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Oct 14, 201307:32 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Please hold if you trust government with your health care

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With Ronald Reagan it was morning in America again. With Barack Obama, the parks are closed, wheelchair-bound veterans are storming the barricades, the health care website is down, and what difference does it make now that the ambassador was dragged through foreign streets.

The New York Times has taken notice that the Obamacare website is situation normal: all fouled up. “Administration officials dug in their heels, repeatedly insisting the project was on track, despite evidence to the contrary.”

The Obama administration refuses to say how many Americans have signed up, but a British news source pegs the number at 51,000. At this rate, it will take 17 years for everyone to sign up. Wasn’t that the fear in the first place? Thank you for contacting the federal government. Your health is important to us. Please hold. Press 2 if you’d like to hold in Spanish.

The federal government can’t do a functional website, yet it can take over one-sixth of the national economy? Some of us have long suspected that Obamacare will fall of its own weight before filibustering recitations of Green Eggs and Ham.

But Ted Cruz is doing what he was elected to do: fight Obamacare. Not good enough for our socialist comrades, who explain every failure of government overreach as not having reached far enough. Thus does Comrade John Nichols write that House Republicans would like “that the results of the most recent national elections be set aside so that the losing party could implement its agenda.”

Like the 14 Democratic state senators who fled to Rockford, Ill., to impose minority rule over Act 10?

The numbers tell the story

So now the federal government is bumping up against the national debt limit. That limit stands at $16.7 trillion. That’s trillion with a T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool. It was $10.7 trillion when George W. Bush left office. Debt per capita is at an all-time-high 189% of per capita income. For the first time the debt exceeds the (GDP) gross domestic product (by 4%). (Read ’em and weep.)

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan pulls out his slide rule to show that discretionary spending, which is the object of the partial government shutdown, will grow by $202 billion in the next decade, a growth rate of 17%. Meanwhile, mandatory spending on entitlements will grow by $1.6 trillion (with a T) — a growth rate of 79%.

I’ve got it, said your blogger, snapping his fingers for emphasis. What better time to start a vast new entitlement!

Today’s read: “When you’ve lost Wolf Blitzer.”

An inconvenient and politically incorrect success story

Is this the Rapture? The Capital Times reports that that amazing cyber success story,, is building a $250 million distribution center in Kenosha that will employ 1,100 workers at good wages.

Honest reporter Mike Ivey quotes the lead local developer as giving due credit to Scott Walker. “The Republican deserves credit for trying to improve the state business climate. [The developer] contrasts that approach with former Gov. Jim Doyle and current Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, both Democrats.”

“Unlike Doyle and Quinn, Gov. Walker has worked hard to create the platform where Wisconsin can be attractive to Fortune 50 companies like Amazon,” he says.

Reaction from the Solidarity Singers has been vicious and voluminous. No good news can be allowed to spoil their tantrum.


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Oct 14, 2013 09:58 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Unfortunately for me, as a fair resident of Madistan, they will find a way to erase that $680 in property tax savings, perhaps even in the coming property tax bill. It's for the greater good, ya know!

Oct 14, 2013 07:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The tea party conservatives are the ones holding up talks with reasonable folk. If you took two steps out your own doorstep, you would see that clear as the Ronald Reagan morning that you boast about.

Oct 15, 2013 05:52 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Read the national polls Squire, read the polls. The republican party is dissovling under their own wt.

Oct 15, 2013 07:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The time for debating The Affordable Care Act has past. It is the law. Having a minority of special interest extremist hold our country hostage is the real story. Get your head out of the sand!
Why not focus your ire on the real scoundrels, the elected officials who can not, or refuse, to do their jobs.
Oh wait, they have their socialist health benefits so they don't really care about us....They must be really special to get their socialized medicine while performing their job. If you or I attempted to not work, we would've fired and loose our employer based health benefits.

Oct 15, 2013 08:04 am
 Posted by  patricko

I believe that 51,000 figure includes those states that relied on a stand alone system that did NOT link into, the federal site that was overwhelmed when the "unexpected" happened. (After all, who could have anticipated that millions of people who were instructed to log on and sign up, would actually attempt to do so?)And attempt is the operative word, because to date, I believe we are still unable to produce a single individual who has successfully APPLIED for insurance, much less actually obtained coverage. This is despite a small army of Obama friendly journalists who have been on line non-stop for over a week wanting desperately to enroll so they can provide some cover for their guy. And they can't get it done in the middle of the night when they are the only traffic! There are some people suggesting that the site is actually just a mock up designed to collect basic data, which will be used later when they solve the myriad problems they face.

Anonymous' prediction of Republican demise belongs with those offered right after Hillary asked "At this point, what possible difference does it make?" Nichols and others seemed to think it was the most brilliant come back ever. But they don't talk about much anymore. Sounds like they are about to reopen government, so I think the focus will quickly turn to the disastrous effects of ACA and the havoc it is wreaking. More and more people everyday are gaining an appreciation for what Republicans have prevented or mitigated.

Oct 15, 2013 08:44 am
 Posted by  patricko

Anonymous, there is a reason laws are literally not carved in stone. Lots of things were ONCE the law. There was a time when we couldn't drink beer, and another when it was OK for one man to own another one. In those cases we not only changed the law, we changed the Constitution itself

And you might want to take your own advice and read the polls. The people who now oppose ACA are the majority, now that they see what is actually being delivered as opposed to the BS that was promised (keep your doctor, better coverage, lower rates, lower health care costs.)

Oct 15, 2013 11:43 am
 Posted by  John

"Read the national polls Squire"

Like this one: "Obama Approval Rating Plummets to 37%"?

Or more like this one: "Obamacare remains highly unpopular" (54% opposed to 31% in favor)

Oct 15, 2013 12:42 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

One week in, few than 50 have signed up for ObamaCare in Wisconsin, the MacIver News Service reports.

Oct 15, 2013 01:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

John, I agree that we should change the laws and change the constitution as our world evolves. Things are much different than they were in 1776. But why is it that most members of congress selectively pick which ones cannot be changed. It's time to vote against every incumbent until they are all out of office. Term limits without lifetime benefits would be even better!

Oct 15, 2013 06:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"The time for debating The Affordable Care Act has past. It is the law."
Including the employee mandate that was supposed to go into effect and the President decided unilaterally, "hey, let's just not do that part right now." ?

Of course, Obama did that without allowing any debate on the issue, so I guess his actions qualify under the "time for debating has past" clause.

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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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