Monday, August 28, 2006

Got jobs? Need money? Call Gov. Green

Congressman Mark Green knows how to create more jobs in Wisconsin. Just put him in charge. His position paper is heavy on government involvement to stimulate business and create jobs. After protecting our shores and delivering the mail, government's other job is to hand out taxpayer money to businesses.

And who better to hand it out than the governor himself? Some of Green's ideas:
"Putting the governor in charge of job creation..."

Replace the Department of Commerce with a public-private Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that will move at the speed of business. In order to attract businesses, the new WEDC will operate like and move at the speed of business. It will be led by a nonpartisan, 12-member Board of Directors, chaired by Governor Green, and a cabinet level CEO. The other members of the board will include industry leaders from all sectors and sizes of business, labor and the University of Wisconsin System. The WEDC will still be subject to Wisconsin’s open meetings and ethics laws.

Establish a JOB LINE that rings in the governor’s office. Mark Green will put a JOB LINE phone in the governor’s office so that anyone looking to create new jobs in Wisconsin will only need to know one number – Governor Green’s.
As Dave Diamond observes:
For a guy who's been running a campaign critical of the Governor's involvement in various business deals, Congressman Green sure wants to give the governor a whole lot of authority to conduct business deals. Irony overload.
That's right on point, at a time when Republicans are screaming bloody murder every time Gov. Jim Doyle's schedule shows he has even met with anybody doing business in Wisconsin.

UPDATE: The Doyle campaign says Green's main job creation experience is in sending jobs overseas.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger publius said...

So then, if it's alright for Doyle, then it should be alright for Green, and then you should like the plan, right?

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Dave Diamond said...

Publius, if the shoe were on the other foot, would you want Doyle single-handedly in charge of economic development, handing out millions of dollars and accountable to no one but a rubber-stamp board of political cronies?

Score another one for wingnuts having nothing to argue from but a bullshit equivalence argument.

And Bill, I'm going to take full credit for the whole "Congressman Green" thing you and the campaign have been doing lately.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

I think xoff is right about the hypocrisy here. It's front-page news if Doyle meets with representatives of a company seeking to do business in WI, but it's ok if Green apparently wants to install a direct line so that businesspeople can call him directly?

I have to say that seeing the phrase "Governor Green" in there gave me a chill . . .

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

DD, I think you do deserve credit for me saying Congressman. I had always called him Rep. Mark Green, but Congressman makes it more obvious that he is part of that disastrous rubber stamp majority.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Greater Wisconsin Committee has always called him Congressman in its commercials, though, and they began running in May.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Dave Diamond said...

I know, I'm just cultivating a persona of inflated self-importance, as any good blogger should. :)


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