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Foul-mouthed Dem calls business advocate ‘whiney bitches’

MADISON — State Rep. Francesca Hong, the Madison Democrat who once publicly called the Wisconsin Tavern League the “C-Word,” is now training her obscenity-filled rants on Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

In response to WMC’s letter to Gov. Tony Evers warning that continuing expanded unemployment benefits will only worsen a serious worker shortage problem in Wisconsin, Hong accused the business advocate of “being whiney bitches.”

“THERE IS NO CREDIBILITY TO THESE CLAIMS THAT PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO SEARCH FOR WORK ON ENHANCED BENEFITS. PEOPLE WANT TO WORK(.) THEY DON’T WANT TO WORK FOR CORRUPT BUSINESSES THAT PAY POVERTY WAGES AND DON’T OFFER LONG TERM CAREER STABILITY,” the state representative tweeted in all caps because people who do are always taken more seriously, of course.

“WMC out here being whiney bitches,” she added.

 

Hong isn’t merely obnoxious. She’s wrong.

Average annual compensation for Wisconsin manufacturing workers is more than $73,000, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Wisconsin production employees were making $22 an hour on average as of March, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Certainly not “poverty wages.”

The problem, as WMC notes, is that extremely generous federal COVID relief unemployment benefits have proved a disincentive for some out-of-work Wisconsinites to re-enter the job market. An individual can receive $670 per week on unemployment with a $300 federal enhancement good through September. That breaks down to $16.75 per hour, well above the $15 an hour “liveable” minimum wage Dems have screamed about.

All of this as Wisconsin’s unemployment rate returns to pre-pandemic levels. In March, the latest data available, the jobless rate was 3.8 percent — a full 2.2 percentage points lower than the national average.

Evers acknowledged the state’s relatively healthy unemployment rate this week in noting that Wisconsin was losing $700 million in federal COVID relief funding because of its improved labor market.

“The good news is, it’s based on our unemployment rate, which frankly is strong and it’s been comparatively strong to other states,” the governor said.

Meanwhile, “help wanted” signs for jobs paying family-supporting wages are everywhere.

In its letter to Evers, WMC asserts the inability of employers to find workers has “reached a crisis level in Wisconsin.”

“If immediate action is not taken, there is a great likelihood that long-term and irreversible damage will be done to Wisconsin’s economy,” the WMC letter states.

But Hong dismisses it all. So do Democratic legislative leaders, apparently. Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) and Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason) did not return Empower Wisconsin’s request for comment.

Hong is a routine practitioner of the nasty tweet. In October, the Madison liberal who at the time was running to replace Madison Democrat Chris Taylor, took to Twitter to call the Tavern League of Wisconsin the “C-Word.”  The derogatory term used to disparage women, in that case, was used by a woman to insult the state lobbyist suing Gov. Tony Evers’ administration. The League was looking to stop Team Evers’ emergency order restricting capacity to 25 percent at public places. It succeeded. Evers’ power grab was checked.

“Please note that the corrupt, crooked, (C-Word) at the Tavern League do not represent the interests of all bars and restaurants,” Hong tweeted.

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4 thoughts on “Foul-mouthed Dem calls business advocate ‘whiney bitches’

  • This along with a state senator who recently referred to another state senator using the words: “his racist ass”. Was that on the state-provided senate Twitter account? Just shows the depth of these individuals.

  • “THERE IS NO CREDIBILITY TO THESE CLAIMS THAT PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO SEARCH FOR WORK ON ENHANCED BENEFITS. PEOPLE WANT TO WORK(.) THEY DON’T WANT TO WORK FOR CORRUPT BUSINESSES THAT PAY POVERTY WAGES AND DON’T OFFER LONG TERM CAREER STABILITY,” the state representative tweeted in all caps because people who do are always taken more seriously, of course.

    Says the person who has decided that there is much more money available in a corrupt local government position – the original “enhanced benefits”.

  • Calling your adversary exactly what you are comes right out of Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals”. Thanks Rep. Hong for proving who you are.

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