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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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Obamacare is the death of progressivism

It’s called “over reach” and the Law of Unintended Consequences. As a prime example, is there any doubt that Obamacare — that incredible government meddling with thousands of individual decisions — is destroying the Democrat(ic) brand?

Yes, I watched Rachel Maddow last night, mainly to see how she handled the surprise victory of Republican Matt Bevin for governor of Kentucky, replacing a Democrat whose party has controlled state government since forever. Tom Brokaw said it had national repercussions because Bevin promised to roll back Obamacare. Rachel sputtered that, golly gee, more people were covered. Brokaw countered that costs keep going up (10 to 11% according to CNBC) and the program is unpopular. (The RealClear average of polls says Obamacare is upside down by  nine points.)

When Obamacare was enacted there were 60 Democrats in the Senate (counting independents like Bernie Sanders). Today, there are 14 fewer Senate Democrats. They had 257 members the House in 2009–10. Today they are outnumbered 247–188, which marks the Republicans’ biggest advantage since 1929. The Kentucky election gives Republicans 33 governorships, up 12 since Obama’s inauguration.

Quote #3: “Thank You, CNBC for giving millions of Americans front-row seats to the press bias against Republicans.” — William McGurn in the Wall Street Journal. One more example of the people turning their backs on the “experts.”

You want experts? The global climate change science is settled! Oh wait … Antarctica is gaining ice, not losing it, NASA says. Oh dear!

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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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