Today kicks off the effort to remove Scott Walker from the Governor’s office. We could’ve saved ourselves a lot of trouble and never voted him to be Governor in the first place, but that’s another story.
So, why remove Governor Walker?
He’s done almost exactly what he said he would do. We are now all able to carry concealed weapons in this state. He’s limited the power of those nasty unions. Wisconsin is now open for business. He’s created more jobs.
Um, wait, no he hasn’t.
Now, pay attention: Governors and Presidents do not create jobs. Small businesses and corporations create jobs. People purchase items, which creates demand, which creates the need for more employees, which creates jobs. Companies are not going to hire merely because they’re sitting on millions of dollars. Most of the large corporations and companies (I am not discussing small businesses, because I don’t have the facts about them) that had trouble are now back in the black. A lot of corporations are showing record profits on the books. Thanks to tax cuts, subsidies and other benefits, they aren’t paying all that much in taxes.
They’re not hiring. Why? Because there’s no demand there.
Now, that said, I would like to point out that unemployment rate in the state of Wisconsin was 7.4% in January, 2011 – when Scott Walker took office. With the exception of a brief moment (April, 2011 7.3%), the unemployment rate has steadily grown to a high of 7.9% to 7.8% (September, 2011).
Walker’s campaign was about how we were going to balance the budget and create jobs. He pounded his Wisconsin’s open for Business slogan until you wanted to choke him with it. He hasn’t created jobs. Unemployment has gone up and not down.
Is it fair to judge him on something I really don’t think he could do anyway? Yes. Yes, because job creation was his own standard. He was opening Wisconsin for business. He was going to create jobs. Then, he turned away the millions for the high speed rail system and cost the state 4,000 jobs.
And, the lack of jobs isn’t my only beef with him. He’s made our state unsafe with the concealed carry law. Sorry, no – I don’t believe that every single person who legally obtains a weapon is sane, rational and knows how to use it. No, I don’t think being able to carry a weapon into bars and office buildings make us all safe. Just one example: Charles Julius Guiteau legally obtained his weapon and he used it to shoot a president. (That’s one example, from 130 years ago, but this discussion isn’t about concealed carry.)
Anyway, there’s only been 2 successful recalls of governors in US history – let’s make it 3.
And, while I am not affiliated with this group in any manner, here is a link to United Wisconsin’s website. You’ll learn even more information on the recall effort and why you should support the recall.