Capital Times quotes Trotsky to urge Scott Walker’s defeat

What was your New Year’s resolution? More civility toward those with opposing views? Reaching across the aisle to find common ground? Not if you are the hyper-partisan Capital Times.

The CT takes as its sacred mission to “consign Scott Walker to the dustbin of history.”


Trotsky marches for social justice

The Blaska Policy Werkes gets policy differences. We understand rough and tumble. But The Capital Times is drowning in its own hateful bile. Its editorial today will persuade no one not already convinced that Walker drowns little puppy dogs.

Listen to this hyperbole: “There is no way that Wisconsin’s 2018 could be worse than 2017.”

Really? The year 2017 was terrible? The UW Badger football team went 13-1 and won the Orange Bowl. Construction cranes tower over Dane County. The corn harvest was good. UW tuition frozen for five straight years. Property taxes lower (on average) than when  Scott Walker took office. Epic is hiring. The stock market is soaring (up 25% for the year)!

That was the one beef our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances had against Walker. That he had fallen short of an ambitious campaign pledge to create a huge number of jobs. The Capital Times used to publish job-creation charts showing Walker short of his goal. (Here’s one from June 2014).

Why did they quit running those charts? Because Walker is making good on his pledge. “From Foxconn to sausage makers, Wisconsin companies in expansion mode,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headlined on Christmas Day. But 2017 was terrible!

WI job growth nov-to-novOutside The Capital Times distortion zone, Wisconsin led the Midwest in job growth over the last year. Our unemployment rate of 3.2% is much better than the nation’s 4.1%. Certainly better than the teachers union-dominated state to the south, which is bleeding population, defaulting on its debts, and nearing junk bond status.

So now The CT is forced to do backflips to explain away the thousands of good-paying jobs Foxconn will bring to the state. It pretends that the $3 billion in promised tax forbearance will come out of the pockets of Wisconsin taxpayers when, in fact, that figure represents new tax income that won’t be collected. It even quibbles that Foxconn will be situated in the southeast part of the state — never mind that is the location of the largest city and most of the state’s population.

If Jim Doyle had managed to bring those jobs, you know who would be singing a different tune.

So we move on to outright falsehoods. Scott Walker is “the most politically corrupt governor in the state’s history.” Except that he is not, by a long shot.

If you want history and corruption, there was William Barstow, a Democrat, who won in 1855 due to forged election returns from nonexistent precincts in the sparsely populated north, “in addition to other irregularities,” before he was removed from office. For that matter, Jim Doyle illegally raided the Patients Compensation Fund. And bought huge campaign contributions from the Indian tribes by trading them gambling rights. But Doyle was a Democrat.

Of course, the CT’s exercise in Joe McCarthyism feeds off the illegal John Doe investigation, which four separate courts ordered stopped. The prosecutors never came close to indicting Walker.

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The Koch Brothers Three

Typical of demagogues throughout the world, The Capital Times must create bogeymen. The Koch Brothers will do nicely. The editorial mentions them no fewer than six times. As if they were Idi Amin instead of free market advocates and generous philanthropists. As if they contributed even a tenth of Walker’s campaign financing. The voters who three times elected Scott Walker? “Toadies” and “political hacks.”

But then, the CT never had anything good to say about Tommy Thompson, Lee Dreyfus, or Warren Knowles — because they were all Republican.

Circling back, the phrase “consign Scott Walker to the dustbin of history” lit up Ol’ Sparky here at the Policy Werkes. Sure enough. The first to use it was the brutal Russian Bolshevik Leon Trotsky. Here is the murderous old Communist reading out the more moderate Mensheviks in 1917:

“You are pitiful, isolated individuals! You are bankrupts. Your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on – into the dustbin of history!”

Why should 2018 be any different? The comrades at The Capital Times cheered the illegal takeover of the State Capitol with bullhorns, defended the UW speech codes, covers for the speech police, demagogues business people, demands income redistribution, plays identity politics, and delegitimizes free and open elections. So it stands to reason they quote Communists.

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25 Responses to Capital Times quotes Trotsky to urge Scott Walker’s defeat

  1. old baldy says:

    “Typical of demagogues throughout the world, The Capital Times must create bogeymen”.
    It is an odd day when I agree with dave, but I do on this quote, especially when taken in the context of Walker . Walkers “divide and conquer”, and “haves and have nots” are the epitome of demagoguery.

