January 5, 2011
Hey! No problem!
Reading the backgrounders on Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs has been fun. The message from MJS, WSJ, Tommy Thompson, etc., is, "No big Deal!" Just don't get in the way. Walker, the Houdini of this decade, will create 250,000 permanent, family-supporting jobs without breaking a sweat. In his very first executive order he explained why we have an "economic emergency." Guess. Was it the impact of NAFTA? Was it corporations moving to low-wage states and countries? Was it part of the national financial crisis? Nope!
The Wisconsin economic emergency "was caused by years of mismanagement." It was that damned Tommy Thompson and Jim Doyle. Why didn't I think of that?
While Walker gets out the meat-axe, he was subject of discussion in the campaign to replace him as Milwaukee County Executive. One of the candidates described the state of the county as a result of Walker's "leadership, by comparing it to a jet flying at 30,000 feet with two engines on fire."
Walker the talker repeatedly broached the idea of dissolving Milwaukee County by parceling out its functions to the state and other municipalities. Wow! Imagine what he would do if ADM offers to purchase Bascom Hall or the Capitol building!
But back to the job picture. No new ones yeaterday, so add another 177 new jobs he must create. Now behind by 5,664. Remember, we decided that $44,000 is the wage to count as "family supporting job."
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A little off-topic, but...........
I heard that the train money went to other states instead of Wisconsin?
I heard that even though Wisconsin didn't get the money, we still have to pay our share of the Federal Deficit that funded the trains?
Do I pay my share of the $810 million directly to the other states? Will they accept a check or money order? What should I put in the "memo" line?
I am glad I will be getting one of those great new jobs, I really can't afford to pay those other states with my current minimum wage job (at least I don't have union dues, yo).
It doesn't seem fair to not get the money and still have to pay for it, but our new governor is a genius so maybe I'm just not smart enough. Cause you know, I went to public school.
-Tim | Barron, WI | January 5, 2011
I would have thought that you were kidding Ed, about selling Bascom Hall or the capital building, except that I just learned that the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Chicago parking meters are owned by foreign SWF's. Who knew that states were parceling off bits and pieces of our infrastructure for the past few years? I knew Fox News was partially owned by a Saudi but plugging a Chicago parking meter and its coins going to Arabs' sovereign wealth fund surprised me. Of course Walker will sell a building or a road that he is interested in selling after tolls are put in and all through the new secret commerce committee, of course. Source: Griftopia by Taibbi.
-Pat Nelson | Three Lakes WI | January 5, 2011