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Who could have guessed that Foxconn wouldn't live up to their word!

 

So Foxconn will still get billions to not build a factory and hardly hire any workers. They'll then be pretty disappointed when they discover that they're not getting the cream of the crop for their "knowledge positions" out in rural Wisconsin.

 

I do feel bad for the locals. It's amazing how little input or knowledge they had of any of this. If you're curious, this podcast is a pretty damning look at the process from the local level. As a companion piece, Nilay Patel from The Verge (who grew up in the exact town in question) discusses it on their podcast. The big takeaway for me was that the people of Mount Pleasant weren't even told what was happening until the deal was done, even as news and rumors discussed it openly. It's all just as shady as you'd expect.

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On 1/30/2019 at 11:35 AM, TwinIon said:

 

Who could have guessed that Foxconn wouldn't live up to their word!

 

So Foxconn will still get billions to not build a factory and hardly hire any workers. They'll then be pretty disappointed when they discover that they're not getting the cream of the crop for their "knowledge positions" out in rural Wisconsin.

 

I do feel bad for the locals. It's amazing how little input or knowledge they had of any of this. If you're curious, this podcast is a pretty damning look at the process from the local level. As a companion piece, Nilay Patel from The Verge (who grew up in the exact town in question) discusses it on their podcast. The big takeaway for me was that the people of Mount Pleasant weren't even told what was happening until the deal was done, even as news and rumors discussed it openly. It's all just as shady as you'd expect.

 

 

I don't know if it's mentioned in the podcast, but the tragic thing here, on top of everything else, is that Americans fetishization of these manufacturing jobs is because of a somewhat antiquated idea that they were the middle class jobs that paid substantially more than service industries.

 

But that higher pay is not really an intrinsic quality of manufacturing jobs. It was largely because those jobs often had strong unions. So even if this factory is made, and those jobs are created(at a ridiculous subsidy per job) just how good they are will probably rely on what their union looks like. And, if I remember right, Walker did everything he could to gut Wisconsin unions.

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