Madison has too much government

More government is going to do more governing. It’s a law of physics.

They say journalism is the first draft of history. A blogge is the first draft of journalism. Like beaujolais nouveau. Do not swirl, do not sniff, do not savor. Just drink it down and open the next bottle. So these are off-the-top notes on a life-long subject of personal interest: local government.

Mr. Costanza

Over the mayor’s objections, the Madison Common Council early this year created a Task Force on Government Structure. Like Blaska was ever going to be appointed to it! Nonetheless, this committee pledges “a robust public participation process so that residents can offer their perspective on what could make government more effective.”

You are welcome to my opinions. 

Madison has too much government. Too goddamn many committees, commissions, and panels. Get the pruning shears! This is the fallout of the Progressive Movement. The Capital Times wants to elect the city attorney! Brenda Konkel for city attorney!

Blaska got elected one year, in part, by promising to fight a proposal to make Orchard Ridge elementary school a magnet school. Blaska was running for county board.

It’s all about accountability. People got to know who to blame or credit.  Tommy Thompson took over the DNR as a cabinet level agency because citizens were calling the governor when they had a beef, not the anonymous appointed head of yet independent board (one Trygve Solberg). Democrats beefed until Jim Doyle became governor.

Where stoppeth the buck? We forget that real people have real lives; kids with homework, terrible bosses, and crab grass. Flatten the org chart.

This is government, metastasized

Madison has 96 boards, committees, and commissions. Next week alone the following were scheduled:

  • Sister City Collaboration Committee
  • City-County Homeless Issues Committee
  • Multicultural Affairs Committee
  • Urban Design Commission
  • Education Committee
  • Digital Technology Committee 
  • Board of Park Commissioners 
  • Transportation Commission
  • Landmarks Commission
  • Common Council President’s Work Group to Develop City-Wide Surveillance Equipment and Data Management Policies
  • Madison Public Library Board Director Evaluation Policy Subcommittee
  • Joint Campus Area Committee 

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

“There is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by laws, or in which political institutions can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Witch Trial

Anyone know Robert’s Rules?

To the socialist, everything is a government solution

Now find the problem! Who but a socialist would imagine that “the digital divide” was a problem or that government was the solution? The Dane County Board has a food policy. (All in favor of food, raise your hands.)

The Common Council recently hired a chief of staff with total compensation north of $100,000 a year. Can paid staff for individual alders be far behind?

Desiring to prove that they opposed slavery as much as the soldiers who lost a limb in the actual battle, Madison alders devoted untold hours on a single gravestone paid for with private money by the survivors of the deceased. And it’s still an issue.

Socialists do their work like rust, through accretion, by building more government. More government is going to do more governing. It’s a law of physics. Big government is going to end poverty, cure homelessness, and heal the planet on the homeowner’s property tax dollar except that it never does. (When plastic straws are outlawed, only …)

Government is a utility, like gas & electric. Do the things your local government is supposed to do, do them well, then get out of the way and let the private civic sector take over.

Weed out some and consolidate other advisory bodies. At least two elected alders should sit among the citizen members.

Council meetings are too long. Members should be warned to make their point and sit down. A good chairman can steer the debate. 

Citizens should be allowed to speak at the start of the meeting and not have to wait two hours for their issue to come up on the agenda.

Learn Roberts Rules of Order. The Policy Werkes is amazed at how many alders (most of them) are befuddled by parliamentary procedure. Some of these guys have been there for years.

[ THOUGHT OF ANOTHER ONE: Appoint the occasional conservative. Don’t worry, they won’t prevail but shouldn’t policy makers at least be exposed to a different viewpoint? An opinion the majority here in The Emerald City likely has never heard expressed? ]

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Task Force chairman Eileen Harrington, a UW-Madison political science prof, says the Task Force wants to hear from citizens. Visit its website.

The Task Force on Government Structure next meets 6 p.m. Monday, August 27, at the Urban League of Greater Madison. Meetings are televised.


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27 Responses to Madison has too much government

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    BIG GUBMINT is an out-of-control vertical marketing scheme.

