Monday, April 21, 2014

Walker deflects, makes excuses for, changes parameters, and yet holds to his failed 250,000 Jobs Promise. Which is it?

Democrats never get any credit.

When Scott Walker proposed his campaign promise of creating 250,000 jobs, Democrats knew that was ridiculous. Who would promise that? Governors don't create jobs...right? But Walker didn't hesitate to repeat it over and over, telling voters to hold him to that promise. The media played it up because Republicans “know” and believe in business, even the lifelong career politician kind. WKOW:

The promise fell apart: Was it just a goal? Was Walker just aiming high? Not a chance, it was a promise. In comparison, Republicans want to impeach Obama for breaking the promise he made saying people could keep their old health insurance plans.

Here’s the Journal Sentinel Editorial making the case as well as anyone could, except for maybe Mary Burke. The Burke campaign still hasn't found away to drive many of the points below home in any of her media interviews. It's not negative campaigning, it's just the truth (note: I highlighted what Burke should be talking about all the time):
Gov. Scott Walker was testing an idea last week — that the state may have until the end of 2015 to meet his pledge that Wisconsin companies add 250,000 private-sector jobs. Of course, that's not what Walker promised during his 2010 campaign. He said it would happen during his first term, which ends in January. The state has added about 101,500 jobs since Walker took office.

Walker should be held to his pledge. He made it. But in some ways, too much is made of this promise. Whether the state reaches the goal or not by the end of Walker's term, the fact remains that job growth remains sluggish in Wisconsin. And big, global forces are mostly the reason.

Yes, Walker's record on economic development is uneven. The inept rollout of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. didn't help. And Walker gave up an opportunity to support transportation in the state when he turned down $800 million in money for high-speed rail. He's sometimes focused too much on poaching companies from Illinois, which is hardly ever effective. He didn't do enough to encourage entrepreneurship, where Wisconsin historically lags, or to create a large enough venture capital fund.

But is it all Walker's fault that Wisconsin trails other states in economic growth? No. Wisconsin's performance is more a function of long-term trends in the state's core industries. Voters have to realize that there is only so much that any governor can do.
Which is what Democrats have been saying from the start. But heck, why believe us, we just "hate Walker."

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