May 10, 2011

MJS blames Obama for their boy's rail #fail

Governor-elect Walker and his team have told the company they want the train jobs to stay even if there is no train.
Journal Communications, Inc., which endorsed Scott Walker for governor of Wisconsin, is upset because the federal government passed over the State for grants to upgrade the Amtrak line between Milwaukee and Chicago. Walker, it may be recalled,* turned down $800M worth of new construction for a rail link from Milwaukee to Madison. His sharp negotiation skillz apparently led him to believe he could still have the Amtrak upgrade money, but it was not to be.

The money went to the feds' "strongest partners," the "reliable people." And those ain't among the Fitz Van Walker administration.

The JRN mandarins knew Scott Walker was spurning the MKE-MAD money when they blessed his candidacy. Why did it not further know that Scott Walker is about the worst negotiator in Christendom?

Walker is out of feet to shoot himself in. When will JRN admit it?

Face the facts. Walker blew it.

* Indeed, Walker will be eligible to be recalled from office in January.

9 comments:

Mike said...

Maybe Walker should have threatened to layoff Amtrak workers if he didn't get the money.

Anonymous said...

The Democrats need to present a plan to improve things rather then just say no. It was encouraging to read that the Unions are making positive plans for the future in last weekends paper.

John Foust said...

Anony, I'm sure if the Dems proposed a plan, the Reps would get right on it, and they'd work together to find the bipartisan support to make it happen.

I kid, I kid.

Mike said...

The ironic thing about Walker requesting the Hiawatha funding is that it's the "old technology" that the his talk radio friends complained about in turning people against high speed rail.

jhaas said...

Well hell, if "old technology" is so bad, then let's go for maglev. Yeah, you heard me, magnetic levitation, a bullet train capable of going near the speed of sound. Sure, the sound would be travelling through a small ocean followed by a layer of magma, but we don't need accuracy if we're on talk radio!

illusory tenant said...

If it moves as fast as Sykes's bullshit starts appearing at JSOnline, you can be at Union Station in ten minutes.

John Foust said...

There are many who not be happy until they can be assured that any proposed futuristic mass transportation system will deliver them closer to the door of their desired destination than their current vehicle. The pick-up stop should be closer than their own garage, too. It should be faster than their current vehicle and require less attention. And they'd like a cost reduction as well. And a pony to play with. And an ice cream cone while they're riding the pony while they're travelling.

illusory tenant said...

Does anybody ever mention what the population of the U.S., and in particular the population of the U.S. Midwest, is going to be in 40 years? I mean, apart from the system's proponents.

illusory tenant said...

By the way that reminds me of my favorite commercial. Are those kids adorable or what.