    Timeless wisdom from our 2nd President:

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”

    “Most BAD government has grown out of too MUCH government.”

    The Gotch


  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    “Task forces” are to liberals what cans of beer are to a raging alcoholic–can’t get enough of ’em. Of course it’s the taxpayers who wake up with a hangover, not those who believe Nirvana is just one more government program away.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Just re-read that list of boards, committees, and commissions. Half of them sound like parodies of what one would expect from Madison city government. But then, nobody parodies liberals better than liberals themselves. For me their recent quest to redesign the city flag so that it could not possibly be found offensive by any minority anywhere on the face of the earth encapsulates perfectly the liberal mindset. Imagine BEInG them (shudder).


    • richard lesiak says:

      Let’s get real and look at both sides. Point; Session’s Religious Liberty Task Force. Why? Are we all running out of shiny objects to chase?


      • Batman says:

        trollboy wrote:

        “Let’s get real and look at both sides. Point; Session’s Religious Liberty Task Force. Why? Are we all running out of shiny objects to chase?”

        Just cannot stay on topic can ya.
        Here is a clue: Go back and read the headline of Dave’s post.


        • richard lesiak says:

          The point is the gop has their fair share of running commissions, hearings etc. You always want to limit topics to a small group in one city to prove a point. There’s a whole world out there batboy. Walk outside and take a look.


  3. Dan B. says:

    In Blaskatown USA, all problems are solved by MORE ORDER, dangit! Meanwhile, Madison is a great city that Blaska has so far not fled (regardless of how often we plead with him to do so). You know who runs an orderly meeting, I bet? Kim Jong-Un! Those Trump cabinet meetings are pretty orderly, too.
    All this kvetching makes the blogger happy, but it’s ultimately meaningless. Try to get elected on any of your stuff, Blaska. I double dog dare you! You got your behind handed to you the last time you ran and so far every cause you put your name to in this town goes down in record fashion. Mo Cheeks beat your guy in the last city council election like the Dodgers beat the Brewers last night.


    • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

      Madison IS a great city. Madison government? Not so much.

      But if you think that the quality of elected officials are the determinant of what makes a city great, then what must you think of the state of Wisconsin… and the USA?

      Liked by 1 person

    • David Blaska says:

      Every cause?
      Hire 8 more cops? Check.
      Pay Chief Koval’s PFC legal bill? Check.
      Build new and improved jail? Check.
      Beat back ad hoc ERO committee proposal to replace EROs with liaisons? Check.
      Get the fake homeless scammers off busy street intersections? Check.
      Bust up the bum campout on the City-County Building porch? Check.
      We get that you cheered the disrupters who shut down the county board, that you side with the F-bombing Freedom Inc. youth brigade, that you blame cops for the shootings and car jackings, that you want cops out of our troubled high schools, that the answer to every problem is More Free Stuff. Your right as a citizen.

      No, I’m not leaving Madison, Dan B. But a good many good folks are. When people are afraid to speak at a school board meeting, you know it’s getting late in the day. Thanks to people like you.

      Liked by 1 person

      • old baldy says:

        “No, I’m not leaving Madison, Dan B. But a good many good folks are”. D. Blaska 8-3-18

        “Madison grew more than any other city in the state from 2015 to 2016, surpassing a quarter of a million residents, according to estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.” As quoted 5-27-17

        Fake news? Enemy of the people? Alternative facts? Which is which, which is true? I’m putting my money on the Census Bureau unless Dave has some more recent data to prove his point.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      So the only choice is between a plethora of worthless, costly, feel-good committees, programs & task forces (a la Madison). and totalitarian dictatorship?


  4. Batman says:

    “In Blaskatown USA, all problems are solved by MORE ORDER, dangit!”

    Really; ALL problems Dan B?
    Sounds like you’re not a big fan of law and order but certainly are of hyperbole.

    Blaska and others advocate for law and order as a crucial component to address Madison’s ever increasing gun/gang violence, car thefts/burglaries/vandalism, rapes, school violence/chaos, disrupted government meetings, etc. Blaska and others are resisting the anti-cop haters some of whom literally want to eliminate cops, and community self police instead.

