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Wisconisn Governor Scott Walker gestures as he addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Gov. Scott Walker, overselling things just a little
To hear Gov. Scott Walker talk, everything is coming up roses (and a series of other cliches) in Wisconsin's economy. In a recent op-ed, he touts his many supposed accomplishments, comparing the picture in Wisconsin with a "national outlook [that] isn't as bright." About that. While Walker talks about Wisconsin's reduced unemployment and balanced budget, here's a number he doesn't mention: job creation. When state-by-state job creation data was released in January, we learned that:
Wisconsin ranked 42 out of the 50 states in private-sector job creation, according to the latest available government jobs data deemed credible by economists.

The data, which covers the 12 months from June 2011 to June 2012, shows that Wisconsin's position worsened from a rank of 37 in the previous period from March 2011 to March 2012.

All Walker has to say about job creation is that "We are creating jobs and putting people back to work." This isn't untrue, as far as it goes. Wisconsin created 35,381 private sector jobs in the 12 months ending in June 2012. It's just that those 35,381 jobs "amount to a 1.5% increase. The Badger State trails other Midwest manufacturing states: Indiana and Michigan (both 2.9%); Ohio (2.6%); Iowa (2.0%); Minnesota (1.8%); and Illinois (1.6%)." And never mind the public sector, where Wisconsin has also been doing badly on the jobs front.

According to Walker, "Nationally, the outlook for the future isn't as promising" as in Wisconsin. Big words from Gov. 42-out-of-50.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:41 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Badger State Progressive, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Where's the 2014 challenger to Walker? (16+ / 0-)

    I know there's a state superintendent and state supreme court race in Wisconsin this spring, which means that there probably won't be any development in the gubernatorial race until after early April. We may see the WI-Gov race heat up at that point.

    Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:55:12 PM PST

    •  Nothing makes sense anymore (1+ / 0-)
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      DownstateDemocrat

      because everything's changed in the last 50 years.

      There is almost nowhere that is what it was before
      the last 50 years... Wisconsin just ain't Wisconsin
      anymore than Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana...

      Ten year olds know real history better than adults.

  •  If he'd bragged that in January 2011 (12+ / 0-)

    He'd have had a point, what with Wisconsin being 11th in private sector job growth rate at the time.

    But it wouldn't really have jived with the Doyle-was-useless-at-the-jobs-thing-I-am-your-savior narrative.

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:06:57 PM PST

  •  So speaking of not bright (13+ / 0-)

    really not getting the whole 42 out of 50 concept here?

    Hope for Wisconsin's sake we can take back the governor's office...

    sh

    •  It's the the Mad magazine Fold out (4+ / 0-)
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      tikkun, Gooserock, greenearth, ShoshannaD

      Governor of state that's 42nd on job creation brags that 'the national outlook isn't as bright' as a two watt bulb

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:19:46 PM PST

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    •  Guess Walker just can't help being a (2+ / 0-)
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      greenearth, Arabiflora

      cock-eyed optimist.
      Sorry--couldn't resist being nasty.
      As a retired teacher, I can't stand him.

    •  Scott Walk-er noun \ˈi-dē-ət\ (1+ / 0-)
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      Faito

      Definition of Scott Walker

      1 usually offensive : a person affected with extreme mental retardation

      2: a foolish or stupid person

      — idiot adjective

      Examples of Scott Walker

      Don't be such an Scott Walker!

      Origin of Scott Walker
      Middle English, from Anglo-French ydiote, from Latin idiota ignorant person, from Greek idiōtēs one in a private station, layman, ignorant person, from idios one's own, private; akin to Latin suus one's own — more at suicide

      First Known Use: 1967

      Related to Scott Walker

      Synonyms: airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, kochsucker, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo, dumb cluck

      Antonyms: brain, genius

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~

      -7.5,-5.8

      by Oldestsonofasailor on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:17:45 PM PST

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  •  Walker is such a jackass. It is painful to listen (14+ / 0-)

    to him.  I have no idea how someone so brainless got the job unless it was through sheer underhanded, sneaky, and ambivalent means.

    •  Very weak Democratic opponent (5+ / 0-)

      In both the 2010 general and 2012 recall elections, Scott Walker faced Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is a very weak campaigner.

      Barrett is one of the few "establishment" Democrats left in Wisconsin, however, sadly, the state party is probably going to trot out some establishment-type, such as Barrett (for a THIRD time), Ron Kind, Chris Abele, Tim Cullen, or Lena Taylor. None of those are making it out of a Democratic primary in a statewide race.

      Wisconsin Democrats should, ideally, nominate someone who is a solid progressive but comes across as reasonable.

      Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

      by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:55:26 PM PST

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      •  Aaron, just stop (9+ / 0-)

          You don't live here dude, so please stop trying to figure out who the Dems will run in 2014...especially when it's 21 months away. I can safely tell you that Tom Barrett will not run and will not be accepted as a candidate again, and Feingold is waiting to take out (mo)Ron Johnson for Senate in 2016.

