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Nope, not from here...
I am beginning to think I have crossed over some inter-dimensional boundary and am now living in a new universe where The Onion is considered a trusted news source and not satire.

We all know that Scott Walker has pretty much driven Wisconsin into the ground over the last two years. The state ranks 42nd in the nation for job creation, which would be great (kind of?) if we had 100 states, but we don't, we only have 50. Of course Walker has a plan to fix this. Now, one would think that maybe he would actually do something to create jobs, like build a rail line through the state or invest heavily in education.

Nah, that would be to easy. Walker's plan to reduce unemployment? Well,  he is developing a new way to measure Wisconsin's employment needs. The reason for this new method?

[He complains about] the accuracy of monthly unemployment data based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses. The more accurate data, based on a census of nearly all Wisconsin businesses, comes quarterly and has a six month lag.

Walker said Tuesday that gap makes it difficult to use those numbers for making quick responses to the state's employment needs. He says he is moving forward with a real-time labor management system so the state can react to job needs better.

In other words—"the numbers suck, I need to make some different ones up." This is truly something I would expect to see in The Onion. The problem can't possibly be his policies, nope, it is the way we count the unemployed.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:00 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Badger State Progressive, Democracy Addicts, and Madison Kossacks.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Right out of the tin pot dictator's handbook (15+ / 0-)

    I see.

    If you don't like the numbers change the metrics.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:15:36 AM PST

  •  So, the numbers suck because they come out fast? (5+ / 0-)

    And the more accurate numbers are those 6 months ago, so he prefers to use those?

    Well, he has a point. More accurate figures are a good thing.

    But old figures are worthless.

    Gobsmacked.

    When collective bargaining is outlawed, only outlaws will have collective bargaining.

    My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:37:37 AM PST

  •  Pick a number, any number between 1 and 10 (5+ / 0-)

    now mutiply it by 2

    then mutiply the result by 5

    divide the product by the numbr you first thought of,

    Take the remainder and subtract 7.

    voila - a 3% unemployment rate!

    (Or, you can keep the 42 rating - the answer to everything).

    •  Percentages are really tricky! (5+ / 0-)

      Anyway, the bottom line is as follows:

      If public corporations want to participate in the economy, the trade and exchange of goods and services, they have to be players. They cannot just stand on the sidelines, yelling encouragement and keeping score. Nor is it enough to let the players filch from the public purse, like runners in a marathon grabbing a quick drink. It’s not so much a matter of not being hors the combat, since the economy isn’t a contest or a conflict; it’s more a matter of not trying to be a music director, when one can’t read the score. Fact is that our public corporations have become the refuge of the incompetent and the incontinent. Republicans, in particular, suffering from diarrhea of the mouth.

      If I understand it correctly, people laid off by public corporations are not considered unemployed. Ergo, people employed by public corporations (all governmental bodies) are not considered employed. So, it they don't count, it doesn't matter what one does with them.
      It's sort of like saying people who aren't getting medical care aren't sick. So, if fewer sick people are wanted, provide less care.
      I think that's how binary logic works. Obviously, there are false equivalencies being employed. But, how do we get rid of them, when some people's brains insist on setting them up?

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:53:08 AM PST

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    •  Unless the statistics are compiled after dark (3+ / 0-)

      On a Tuesday when there is a Venus conjuncts Mars and there are no Doctor Who reruns on BBC America during the preceding 23.87 hours.

      If that's the case a left handed bonobo rolls a pair of dice and the unemployment rate one half the total amount rolled.

      "I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role." - Eleanor Roosevelt. I would like to add that I am a happy atheist!

      by Rogneid on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:15:10 AM PST

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  •  Somewhat confused... (7+ / 0-)

    I thought conservatives believed in minimal intervention in the economy. What exactly does he see the state doing in response to slightly more accurate employment data? Emergency tax cuts? Emergency cuts to state and local workers paychecks? Emergency grandstanding regarding federal policy?

    I mean... He's already passed emergency anti-union measures and emergency redistricting... He didn't need this new system to see the "urgency" there!

    Walker said Tuesday that gap makes it difficult to use those numbers for making quick responses to the state's employment needs. He says he is moving forward with a real-time labor management system so the state can react to job needs better.
  •  Straight out of Keynes. (6+ / 0-)

    He is going to have to hire people to count all of those unemployed people more often, which will cause unemployment to go down and stimulate the economy.

    If he really wants to get great numbers, he could pay all the unemployed to notify him every five minutes as to whether they are still unemployed.  Not only would the number be very, very accurate; it would also be zero.

  •  He should follow Rick Scott (6+ / 0-)

    Convince the Unemployed to leave the State and go elsewhere.  Sure - the unemployment rate goes down as all those involved in Construction Trades are mostly mobile and simple leave - but then he turns around and claimes he creagted 200,000 jobs when in  actuality the State lost jobs.

    Last month is a perfect example.  Nationally we created 155,000 jobs.  In Florida we LOST 15,300 jobs yet the unemployment rates went down .3% because again - so many people simply left.

  •  Hmmm. (7+ / 0-)

    I was actually expecting Walker to count Wisconsin's unemployed as Minnesotans.  Has as much truth to it as anything else he's done.

  •  When We Rewrote The Dictionary (2+ / 0-)
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    Sheridan: Fine, uh, fine! Status quo. Uh, we have had some problems with the lurkers, but nothing...
    Musante: Lurkers?
    Sheridan: It's our version of the homeless. In many ways, we have the same problem Earth does.
    Musante: Mm. Earth doesn't have homeless.
    Sheridan: Excuse me?
    Musante: We don't have the problem. Yes, there are some, um, displaced people --- here and there --- but, um, they've chosen to be in that position! They're either lazy or they're criminal or they're mentally unstable.
     (Sheridan asks about a few other problems; Musante tosses out the same sort of dismissals.)
    Musante: We're just one happy planet.  Well, except for the Marsies, but that won't change until they stop fighting Earth rule.
    Sheridan: And when, exactly, did all this happen?
    Musante: When we rewrote the dictionary. Captain, you're a good man.  A fine soldier.  A leader.  You understand that before you can deal with a problem sometimes you have to... redefine it.
    Sheridan: You don't deal with problems by pretending they don't exist.
    Musante: Why embarrass our leaders by pointing out flaws in society that they're aware of and dealing with in their own time, in their own way?  Some people enjoy finding fault with our leaders: they're anarchists, trouble makers, or simply unpatriotic.
     --Babylon 5, "Voices of Authority"

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:59:11 AM PST

  •  I bet that will cost some money. (0+ / 0-)

    Let's invest in making the Governor look good, but ignore the needs of Wisconsinites.

    Take back the House in 2014!!!! ( 50-state strategy needed)

    by mungley on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:02:06 AM PST

  •  I dood it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Tipped, recced and republished to Badger State Progressive.

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:35:50 PM PST

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