To Hell with jobs
March 8, 2012
That stark headline is the honest version of what the State Senate said Tuesday to thousands of people in northern Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area who were hoping for a better life through a revitalized mining industry.
To be precise, it’s what so-called Republican Dale Schultz and all 16 Senate Democrats said to a state that needs more jobs, economic activity and state and local tax revenues. Not this time.
We’d intended to write something about how time was short but there might be a slim chance to persuade one Democrat to do something decent and put jobs ahead of partisanship. We won’t waste our time with that Pollyanna vision of Wisconsin politics, and neither will the mining company who pulled up stakes last night saying “we get it, we’re not welcome here.”
We can still hope that jobless Wisconsin residents who have been voting for Democrats might benefit, at recall time and in November, from reminding themselves what Democrats did to them Tuesday.
As for the daily insult of Schultz with an “R” after his name, don’t bet on that lasting much longer. He is and always has been playing his own game. It boils down to fishing for compliments and labels like “reasonable” or “responsible,” in media reports written by people who hate his current party and almost anything that involves putting a shovel in the ground. Wisconsin’s unparalleled king of panderers has lately taken to praising ex-Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who’s sold out to the teacher unions in her bid to unseat Governor Walker.
For those who relish irony, a Schultz defection would be almost certain to net a couple of editorials calling him “principled.” That’s a temptation he probably couldn’t resist.