Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Campaign Promise Broken: Where's the Outpouring of Jobs, Scott Walker?

I’ve been meaning to write about, and follow-up on, Scott Walker’s recall election campaign promise that job creators were splitting at the seams waiting to hire people once they knew Walker had been reelected.

While getting ready to fill-in for Sly in the Morning and installing new carpeting in a house full of furniture, computers, and wiring, I ran across this perfect description at Rock Netroots. Here’s just a section of their commentary:
Just two weeks after the recall was over and the job creators favored and endorsed Scott Walker won the right to finish his term as governor, the WMC wasted no time to tamp down that one-month old campaign speculation of a jobs explosion. Sorry they basically said, it's not gonna happen anytime soon because there's a "workforce skills gap" in the state. That was just a minor inconvenience they forgot to tell us about in their jobs explosion campaign for re-election. Oh well, they never said anything about actually hiring anyone.

According to this article posted in the Janesville Gazette, they claimed it’ll be at least another year before the state will see any significant job growth. Now this week yet another article titled, Knowledge can help solve state’s workforce paradox continues with the skills gap excuse for no jobs. Notice the WMC and Walker enabler Gazette did not use the word “education” – now it’s "knowledge." Well, maybe because Scott Walker just cut $800 million a year from knowledge Doh!

 …ah, I mean education. You get the picture. It’s one excuse after another excuse after another and another. If excuses were jobs at the WMC, we’d be at full 100% employment.
Let's not forget the massive panicky ad campaign by business groups and the state to hedge Walker's promise of a jobs explosion.

1 comment:

Tess said...

Don't forget tomorrow the "actual" revised job numbers from the BLS comes out.
The claim that businesses are experiencing a skills shortage is just their way of getting their hands on job training funds. Since they aren't held accountable when they do get money to "train" potential employees, who wouldn't want that deal.