Dear Editor: It is not hard to understand why Foxconn brings controversy. This unprecedented deal has the potential to bring great wealth to our state. Foxconn has taken an astute opportunity to also distribute worldwide for the ginseng industry, which largely is based in Marathon County. This is likely what Foxconn cares about most, not jobs in Wisconsin. Who is this good for in Wisconsin? The wealthy, top 1 percent have the most to gain. Many of the ginseng farmers in Wisconsin are already millionaires since Canada's government stopped subsidizing its own ginseng farmers a few years ago. The worldwide market shifted toward Wisconsin due to several Wisconsin ginseng leaders’ work at a critical moment internationally.
Of course, initially there will be new Foxconn jobs, but automation technology is exploding. I doubt it will take more than 5-10 years for Foxconn to bring in automation instead of the potential 9,000 additional jobs advertised.
If Gov. Scott Walker and President Donald Trump celebrate by giving this company $3 billion of Wisconsin tax dollars, I would make sure they cannot benefit financially through campaign donations from anyone who has an association with Foxconn.
Trump is all about getting the top 1 percent richer. The wealthy getting wealthier cannot be sustained nationally. This tax giveaway will hurt the average Wisconsinite's prospects for economic upward mobility. It’s a bad long-term investment, just like Trump.
Wisconsinites also need to know that ginseng takes so many nutrients from the ground that it cannot grow well more than once in any spot. Expect ginseng-virgin farmlands to be offered top dollar to rent for a short-term gain.
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