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.