Daily Bread for 7.20.22: Michels Keeps His Money, Discards His Views

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 86. Sunrise is 5:35 AM and sunset 8:27 PM for 14h 51m 54s of daytime.  The moon is in its third quarter with 50.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1969, Apollo 11‘s crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon six and a half hours later.

Here at FREE WHITEWATER there is a category dedicated to the failure that was and remains the Foxconn project. Foxconn was and remains a national embarrassment. Trump and Walker pushed this sham, and Walker’s dutiful lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, supported it with the bubbly enthusiasm one would expect of her.

Now in a battle with Kleefisch for WISGOP gubernatorial nomination, Trump-endorsed candidate Tim Michels has decided to criticize Kleefisch for supporting Foxconn. Well, fine: Foxconn was a mistake. 

And yet, and yet — before Michels turned on Foxconn, and before he won the endorsement of the Foxconn-enticing Trump, Michels himself was making big money from the Foxconn project. Corrine Hess reports Governor candidate Tim Michels criticizes Foxconn deal after making millions on the project:

MOUNT PLEASANT – Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels says the deal Scott Walker struck to bring Foxconn to Wisconsin was a problem and is also criticizing the Evers administration’s renegotiation of the Foxconn contract.

Michels’ own company was named a subcontractor for the project in 2018 and it made millions of dollars building roads for the Foxconn project.

The wealthy business executive has also gotten the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, who proclaimed Foxconn’s Mount Pleasant complex would be the “eighth wonder of the world.”

“We had a problem with the initial Foxconn negotiation and then Tony Evers said he was going to renegotiate Foxconn made a big complete mess of it,” Michels said in an interview after a campaign rally Monday. 


When asked how much money the company was paid on the Foxconn contract, Michels said, “I don’t know the exact number. It’s certainly several hundred million dollars worth of work. I’d probably guess closer to a half of a billion dollars worth of work.” 

Oh, brother.

Michels needn’t talk about this — two simple photos would suffice:

(L-R: Michels corporate profit, Taxpayer outcome.) 

Tim and Rebecca deserve each other in the way that George and Martha of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe deserve each other.

 Apollo 11 Moonwalk Montage:

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