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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.


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Oct 25, 2013 07:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You drunken fool. vnbm

Oct 25, 2013 08:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"non-partisan think tank" my foot.

Oct 26, 2013 07:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If liberals named something "Good Jobs First", you can be assured that good jobs are the last thing they care about.

Oct 26, 2013 12:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

My response--"Friday afternoon rebuttal"--to this post can be found at The Afternoon Journal at

Regards, John Kaufman

Oct 28, 2013 08:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

John Kaufman, great blog. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, I've bookmarked it. If the right could could present their positions as reasonably as you do, I'd be worried. But, so far I'm not.

Oct 28, 2013 09:07 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

So says AnnoyingBob who defends nail bomber Bill Ayers and opposes tax cuts as "vapid, bumper sticker politics at its worst," but says -- when pressed -- he might vote for them anyway. People ask me if I'm just making up Annoying Bob as I have my manservant Ruben Mamoulian in order to portray my liberal adversaries (for they ARE my adversaries) as thicker than a blood clot. On my word, I am not that fiendish (although I aspire to be). Mr. Kaufman, I don't mind being an unwitting accomplice to your attempted blogging. Good luck and all that. But I suspect you did not click to Page 2 of this blog, wherein I acknowledge that the new WEDC "has stumbled out of the gate." Even the original Capital Times story admits that "it does not break much new ground." So why the story, except that it serves the partisan purpose. As to the "family supporting jobs" argument, Mr. K., if one cannot afford to support four children one should procreate responsibly. Darn, there's that R word again.

Oct 29, 2013 09:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

David. Mr Kaufman wrote in his blog "I don't think you have to be liberal to understand that trying to raise a family of four on one or even two low-paying/minimum wage jobs alone would be hard, if not impossible." Is your comment racist, or unable to comprehend, that if a family of 4 had 4 children, that would mean there is no one over 19 in this family. There are these situations where the 18 year old dropped out of school to work full time, the 16 year old is working part time both at minimum wage jobs to support their younger sibs. Don't we owe the 18 year old public education to get their diploma? Shouldn't our society help these children with food, housing, etc? This also happens when the parent is fighting cancer and unable to work. Shouldn't we help them with "govt subsidies"?

You state one should procreate responsibly, yet the tea party is making abortion harder, removing sex education in schools, and removing birth control showing they want the large families by stealing our rights.

Not one person has written "are you making up "Annoying Bob" yet you say people are asking, makes us wonder if you have forgotten to take your meds, you are obviously hearing voices.

"Educated" people are critical thinkers and those who think for themselves (and read for comprehension). The tea party shows us continually that they are followers and can not think for themselves. Thanks Dave for showing us again that the "liberals" are the educated ones.

Oct 29, 2013 10:24 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

"The tea party shows us continually that they are followers and can not think for themselves." Is the tea party being forced to accept a candidate for governor decided on by party bosses behind closed doors? You don't think Ted Cruz -- for better or worse -- thinks for himself? We've been teaching sex ed and abortion has been Supreme Court-legalized for 40 years. Now tell me, AnonyBob, do we have more or fewer irresponsible parents today than in 1973? As for your race card, stick it where the sun don't shine.

Oct 30, 2013 07:01 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

People! AnonyBob is not a creation of Dave's fervid imagination (and I DO mean fervid). I don't think he'd put the honest effort into exposing the mean-spirited hypocracy of the GOP and their teabagging overlords that I do. Every now and then I get under his skin too much with logic and facts and he lashes out, somewhat rudely at times, I might add.
Dave, get grip. You're sounding paranoid (and I do mean...). Not everyone who challenges you is AnonyBob, Annoying though they may be.
You've got to admit, I've perked up your comment section. You're welcome.

Oct 30, 2013 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nope, don't think Ted Cruz can think for himself, he is running with the tea party agenda and pushing it to the extreme. Funny, the tea party feel that assault weapons are great, yet health care for all is wrong and Cruz runs with this. Have you already forgotten that Mary Burke was not backed by MTI, yet she won? Most of us have not decided who to back for governor because the playing field has not yet closed. But we understand, by looking at people like Cruz, the tea party money supports an idea and everyone in politics is suppose to stand strong for this idea (Ted Cruz and the NRA for example) I, like so many will need to have substance on what they say, we are tired of those who say they are running on a brown bag lunch, only to find them actually eating at L'Etoile on the tax payer dime. It doesn't matter that L'Etoile isn't even open to the public until supper time.

David, I see it is hard for you to digest that the tea party is actively getting rid of sex education and making it harder for abortions that you try to twist my comments. Not to mention Grothman last year tried to push a bill to state single parents Hard for the tea party to digest that people want to take responsibility and yet, they are limiting what choices one has.

The tea party wants choice when it comes to what kinds of arms to bear and when they want to carry them, if they have insurance or not, choice in where they send their kids to school on the tax payer dime, yet they don't want choie on what is best for my family (ie abortion), what is best for the families who can't afford the house with the white picket house. What about the family who wants insurance but can't afford it their employerszn

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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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