Monday, June 25, 2018

More doubtful Walker can showcase Harley-Davidson for Tariff King

I wrote this a few days ago:
Trump sets WI visit. But to Harley? Doubtful. 

Trump's coming for Foxconn...and a $100,000 premium-ticket GOP fundraiser.  
Think he'll motor on up to Milwaukee? - - where there are Harley-Davidsons everywhere... 
And especially now that there is this:

Harley-Davidson will move some production out of US after retaliatory tariffs
Harley's stock price as of 10:30 a.m. central time today is off more than 5%.

Because tariff wars are so easy to win, as today's news clearly shows.
Last week, the European Union imposed penalties on $3.2 billion worth of American products, many of which are produced in areas that form the heart of President Trump’s political base, in response to steel and aluminum tariffs added by the White House. The list included bourbon from Kentucky, the home state of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell; as well as orange juice, which is made largely in the swing state of Florida; and motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson, headquartered in Wisconsin, the home state of the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan.
[Wisconsin’s cheesemakers say that aggressive trade policies may shut them out of foreign markets.]
So where can Walker and Ryan take Trump for a photo-op that doesn't include Foxconn protesters, Harley-Davidson bikes, or tariff-afflicted family farms or breweries production lines with freshly-pricier aluminum cans?

Here's one person who doesn't have a clue. 
Gov. Walker says Wisconsin companies could be tariff-exempt

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gee, what does this mean when Scotty hops on his motorcycle in campaign mode?

No one should think that Walker will serve his full-term after re-election this fall. Depending on what is happening with the Trump administration, he will again criss-cross the country on his Harley proclaiming his is the best candidate for President because he has "a wife, 2 kids, and a Harley" just like he did in 2012.

Walker is carefully playing both-sides of the fence and is in a position to do it better than Paul Ryan who also may run in 2020. They will present themselves aas the adult in the room if/when the Trump administration falls apart.

It is good to see your earlier post today that the Democratic candidates for governor are playing nice together. THe party needs to unify to beat Walker. The party also needs turnouts like in 2008 and 2012 when Obama was on the top of the ticket. Right now, it appears doubtful that can happen as the front-runner has yet to show an ability to directly support multicultural and diverse stakeholders. This candidate cannot beat Walker without strong turnouts in Milwaukee, Madison, Beloit/Janesville, Racine/Kenosha, Eau Claire, and La Crosse.

I hope whoever wins the nomination immediately does some serious and meaningful outreach -- otherwise, Walker is a shoe-in for another term whether even when supporting Trump while hypocritically riding his Harley on the campaign trail.

This is a year Walker can be defeated, but who will step up to the plate with the credabitly to achieve what will need to be done?

Name recognition will not matter if we have turnout in Wisconsin's urban communities like had in 2010, recall, 2014, and 2016. I am not blaming those communities. I am just pointing out the need to do more outreach and bring voters into the process. I know I'm not the only one that see this, but I do believe it is a critical part of the dialog. Hoping for a "blue wave" will change nothing in Wisconsin.