According to a new Scott Walker Ad, he has created 33,000 jobs. Boy, wouldn’t that be nice? The fact is – he hasn’t. Wisconsin still leads the US in job losses. In fact, according to the BLS report, the state of Wisconsin is the ONLY state to show job losses over the past year.
Now, Politifact (a group with whom I normally agree) has rated a statement of Tom Barrett’s regarding the blame for the job losses as half true. Barrett’s statement:
“Governor Walker has caused Wisconsin to lose more jobs than any other state in the country.”
PolitiFact says that, while Barrett’s numbers are correct – we have lost more jobs than any other state in the country – “there is no proof that the measures caused the job losses”.
That’s where I have a problem. You see, 17,800 of the jobs lost were government jobs. Walker’s policies and budget shredding caused the loss of more than half the jobs that were lost over the past year. How can you say he isn’t to blame?
And, a political point I would like to add: You can’t take the credit, if you’re going to sideswipe the blame. In other words, while the rest of the country has seen an economic improvement, our state has not. I don’t blame Walker for the economic downturn. That would be like blaming President Obama for the economic downturn that happened before he came on board. It is foolish. However; while 49 states have seen their job numbers go up, our state has seen job losses – in the year that Walker has been in charge. Sorry, dude, you have to shoulder the blame.
Scott Walker has spent more time making his rich backers happy. He’s been kissing the Koch brothers’ collective rears and he hasn’t been supporting the people of the great state of Wisconsin. He took away collective bargaining rights for public employees and he has caused job losses of government employees. We lost 6,100 private sector jobs.
Scott Walker and his policies are bad for Wisconsin. Slashing budgets during a recession just makes the recession worst. On June 5, we need to vote the boy out and put in a man who can get the job done.