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Sep 29, 201411:49 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Intrepid Koch-head offends Madison’s left on Willy Street

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For, the lady maintained, many of us are voting against our economic interests. The emeritus progressive of the Corporation That Speaks as if it Were a Person sounded that theme recently, echoing Thomas Frank’s book What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Because they really do think they know what is in our best interests. The progressive platform distills to this: We’ll take away what this man has earned and give it to you! Why won’t you take the bait? (And they accuse Republicans of greed!) It never occurs to our acquaintances that many Americans have bought into the American dream. Until Reagan, we had Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. The parties as they are now constituted offer a clear choice: more dependence on government versus more individual freedom. The latter entails the freedom to succeed and reap the rewards as well as the risk of failure — the greatest incentive of all to succeed. 

As I left 911 Williamson St. Friday night, Wm. F. Buckley’s words came to mind. “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there ARE other views.”

Our jobs, fellow freedom fighters, is to keep shocking and offending.

(*Taylor had sponsored Assembly Bill 353, now happily defeated. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau, “this bill imposes registration and reporting requirements ... upon any individual who, and organization that, within 60 days of an election and by means of communications media, makes any communication that includes a reference to a candidate for state office ... or political party.” In other words, write a letter to the editor but make sure you register with the Government Accountability Board.)

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Sep 29, 2014 01:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm missing the part where you aired your view at The Place To Be. I see where you identified your party affiliation (does that go above or below the name your parents gave you?) but where's the part where you respectfully begged to differ? Did you report how you took issue? Begged pardon? Saluted?

Democrats want to pass laws that are in your best interest. Republicans aren't trying to do the same by telling us who we can marry or even have sex with?

You're birds of a feather with that Willy Street crowd, Blaska. The text above makes it clear you think you have all the answers, too.

Sep 29, 2014 03:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Progressives are truly mystified why more people don't "take the bait" and end up trapped on the liberal plantation. After all, look what big government has done for the African-American minority. Moved them from a 7% to a 73% illegitimate birth rate to destroy the nuclear family unit and it only took LBJ's Great Society program to do it. But none of this could compare with the Big Brother model of putting Native Americans on reservations, which is what big government is really all about.

According to Progressives, you're not really living until you have free healthcare, free housing and are living on a government stipend. But then you turn to drugs, crime and alcohol as millions have already, trapped in the ghettos and reservations, but voting Democrat to the bitter end. Socialism is suicide, albeit slow, painful suicide.

Sep 29, 2014 04:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Aren't companies dropping out of ALEC right and left? They don't want to be associated with the organization. I'm sure you're a member though, right? How about InBusiness? I don't see the ALEC badge show up on this website.

Sep 29, 2014 04:44 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Q. "Aren't companies dropping out of ALEC right and left?"

A. Maybe Left, but not right.

Sep 29, 2014 05:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

blaska,

you are a total farce.

don't kid yourself, nobody cared that you were even there.

if you truly were.

not sure after reading your posts, if you are capable of telling the truth.

Sep 29, 2014 09:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How desperate are Progressives to keep people of color trapped on the liberal plantation?
Let's take a look, shall we?

http://tinyurl.com/q9pak6q

Sep 30, 2014 09:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Maybe Left, but not right."
Then it's a pretty significant list of corporations that aren't "right."

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/08/12573/microsoft-and-more-leave-alec-80-corporations-out#sthash.QqpckIYS.dpuf

One thing even you have to admit about Chris Taylor; she DOES represent her district, as Pocan and Baldwin did before her. And that didn't work out so bad for them, did it? Baldwin winning statewide says more about Wisconsin's values than you the tea drinkers care to admit.
AnonyBob

Sep 30, 2014 09:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

9:07 - pretty amateurish website (e.g. low credibility) you cite. Darn that mainstream media (ya know, with journalists) for not going along with the whole plantation meme.
AnonyBob

Sep 30, 2014 12:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What am I missing here? Blaska is in favor of transparency on the left so he calls our attention to the power wielded by the teachers union and what that hath wrought. Taylor is in favor of transparency on the right, so she calls our attention to what ALEC and Republican legislators are up to and what that hath wrought. Net win for all.

I guess the political types think it's more entertaining when ridicule is introduced to the mix? I don't see how anyone who pays attention to current events for more than 30 seconds in a day could possibly come to that conclusion.

Stop trying to zing the other guy and do something for the common good. Why is this such a revolutionary idea?

Sep 30, 2014 06:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Article makes little sense, and the awkward attempts at humor make it worse. It appears that Dave likes to look at his headshot and read his own words more than engage in meaningful and productive issue conversation. A journalist once said, "When I know I'm hated, I'm still relevant." Probably applies here...except for the journalist part.

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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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