          It'll be Rep. Ron Kind if he wants it (and it's about damn time that guy stepped up into a bigger job). If not Kind, probably Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (who ran in Dem primary in 2012), or a legislative type like Sen. Erpenbach will be the choice (though Erpenbach has been very quiet in recent months).  Outside chance- Outagamie Co. Exec Tom Nelson, who was Barrett's Lt. Gov candidate in 2010 and is from an area that the Dems need to do better in- NE Wisconsin.

           And given that I have full confidence that Wisconsin will continue to trail the nation in job growth under Walker, and that major budget deficits and local service cuts will be apparent in 2014, there won't be enough Koch/ALEC money to save him. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if he "pulls a Romney" and doesn't run, so he can keep his name out there in a delusional attempt to run for President (HAHAHAHA!!!! Walker for President? That slays me! Dude has 0 chance unless the GOP wants to try going 0-for-50).

           

        •  The one positive thing (3+ / 0-)

          About Walker's Presidential aspirations is that he won't sign anything changing the way Wisconsin's EC votes are allocated.  After all, as long as he believes he has a realistic chance at the White House (i.e. carry Wisconsin's popular vote) then he must also believe that doing so would just advantage his opponent.

          As for gubernatorial opponents, how about Gwen Moore because she has, after all, beaten him before (AD7 in 1990) :)

          Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

          by GeoffT on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:44:35 PM PST

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          •  Moore is the only person to have defeated Walker (1+ / 0-)
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            greenearth

            ...in a competitive election. However, Moore's victory over Walker was in an urban Milwaukee assembly district (WI-AD-7) back in 1990, and Moore is not well known outside the Milwaukee area. I think Moore may run for Mayor of Milwaukee once Barrett retires.

            Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

            by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:58:00 PM PST

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        •  My thoughts on the names you mentioned (2+ / 0-)
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          NoMoreLies, greenearth

          Kind or Vinehout will need a clown car to win a statewide primary, to say the least. Kind voted to support an NRA-backed witchhunt against Eric Holder and voted to ship American jobs overseas. Vinehout voted to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill contraception prescriptions. Organized labor will back a primary challenger to Kind, and pro-choice groups will back a primary challenger to Vinehout.

          Personally, I'd love to see Erpenbach run for Governor of Illinois. After all, he was the spokesman of the Wisconsin State Senate Democrats when they fled here to Illinois a couple of years ago. Pat Quinn is a joke (even most Democrats here in Illinois don't like him), and Lisa Madigan, while she's been a great Attorney General for Illinois, she probably wouldn't be much better of a governor than Quinn is, also, Bill Daley is even worse than Quinn is.

          Barca would probably clear the primary field if he ran for governor, and expect a late spring/early summer announcement from Barca as to whether or not he intends to run for governor (a Wisconsin progressive blogger told me that online after meeting Barca at a Christmas party that the DPW's communications team organized).

          Nelson is probably the strongest candidate we could run against Walker. He seems to be very popular in Republican-leaning Outgamie County, and he seems to be progressive enough to be able to win a statewide primary if he went through with a gubernatorial run.

          I'd love to run against Walker myself, however, Wisconsin isn't going to elect a carpetbagger to anything, so I won't do so. I'd love to visit or move to Wisconsin someday, though, but I have no interest in running for public office in Illinois, Wisconsin, or anywhere else.

          Also, if Walker decides not to run for re-election in order to mount a presidential bid, I know more about Walker than anyone who doesn't live in Wisconsin. Everything that Walker has done in his political career can and will be used against him by a Democratic presidential campaign.

          Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

          by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:53:21 PM PST

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        •  I know something you don't know ... (0+ / 0-)

          nah nah nah nah NAH nah.

          To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

          by UntimelyRippd on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:15:19 PM PST

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    •  It doesn't matter (1+ / 0-)
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      DownstateDemocrat

      if you don't have the sense god gave a goose, if you have enough corporate backers in America (and a weak opponent).

      Walker had quite a lot of corporate cash behind him, and a LOT of legislative favoritism has been shown to Walker Donors!

  •  Barrett a THIRD time??? (3+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, exterris, tikkun

    Oh, Lord, please NOOOOOOO.  I would hope that the WI Dem Party isn't that stupid.  

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 03:23:00 PM PST

    •  Probably wouldn't make it out of a primary (7+ / 0-)

      In 2010, Tom Barrett got 91% of the vote in the Democratic primary. In 2012, he got 58% of the vote in the Democratic primary.

      That's an obvious downward trend. He's not winning the primary in 2014 if he runs for a third time, and any other establishment Democrat, such as Ron Kind, Chris Abele, Lena Taylor, Tim Cullen, etc. would lose a primary as well...that is, unless several progressive candidates split the vote in the primary, of course.

      Due to Republican gerrymandering and the 2010 GOP wave, the Democratic bench in Wisconsin is extremely weak, and most state legislators are downright afraid to take on Walker. This could be a perfect opportunity for a political outsider to surprise everyone by defeating Walker.

      Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

      by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 04:05:35 PM PST

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      •  Abele, who we had so much hope in, (1+ / 0-)
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        DownstateDemocrat

        is becoming a pariah in Milwaukee.  Not just an enormous disappointment, but I'm incredulous at what he's been doing.  He talked a good game, saw protesters off to Madison protests, but he's governing like a plutocrat.

        It's a real shame.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:15:39 AM PST

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  •  Reality has a well-known liberal bias. (7+ / 0-)

    Just ask Stephen Colbert.

    Walker is doing things the right way! The fact that 41 states are doing better without following Walker's prescriptions to the letter is a coincidence; and only a liberal intellectual elitist would bring that up.

    The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

    by Judge Moonbox on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:01:35 PM PST

  •  Walker is a natural born weasel (5+ / 0-)

    He's the modern version of Eddie Haskell.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:18:15 PM PST

  •  Walker's own TeaBags "not as bright" (6+ / 0-)

     And if the U.S. outlook "isn't so bright", it's because his fellow Tea Baggers in D.C. are trying to sabotage the economy with the sequester and are not willing to compromise with the Dems to keep this recovery moving along.

       The sadly hilarious part about this is if the sequester does happen, Walker's own budget department has said it'd cost the state $188 million in the next two years, and the state would be thrown even further into deficit, and probably see further job losses. Then again, Walker probably wants the deficit to be run up, so he can screw up the state's services even more, and then privatize it out to his buddies in the school voucher lobby and related scummy RWNJ groups.

  •  Heck of a Job Wally (4+ / 0-)
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    Bob Johnson, NoMoreLies, greenearth, dewtx

    Way to drag your state down.  Keep up the good work, and many more of  your moron people will keep voting for you, because they are Fiscal Phonies like you

  •  The only thing bright about Walker is the bald (5+ / 0-)

    spot on the back of his head.

  •  He never stops lying. (7+ / 0-)

    Never.

    The old adage is especially true in his case: If his lips are moving, he's lying.

  •  I would call him a douchenozzle (2+ / 0-)
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    Key6119, greenearth

    but that makes a man who just decided it was okay to let a potential 28,000 currently insured by Badgercare go uninsured seem trivial.  

  •  If anyone is a Wisconsin resident (6+ / 0-)

    make sure to vote tomorrow for Ed Fallone for state Supreme Court, in order to begin the process of hobbling Scott Walker and his reactionary legislature.  Time to sack incumbent Pat Roggensack, part of the reactionary clique helping to enable the Walker agenda, and covering for the slimeball Prosser.

    Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

    by NoMoreLies on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:14:45 PM PST

    •  The WI Supreme Court is dysfunctional (2+ / 0-)
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      greenearth, Puddytat

      I'm hoping Wisconsinites are able to elect Fallone to the bench in order to begin making the Wisconsin Supreme Court a functioning institution once again.

      Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

      by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:19:11 PM PST

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    •  Unions are phone banking for the (0+ / 0-)

      past couple of weeks.  Turnout will be around 10%, but Patience Roggensack is already out with a boatload of ads courtesy of Club for Growth, Republican strategists managing her campaign, and a pile of payola from outside the state promoting her experience, "independence" (yes, they're saying that with a straight face", and other outright lies.

      If Fallone wins, and I hope he does, I'm hoping he'll be smart and inform the public that she's far from independant and reliant on out of state groups and out of state money.  We hate that here.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:19:40 AM PST

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  •  no comments allowed (0+ / 0-)

    on the editorial

    strange.

    "The only person sure of himself is the man who wishes to leave things as they are, and he dreams of an impossibility" -George M. Wrong.

    by statsone on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:31:14 PM PST

  •  the guy is an embarrassment (0+ / 0-)

    and he basks in it; what a doofus

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:49:14 PM PST

  •  Boy That Scooter (0+ / 0-)

    you can tell that he's up for another term as gov. First he turns down a ton of money for high speed rail because it came from the fed. gov. Now he's turned down a ton of money for medicare costs because it came from the fed.gov.  See we don't need your stinkin money Obama we're cruising along in 42 place creating jobs like they're going out of style. What was that last election promise you made Scooter....250,000 jobs in the state by 2014?? Oh I keep on forgetting the state is "open for business" as you keep reminding everyone everytime you get an interview. Well Scooter you better step out of your bubble and realize people aren't buying your crap and the most important thing alot of people in this state want is your job filled by someone else....

    Give peace a chance get up and dance... Alvin Lee/Ten Years After

    by Blue Collar on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:14:12 PM PST

  •  Why isn't anyone allowed to say (1+ / 0-)
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    that business by its nature hates to create a single job? There is nothing immoral about it.  Business exists to minimize costs and maximize profit, and an employee is a cost. If a business could yearn, it would yearn to be free--of employees. All this stuff about "job creators" is dewey-eyed bullshit.

  •  Ed Garvey (1+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat

    Damn I wish Ed Garvey would run against him.

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