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GOP Fighting to Kill Jobs, Keep Us Addicted to Oil


RoadblockRepublicansNational Public Radio reported last week on how newly-elected Republican governors are pledging to reject federal funding for high-speed rail. Rejecting rail doesn’t just mean more congested roads, more reliance on foreign oil, and more polluted air. It means that in Wisconsin, Gov.-elect Scott Walker may kill jobs in his own state:

Caught in the middle of the backlash are workers for companies such as Talgo, a manufacturer of high-speed trains that just opened a new  plant, bringing jobs to Milwaukee.

According to spokeswoman Nora Friend, Talgo will  have 40 employees by the end of November, and it plans to hire up to 125 positions. Friend says the company is now faced with telling its  workers they might be out of jobs when the trains they are making now are completed.

“If we don’t have any more orders, then as a business entity, we have no choice but to shut down the facility,” Friend says.

The story also highlights the DC media’s nonsensical coverage of the national jobs picture. All you hear from pundits is that Obama isn’t doing enough to create jobs. But in this & other instances, Republicans are proactively working to block President Obama & Democrats in Congress from creating jobs.

UPDATE: Matt Yglesias wonders if the White House has a plan if the GOP resorts to all-out deliberate economic sabotage.

  • Teddy Goodson

    loudly that high speed rail is a waste of money; it will not take many cars off the road, and costs too much; no entrepreneur would ever build a high speed rail because “the market” would not provide him with a profit; the United States is different from Europe (or Japan, or China) and we don’t need high speed rail; it’s another boondoggle for bigger government, and so on and on and on. That’s their justification. The h**l with jobs, the h**l with a vision of the future which can see that, once in place, high speed rail will generate new uses presently un-thought-of.

    Republicans are like those American businessmen, who, when told the Japanese had created a way to photocopy documents and send them over telephone wires, said, “who would ever want to do that?” and therefore missed out on the FAX revolution. Why in the mid-1800’s, did the federal government heavily subsidize railroaad companies to build long distance railroads across a vacant continent through hostile Indian territory? There wasn’t anyone there to use it, how could it ever make a “market” profit?  

  • hereinva

    The never ending paving of roads: widening, adding, repairing,

    patching etc. is BIG $$$ ..Koch Industries’ riches are paved with asphalt..they even have a company called Koch Pavement Solutions.

    Traffic congestion (and air quality) along the I-95 corridor in VA is only going to get worst ..especially looking at the population projections for counties S. of Prince William County. There is only 1 train rail line serving No VA (VRE) and that is already at capacity. 20 years ago folks , suggested light rail down I-95 and were of course laughed out of the public meetings..”there is no demand and its too expensive”.

    The U.S. offers up high speed rail innovation but lacks in the domestic implementation of its technology. Early MAGLEV technology was patented in the U.S. in the late 60’s ..and is successfully used in Japan, U.K. and China.


  • This is such a ridiculous title…”GOP wants to destroy jobs…”

    A policy difference does not mean that the GOP wants to blow up the job market.  Mark Warner was right, the far left is just as bad as the far right.  No one wants to destroy the economy, stop the character assassinations.