Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Why is business suffering in Wisconsin?

The Journal Sentinel gets a clue:

Executives Richard Armbrust of The Oilgear Co., Jeff Joerres of Manpower Inc., Paul Purcell of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., John Shiely of Briggs & Stratton Corp. and Tim Sullivan of Bucyrus International Inc. engaged in an unusual session during a Public Policy Forum luncheon Thursday that was notable for its frankness.

Taxes are too high, they complained. Health care costs are out of control. The public school system is broken and doesn't align with the skills needed by employers. Business success isn't celebrated.

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Wisconsin and the Midwest is in a global fight for its economic life, and its business climate isn't competitive in fundamental ways. Armbrust's point was that other regions - other countries - are competing hard and understand the importance of economic development.

No shit, really? Get a clue Wisconsin, you can't have your cake and eat it too! Quit spending and taxing and maybe we might have some opportunities. All of the bullshit flying around Madison about helping poor people and the social welfare are only exacerbating poor economic conditions and both the politicians and the public are to blame.

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