With the news that Foxconn plans to drop manufacturing at a plant that was supposed to hire thousands of workers, for which people lost their homes, and that was the centerpiece of Scott Walker’s corporate welfare and crony capitalism, Speaker Robin Vos blames…newly-elected Gov. Tony Evers.
Oh, brother: Vos must hope that Wisconsinites are stupid enough to believe that after a year of national economists’ criticism of the project as unworkable from the start (linking to one example of many), the failure of the effort rests on what happened at the ballot box since November.
No, and no again: economists of the left, center, and right all warned this was a bad deal, and doomed to fail.
Vos relies futilely on the prospect that Wisconsinites are too stupid or too ignorant to read serious publications outside the WISGOP media bubble. They aren’t like that; they’re knowledgeable. (Actually, Evers never opposed the program, and did not seek to end it, or even the WEDC: “But Evers did not pledge to stop the company’s plans and has since backed off his plan to eliminate the jobs agency [WEDC] after Republican lawmakers passed new laws curbing his authority over the agency.”)
Update, 1.31.19: In less than 24 hours, WISGOP Speaker Vos is completely refuted in his attempt to blame Foxconn debacle on Gov. Evers:
Mark Hogan, CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., said Evers never sought to re-negotiate any element of the Foxconn project.
“I have been involved with the Foxconn project from day one and there never have been any side deals and the contract stands on its own,” Hogan said Thursday. “In addition, there have been no attempts by either the company or the Evers’ or Walker administrations to renegotiate WEDC’s contract.”
He said Evers and his administration “have done a very good job of reaching out to company officials and developing a relationship that will protect our taxpayers’ interests and at the same time, give Foxconn the ability to be successful in Wisconsin.”
“All interactions to date with Governor Evers and his team have been constructive and we look forward to further discussions as we continue to invest in American talent and broaden the base of our investment within the State of Wisconsin,” the company [Foxconn] said.
By the way, look how weak Vos’s argument is: under his reasoning, Foxconn was never a sure thing, but in fact a politically-inspired and sustained program that could disappear after an election. Vos’s attack begs the conclusion that the whole program was politically contingent. He’s inviting a dispositive reply, but either is too slow to see that he is, or hopes others are too slow to make a reasonable riposte. Vos may be lacking, but most people are sharp and will see the weakness in his claim.
WISGOP Assembly Speaker Vos hopes that Wisconsinites are stupid, yet his dark hope is in vain. He presents a laughably weak argument, but national economists long ago saw through this project, Wisconsinites saw through its key backer in November, and both will be remembered only with deserved derision.
Previously: 10 Key Articles About Foxconn, Foxconn as Alchemy: Magic Multipliers, Foxconn Destroys Single-Family Homes, Foxconn Devours Tens of Millions from State’s Road Repair Budget, The Man Behind the Foxconn Project, A Sham News Story on Foxconn, Another Pig at the Trough, Even Foxconn’s Projections Show a Vulnerable (Replaceable) Workforce, Foxconn in Wisconsin: Not So High Tech After All, Foxconn’s Ambition is Automation, While Appeasing the Politically Ambitious, Foxconn’s Shabby Workplace Conditions, Foxconn’s Bait & Switch, Foxconn’s (Overwhelmingly) Low-Paying Jobs, The Next Guest Speaker, Trump, Ryan, and Walker Want to Seize Wisconsin Homes to Build Foxconn Plant, Foxconn Deal Melts Away, “Later This Year,” Foxconn’s Secret Deal with UW-Madison, Foxconn’s Predatory Reliance on Eminent Domain, Foxconn: Failure & Fraud, Foxconn Roundup: Desperately Ill Edition, Foxconn Roundup: Indiana Layoffs & Automation Everywhere, Foxconn Roundup: Outside Work and Local Land, Foxconn Couldn’t Even Meet Its Low First-Year Goal, and Foxconn Talks of Folding Wisconsin Manufacturing Plans.