Gov.-elect Scott Walker's administration has lofty goals, even as it faces a huge budget deficit. Manufacturers have been laying off workers, but Walker has pledged to produce many jobs. Wisconsin is "Open for Business!"

Then why refuse the $810 million high-speed rail grant? Why sack the 4,000 workers who would be employed constructing the project? Why alienate contractors, engineers and train manufacturer Talgo, newly located in Milwaukee? Why summarily dismiss the entire initiative that would benefit Wisconsin and advance Walker's stated goals?

Maybe Walker's principles come first. A primary principle of Republicans has been to say "absolutely not" to anything Democratic. The rail money is tainted by the Obama administration, therefore he does not want it.

Walker believes we'll get better jobs after we rewrite the tax codes. New businesses will move in, become profitable and then hire people. 

Walker should listen to the voices of reason from state citizens and business interests and find a way to soften his defiant rejection of the rail project. 

- Kevin O'Brien, Madison

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