I wish this was a post about Mary Burke’s stated positions on issues that matter to those of us in the 99%. You know: living wages, workers rights, fair taxation of corporations and the wealthy, an end to predatory student loan and mortgage lending, etc. But this is not that post. I wish it was, but it’s not.
Last week John ” Sly ” Sylvester reported on his radio show that 99.5% of Trek’s bicycles are made in either China or Taiwan. Yes, you read me correctly: 99.5% of them. You can listen to that particular segment from a podcast on Sly’s website titled ” Mary Burke Better For China “.
Apart from a two and half year stint as Jim Doyle’s commerce secretary, Trek Bicycles is the entirety of Mary Burke’s resume’. In her launch video she’s sitting in what appears to be a bicycle manufacturing shop, which I assumed was in Waterloo, WI, but maybe not? Maybe it’s Beijing?
Someone help me understand this. Did this 99.5% fact get overlooked in the vetting process? Was Progressives United aware of this when they made their endorsement of Burke?
This is beyond comprehension. I cannot understand how anyone could think Mary Burke can defeat Scott Walker in the governor’s race when the crown jewel of her relevant experience is with a family business that, reportedly, manufactures 99.5% of their product in China and Taiwan. I mean, at least Walker rides a Harley Davidson, for Chrissakes, which are mostly made in America. The attack ads practically write themselves. Walker on a Harley and Mary Burke photo-shopped onto a Rickshaw, maybe?
God help us all.