Here is how the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “xenophobe:”
one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin.
Merriam-Webster may want to consider including the Democratic Party of Wisconsin logo with that definition. In response to Governor Scott Walker’s Monday signing of the Foxconn incentive package, a quartet of democratic legislative leadership issued a news release criticizing the deal. It appears the group didn’t want anyone to miss the fact that Foxconn is a “foreign corporation.” the phrase is used seven times in the release:
- giveaway to a foreign corporation (par. 1)
- $3 billion in cash payments to a foreign corporation (par. 2)
- special loopholes for a foreign corporation (par. 2)
- second fiddle to a foreign corporation (par. 3)
- Giving $3 billion to a foreign corporation (par.4)
- a foreign corporation ties the hands (par. 5)
- offered to a foreign corporation (par. 6)
That’s one mention for each paragraph with a bonus second mention in paragraph two. You can read the release here: Senate Dem Leadership release – Statement on Foxconn Signing 9.18.17
Meanwhile, the liberal group One Wisconsin Now joined in on the fear of foreigners fest. While OWN’s statement includes a mere three uses of the word “foreign,” they also exhibit a fear of people from a strange and mysterious land to Wisconsin’s south:
There is nothing in the proposal that guarantees that workers in the new plant come from Wisconsin, meaning taxpayers will be subsidizing jobs for workers from Illinois and other states.
Of course, it’s entirely possible and indeed likely that out of state residents would relocate to Wisconsin to take Foxconn jobs; especially if they come from a state that doesn’t border Wisconsin. While an influx of residents to Wisconsin is and of itself a good thing, there is evidence that the Foxconn development will benefit the entire state. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that business leaders upstate, including the La Crosse and Wausau areas expect the ripple effect of Foxconn on the state economy to benefit residents in their region.
Perhaps Wisconsin Democrats will next take aim at restaurants that serve French wine and Russian caviar.
The left has used the “foreign corporation” “Taiwanese company” and “Chinese economics” narratives to argue against the state doing business with Foxconn. Democrats have argued the deal is a bad one for the state. But they also plan on running against Governor Scott Walker’s jobs record in 2018, which gives them an ulterior motive to oppose Foxconn.
Walker signed the $3 billion incentive package into law a Gateway Technical College in Racine County Monday, where the $10 billion Foxconn facility is expected to be located.