    Presumably you are a Lefty because your rant is an unsubstantiated invective that offers nothing of value.
    What is your solution to the aforementioned problems?


    • richard lesiak says:

      Solution….vote out the gop.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @richard lesiak;

        “Solution….vote out the gop.”

        Vote the GOP out of Madison/Dane County??

        Do youse have any freakin’ desire whatsoever to inhabit a fact-based Universe…like…you know…EVER???

        Didn’t think so.

        The Gotch


        • richard lesiak says:

          Here’s a fact for ‘ya Q-tip. TSA budget cut 300 million. Small and medium airports will have no coverage. Air Marshals cut. Air travel becomes more dangerous while farmers get 12 billion because of pi-dick’s ttade war. 12 million and climbing for a friggin’ military parade. Millions because the gop kidnapped 3000 kids. Millions wasted on “planning” to build a wall. All that only cost you being able to fly safely. Do you EVER want to live in a fact based Universe? “Didn’t think so?” “AM I right?”


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Think we could get Iran to return all-or-part of those pallets of cash ($1.7 Billion…that’s with a B!), that Hopey Changey sent them?

          Legal American citizens could use it to pay those $2500 cheaper heath insurance premiums. Youse know, the ones where if you’s like you’s plan or you’s doctor, you’s can keep them?

          Ah Lefty; Grubered©™® to beat s#!t from here to eternity!

          The Gotch


  5. Batman says:

    Low IQ lesiak’s post at 8:34 pm, just another example of trollboy’s ongoing inability to discuss the topic of DB’s original blog post.

    There is a world beyond Trump and the GOP, dipstick.
    Ask your keeper if you can walk outside and take a look.


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    “Do teh things your local government is supposed to …” But that’s so, like, boring. Better to weigh in on national and international events over which you have no jurisdiction, to sit in judgment on the dead, to parade your self-awarded virtue for all to see and admire–in short, to pretend that anyone but you gives a rat’s arse about your thoughts on issues that have nothing to do with the admittedly mundane functionings of city government.


  7. AnonyBob says:

    Batty and Gootch: nothing but crude, rude, abusive insults. You guys think you’re contributing to a discussion of Dave’s post? You criticize others for going off post? You’re insecure bullies who bring this place down. “Trollboys” indeed.


  8. Batman says:

    Just administering a well deserved verbal thrashing to off topic and trolling comments, but always after the fact.
    How is this not glaringly obvious to you bobo.


    • AnonyBob says:

      “Low IQ“ “trollboy” “dipstick” “ask your keeper”
      Name calling and petty bullying. Real impressive, you sure elevate the debate.


      • Batman says:

        If you could reign your boy in bobo, there wouldn’t be any need for verbal thrashings.
        Try and focus on cause instead of effect.

        You have created an out of control monster and now you defend him regardless of how much he pollutes this board with his off topic comments.


        • AnonyBob says:

          “I” created him? You flatter me. I don’t think I deserve credit for creating anyone here, even as spot on as Richard usually is. You were the new lightweight here not long ago, but you’ve settled into a persona of consistent, insulting snideness offfering little to any discussion.
          And the phrase you seek is “rein in.”


  9. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Anyone wondering about Lefty’s BIG GUBMINT endgame, wonder no more.


    “(Santa Barbara C)ouncilman Jesse Dominguez said the following in response to citizens who asked ‘what’s next?’ (after banning EVIL plastic straws):

    “ ‘Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. WE HAVE TO REGULATE EVERY ASPECT OF PEOPLE’S LIVES.” (bolds/caps mine)

    This approach is attractive to control-freak We Know What’s Best For You’s Lefties who believe the great unwashed are incapable of making their own decisions.

    The Gotch


  10. Batman says:

    “I don’t think I deserve credit for creating anyone here, even as spot on as Richard usually is.”

    Now that’s helpful bobo, encouraging the biggest off topic polluting troll on this site.
    Convince your soul bro to stay on topic and watch how dramatically the quality of comments on this site improves.

    P.S. I have posted numerous substantive on topic comments; you should try it sometime minus the taunts. Don’t be such a snowflake.


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