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Nov 12, 201502:56 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

‘There’s something especial about this nation’ and the Republican presidential field

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The presidential debates are great entertainment. Harder than it looks (try it yourself, sometime). Important, yes, but not the whole show. I’ve got to think Bob Taft and Adlai Stevenson would have mopped the floor with Dwight Eisenhower had they debated. Neither would have made half the president Ike proved to be.

Whatever Trump’s point about Eisenhower and immigration, it was inarticulately expressed. (This man is going to debate Hillary?) It is true that one of Ike’s first actions in 1953 was to stem the flow of 3 million illegal immigrants a year through a Mexican border the Christian Science Monitor calls “as porous as a spaghetti sieve.”  

President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents [compared to 21,000 today]. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.

… Unlike today, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border, where they could easily reenter the U.S. To discourage their return, [the INS] arranged for buses and trains to take many aliens deep within Mexico before being set free.

Problem is, that couldn’t happen today, 62 years later. Numbers and sensitivities are greater. (Ike’s sweeps were called “Operation Wetback.”)

Rounding up 11 million persons spread throughout the U.S. — many of them established for decades — would be a nightmare scenario. Sirens wailing in the night in every city, big and small. The screech of tires in front of a home near you. Orders barked from bullhorns. Service weapons drawn. Men, women, and children marching — arms raised — to be transported to deportation centers like something out of the diary of Anne Frank. All captured by TV and social media cameras in the glare of floodlights.

What’s more, Hispanics are now a potent voting bloc. Indeed, three of the Republicans speak Spanish.


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Nov 12, 2015 04:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The longer Trump, Carson and your Carly are in the race the better Clintons chances are. A bankrupt casino owner (multiple times), a lying brain surgeon, and a failed CEO. I'll start getting excited when Kasich, Rubio and Christy are left standing. The rest are just cannon fodder for Hillary.

Nov 12, 2015 04:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, citing the fact that Democrats rule the cities and states with the worst disparities in wealth is a non-starter for Democrats because their response will always be that there isn't enough municipal spending in those areas - their normal refrain will be to spend spend spend and raise raise raise the minimum wage. "THAT'S how you will create wealth" is what they will say...but not if the consumers won't buy what they're selling for those wages.

emos will never admit that their lack of understanding of how to create jobs and the lack of jobs nationwide is the problem. And I'm so sick of their refrain "Oh, but BO inherited such a bad recession" - he's had 7 frickin' years to figure it out - other presidents sure have been able to figure it out in their first term...

Nov 12, 2015 05:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

For a second there I thought you came to your senses and realized your party is a bunch of nut jobs that are out of touch with reality. Then I got to page two of today's blog post... Nope, you're still out of your mind and failing to see what the GOP really is - dying and without principles. Nice job on page one though. And, I guess I can give you some credit for quoting Rand Paul, because he at least has some Republican / Libertarian / Tea Bag principles. Some principles are better then no principles I guess. The rest of the stage (My Carly especially) are only worth watching for comedic purposes IMO.

Nov 13, 2015 05:22 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

My employer (a Wisconsin small company) was just informed by IRS Notice 2013-54 that if he continues to pay for his employees health insurance he is subject to a fine of $100 per day assessed and collected by the IRS.
He is a good guy and has hired, trained, coached and worked beside his people. Imagine his having to inform us.
My Progressive friends, me as a Tea Partier and my apolitical wife all shake our heads and ask, "Who benefits? Why would our government do that?


Nov 13, 2015 08:12 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Viva la Operacion Wetback! Just wait for the illegals collecting their welfare checks or posting bail for their latest crime. Then load them on a bus, head it to the coast and put them on a boat to Acapulco. What could be more humane than that? That would get rid of most of them. The rest we can possibly keep, if they will assimilate into our culture. Ted Cruz has the best plan: send them all home. We can negotiate later if we have to.

How could anyone with a brain vote for one of the democrats? Killery is just pure evil. She makes 0bama look like a novice narcissist. Bernie the wannabe communist and the rest of the democrat party are just plain demented.

Nov 13, 2015 10:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

So let me get this straight: You're not opposed to rounding up all the Mexicans and deporting them (don't forget the 18th century slave ships Ike used:, you just realize that it wouldn't look good on social media. But morally, you don't see anything wrong with it?

Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Was Reagan conservative enough? I think we all know that he would be cast as a union-loving RINO in the 2015 Republican Party. Were he alive today, he might be standing on the roof of a Habitat for Humanity build with his arm around Jimmy Carter saying the Republican Party left him, not vice versa.

Nov 13, 2015 06:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anonymous 10:56 AM: Let me get this straight - you support people who deliberately break the law? Any laws? Where do you draw the line? Are strong-arm robbery, petty theft and moving violations fine, rapes kind of a grey area and murders unacceptable or are they all pretty much fine by you? Let all of us know your answer and hopefully your party will start running ads letting everyone on America's shores know which laws may be broken with democratic blessings....that should help push whatever aging white candidate eventually gets your party's nomination.

Nov 15, 2015 09:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let’s talk about this instead: “WisGOP World, the problem with such a setup isn’t the lack of transparency or the possibility of corruption from having so little oversight. Instead, it’s because with campaign finance information revealing the workplaces of donors, it’s too easy for journalists and citizens to connect the dots and see what a taxpayer-backed slush fund WEDC really is.

And since Schimel or any other Republican won’t dare try to kill this golden goose of boodle, the Feds must step in, and conduct a full and open investigation of WEDC, and sooner than later. Even if Robbin’ Vos tries to “rebrand” WEDC or modify in some form to keep the heat from getting too close to him and his bosses, that doesn’t mean all of this sketchiness should be thrown down the memory hole. In fact, the flop sweat coming from WisGOP leadership in light of Dem demands for action is all the more reason to think there is a serious pay-for-play scandal brewing, and that it may connect a lot of the earlier corruption and John Doe-related money-laundering that has already come to light.”

Nov 15, 2015 10:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

“ Just wait for the illegals collecting their welfare checks or posting bail for their latest crime”

Pretty sure “illegals” can’t actually get unemployment and that they tad to get deported or jailed rather than bailed. you might want to look into this...if only to live in a more reality based world. Ps, they don’t qualify fort he ACA insurance, collect social security or get medicare or medicaid either.

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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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