jsonline-Craig Gilbert: Asked Thursday about new numbers showing Wisconsin lagging in job growth, Gov. Scott Walker pointed to the uncertainty he said business owners felt because of the political tumult that rocked Wisconsin early in his term. A lot of employers here I think can relate to the fact (that) uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for employers big or small or anywhere in between. There was a lot of uncertainty.Scott Walker seems to think his plan to "divide and conquer," and drop the bomb, had nothing to do with the states business uncertainty. Sure that's just crazy, but in fact, I don't think business gave a rats butt about politics. What they care about most is consumer confidence and demand. But that's not on the Republican Party's radar. After all, consumers don't have deep enough pockets.
Jack Norman, former research director of the left-leaning Institute for Wisconsin's Future (said), "The plunge in job growth, compared with other states, coincides exactly with Scott Walker's time in office. This is no mere coincidence. . . . Act 10 led to large cuts in public workers' take-home pay, which was a blow to the state's economy."Capitalism doesn't scream "certainty" either. In fact, it should be just the other way around for a healthy competitive marketplace to work.
Walker hopes to stump any future political opponent with "what would you have done?" Silly Scott, that's easy, but first his comment:
He said any critique of the job growth in his term "should be done in context," and he said his policies were pro-growth. "As people move forward in the next year or two and look at our pace (of job growth), the other question they're going to have to ask is, if they're judging us, it's not just a judgment (of) 'are you successful?' But 'what more can be done?' or 'what would someone do alternatively?' " he said in the February interview.Where the hell do we start; high speed rail, education funding (k-12 and state colleges) and job training, alternative wind and solar energy, an internet sales tax, state border toll...hell, add your own. Even more important:
Wisconsin’s state and local government employees’ incomes shrank by $529 million dollars, a 2.55% decline.Walker's opponent will also remind voters about all the borrowing and spending, and the phony supposed surpluses he gave back, while still short changing important government services. From WKOW:
Republicans aren't trying to move the state forward. They're trying instead to create the perfect red state, with a guaranteed Republican majority. And they're not done yet. Their own agenda is now blocked up because they can't raise taxes to fund all the things that need to fund, like infrastructure improvements and farmland runoff oversight. They don't have Democrats to blame anymore, and they never had protesters to blame...ever.
FIRST TIME...finally: Gilbert's one of the first reporters to ever mention Walker's lie about Gov. Doyle's job loss numbers, where he includes the Great Recession.
Walker's office released a statement Thursday noting that the state lost more than 100,000 jobs overall during Democratic Jim Doyle's second term (which coincided with the recession)...