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Oct 3, 201310:03 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Day 3 of the great government shutdown — is it too late to panic?

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Where is Ted Koppel when we need him? I can hear him now: “Day 3 of the Great Federal Government Shutdown.”

Plagues of locusts have descended on the Great Plains. Streams are jumping their banks; cows at the World Dairy Expo refuse to give milk, and the FCC is leaving Vicki McKenna unmonitored.

If the government is shut down, what in the world justifies the federal government sending a battalion of front-end loaders to erect barricades around the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.? Well, the guys who took Iwo Jima and stormed the Normandy beaches, even though most are well into their 90s, did not let Barack Obama stop them.

Politico reports, “An Honor Flight of almost 100 WWII veterans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast flight didn’t let the barricades set up due to the government shutdown stop them from entering the memorial, according to reports and Tweets from the area. Shortly after, a group of Iowa vets wearing matching yellow shirts also entered the memorial and more visitors poured in.” It’s outdoors, for goodness sakes! Why barricade it?

The objective, of course, is to make the shoe pinch if it can. Our progressive acquaintances (for they ARE our acquaintances) loathe any diminution of government as a rebuke of their crusade to submit all of life — not just the economy — to government regulation. You who have too much must give to those who did too little and drink more water!

There is, however, every reason to think that conservatives will win this shutdown, contrary to the result in 1994 when, the Beltway literati declared, Newt Gingrich got schooled by Bill Clinton. For one thing, there are alternative sources of news. Fox News began two years later, in 1996. Today, we have the Drudge Report, Breitbart, RightWisconsin, Mark Belling, and Miss Vicki. The Tea Party is as vital as ever. And has there ever been a more unsympathetic spokesman than Harry Reid? (Okay, Graeme Zielinski.) You know you’re in trouble when your spokesman starts barking at the news media, as the Senate Democrat(ic) leader did with a popular CNN anchor. (Read it and weep.)

The left is beating the drums of war. “Women and Children Get Hit First as Shutdown Begins,” The Progressive magazine breathlessly reports. Not to be outdone, The Nation magazine uncovered this shocker: “Federal Workers Nationwide Protest Government Shutdown.” As Colonel Kurtz said in Apocalypse Now, “The horror. The horror.”


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Oct 3, 2013 10:20 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


another terrible piece of reporting.

You are on a roll.

Bring it, Integrity, LOL

Oct 3, 2013 11:53 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nah, it's good reporting. One quibble though...the previous shutdown incident happened in 1995, not 1994.

Oct 3, 2013 12:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well, our "friends and protectors", the federal government workers, that were found protesting the government shutdown at the World War II memorial apparently turned out to be SEIU-hired folks that were paid $15 to be there...

but please, Dave, couldn't you plead with the National Zoo to turn the Panda-cams back on? What else are those folks at the new library supposed to watch during normal working hours??

Oct 3, 2013 12:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As a retired state employee (and Social Security recipient) I am not overly concerned about the shutdown. If my SS direct deposits are be it. Some of us were ants instead of grasshoppers and accumulated retirement funds in addition to Social Security.

The central government could comfortably rid itself of 5 to 10 percent of its workforce. Who would really notice? Private industry does this all the time. It's called "efficiency".

Sequester....shutdown....bring it on!

Oct 3, 2013 12:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What's unsaid is that gov't workers will end up getting paid for the days they're not working--they have in previous shutdowns. Also, the US government is unable to collect fines during this period. Thus, this is a $300MM/day drain on the government.

Oct 3, 2013 12:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow. 2 whole pages dedicated to trying to make the case that the shutdown is no big deal. That would be pretty funny except for the following:

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told Congress Wednesday that roughly 70 percent of the intelligence workforce -- including staff from the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency -- have been furloughed.

Hmmmm. Still think the shutdown is no big deal?

Oct 3, 2013 01:01 pm
 Posted by  Leo

It should also be noted that Obama sent more manpower to the WWII memorial to erect barricades to keep our aging WWII vets away
from their memorial than he sent to Benghazi to try to save the lives of our ambassador and those trying to repel the terrorist attack. Trying to stop WWII vets from visiting their own memorial was one of the most shameful acts in American history and clearly reveals just how much Obama despises this country.

Oct 3, 2013 02:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What an apt comparison Leo!

You know what is truly shameful? Tea Party Republicans that are holding the function of the government and the economy of this country hostage to try to kill a law that they don't like.

Oct 3, 2013 02:47 pm
 Posted by  uwbiz96

Still getting your pension checks on time, old chap? I guess as long as the pharmacist keeps dispatching the Geritol and the gas station keeps dealing petrol, all is well at Casa de Blaska. What, me worry?

Oct 3, 2013 03:08 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

UWBizDropOut: When are you going to answer the questions you raised about landlord legislation at

Or are you just a drive-by shooter?

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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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