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January 24, 2011


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Interestingly, Mayor Cieslewicz commented on The Cleveland Model. How would this work with the Park T Plan?

My larger comments:


Megalomaniacs’ beating their employees doesn’t work anymore.
The Cleveland Model provides a new and heroic definition of co-operative human spirit. With a strong leadership the co-operative business can meld with a social democratic society to achieve more than profit for investment.
On to a better world john.


Well, the Cleveland Model has yet to prove that it is little more than a kinder and friendlier plantation. I have a lot of hope for it and admire the work of John Logue; however, as long as the workers don't control the company that they own, it really shouldn't be called a worker co-operative (at least not under the definition of CICOPA World Declaration on Worker Co-operatives). I hope that this model (and how it would need to change to address the differences between Madison and Cleveland) become a great talking point for the campaign.


One thing that wouldn't be different if you were mayor is the reckless way drivers treat cyclists. Every bike commuter still remembers your remark three winters ago about shooting people that bike in the winter and if they don't, I'll make sure and remind them.

Barry Orton

Kierstin, it was a joke! It's called hyperbole. Probably over the top, and certainly not appropriate in today's political climate, but NOT A SERIOUS ASSERTION.

To be clear, Waxing America hereby officially apologizes for the post (again).

Hieronymous Knickerbocker

Slightly off-topic observation follows:

The once and future mayor's remark about his deliberate lack of a press aide caught my attention. As I recall, Gov. Lee "The Vest" Dreyfus used to bedevil the press corps by refusing to hand out press releases or advance copies of his speeches. It still makes me smile.

But times have changed (did you know?) and the tools of politics have, too. The hustings are everywhere, and the business of staying in touch with the neighborhoods is much finer grained than it used to be.

A while back, in this space, hizzoner waxed adamant about not having a Twitter account - now or ever. I encourage him to revisit that position.

It is true that at first blush, Twitter seems silly; it is unfortunately named and perplexingly limited. But like any tool ever created, nobody knows all the things it can build.

Another mayor, Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., has worked nothing short of a turnaround in that gritty city. His brand of my-city-comes-first, hands-on hyperlocal politics is worth studying.

One of his methods toward that end has been effective use of Twitter messages. They are (of necessity) quick and direct. He frequently goes one-on-one with constituents, and they seem to love it.

I have never met Mayor Booker, I do not live in New Jersey and have no affiliation with him, or any other political operation whatsoever. I mention this only because, as an expatriate Wisconsin denizen, I think Paul would instantly grasp the possibilities and Madison would benefit. Fire up your Twitter account, go to @corybooker and see what I mean.

Will Hogoboom many times do we have to hear this:

1. I am going to increase employment
2. I am going to involve the citizens in our government
3. I am going cut spending (P.S. by $150,000? That's the most pitiful promise yet.)

Show me a politician who has ever done any of this.

Will Hogoboom

Oh wait, we are not saving $150,000. We are cutting spending only to spend it somewhere else. Wow, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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