Keep the train blame on the right track

OMG! If Governor-elect Scott Walker doesn’t keep the train it’s going to cost taxpayers $100 million! Bad Scott Walker.


Here’s a snapshot of yesterday’s front page from the MJS. A lot of us wonky types grab our news online, so the full impact was lost on us. (You can click to enlarge.)

Wouldn’t you have to agree by the size of this headline, the headline’s content, and the placement above the fold that the world is darn near coming to an end? (Goofy paper.)

Listen, there’s no such thing as free money, but it’s absolutely the case stopping the train will cost both taxpayers and jobs for the state. There’s no way around that. What I don’t see all those crack reporters admitting is that Doyle took us down these tracks knowing full well taxpayers didn’t want it. A job isn’t just a job as the left is begging you to concede. Wisconsin voted last week to support capitalism, not subsidized socialism. Government-paid jobs are not what I had in mind with my vote.

I don’t know why Doyle wanted this darn thing so badly. Maybe Santa didn’t bring him the train set he asked for as a kid, but I do know he’s to blame. Add that $100 million to Doyle’s list of failures. Don’t plan to attach it to Scott Walker.

P.S. Who bets we’re talking about this train six months from now? Get it over with already.


  1. It’s hard to keep track of what the real story is with all the dollars changing.

    Depends on who you believe.

    I’m in favor of the train. I’ve said that before.

    The new expense dollars cited by Scott Walker are without subsidy by the Feds on an annual basis. Story keeps changing.

    I will say that I think Doyle was a little underhanded in the manner in which he did but by the same token like I said before, I was pleased to see someone with balls charge forward with the project. Then he weenie’ed out and stopped it. Stupid.

    And Scott Walker? Well, Scott Walker is about Scott Walker – not good government. Wisconsin isn’t open for business. Scott Walker made his decision on the campaign trail. Now the Fed’s want to talk to him and present him with all the information to make an informed decision. Remember Cindy what it was like as alderman? As a citizen observer, the choices always seem so clear – but as an informed alderman the decisions are a little more difficult to make with a balance of all the information. Rather than try to cut a different deal on Fed tax subsidy he’s adamant against it. Comon.

    So I basically don’t agree with much of anything you wrote on this topic … except the very last part. … Get over it and move on.

    Oh wait .. I agree that the MJS is unfair and I think continues to do a rotten job.

  2. Whether you like him or not, Doyle is governor until the Weasel takes over in January. And I promise you Walker will do a lot of crap that the tax payers don’t want either, like squandering economic growth for the sake of grandstanding over .03% of the state budget.

    That would be like you throwing away your tickets for an around the world cruise because you didn’t want to pay for a stamp for a postcard. (Trying to make it travel related to help you relate better. 😉 )

  3. This issue will not play well into the Dem’s hands. Does Obama really want to have Wisconsin fork over $100 million to the Feds when Wisconsin will be a swing state for him in 2012? I don’t think that will go over well.

  4. Hunter-

    Ask that of Governor Christie who just got handed a bill for nearly $300 million because he aborted their rail system. Besides, Wisconsin doesn’t carry the electoral weight of a New York or an Illinois, where all the money and the jobs will be going to when Walker proves himself a failure before he even starts.

  5. Ooh. That’s an excellent point, Hunter.

  6. C’mon Cindy, at least give capper credit for his excellent counterpoint.

    Besides, how can anyone be certain Wisconsin will be a swing state in 2012? Doesn’t it depend greatly upon the political strength of his opponent? What if it happens to be Sarah Palin? Imagine a televised debate between the two. Would that make for great political theater, or what!

  7. Oh, and doesn’t it also depend on the strength of our economy? I’m not going to hold my breath, but if unemployment figures fall to acceptable levels two years from now folks may have a different view of Obama’s socialistic ways.

  8. Jonas Wilkerson says:

    I’m officially now on the no train bandwagon. Not because it will cost the taxpayers of Wisconsin too much money and will be unsustainable on it’s own, but because better technology to get from to and fro will be available soon.

