Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Burke Campaign, PolitiFact Demolishes Republican Governors Association Lies.

The Mary Burke ad response to the Republicans Governors Association media blitz is a wonderful slap at the GOP style of selective truths. There's only a few, like Burke's claim that unemployment numbers under Walker are up. True, compared to Burke's numbers before the Great Recession. Artfully sarcastic, you'll be encouraged by this gutsy comeback that highlights Wisconsin job losses due to a struggling middle class, low wages and the widening income gap:

As for the Republican Governors Association ad, Politifact ripped that apart today, reminding everyone that Walker is lying when he blames the GOP's Great Recession job losses on Gov. Doyle/Burke:
Did Burke, as state Commerce secretary under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, throw Wisconsin for a six-digit jobs loss?

As backup for the jobs claim, the RGA spot cites a very familiar source: A September 2013 item from PolitiFact Wisconsin. But in that item, we rated Mostly False a Walker claim that Doyle’s policies cost the state 133,000 jobs in his second term, from 2007 through 2010. Walker, we noted, got the number right. But experts said the national economic crash had far more to do with Wisconsin’s job losses during that period than any state policies. Indeed, Wisconsin actually fared somewhat better than the rest of the country.
Here are the numbers Burke should get out right-away:
We ran the numbers using US Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly census of employment and wages data, considered the most accurate measurement: Burke’s state tenure: Gain of more than 55,000 jobs. Start of Doyle’s tenure to end of Burke’s: gain of at least 94,000.
The Walker campaign responded with even more lies and deceptions, claiming Burke "misstates" the record. Not only did they not address any misstatements, they're taking credit for the national economic recovery and surplus seen in every other state.  Very sad:
jsonline: Walker campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said Burke's ad misstates Walker's record on the economy .
"Wisconsin's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since 2008, we've seen over 100,000 new jobs created since he took office, and our $3.6 billion deficit has been turned into a nearly billion dollar surplus," Marre said in a statement. "While Mary Burke has resorted to distorting the truth, the facts are clear that Wisconsin is moving forward under Governor Walker's leadership."
I think Politifact above clearly shows Walker "distorting the truth" by blaming Gov. Doyle/Burke for the jobs lost during the Great Recession.

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