I am not sure where the best place to put this is. I wish I had the skills to create a proper pitting, but I don’t, so this seemed right.
Dear Governor Walker,
I know you were voted in because you promised more jobs but it seems that there are only certain jobs that count. First you decided that any jobs generated by high speed rail were not worth having. By refusing the federal high speed rail money, Talgo Trains, a multi-national company that moved into one of the poorest parts of the poorest city in the state on the promise of those trains may leave. Apparently the 30 jobs held by the current employees along with projected 125 jobs by the end of the year and 500 later on don’t count. Neither do the hundreds of jobs that would be created upgrading the rail lines. The western part of the state near Minneapolis is screaming because they were counting on the economic development that would have been created because of the greater mobility between Madison and Minneapolis. So, high paying manufacturing jobs and supporting small businesses in the western part of the state don’t count. Got it!
How about the 950 jobs in the state associated with building Wind turbines. Nope. those don’t seem to count either, among the first things you did in office was to pass legislation that could effectively kill those jobs by requiring that all wind turbines be at least 1800 feet from the edge of the property lines. This under the auspices of property protection, but the setbacks had been negotiated and agreed upon by the interested parties long ago.
It isn’t actually a big surprise that you aren’t particularly fond of people holding government jobs, but I didn’t think you would declare war on them. Maybe it’s the negotiating part that causes the problem. It’s been a long time since there has been such a blatant attempt at union busting. As part of a theoretical attempt to balance the budget you have put forth legislation that will strip all bargaining power from the unions. While it might arguably fair for teachers and state workers to pay more for their health care, what does the protections the union offers against unfair firing or poor working conditions have to do with the budget? Will any savings survive the cost of the judicial process?
What jobs are acceptable? I know you haven’t been in office very long but you have managed to blow off hundreds of jobs, where are these new jobs? Maybe there are some out of state companies that won’t mind moving here and will be ok with the promises that brought them here being broken. Maybe those big old “open for business” signs you put up at our boarders will bring in the 250,000 jobs you say you can get us. Maybe, there are even some companies that will come here because your planned destruction of the university system and finishing blows to the already struggling largest school district in the state will provide such stellar future employees. Yup, I can see it.
Finally, understand that power always shifts. Your party will not always be in power. You have probably already alienated that 7% margin. You may currently have a majority in both houses, it was not that way a few weeks ago, and believe me, if things continue, you will cost some of the Republican legislature their jobs, and I bet those ones are the jobs you count as being important.