|Foxconn razes Wisconsin as pols and communities |
go dark amid race for gov of corporate Wisconsin.
Madison, Wisconsin — "You are taking people's homes from them. You are snatching their heart out," a homeowner said, objecting to Foxconn stealing their home, land, and family refuge for the benefit of the Taiwanese super-predator (Lemoine, Fox6-Now-Milwaukee).
In Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Wisconsin, your home and safe water no longer come first because you are not a Republican-approved special interest. It's the way it is now.
Not that Democratic Party nominee for governor, Tony Evers, is any better.
Tony Evers' silence—as families' homes and sense of security are ravaged—is deafening. This is why I call the man, Tony Mush.
Watching Wisconsin Die
My first major series in journalism covered the 1989-1990 project by the Houston-based Enron Co. that would have ravaged homeowners and small farm-owners by running a large natural-gas pipeline through their land, without consultation or approval.
The reaction against Enron by the local and state political world here was swift, almost brutal.
The story was a crash course on Dane County.
I quickly learned what manner of stuff is to be found in people named Wild, Sayles, Solie, Chvala, Wineke, Bauer, Garvey, Klassy, Feingold, Kohl, Anderson, Tesch, and far too many 100s to list. The significance of community in tiny Belleville and Paoli, Wisconsin, became apparent.
All manner of political persuasions, wildly divergent in world views, and loads of legal and political talent, delivered a full-spectrum message to Enron: Don't f$%&^ with our homes and our land.
The people won. The massive pipeline route was scrapped and moved along a safe(r) rail corridor.
That was then.
Today, homes and dreams are not safe and secure. A united front against rampaging corporate power is for days gone by.
What counts is corporate power, and both major political parties are not worth a damn when it comes to protecting homes and small businesses.
What is worth a damn is the reporting of Ricardo Torres and the staff at the Racine Journal-Times, as the daily beefs up coverage of those assaulted by Foxconn.
Torres covers the pumpkin farmers, the homeowners and those with dreams—little people in Racine County—standing alone against corporate power and supine politicians.
Who stands with these people today? Communities, politicians?
I have no idea and neither do they.