When political hate substitutes for principled reason

The Capital Times advises: Take the money and run

Any day now, the nicest guy in the world, Capital Times emeritus editor Dave Zweifel, will write a paean to a kinder and gentler politics, civil discourse, and the Chicago Cubs. Until then, his newspaper is talking more trash than Donald Trump on a tweet storm.

Their new name for their arch-nemesis is “Crooked Scott Walker.” Tit for tat, you Hillary haters!


Living rent-free in their heads

In service of the nine or 20 Democrats running to replace Walker (we include “Cross Plains Woman”), The Capital Times bad mouths the governor’s proposed, one-time $100 tax rebate to parents and his one-week sales tax holiday. Fair enough. The white lab coats at the Policy Werkes happen to agree that tax one-offs are bad policy.

But Dane County’s Progressive Voice is so unhinged that whatever thread of reason finds its way into its editorials gets drowned out by carpet-chewing, partisan bile. The following passage, as one example, goes beyond hyperbole into spittle-flecked hate:

Wisconsin’s governor is never going to do right by working families because he doesn’t serve them; he serves his campaign donors. The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other out-of-state millionaires have paid for his political viability since he emerged as a statewide political figure. The only flexibility that Walker’s masters permit him is at election time, when the career politician is allowed to tinker with sales taxes in order to try to win a few votes.

“Walker’s masters!” What a hoot! That’s right, Scott Walker is really a Derail the Jail social justice warrior who made a Faustian bargain with the sulfurous Koch boys and is now trapped in their web. 

“Never do right by working families?” Hey, working families, how do you like:

  • University tuition frozen six straight years
  • Property taxes reduced to the lowest relative level since World War 2
  • Income taxes on middle class families less than when Jim Doyle left office
  • 3.0% unemployment, the lowest in 18 years
  • Wage growth the 12th highest in the nation
  • More funding for K-12 education than ever ($11.5 billion) — up $636 million
  • Top 10 ratings among the states for high school graduation, quality of health care, and jobs for the disabled
  • Wisconsin’s bond rating upgraded to Aa1 by Moody’s for the first time since 1973?

Regurgitating Democrat(ic) party talking points

Dick Cheny robot
Dane County’s Progressive Voice is a corporation that exercises its right to coordinate, collude and conspire with any politician or political party it favors without fear of pre-dawn visits from the speech police and their battering rams.

Their speech does not have to be truthful, accurate, or fair. That’s its First Amendment right. Whether it hurts or helps its own cause will come out in the wash this November. The best jury consists of the voters, who have elected Scott Walker three times in the last eight years and went for Trump in once-blue Wisconsin. (Ron Johnson over “career-politician” Russ Feingold, priceless.)

The Capital Times has been such a partisan attack dog — and rabid, at that — for so long it has forfeited any credibility. Who do they persuade who isn’t already convinced? In which case, their rants become mere pandering to their base, Segway Boy, Thistle, and Hippie Bongstocking among them.

You are correct, former colleagues, “Sales taxes ARE inherently unfair. They DO place a greater burden on working families than on the rich.” So Walker is trying to give those taxpayers a break. A break that The Capital Times opposes!

Never met a tax hike it didn’t like

Did The Capital Times oppose a sales tax when Democrat Gaylord Nelson instituted one in 1962? No it did not. When Democrat Tony Earl made the increase to 5% permanent? No it did not. When Dane County adopted a 0.5% county sales tax? No it did not.

A flat wheel tax could be said to unfairly place a greater burden on working families than the rich, given that the unemployed guy driving a beater pays the same $28 as the Tesla leaving the Madison Club. The Capital Times remained silent as the liberals, progressives, and socialists on the Dane County Board gave their assent last November.

The Progressives can name check the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson all they want but what does that really say? That Wisconsin voters — deplorable fools that they are — three times have been hoodwinked?

In case those voters are as stupid as The Capital Times thinks them, the Progressive Voice advises take them to take Scott Walker’s rebate, just the same.

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31 Responses to When political hate substitutes for principled reason

  1. Tom Paine says:

    Excellent broadcast to citizens of the Manor (and Beyond).


  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    To think I not only used to deliver that rag but paid for a subscription!

    Oy; a darkly sinister aspect of an earlier period of development.

    Even the lovely and long suffering Mrs. Gotch (career Lefty!) barely cracks open the weekly insert.

    Were it up to me, it would be in the recyclables the moment after it was culled from today’s Journal.

    The Gotch

    Liked by 1 person

  3. madisonexpat says:

    There is no greed like a Progressive’s greed for other peoples’ money.
    Because, power.


  4. curmudgeon connection says:

    Hey David, wasn’t the .5% Dane county sales tax supposed to pay the Jail? What did that percent actually go to instead? I agree the tax holiday is a gimmick, I want that extra money to half and half to rainy day fund and DOT projects. Why not build up the rainy day fund to at least a billion dollars or retire debt early. That is what conservatives families do with their money.

    10 years and I am done with Dane County and all its pot-lickers with their hands in my pocket.


  5. AnonyBob says:

    Oh, the irony of Stately Blaska Manor accusing others of “carpet-chewing, partisan bile” and citing a rather mild passage that “goes beyond hyperbole into spittle-flecked hate.” Seriously.


