"We know what needs to be done to try to get out of a deep hole. First you have to start digging." — Ron JohnsonJust the other day, governor-elect Scott Walker made overtures to the Spanish rail manufacturer Talgo, which has set up shop in Milwaukee, urging them to remain here despite Walker's opposition to the proposed high speed line connecting Milwaukee and Madison.
The idea is that Talgo would receive contracts to manufacture the train sets running between Wisconsin's two largest cities. In the meantime, Talgo has orders from the Oregon Department of Transportation for two trains running between Portland and Eugene.
That line is likewise part of the federal government's High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program. The Wisconsin governor-elect's latest bold move is to urge Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to scrap the national high speed rail program in its entirety.
That is, according to Walker's proposal, the trains Talgo is building for Oregon would be canceled as well. Last week Scott Walker was massaging Talgo, but this morning he wants to cut its sales in half.
Scott Walker campaigned on promises to deep-six the train, and to "create" 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Walker hasn't even assumed office yet, and he's already a few thousand of those jobs in the hole.