Scott Walker announces second-term agenda (!!!)

Some of my co-conspirators in the Great Conservative Conspiracy have been demanding that Scott Walker announce a bold agenda for his second term. Sunday, he did just that with what he calls “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback.” Is it bold enough?

The white lab coats at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes jump-started Old Sparky, the Eisenhower-era mainframe computer, to assign Blaska-Bold-ometer points on an exclamation-point scale of ! to !!!!! (listed in parentheses) to each of Walker’s 11 pledges:

  1. Cut property taxes so the levy on a typical home in 2018 is lower than it was in 2010. (!!!)
  2. Reduce income taxes so they are lower in 2018 than they are today. (!!)
  3. Provide tax relief for manufacturing and agriculture. (!)
  4. Fight Obamacare, which is raising health insurance premiums for many in Wisconsin. (!)
  5. Expand worker-training investments. (!)
  6. Freeze technical college tuition and continue the UW System tuition freeze. (!!)
  7. Establish accountability measures for all schools receiving public funding. (!!!)
  8. Establish high standards for students at the local and state level as an alternative to measures set by people outside of Wisconsin. (!!)
  9. Put common-sense limits on the time able-bodied, working-age childless adults can be on public assistance. (!!!!!)
  10. Require drug testing for those requesting unemployment and able-bodied, working-age adults requesting food stamps from the state. (!!!!!)
  11. Require working-age childless adults receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits to participate in employment training or part-time work. (!!!!!)

No. 8 is Walker walking (heh!) the tight rope on Common Core. The last three will make our … acquaintances howl. Now, seriously, can anyone remember even one plank of Mary Burke’s platform?

Notice, of course, no job numbers pledge from the incumbent. No private-sector right to work. No abolition of the income tax. No pledge to outlaw secret John Doe proceedings, which are unknown in almost every other state. No pledge to expand school choice vouchers throughout the state. All would rate (!!!!!).

For that matter, no hostile takeover of the Upper Peninsula, for which Blaska’s Bring It! (one exclamation point) has been lobbying.

The Policy Werkes’ overall rating: (!!!)


Who is ‘demoralized, frightened, and intimidated’?

Our public school teachers need labor unions, says the editor emeritus of the non-union Capital Times, to prevent “teachers [from being] demoralized, frightened and intimidated because their futures hinge on the whims of principals and superintendents and school board members who can now freely wield their prejudices without fear of contract restrictions.”

“Whims”? Madison Schools Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham operates on whims? The seven members of the school board elected by the voters of Madison — their decisions are “whims”?

Mary Burke campaigns for governor on Saturday at Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo with the approval of Madison Teachers Inc. boss John Matthews (background). The event was sponsored by two corporations: The Progressive Inc. and The Capital Times Inc. Photo by MacIver Institute — used with permission.

Teachers need to be protected from being “demoralized, frightened and intimidated” by (pause, wait for it …) the whimsical Mary Burke? Speaking of whom, check out this photograph at from this weekend’s Fighting Bob Fest of Our Ms. Burke attempting to rouse the rabble. And who is that shadow behind her? You bet, it’s the old ventriloquist and string-puller himself, teachers union boss John Matthews. (For extra credit: How is Mary Burke not a “robber baron”?)

One could ask if news reporters, photographers, and production workers at The Corporation that Speaks as if it were a Person similarly might be demoralized, frightened, and intimidated because their futures hinge on the whims of editors and publishers and corporate board members “who can now freely wield their prejudices without fear of contract restrictions.”

Not to mention employees of Trek Bicycle. Which, as you might expect, did go unmentioned.

One might argue that the Madison School District has been demoralized, frightened, and intimidated by Boss Matthews. Well, one might.

Judge Adelman, it’s called the ‘Supreme’ Court for a reason

The always churlish Progressive magazine’s latest target is federal appellate judge Diane Sykes. She is “Scott Walker’s favorite judge.” In Progressive-speak, them’s harsh words.

Judge Sykes had the temerity to uphold Voter ID on Friday. That is the supposedly draconian requirement that you show proof that you really are who you say you are. Like when you buy a prescription drug. What an assault on democracy!

Our … acquaintances hold that racial minorities are too befuddled to acquire identification. Or it’s too much of an inconvenience. Takes a little effort, apparently. No, our … acquaintances are apparently too busy to reach out and help folks who might need help.



Sykes, a Milwaukee-area native, was one of three judges on the 7th Circuit Appellate Court involved in a unanimous slap-down of U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, a notorious judicial activist.

Adelman wrote in his decision that “virtually no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin and it is exceedingly unlikely that voter impersonation will become a problem in Wisconsin in the foreseeable future.”

Now he can foresee the future? Aside from which, how would you know there’s voter fraud when a cheater can assume multiple identities by just showing a purloined utility bill? In any event, it is not the judge’s role to decide what is needed or efficacious. That is a decision reserved to the Legislature. The judge’s role is limited to determining whether it is lawful. On that, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. As Ann of Althouse, professor of law at the UW-Madison, instructs:

In the 2008 case upholding the Indiana voter ID law, Crawford, the U.S. Supreme Court had accepted that the state had an important interest in preventing fraud and in promoting public confidence. In the current case, the district judge, Lynn Adelman, held a trial and listened to an expert witness who opined that it’s unlikely that anyone would engage in this kind of fraud. Those who are challenging the Wisconsin law want the appeals court to defer to his fact-finding, but Sykes and [Judge] Easterbrook resisted the notion that hearing opinion witnesses could enable a trial judge to supersede the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice John Paul Stevens, no conservative, wrote the decision in Crawford, decided 6-3. Judge Adelman would do well to remember he is no longer a state senator.

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