  6. madisonexpat says:

    The value of anything is measured by how much of your life you’ll give for it. So far Trump Derangement is worth 18 months of hatred, fear and teeth gnashing by 10-15% of Americans on the Left. It is instructive and fun to watch. Trump owns them and they give him total permission to do so.
    Remember how much fun it used to be to trigger a younger sibling then profess ignorance to your parent?
    Its like that.
    Imagine the depression of slogging into any news room, Cap Times, NY Times, LA Times, CNN,
    NBC, top floor of the FBI, any DC bureaucracy…. day after seething day.
    Mordor, except the Dems Lack a leader. Orcs at least had Sauron.


    • AnonyBob says:

      A lot more than 15% don’t approve of Trump. Try 2/3s of the country. Must be depressing to be a Deranged Trump Lover.


      • Forbidden thoughts says:

        Let’s keep winning.

        I can’t wait for the second term to start. Then we can take on the government student loan racket, before it triggers the next financial crisis.


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  8. madisonexpat says:

    You wish, ABob. Even your projection is a perfect miss.
    I’m not only happy and looking forward to another day of swamp draining, I also look forward to a growing economy, a shrinking gummint, restocking the federal judiciary and the Supremes, rising wages, growing 401k’s, a lower tax rate, enforced laws, a conservative Wisconsin supreme court, no ISIS, the previous presidents naked emperorship continuing to show its heinie, a wall on the border, deported felons and gang members (thanks for tatooing yourselves MS 13).
    I could go on but my favorite vintage “Lacrima Lefty” is delicious but sweet, very sweet. Must limit the intake.


  9. old baldy says:

    Oh, the irony; “enforced laws, a conservative Wisconsin supreme court”. You know screnock is a chronic scofflaw, don’t you?


    • David Blaska says:

      Because he protested an abortion mill 30 years ago. That makes him chronic? In Wisconsin, that makes him elected.

      Liked by 1 person

      • old baldy says:

        He didn’t just protest, he trespassed, resisted and obstructed. Not once, but twice. And pleaded guilty. That makes him a chronic scofflaw. But then again, I forgot the double standard policy at the Manor.

        Now for a little hyperbole complements of the squire: “abortion mill”.

        Liked by 1 person

        • David Blaska says:

          You mean like Martin Luther King Jr., arrested for protesting for civil rights? Like Paul Soglin, who was arrested in an anti-Vietnam War protest? Like Madison Alder Rebecca Kemble, arrested at the Dakota pipeline protest? Like congressmen Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Adriano Espaillat of New York and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, arrested for a DACA protest in New York City last September? Like those guys?


      • old baldy says:

        Last I looked none of those folks are on the ballot for WI SC next week. Nor would I vote for any of them if they were. If splat is looking for “enforced laws” then Screnocks history, not to mention his lack of judicial experience, would lead you in a different direction.


  10. madisonexpat says:

    OB, if you don’t like him then he’s my kinda guy. Which reminds me of another reason I like Trump. He makes our many enemies, foreign and domestic identify themselves when they set their hair on fire, because Russia, Meuller, pink hats, Putin. Next!
    I’ve never seen that happen before.


  11. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Speaking of political hate, disgustingly despicable Lefties chide FL shooting victim’s Father because he doesn’t see the world the way he should.

    “Father of Victim in Florida Shooting Mocked for Trump Shirt”


    Keep it up sickeningly repulsive Lefties, a Day of Reckoning approaches…#Karma

    The Gotch


  12. AnonyBob says:

    Hey, Splat! Still think all that Russia stuff is just an unfounded hoax? Hee-hee! “Where’s your proof?” Mueller just unsealed it. Soon: your president is a traitor.


  13. madisonexpat says:

    ABob takes inventory:
    Anvil? Check. Hot air baloon? Check. Acme Catalog? Check.
    I’m pretty sure you’ve got him this time.


  14. AnonyBob says:

    When are you guys going to start expecting your President to stop protecting Putin and his own fragile ego and start protecting our country?


  15. madisonexpat says:

    Putin bought Hillary for $149m he put in the Clinton Foundation. Fact.
    Putin believed Trump’s chance of beating Hillary was nil… same as you ABob.
    You think a few ads on social media won it for him despite Hillary outspending Trump 2 to 1?
    Candidate Romney told Obama that Russia was the biggest threat to us and Obama mocked him for it in the debate. Obama was dead wrong you’ll now agree.
    Vladimir had no reason to want anyone but Hillary as president.
    President Trump told Putin he was taking out much of Assad’s Russian built air force. Remember? Assad gassed his people, Obama blustered then caved. Putin loved him for it. President Trump sent 59 cruise missiles. Some puppet.
    You are entitled to your obsession and consistently wrong beliefs. You are not entitled to your own facts.


  16. AnonyBob says:

    Putin hated Hillary; as SoS she called him on his corrupt election. He knew she’d bust his balls; he knew Trump would be his lap dog. So far Putin’s been proven completely correct. Who’s having a hard time with facts here?


  17. madisonexpat says:

    Glad you asked ABob. That’d be you.
    Meep meep.
    Tax returns, collusion, obstruction, chaos, literally worse than Hitler.
    You’ve never been wrong yet.


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