Just today, the train maker Talgo made a decree to the City of Milwaukee that it is pulling out of the area where the High Speed Trains were made. Not only that, there are two trains that are in the shed at the site, that will be likely used in another state like Michigan for a future route. This however is a big blow and a likely lasting blow to the city and also the state. Plus also, this is a direct result of wrong doing making decision by Scott Walker, the Republicans and it’s supporters. For that I write this blog letter.
Dear Talgo of America:
It’s me, Stephen. I am a black blogger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
First, on behalf of every Wisconsinite that has backed you in this support of trying to get this deal done with High Speed Rail: I AM SORRY!
I am deeply sorry for this. And I condemn those who were against.
This is our fault for not backing this up fully. And I don’t know how this would get this over in terms of our valor. First, I fault our so-called Wisconsin values. I fault that in addition with our polarized politics mainly with Scott Walker, the Republicans of the state, and mostly with those who jumped aboard the bandwagon of spoiled selfish politics that could been better in terms of helping the Wisconsin folks of our unemployment woes. Our black unemployment population is still at around 50% and the area near 27th and Townsend once housed your company was a good idea. And in history, it had GREAT PRODUCTIVE JOBS! A.O. Smith was a great company. And I don’t care what some so-called citizen thought it could have been. But it was a unfinished opportunity due to the ignorance and stupidity of this state! The deal was to me was perfect. And it should have been thought of the future of Infrastructure of Transportation to go where the jobs are. Milwaukee and Madison should have been linked up with Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Plus also Detroit. I can’t fault the other cites or states. But the real fault is in Scott Walker’s hands and he knows it. And after all of that being signed a done deal by former Gov. Jim Doyle.
Back in 2012, I visited the area for the trains during your open house and yes, it was a good to see the trains up close. Modern technology in all. And I kept wondering, why would Wisconsin would give THIS UP?! Seriously?!!
Now this announcement of you leaving the City is disappointing. And most of us know it’s our fault. As a native of the state, I too take the blame. However, for those who were opposed to the project, probably got their wish that it’s a boondoggle and it’s another way of run away government spending. They claim that no one will ride it and it’s too expensive. The same folks in my opinion that said that, are just bigoted fools that don’t want folks like me roll through their part of the state based on my skin color. And other minorities too. What I mean by that is, there are those in Wisconsin that things “segregated”. Even though also this is a black eye in our state, and a black eye in the vision of President Barack Obama. Why I am putting the President in this? It was part of his idea of putting folks to work with the shovel ready jobs. Don’t believe me? one of our radio stations, 860AM WNOV talks about this all the time. And the question will restart yet again, how and will this create jobs? And the obvious, where are the jobs that I can get to without a car in the state?
Not everyone in Wisconsin doesn’t have a vehicle, citizens! Tell that to the Governor and Republicans of the state!
Oh, and about Super Steel? They need to get with the 21st Century style stuff. Just saying.
And the lamest comments: “Sorry about the jobs, and bye bye choo-choo train!” Really lame along with Walker’s imaginary 250,000 jobs that he pointed to be objective in his first run. But now, he is not fully committed with that notion. Right now, the jobs report in Wisconsin is still low! And also who wants to come to Wisconsin and put jobs in the Century City District, in the city of Milwaukee and mostly in the areas in Milwaukee THAT FOLKS CAN BE SUPPORTED in the area? Not Waukesha, Not anywhere else where the white flight happens to go. Just in the area where it’s needed. If the so-called Wisconsinites who talked smacked about the train jobs, then why didn’t they supported the workers of Talgo by staying and working with them? And I met the workers two years ago. Ignorance is bliss when you know it.
We already know that the state will be jacked up with later fees, taxes and losses. Plus your on- going lawsuit against the state is still intact. I say do it. You have every right to do so. And I’m saying this as a resident.
If this is one of those “Teachable Moments” to learn from, it is. But the state of the Badgers will be suffering from it the most.
P.S. – And as far as the Milwaukee Streetcar is concerned: don’t let that go!