Thursday, September 21, 2006

How Madison can keep its identity

Madison, worried that it might somehow turn into Milwaukee, gets some advice from Mayor Tom Barrett about 10 ways to make sure that never happens.

UPDATE: Dave Diamond says the real question is how to keep Madison from becoming Waukesha.


At 12:01 AM, Blogger XOut said...

Madison can never become Milwaukee because Madison exists solely on the public dime. From state employees to the U.W. Madison is an economic island devoid of the usual rules of supply and demand.

Government always funds itself and because of that one rule, the isthmus will never sink. It will continue to thrive because it suckles at the teats of the hard-working people of the rest of the state.

At 3:23 AM, Blogger badgervan said...

Thank the Lord for able, responsible Wisconsin government based in that great All-American city: Madison, Wisconsin.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Other Side said...

Your imagery suggests, Xout, where you like to be in the farmyard.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger krshorewood said...

Don't forget it was Tommy Jim "Cheney" Klauser who threw up government edifaces faster than Albert Speer.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger George Roberts said...

They're suckling at my teats now?

Ugh. We hard-working people would appreciate if writers here would work harder to find different metaphors.

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Forward Our Motto said...

While I think that it's unfair to characterize the entire Madison economy as gov't based (there are a lot of tech companies, some linked to UW-Madison, which brings in huge amount of cash), I do agree that it was a rude way to title an event. Milwaukee is a fine city and Madison is a fine city, neither are perfect.

At 1:17 AM, Blogger XOut said...

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At 1:23 AM, Blogger XOut said...

While I would love to apologize for my metaphors and at the same time I would like to tell Madisonian’s that my categorization of their isolated economy was false… I cannot.

It is true. You all live on the teat or isthmus of state government.

What I found humorous and funny is that even the liberal (unless you are a Doyle fan) Milwaukee Journal agrees about Madison’s isolated economy (

The Journal agreeing with me hurts me far more than it hurts you Madisonians.’

Either way, the insulated economy is the ONLY thing that allows that wacky common council to do what it does without destroying your city.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Forward Our Motto said...

*rolls eyes*

As a private sector worker, I find your sweeping generalization comical. Apparently the ultra liberals at Forbes didn't get the memo in 2004 and 2005 about Madison.


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