Will Wisconsin get Toyota, too?

In one way, Donald Trump reminds me of Tommy Thompson. More, anon.

Now comes word that, as the Wall Street Journal reports: “Toyota gets on Trump’s good side with $1.6 Billion U.S. factory.” Partnering with Mazda to build a $1.6 billion assembly plant in the United States that will create as many as 4,000 jobs. To open in four years but where? They didn’t say.

Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, and President Trump — man your battle stations! Next stop, Janesville?

Hizzonerdamare Paul Soglin jumped in front of the cameras and jumped onto the Foxcomm bandwagon, Thursday. (Platinum subscribers to this blog get two transitive action verbs in the same sentence!)

As Brother James Wigderson notes at RightWisconsin:

Mayor Paul Soglin, a possible candidate for governor, is walking the tightrope on the Foxconn development. On the one hand, Soglin is making it clear he’s opposed to the deal by calling it “over the top.”

In that, Soglin is on the same bandwidth as his Democrats in wishing that the economic incentives dangled in front of the Taiwan-based maker of interactive computer screens would be spent instead on public schools, troubled neighborhood community centers, and midnight basketball.

But Hizzonerdamare wants the best of both worlds. If you’re only considering Wisconsin because of the state largesse (largely infrastructure and tax forgiveness) please consider MadTown. We got a vacant meat packing plant you may be interested in.

Fat chance. Yes, Kenosha/Racine is being considered for its proximity to Chicago, electricity and water. But we’ve got that, too. But Kenosha/Racine is also Paul Ryan’s district; a Republican district. You think the most liberal city in the state, located in the leader of the Progressive Caucus’s congressional district is going to be awarded this plum? No chance.

A jobs president?

The U.S. has added more than a million jobs since President Trump took office.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, matching a 16-year low. Economists are calling it virtual full employment. By closing above 22,000 on Wednesday, the Dow has notched its sixth straight record and 49th since Trump was elected.

Americans were willing to forgive Bubba Clinton his sexual predations because the nation’s economy was bubbling. Might it be the same with The Donald?

What other president has so celebrated job creation? It started with the Carrier plant in Indiana. Coal miners in the Oval Office. Trump goes to Kenosha, stands with the workers at Snap-on against a backdrop of an American flag fashioned from the company’s hand tools. Then the Foxconn rollout at the White House.

Trump gets the jawboning aspect of his office, if nothing else.

That’s why Trump reminds me of Tommy Thompson — minus Tommy’s good manners and generous disposition.

That must be why Tommy T. was an early supporter of The Donald — without the good manners and generous disposition.

Both execs get positively giddy when they are able to announce Job Creation!

Your Humble Squire was staffing the governor’s appearance at a Fox Valley paper mill expansion when the chief exec turned to Tommy and apologized that he could not keep his promise to created the announced number of new jobs.

Tommy’s face dropped into his tie.

The exec continued, “Sorry, but we’re created one hundred MORE jobs than that!”

Thompson leaped out of his chair and fairly hugged the exec. And Wisconsin prospered.


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18 Responses to Will Wisconsin get Toyota, too?

  1. old baldy says:

    Better no brag about Carrier, looks like all the hoopla was for naught..


  2. madisonexpat says:

    Seriously, how can every American of good faith not love this? Everyone entering the workforce in the last 8-9 years has never experienced a growth economy. You will love it.
    I remember the Reagan economy after suffering thru the Carter malaise period. Night and day.


  3. old baldy says:

    “Everyone entering the workforce in the last 8-9 years has never experienced a growth economy”.

    Absolutely false, little fella. 75+ months of economic growth.


  4. madisonexpat says:

    Our naked emperor put 9000B on our credit card and all we got was a huge, incompetent and often corrupt bureaucracy and about 1.5% growth. But for 20 or so quarters we were “poised for growth” that never happened beyond a pitiful level.


  5. old baldy says:

    So reality has no meaning to you, eh splat?? Alternative facts add nothing to the discourse.


  6. madisonexpat says:

    Ia spending 9,000 billion dollars in deficit during one president’s administration a fact or not?


  7. old baldy says:


    You are changing the subject. How about your claim, “Everyone entering the workforce in the last 8-9 years has never experienced a growth economy” ?? Unless you have some type of new math to apply to reality, your claim is false. Man-up, eh ?


    • David Blaska says:

      Your statistics, Baldy, are damning, given that the minuscule increases in the Obama years represent an historically anemic increase from a Deep Economic Recession.


      • old baldy says:

        GDP +3% or greater every year 2009-2016 except 2009 (+.11%). Try getting that at your credit union savings account. Splats claim is absolutely,100% false. Facts sure are confusing to you guys..


  8. AnonyBob says:

    Good luck, Baldy. Splat, in particular, will never acknowledge anything positive from our first black President. I’ve tried, but he’ll never see it, no matter how clearly in front of his eyes it is.


  9. madisonexpat says:

    YOU man up and answer the question. Did Obama add 9,000 billion dollars to the national debt?
    Yes or no Captain Fact?


  10. old baldy says:


    According to ‘the balance.com” and “crfb.org”, the answer is a resounding “NO”. Balance says the increase was $7.9 trillion, and increase of 68% compared to GWB with an increase of $5.9 trillion, and increase of 101%. CRFB says the Obama increase was $7.7 trillion. Yer oh for two, buddy.


  11. madisonexpat says:

    When I read thebalance.com it says,
    “Method 1. Debt Added Since Obama Took Office
    The largest number comes from calculating how much the debt increased during Obama’s two terms. On January 20, 2009, when he was sworn in, the debt was $10.626 trillion. On January 20, 2017, it was $19.947 trillion. That’s why most people say Obama added $9 trillion to the debt, more than any other president.”
    Ball is in your court Captain Factual.

    ABob, what do you think of this Obama legacy, besides the fact (to you) that it makes me a racist for noticing?


  12. old baldy says:

    Read the part where it says the $$ attributed to GWB last budget don’t count. Now you are 0-3.


  13. madisonexpat says:

    OK. Now put President Trump’s first year deficit on Obama’s tab and now, again its 9 thousand billion again for Obama.
    Game, set, match.
    I’ll wait to see where you move the goal posts next.


  14. old baldy says:

    “Barack Obama – The national debt grew the most dollar-wise during President Obama’s two terms. He added $7.917 trillion, a 68 percent increase, in seven years. This was the fifth-largest increase percentage-wise. Obama’s budgets included the economic stimulus package. It added $787 billion by cutting taxes, extending unemployment benefits, and funding public works projects. The Obama tax cuts added $858 billion to the debt in two years.” The Balance.com

    Looks like you are 0-4. That won’t get you in the big leagues.


  15. First things first. Mayor Soglin needs to learn how to reply to emails, how to treat customers, how to lead a city, how to be a team player and manage a budget. He’s thinking again, wishful thinking.


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