    And we in the north are still waiting for those GTAC jobs. But what the heck, scotty got a cool $700K for that scam.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Walker is strictly an amateur when it comes to using “divide and conquer” tactics. The real pros are Democrats who for years have been sub-dividing the American electorate into ever more minuscule categories based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, etc., then promising them special privileges and more free stuff–all the while spouting pious platitudes about unity and brotherhood (sorry, personhood).


      • old baldy says:


        Resorting to the old “the other guys do it too” excuse doesn’t make either side look good. Just pointing out the hypocrisy of the quote.


      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        OB: I cheerfully concede that “both guys do it.” The only difference is that Walker does it really well. Dems on the other hand are all-too adept at dividing, not so great at conquering (Exhibit A: Hillary’s campaign).


    • David Blaska says:

      How much money are you out now that Wisconsin has removed the ban on iron mining?


      • old baldy says:

        The taxpayers are out several 100K wasted on the review of the GTAC project that everybody with an iota of sense know would never be built. That includes you and yours, assuming you pay any state taxes.

        PS: I know facts always confuse you, but just so you don’t embarrass yourself in the future, the state never had a “ban on iron mining”. You can easily look it up.


      • old baldy says:

        Come on dave, admit you screwed up. Even a self-proclaimed smart guy like you can make a mistake.


  2. Tom Paine says:

    CapTimes long ago abolished the ability of citizens to post comments that challenged their orthodoxy. Perhaps that is why your blog has gained so much traction among the few in County Dane who retain a belief in the “dialectics” of reasoned dialogue. (Yeah, I know. Heresy to true Leninist’s)


  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “ ‘There is no way that Wisconsin’s 2018 could be worse than 2017.’ ”

    Perhaps they’re referring to their ad/site clicks having dropped off’n a cliff?

    Or finding out that their weekly joke-of-an-insert is finding its way into recycling bins unopened?

    Heck, I won’t even wrap fish guts in it, it insults the fish guts.

    It HAS to be the stark realization that the monumentally failed ideology they’ve been pushing has been roundly rejected in record numbers.

    Good thing career Lefties, like @hankdog/old baldy, et al, have little better to do than figuratively hold their hats out and beg for something, ANYTHING, to be put in them.

    The Gotch


  4. old baldy says:

    Sorry gotch, but no career leftie here. I even voted for Nixon, Ford and Bush I.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @hankdog/old baldy;

      “I even voted for Nixon, Ford and Bush I.”

      Career Lefty (please note respectful capitalization) AND self-loathing.

      It’s worse than I thought.

      The Gotch


  5. Balboa says:

    It was a terrible terrible year 2017, and to top it off, Scott Walker keeps calling it a Christmas Tree, he has got to go, that is a bridge too too far. Christmas Tree in the Rotunda. It is a Holiday Tree

    In all seriousness 2017 has been one of the best years for the State of Wisconsin economy and hiring thank you Scott Walker and State Republicans.

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  6. madisonexpat says:

    Cap Times and John “megaphone” Nichols also thought the TAA and Illinois Unionistas were the vanguard of the proletariat.
    Actually, the Tea Party was the vanguard ergo Scott Walker, Brexit and Trump.
    Perfect irony.


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  9. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Soglin’s prolonged striptease about his impending announcement for the goobernatorial nomination has the old lefties at the CT in an unaccustomed state of tumescence (sorry for planting that image in your head). Now the question is whether Dems can stuff one more clown in that car. My money is still on Cross Plains Woman (biased MSM is of course completely ignoring her candidacy) though recent revelations about her torrid affair with Area Man are bound to take a toll among potential supporters.


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  11. geo_ says:

    Wisconsin leads the Midwest in job growth? Depends on what month to month numbers you look at, we do know that ultra progressive Madison/Dane County leads Wisconsin in job growth with 2/3 of Wisconsin jobs created. Those cranes in Madison, due to progressive policies creating a place up and coming employers know they can find the type of worker they need. Just think of the construction boom had our moron Governor stuck with the high speed rail system, just think of the economic growth had our moron Governor accepted Medicade expansion. Just thin how much better off Wisconsin would be if our moron Governor spent the money to maintain the infrastructure in the engine driving the states growth, Madison/Dane County. But no, he’d rather shift what little funds the DOT has to help build his pipedream in Pleasant Prairie instead of investing in proven economic growth.


  12. richard lesiak says:

    Got to hand it to you Dave. You went deep down the side-line with this one. Barstow in 1855? Doyle; again? McCarthy and Trotsky? The commies are everywhere!! (including the WH.) The only right-wing triggers you missed were BLM, the 400k report on the cops, homeless at city hall and Soggy. Be careful hauling all that water for Walker; you might slip on the ice.


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