Our fake job-creating Governor and his anti-rail ideology are literally driving jobs out of town.
When the Talgo train factory closes, and the two moth-balled train sets just like these
roll away from their intended Milwaukee-Madison market, I hope people with banners and signs assigning blame for the loss of well-paying jobs in the low-income Milwaukee neighborhood will be on the scene to memorialize Walker's hostility to both Milwaukee and transit.
Among the conventional wisdom of the day from editorial writers who backed Walker for election and re-election is that Governors really can't influence job creation:
But is it all Walker's fault that Wisconsin trails other states in economic growth? No. Wisconsin's performance is more a function of long-term trends in the state's core industries. Voters have to realize that there is only so much that any governor can do. He or she should manage state resources wisely and bring those limited dollars to bear in a cost-efficient manner. But the governor should neither take too much credit for creating jobs when times are good or get too much blame when times are not. Bigger forces are at play.That nicely lets Walker off the hook of his making when he said he'd create 250,000 new jobs, but does not account for actions like his blockade of $810 million Amtrak federal funding, his derailing of the KRM commuter train and his obstruction of Milwaukee's streetcar.
All of those projects had or have immediate and long-term job creating potential - - on and along the lines - - and Walker is responsible for the loss of those jobs.