On April 20th I was listening to Wisconsin Public Radio (Governor Walker has not yet gotten around to scrambling both its signal and funding). WPR reported that the Governor was in Pulaski, WI awarding a potential $2,000,000 grant to Marquis Yachts, a luxury boat builder.
If the plant hires a minimum of 379 workers, it would fulfill the requirement and qualify to receive the maximum grant. After listening to that news blurb I thought: Good thing to hire workers who will make over $16 per hour. Wait a minute, this company makes YACHTS.
Googling "Marquis Yachts Prices" I soon learned that these playthings start around $600,000, and the really nice ones go for a little under $2,000,000, equaling the amount of the maximum grant. What a wacko world we live in. We are fighting unemployment by funding $16.00 an hour jobs to produce super gas guzzling toys for the super rich. What a perfect example of trickledown economics! Needless to say, this liberal was a bit frustrated.
Then I went to:
I learned this grant would not be used for building luxury yachts. Evidently, due to the soaring price of gas, or the release of Wii yachting simulations the demand for 72 foot yachts has somewhat diminished. No, this grant would be used for "small portable offices." Now, that sounded more reasonable. But as I read on, I was again thrown into a moral morass when I discovered the portable offices were to be used as portable recruiting stations for the National Guard. I have nothing against the National Guard. Until Bush's war in Iraq, the National Guard was mainly used to help victims during natural disasters and sometimes quell civilian unrest. Then I thought of the union protests in Madison. Nah, even Governor Walker couldn't be that conspiratorial. Could he?