  9. I’ve been told my broom is really very efficient, too. 😉

  10. how did this turn into an Obama re-election issue?

    gop better get going … so far, like the very last election, they don’t have a candidate … only 2 years left …. better find someone….

    (hint: palen isn’t it – unless… well.. unless you wanna go 2 elections in a row without a candidate)

    on a diff note .. .i bought the new bush autobiography and i’m looking forward to a rainy afternoon to read it this coming weekend…. i miss bush …. at least he didn’t stand in texas and hollar i can see mexico!

  11. Randy in Richmond says:


  12. Randy in Richmond says:

    I miss Bush too. Also he didn’t ask a man in a wheelchair to stand up, or in a speech state ‘jobs’ is a 3 letter word, talk about FDR being on TV in 1929, or give America 57 states.

  13. Guess who I see tomorrow?

  14. Are you hanging with Joe today? A Wisconsin ‘Brat, Beer and Cheese’ Summit? Spill!

  15. I miss the stand-up comedy.

  16. Randy in Richmond says:

    You don’t have to miss the standup. And I’ll admit Bush was not the greatest speaker to be President.

  17. No. I spent my early morning with a young woman starting to work for a committee of Thune’s and the later morning in a room with President George W. Bush.

    Bush was amazing. Sure glad I had the opportunity.

  18. no no no

    you can’t do that

    you tell us you spent some time in a private meeting room with Bush?

    you can be more descriptive than that – comon spill your guts… what was amazing? describe it all … secret service too… comon… spill it girl

  19. So. Your take. Is Thune the GOP ‘One’? And, yes, spill your brain on ‘W’ observations and the whole scene.

  20. Sadly, and I mean very, very sadly, I can’t tell you what he said. I will share two things: no security screening (score!) and after listening to him I like him more than ever.

    I’ll tell you I thought twice about even going because it seemed kind of creepy, but in the end it was pretty cool.

  21. my last blog aborted

  22. There wasn’t anything in the spam filter, so I’m not sure what happened, Dick. Sorry.

  23. groan … this was a meeting of national security? no leaks?

    I know something you don’t know but I can’t tell you?

    Why say anything then?

    I really don’t to know anything about campaign strategy – I was more interested in Bush the person.

  24. Bush the person was great. He was charming and human. His eyes sparkled. I would be more than happy to have him over for a couple of beers and some cards.

    Much of what he said is all in other interviews, so it’s not really news. He stands firmly by his conviction in the decisions regarding Iraq and Afghanistan. He is ok with the way TARP turned out since only half of that was spent and it’s all being paid back. (I think the law still allows Obama to spend it again, and that could be a problem.) The collapse was frightening because everyone upon whom he depended for this kind of decision was frightened. He argued he wouldn’t be much of a manager if he relied upon his best administrators when things were good but ignored their advice when it got tough.

    He’s comfortable with this place in history and confident that his decisions will prove out in the long run. He admitted to small goofs, like not making everyone extra work and landing after Katrina instead of flying over or letting some commander put a Mission Accomplished banner across his ship, but those were his burdens, and not anything that affected America.

    This statement was one clear distinction I made between Bush and Obama. Bush said he had a job to do, he did it, and he was secure in the support of his family and friends and didn’t need the daily approval polls to keep him going. It sounds like Obama is still obsessed with the idea that Americans should love him back. (I’ll dig around and find links if someone want them, but we did discuss it all here about a month ago.)

    If I had to use one word to describe the hour, it would be endearing. He was absolutely likable in a way that put everyone at ease.

    My biggest surprise? No, really, it was a surprise. He starting nailing some economic numbers and percentages with a bit of his own analysis (during a discussion of the national debt) that made me realize Mr. Bush has a brain. He was in a room full of number oriented professionals and never blinked. I didn’t realize he had that kind of skill.

  25. see?

    that was very insightful and interesting

    thank you for sharing

  26. John Foust says:

    I thought the train started with Thompson.

    So where’s the principal in taking the money and using it on roads?