Rare Agreement: Obama, Romney, Ryan All Endorse Retraining for Jobless—But Are They Right?
After GM shut its venerable assembly plant in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, WI, throngs of laid-off workers got blue-ribbon retraining. The Big Surprise: Data shows they’re doing less well, so far, than those who didn’t go back to school.
In February 2008, six days before he would win the Wisconsin presidential primary, Barack Obama traveled to a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wis., for a major economic address. Janesville is a community of 63,000 on a bend in the Rock River near the Illinois line, three-fourths of the way up Interstate 90 from Chicago to Madison. On the sides of downtown buildings, pastel murals by area artists show scenes from the city’s past, hinting at its muscular civic spirit and outsized role in U.S. industry. “History. Vision. Sweat.” is lettered across one mural’s b