A jobs announcement that
- Melissa Bean,
- Bill Foster,
- Pat Quinn and
- Alexi Giannoulias
500 good paying new jobs.
Caterpillar makes excavators in Aurora.
In a liberal Democrat’s Congressional district.
So where in Illinois did Caterpillar, headquartered in Peoria, decide to build a new plant to build more excavators?
Nowhere in Illinois.
They decided on Victoria, Texas.
How much money was given to Caterpillar to incentivize them to locate those jobs in Victoria?
None of the above.
It was a $1.18 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund. Yes, for a measly 1million dollars, 500 good paying new jobs went to Texas.
Democrats from Foster, Bean, Giannoulias to Quinn can chalk this up to as a failure to get 500 new good paying jobs to anywhere around here and anywhere in Illinois.
Illinois Democrats seem to take voters for granted where they don’t have to work to bring good jobs to Illinois.
With new capacity in Texas, once the facility is up and running, you can bet over time, jobs will be shifted more to Texas and less in Aurora.
The prior week Caterpillar announced a plant expansion in North Carolina and 325 new jobs to build skid loaders.
Expanding in North Carolina, but not Illinois.
Not in a liberal Democrat Bill Foster’s district. By voting for Obamacare, he cost Caterpillar a huge earnings hit.
Illinois Democrats like Foster, Bean, Giannoulias and Quinn all favor and support aggressive tax raising policies and aggressive unionism. Something Caterpillar is obviously saying they don’t need more of.
Foster wouldn’t help Cat and voted for changes in tax law that punished Caterpillar and pushed huge costs onto Cat. You can bet Cat couldn’t care what Foster had to say if he even bothered to be involved with this new jobs decision.
Groundbreaking for the 600,000 sq. ft. plant will be in September according to Texas Governor Perry’s press release.
Texas Governor Perry is a Republican. So Illinois Democrats lost 500 new good paying jobs to a Republican politician for a measly $1 million.
It appears Democrats in Illinois don’t have a job creation strategy.
Maybe that’s why the Illinois Chamber of Commerce endorsed Republican Bill Brady for governor.
Losing these new jobs is an enormous failure of first-term Democratic Party Congressman Bill Foster, as Aurora is in his district.
It shows how out of touch he is with a huge employer in his area.
It may become the largest local issue in the Congressional campaign.
One that Randy Hultgren can point to as an obvious new jobs failure when campaigning against liberal Democrat Foster.
It’s pretty easy for people to conclude Foster is inept at this jobs and economy stuff.
How could a Republican do worse?
Losing 500 new jobs that could have been in Illinois, McHenry County or in Aurora to Texas is Rod Blagojevich-like incompetence as a politician.
Perhaps Republicans can rally working Democrat voters to select the Republicans.