominem?

Nov 18, 2014 11:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for the almost-sympathy, you can almost-keep it. I, on the other hand, remain impressed with your ability to look at a huge, steaming pile of GOP policy manure and see the pony it surely must contain. Small percentages still translate to an $800 increase in taxes and fees on a new car buyer. PSC approved increases slam small residences and the energy efficient while letting McMansions off ScottWalker-free. And all of it proposed just days after the election! It's no surprise local taxes increase as state shared revenues decline. And I can cite 700,000 ad hominems that were laundered thru the crooked, free-speech-loving Club for Growth. Finally, Boss Vos just uttered publically, "screw the public good if you're seen with wrong people." Or, that is, donate to the wrong people. I guess the GOP version of "free $peech" has it's limits.
AnonyBob

Nov 18, 2014 11:54 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

AnonyBob: "And I can cite 700,000 ad hominems that were laundered thru the crooked, free-speech-loving Club for Growth."

Since you enjoy exercising your crooked free speech, I'll let you off easy, A-Bob, by a factor of 100,000. Just come up with 7. The stopwatch starts ticking — now.

Nov 18, 2014 12:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave:

Once again you missed the irony in a comment. The $700000 G-Tac donated fits the bill of your question.

And you missed the opportunity to explain why Madison, MSD and Dane Cty had to increase revenues: decreased state aids. So kettle, meet pot.

And by the way, are you going to "put up or shut up" regarding G-Tac? Or are you afraid you might lose? Or worse yet, be too frightened to make the wager and be seen as a fraud.

Nov 18, 2014 12:55 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

A 50% raise for 20 city aldermen, $6.25 million for a public market, $24 million for subsidized housing, lighting for basketball courts, 2% pay raise for city employees, WiFi for city buses. No, the City of Madison had no choice but to raise taxes.

Still waiting for the "ad hominem" attacks from G-Tac — but if you are arguing, deservedly anonymous, that G-Tac has no right of free speech to present its side before an election (contra the Supreme Court in Citizens United) then let's hear you on the $25 million just one national teachers union, AFT, spent on political campaigns and lobbying in the fiscal year ended June 30. Or that AFSCME had "a score to settle." Or Trumka reviving the union hissy fit.

I can't even remember what your damn wager is except that it originally wouldn't have paid off for 20 years. Something about G-Tac will decide not to mine after all, I think. I don't care either way if they do or they don't.

In any event, the voters of Wisconsin settled your bet on November 4 when they re-elected Scott Walker. BTW: the people of Iron County voted for Walker 61% to 38%.

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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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