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Sep 19, 201411:56 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Our Ms. Burke buys her jobs plan off the resale rack

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This is a game changer. Mary Burke plagiarized her jobs plan because she has none of her own. Even Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel can’t ignore the story, “Burke jobs plan copied portions of proposals from other Democrats.”

Given that Burke is hammering incumbent Scott Walker for falling short on his over-ambitious jobs creation pledge, this goes to the heart of her supposed appeal.

It was the on-line BuzzFeed News that got the scoop:

Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan for Wisconsin appear to be copied directly from the plans of three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles.

Burke’s economic plan “Invest for Success” copies nearly-verbatim sections from the jobs plans of Ward Cammack, who ran for Tennessee governor in 2009 before withdrawing from the race, a 2008 plan from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and John Gregg who ran for governor of Indiana in 2012 and lost to Mike Pence.

Gregg’s plan is no longer online but BuzzFeed News accessed the text through an archiving service, while Cammack’s plan is available here. Markell’s plan can be seen online here.

Gives new meaning to the term “group plan,” doesn’t it? The Burke jobs plan is a Brobdingnagian 49 pages! Anyone who writes a 49-page plan on one topic needs to get his/her/their nose off the tarmac and see the airport. Was Our Ms. Burke trying to emulate the ObamaCare bill? Yeah, I got a jobs plan; dare you to read it all! (You are getting sleepy, very sleepy.)


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Sep 19, 2014 02:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

She was going to use the Alec playbook but Walker and all the other states with Republican governors or Republican control of legislatures were already using it to the max! So if you're going to try and pound sand up the public's butt pull the corporate Alec playbook out of your own candidates butt first. Its simply coincidence that all these Republican controlled states have been passing the same legislation. I guess in Republican dominated states great minds think the same. Give me a break!

Sep 19, 2014 07:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thank God Mary has the school board job to fall back on if she doesn't beat Scott. Hopefully, the next MMSD board election will cost less than $100,000.

Sep 19, 2014 07:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Good god! Commerce Secretary, corporate executive, and it turns out she has no clue of her own for jobs creation in Wisconsin! It must be because her and her advisor team were too busy drafting her plans for Wisconsin's Defense and Foreign Policy platform. Perhaps we shouldn't judge her too harshly until we hear her plans to use the National Guard to keep Illinois drivers of our roads.

Sep 19, 2014 10:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let me get this straight. Mary presents her plan showcasing her "unique vision" for creating jobs. Now it turns out that she farmed writing her plan out to a consultant who plagiarized the text from someone else. So now the consultant is "fired" for claiming someone else's work as his own in creating a document for Mary that she claimed as her own.

I understand that Mary went snowboarding in Argentina to "find herself." I think she must still be looking ...

Sep 20, 2014 08:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Come on people, get a life.

who cares where her job plan comes from, if it works.

I would worry more about a governor that does not want to debate.

That bought a recall election for over 50 million.

That has not reached one campaign promise in three years.

that is more interested in himself, than this state.

Wake up !!!!!!!!

Sep 20, 2014 08:46 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

oh and one more thing, this is for you blaska.

I am sure walker wrote his jobs plan all by himself ??????????

Sep 20, 2014 01:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gee, Dave how can we forget Scooter's "68 page" jobs plan.

That "comprehensive" seems to have worked real well for him, yes?

But I can expect your non ad hominem well reasoned responses? Yes?

Sep 21, 2014 07:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You feign outrage better than anyone, Dave.
So Burke hires a consultant who has developed plans for other Democrats and he uses 10 paragraphs out of 48 pages that he's used before. That's not plagurism (you can't plagurize yourself), that's just a bit sloppy. He's paid the price: some bad press for his client and he's now out of a job. Big hairy deal. You mountain-out-of-a-molehill guys sound desperate. Don't get the vapors.
You think your Marquette dropout writes his own stuff? Did Tommy?

Sep 22, 2014 10:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Our governor made a boldly stupid prediction on jobs a few years ago, refusing to accept what any actual business person might point out about creating jobs, which is that "it doesn't work like that." Talking out of one side of his mouth, he said that government doesn't create jobs. Out of the other, he said he was going to create 250,000 of them. Even if he didn't say those words in that order, it's taken on an Al Gore Internet quality so that he's permanently attached to the number.

His strategy to create those jobs: Apparently, it's to simply deregulate industry that is focused on denuding the environment.

That's why we're here. The uncreative career mud flingers on one side have a jobs plan, so the uncreative mud slingers on the other have to have one, too. Is this a game changer? Was it a game changer when Scott Walker soaked up campaign donations from mining companies and factory farms in exchange for relaxing regulations?

It's only a game changer of the 1-out-of-20 people who still don't know who they're voting for give a care. My guess is that those folks are just as likely to base their decisions on the flip of a coin. What effect will it have on our state's economy? Anyone's guess. It's not really up to the governor to decide, but when you make the election about jobs, then you resort to desperate measures.

At the Chamber dinner last week, the brains in the crowd all sang the same tune: collaboration is the future. How is this Blaska's message or the Walker platform about collaboration when they assail, rather than learn from, one of the most successful businesses in the state?

Sep 22, 2014 05:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It appears from a number of other blogs that copying someone elses work isn't new in politics. Walker and Grothmann are recent practitioners. So, Dave, why the outrage with Burke? Give everybody the same treatment, or be called a hypocrite.

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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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