Friday, November 06, 2009

Paul Ryan May Be Beloved Of Corporate Fatcats But He Doesn't Lift A Finger For Ordinary Wisconsin Working Families


Paul Ryan, an ambitious Republican from southeast Wisconsin is a darling of the corporate wing of the GOP. He gets more in thinly-veiled corporate bribes from Big Business than the rest of the Wisconsin congressional delegation combined. And he's been getting a well-deserved reputation as a congressman who can always be counted on to sell out his own constituents-- especially when it comes to jobs-- at the behest of his corporate donors. WI-01 keeps losing jobs while Ryan skips from Fox TV show to Fox TV show to promote hollow Republican talking points. A friend of mine in Lauderdale Lakes made me aware of Ryan's latest boondoggle. He starts with a question many people in Wisconsin are asking:

Representative Ryan, What Are You Doing To Save Jobs In Your District?

-by Dave Sherbula

Harley-Davidson is shutting down the Buell motorcycle plant in East Troy, WI-- down the road from me-- in the next week or so. It was founded by Erik Buell and he makes the best motorcycles manufactured in the USA. He uses Harley motors, and Harley bought the company. Harley is now shutting it down with the loss of about one hundred eighty jobs. People who love motorcycles are outraged because Harley will not sell the brand to anyone who wants to keep it going. They are insisting on shutting it down. You can hear the emotional, moving farewell by founder Erik Buell on the video below.

This is Paul Ryan's district and it was like Janesville all over again-- Janesville being his own hometown where no one noticed him making any serious attempt to save the GM SUV plant earlier this year. That plant closure cost Janesville about 2,000 jobs. We all saw Senator Russ Feingold, another Janesville native, and Governor Jim Doyle go to bat for the plant.

Fiat Chrysler announced it was going forward with closing the last remnant of the old American Motors plant in Kenosha, WI that builds Jeep motors, costing another 900 or so jobs.

We are bleeding jobs in WI-01. What do you plan to do about it, Representative Ryan? Tax cuts and smaller government would not have saved these jobs. You were elected to represent all the constituents in our district-- not just the wealthy ones. Where are your ideas to put the thousands of people to work in our district who are now unemployed? How are you going to help lead the effort to replace these well paying manufacturing jobs?

What have you done?

It's time to stop Paul Ryan by electing health care reform advocate Paulette Garin. Can you help?

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At 1:26 PM, Blogger Thane Eichenauer said...

A luxury motorcycle company is shut down in the midst of a economic slow down. I certainly wouldn't lift a finger or spend one dollar to keep a company that makes expensive motorcycles in business.

The US government is spending too much and needs to cut back. Excessive government spending caused this slow down.

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are right. We need to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. How much more wasteful can you get.

And how about how GW allowed us to get screwed by OPEC! Talk about crushing our economy!

Let's end Sovereign Immunity and confiscate the ill gotten gains by OPEC. Just like we do with the drug cartels.....

P.S. Your job could be outsourced to India like so many ATT jobs were.

FYI Snark...

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Thane Eichenauer said...

It is futile to dream of confiscating money from OPEC. Removing the US Army from the business of providing overseas oil security is the solution to ending ill earned money.

There isn't a job in America that isn't at risk from the taxes needed to pay for the continued occupation of Iraq.


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