December 6, 2012
If it seems obvious that the business community unanimously favors free enterprise and limited government, remember even arch-leftists happily praise private business when it suits their purposes.
The first who come to mind are energy moguls whoring for green subsidies, angling for government to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars by forcing everyone to buy things nobody needs. But other ploys abound and honest businesses must be wary, lest they be lured into joining the bandwagon for bigger, more confiscatory government.
Take Lori Compas who was last seen garnering 40 percent of the vote in the failed recall of State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. She’s resurfaced heading a new “Wisconsin Business Alliance” she characterizes as a “positive alternative” to Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which commits the sin of opposing Obamacare.
The links below provide a nice tutorial in the importance of a carefully-maintained BS detector. Compas makes a pretense of nonpartisanship, but the three people in the upper photo share at least one thing in common: All three—including the former allegedly Republican State Senator—are signers of the Walker recall petition.
People with a modicum of experience will recognize Compas’ rhetoric as standard-issue liberalism no one could possibly disagree with—until they see how it’s put into practice. Her husband, UW-Whitewater professor Eric Compas, co-founded “Occupy Whitewater” and dramatized his opposition to last year’s Walker budget reforms with a self-important hike to Madison. Lori Compas is a self-described “protest junkie” who broke into the Capitol building to demonstrate against the Walker reforms. Her failed recall campaign was assisted substantially by “We are Wisconsin,” the multi-state organization of union thugs that tried to stage boycotts of Wisconsin businesses whose employees supported Governor Walker.
Memo to Wisconsin businesses: Know your advocates.