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Nov 30, 201510:32 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Walker wrecks Wisconsin (or not)

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Wisconsin is being wrecked!

Wrecked like the Hesperus. Wrecked like a 30-car pile up on the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange. Wrecked like a Syrian village, and miserably.

Who is this wrecker? His name is Scott Walker. His Koch-stained hands heaving on the plunger to bring down an entire state like a Great Society high-rise housing project, according to the perfervid maunderings of our embittered liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances.

“Our governor’s incompetence is wrecking Wisconsin,” the Voice of Progressivism fairly shrieked the day before Thanksgiving. No blessings to be counted this holiday season. Not when Wisconsin is being wrecked!

The best efforts of Mike Tate, the Capitol intifada, the teachers unions, and pre-dawn raids by the speech police have failed to derail the GOP golem. Time to turn the shrillness dial up to a full-on 11.

“Walker is a right-wing ideologue who refuses to admit that his ideas and initiatives are wrong even after they have failed miserably.”

Not just failed, but miserably. So says the miserable left-wing ideologues who championed Jimmy Carter for president. Twice. And Mike Dukakis. And Walter Mondale over Ronald Reagan. And Jesse Jackson! And John (his cheatin’ heart) Edwards! Who else but the partisan outlet that harried and hectored Tommy Thompson (“King Tommy”) elected four times over Democrat(ic) paragons like Ed Garvey and Chuck (“Do we have a relationship?”) Chvala.

Just how, exactly, is Wisconsin being wrecked? You want details? Isn’t partisan passion enough? Don’t need no stinkin’ details.

Opinion trumps fact

For evidence of statewide wreckage, The Corporation That Speaks as if It Were a Person cites opinion polls. That’s it. True enough, Walker’s approval numbers are upside down. The Marquette Law School poll has Walker at only 38% approval, 58% disapproval. That’s big and there’s no sugarcoating it. Voters feel what they feel.

As the greatest president of the past 50 years would say, they’re entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. Here are the facts:

•   No longer can government prosecutors punish political speech. Wisconsin campaign finance law is being brought into conformance with a slew of federal court decisions.

•   The integrity of the ballot box has been strengthened. Once again, federal courts have upheld Wisconsin’s reforms over Democratic objections.

•   We joined the rest of the union in allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. Contrary to the jeremiads, legal concealed carry has not resulted in Dodge City at high noon.

•   Making college more affordable — UW tuition has been frozen for an unprecedented six straight years.

•   UW–Madison retains its fourth place national ranking in research spending.

•   For the first time in Wisconsin’s history everyone living in poverty is covered under Medicaid. (Affirmed by PolitiFact.)

•   Property taxes as percentage of Wisconsin taxpayers’ personal income are at their lowest level since 1946, says the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

•   Taxes have been reduced $4.7 billion. (A PolitiFact rating of “true.”)

•   The Laffer Curve triumphant: Wisconsin reduced taxes yet revenue collections are up 4.3%.

•   Wisconsin high school graduation rates are second highest in the nation; they improved from 85.7% in 2010 to 88.0% in 2013 to 88.6% in 2014, according to the DPI.

•   The environment? We’re the 17th most eco-friendly state in the nation, exceeded in the 10-state Midwest only by Minnesota and South Dakota.


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Nov 30, 2015 11:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Democrats love to castigate Republicans as fact-deniers. Can't wait to see how they spin the facts you list regarding Wisconsin's well above-average economic performance under Walker. Granted, there are setbacks. A thousand blue-collar jobs are lost in the shining citadel of liberalism while the clueless elitists who run this town are focused like a laser beam on luring the moguls of Exact Sciences to climb aboard the Judge Doyle Square boondoggle. And speaking of clueless: Obama jets off to a climate change conference where his pulpit awaits him--and where the adoring media are set to hang on his every word--while the vast majority of Americans are more worried about how safe it is to go Christmas shopping at the mall.

Nov 30, 2015 12:40 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Obama's Legacy:

Stimulate economy by "shovel ready" fix on our infrastructure. Check
A stable, secure, democratic Iraq. Check
Red line in Syria. Check
Regime change in Libya. Check
Keep your health plan. Check
Improved race relations. Check
Close Gitmo. Check

Next? Stop the climate from changing.

Nov 30, 2015 02:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

All these well-reported "accomplishments" for Walker makes you wonder why he's underwater with an all-time-low approval rating. Starting to think that the more we know about him, the less we like. Happens to a lot of politicians.

Nov 30, 2015 05:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


time for you to shut up and put up.

I'll put you down for a grand to bail your hero out.

While I'm at it should I put you down for a grand too EXPAT?

Nov 30, 2015 07:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Per the usual, both blaska and MAP are fact challenged. Nothing either of you said is fact, but merely your rephrasing of your opinion.

Dec 1, 2015 08:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Couple of comments.
In the Banana Republic of Dane, it doesn't matter if Mr. Walker cured cancer, they hate him!

Sometimes doing the right thing, doesn't make any friends.

Dec 1, 2015 10:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

you are right,

usually human nature dictates hate of losers.

Dec 1, 2015 12:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We have big problems that we need to fix. GOP legislature is at 31%, that is worse than under Doyle. We must solve some problems: roads, K12. UW. jobs, economy et.

Dec 1, 2015 02:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Average income in Wisconsin is $4,000 less than (democratically run) Minnesota.

You can't tax cut a state to prosperity and Walker is proving that.

Dec 1, 2015 03:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This blasphemy is not even worth reading. Your facts are skewered. Walker doesn't have a clue what he's doing.

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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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