Buyer Beware

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.

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The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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