Scott Walker's "What, me worry" attitude has disarmed the media enough to distract from his outright failure as governor. If he's not concerned, why should they be concerned...and it's working.
Earlier this week we discovered the weakness in Scott Walker’s
much touted nationwide reputation for turning things around in Wisconsin; it’s
|...and Walker believed them.
Cap Times: How’s this for a 2016 presidential campaign theme? “Under Scott Walker, Wisconsin led the nation in first-time unemployment claims.” 4,420 Wisconsinites filed initial unemployment claims in the final week of November. The next two highest states combined — Ohio with 2,597 and Kentucky with 1,538.
Tanking Jobs: Now, the very jobs stats he once bragged so much about have crashed and burned for him:
jsonline: Wisconsin gained 23,963 private-sector jobs in the 12 months from June 2012 to June 2013, a 1.0% increase that ranks the state 37th among the 50 states in the pace of job creation over that time frame.
The state's ranking slid from a revised rank of 32nd three months earlier … Wisconsin continued to trail … as it has for over two years … Economists consider Wednesday's job creation figures, known as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, to be the most credible and comprehensive available.
And yet the press continues to pretend the facts are somehow debatable, that it's a "clash" of perceptions:
Gov. Scott Walker's administration and its critics have clashed repeatedly over how well the state's economy is performing.
From the upcoming Capitol City Sunday interview with Walker, he's now bragging about the once "unreliable" BLS numbers. Even worse and more revealing, he tossed out an embarrassing word salad that went nowhere as he intended:
Walker Rejects New Industries: Walker and the Republican majority continue to bash emerging new economies, turning instead to the old ones we've either seen off shore. Yet in the statement below, “non-partisan observers” (whoever they are) dangerously let Walker off the hook. Even Walker’s WEDC isn't blamed:
Non-political observers of the Wisconsin economy point out … that the state is saddled with some aging manufacturing industries that often date back more than a century; neither entrepreneurship nor venture capital funding is as abundant in Wisconsin as in many other states.