The secrecy and vagueness are frustrating to critics. How do you
prove that Foxconn won’t build an enormous LCD factory during an
industry glut or create a research campus larger than MIT in rural
Wisconsin other than by pointing out that experts — and even,
occasionally, Foxconn executives — say it makes no sense?
State House Minority Leader Gordon Hintz recently appointed
himself to the board of WEDC, and Foxconn’s continued promises of
13,000 jobs make him palpably furious. Speaking in slow, measured
tones in his Madison office as he packed for a trip, he said the
state needs to “right-size” the project to something realistic,
likely a few hundred research jobs, and that Foxconn needs to be
honest about its plans. “For something that had a 25-year payback,
building a factory because the president wants you to for reasons
that have nothing to do with market viability is insane.”
Hintz believes Foxconn is trying to slow-walk the project until
2020, continuing to use it to win Trump’s goodwill in the trade
war and waiting to see who’s elected.
Foxconn scammed Republican officials, pure and simple — local, state, and federal. The LCD factory that President Trump declared “the eighth wonder of the world” still doesn’t exist and likely never will. It’s a scam Foxconn has played around the globe.