Oct 24, 201310:07 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Good Jobs First does a good job snowing a (usually) good reporter
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The Blaska Policy Research Center and Tanning Salon is a nonpartisan think tank housed in the dank and cobwebbed basement of Stately Blaska Manor. It is nonprofit and regrettably so. (Bradley Foundation donations gladly accepted.)
We are nonpartisan in that no political party sponsors this blog. (Nor, for that matter, does the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, nor any of the Koch Brothers — including the reclusive and mentally unstable third Koch Brother, Raoul. But they are, technically, not partisan.)
But we’re more conservative than Ted Cruz wearing a caveman’s bearskin.
We make this disclosure because the white lab coats at the Blaska Research Center have encountered an organization not previously spotted on its blinking radar screen. It is something called “Good Jobs First.” It is described as “a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., research group.”
At least, this is how it is described by The Corporation That (TCT) speaks as if it were a person, The Capital Times. That is red flag No. 1.
You get that kind of kid glove treatment at TCT if you roll with the redistributionists. If you side with free enterprise, you get tar and feathers, sulfur and smoke.
The Capital Times bleats “WEDC cited in national report.” (Extra! Extra! Read all about it!) It’s all about this “Good Jobs First” group piling on the reformulated Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. with a “harshly critical” report. That is red flag No. 2. You just know that a positive report on Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development agency would never find its way onto TCT’s website.
Good Jobs First is quoted to say that WEDC is a poster child “for the inherent risks with so-called public-private partnerships being used in a growing number of states.” The left just hates any incursions of the free market into its command and control regime. That’s the third red flag.
Red flag No. 4 (we have enough to populate the Kremlin’s May Day parade) is that the Good Jobs First report critiqued nine state development agencies — all in states governed by Republicans (Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. The exception is Rhode Island, governed by a former Republican who ran as an independent. Now that guy really is nonpartisan!)
Flag the 5th: Good Jobs 1st quotes the highly partisan One Wisconsin Now, operated by One Scot Ross, campaign manager for The Kathleen Falk.
The very name of the organization shouts “liberal,” as it is liberals who differentiate between good jobs and bad jobs (the latter being any job that cannot support a family of four and a two-car garage).
Good Jobs First may well be nonpartisan, in the sense that it is neither Democrat nor Republican, but it sings from the Solidarity songbook.
Good Jobs First has hauled in nearly $3.8 million from labor unions since 2005 and $6.9 million from liberal foundations since 2003, the Washington Free Beacon reported last December. Sure enough, the Good Jobs not-so-nonpartisans have taken on ALEC as well, proposing that California and Illinois are policy models. Fiscally troubled states run by Democrats.