Once again, Governor Walker courageously sits back and asks others to do his heavy lifting.
As hopes faded Wednesday for a $1.5 billion northern Wisconsin iron mine and its 700 jobs, the finger pointing began.When it comes to tough issues, Scott Walker is the Republican Barack Obama. "Hey, you guys do all the hard work, and when you've got an answer, I'm going to stand at this podium and pretend I did something to make it all happen."
Republicans blamed Democrats. And Democrats blamed Republicans. Just about everybody seemed to be blaming somebody else after the mine company, Gogebic Taconite, announced late Tuesday that it will shut down its operation in the state because of the Legislature's failure earlier in the day to pass a bill to make mine permitting easier.
Most seemed doubtful that the legislation could be resuscitated before the Legislature ends its session next week. But some also seemed reluctant to completely let go of the possibility.
In a statement released Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker left open the door to more negotiations but seemed to place the burden for initiating those talks on the Democrats and on state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, the lone Republican who voted against the GOP-authored mining legislation.
"While it seems like a long shot," Walker said, "there is still time for those who opposed mining reform to change their mind. We are still hopeful that in the future we can provide certainty to the mine permitting process so we can get more Wisconsinites back to work."