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Nov 4, 201503:59 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Obamacare makes the case for limited government

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“Do not wreck that boy" is being engraved on the Blaska Coat of Arms.

NASCAR is penalizing local boy Matt Kenseth for wrecking rival racecar driver Joey Logano in retaliation for an earlier wreck at another race.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has Matt Kenseth’s back. “I ain’t going to argue with what Matt did. … Don’t wreck Matt Kenseth, I’ll tell you that right now. Do not wreck that boy…”

“Do not wreck that boy” — our quote of the week #1.

Here’s the answer I’d like to see a Republican make in the next Republican debate, to the question, “What do you plan to do about …?”: S/he would answer, “Not a damn thing.”

(Whereupon, one of the other aspirants would interject, “Don’t wreck that boy!”)

Of course, it depends on the issue. But Chris Christie scored points in last week’s presidential debate when he mocked the liberal panel’s question about online fantasy football sites, and why Jeb Bush lost what little ground remains for him when he wandered all over the place when asked whether the feds should step in.

Which brings us to our second quote of the week: Jonah Goldberg quotes a military marshal in Tolstoy’s War and Peace: “When in doubt, do nothing.”

That should be inscribed in every legislative chamber in the land. It’s very similar to Reagan’s mantra, “Don’t just do something! Stand there!” Aka: Limited government. Trust the people. Freedom is not subject to a majority vote.

Yes, “societies and organizations require some rules by which to play and punishments for cheaters.” Just look how 50 years of Great Society meddling by the social engineers has distorted the reward and punishment quotient in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, and the killing fields of Chicago.

Do nothing till you hear from me

Generally, however, “the best thing we can do to make the world a better place is … absolutely nothing,” says review in the Wall Street Journal of evolutionary biologist Matt Ridley’s book, The Evolution of Everything.

In most cases the best outcome will happen if government gets out of the way and lets people pursue their own needs, interests, and pleasures. That’s because most change in most areas of human endeavor comes from people just doing their thing, not by design.

“Far more than we like to admit, the world is to a remarkable extent a self-organizing, self-changing place,” Mr. Ridley writes. “Skeins of geese form V’s in the sky without meaning to, termites build cathedrals without architects …”

In other words, Adam Smith’s “invisible hand.” That is how the government-mandated 55 mph speed limit of the Jimmy Carter era got overturned. People — not being particularly suicidal — voted with their right foot.

Our liberal-progressive-socialists equate seriousness of purpose with government action. The more sweeping the legislation, the higher the price tag; the more pages of regulations, the better. Thirteen-point plans are better than Reagan’s, “My strategy is simple: we win, they lose.”

Mission creep. “The moment you establish a governing body of any sort, it has a propensity to grow into Brobdingnagian proportions. The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, for example, now exceeds 169,000 pages and is growing about 20% per decade, while government spending has risen from 7.5% of GDP in 1913 to 34% in 2015,” WSJ reviewer Michael Shermer writes.


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Nov 4, 2015 09:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You cherry-picked the NASA report just like Fox. NASA, NOAA, ESA amd Nat Geo (hardly a bastion of alarmist liberal thought), all agree on climate change. And Antarctica, as a whole, is loosing ice. Another situation where using a sound bite trumps true journalism.

Nov 5, 2015 06:11 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

My mandated insurer, the cruelly ironically named, Consumers Choice Health Plan, sucked up huge amounts of time, total dysfunction and customer service on a par with the Soviet Union. It just agreed to disappear on Jan. 1.
I believe it is the 11th federally mandated provider to go belly up.
"We are a non profit co-op" they'd tell me to show their virtue.
"Yeah? But is that on purpose? I asked.

Hear me Progressives.
ObamaCare has harmed my family more than ISIS and I vote.

Nov 5, 2015 09:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

ok madison expat,

unless you can prove isis has harmed your family directly,

then ObamaCare must have helped them.

I am glad you vote, hope you are glad of the clowns you put in to office.

I think you like to lie like the rest of the clowns.

take a pill and relax.

Nov 5, 2015 09:55 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Anonymous at 09:54: "You cherry-picked the NASA report just like Fox ... And Antarctica, as a whole, is loosing [losing] ice."

Except that the source was not Fox but CNN. In any event, here's the title of the academic paper on the subject: "Mass gains of the Antarctic ice sheet exceed losses" in the Journal of Glaciology, October 29, 2015.

The six authors are associated with the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland; SGT Inc., Craig Technologies,
Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Sigma Space Corporation.

Nov 5, 2015 01:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Did you even read the CNN article? A quick scan would prove you in error. And did you make an attempt to read the NASA report? Zwally even mentions climate change deniers trying to use the NASA data to deny climate change.

For a guy that tries feebly to look smart, you out did yourself on this one...

Nov 5, 2015 02:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The 55 mph limit was imposed by the Nixon administration in response to the Arab oil embargo of 1973.

Nov 5, 2015 02:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Apparently he did not because it concludes:

However, this isn't good news for our climate necessarily. Authors of the study say the increasing loss of ice in the West Antarctic and the peninsula, plus slowing ice gains elsewhere on the continent, could mean that there will be overall losses of ice in the next 20 years.

In fact, this may already be occurring, according to other research published as recently as this week, which suggests the West Antarctic ice sheet is destabilizing, which would more than overcome the ice gains and could result in 3 meters of sea level rise.

Right now, it's believed that ice loss in Antarctica contributes to roughly 8% of global sea level rise. This rise can been seen in recent high tides in coastal cities like Miami.

If this study is correct, and Antarctica is not contributing to this rise in sea level, that means scientists must be underestimating the impact from other sources of sea level rise -- such as from melting from Greenland or the heating of the oceans.

Nov 5, 2015 02:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

so you think that that the evidence that suggests that ocean warming causes frozen sea water melts, but snow pack replaces that the same as saying that global warming isn’t real? Just Wow...

Nov 5, 2015 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow blaska...since Obama isn’t a progressive, by any measure that I can think of, what exactly is your point?

Nov 5, 2015 02:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, the last of a failing political party that continues to spew their rhetoric. If Obamacare is such a failure then where is the Republican option? The "free market"? The same "free market" that denied pre-existing conditions and saw an annual premium increases in the double digits year after year? I hope you enjoy shouting how there is no global warming while standing on you melting ice berg.

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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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