Walker's count includes hundreds of nonprofit organizations such as Scout troops, youth athletic leagues and condo associations. It also includes thousands of limited-liability companies that often are set up by real estate investors simply as holding companies for property. Walker's count, according to PolitiFact, includes out-of-state companies that register in Wisconsin because they might one day want to do business here. And the governor's list includes start-ups that are barely organized.Quick, Scout troop, get cracking. You've got 10 jobs to create!
That's not what you'd think, to hear the governor tell it. Walker has suggested that all of the new entities he has recently cited are producing jobs or soon will be. As PolitiFact noted, Walker told a Door County business group in April: "On average — some will do more, some will do less — but if in the next year or so they each add up to 10 new employees, you add that to the more than 100,000 new jobs we've created and you see we surpass 250,000 new jobs."
Really, governor? Even if these were all real businesses that wanted to hire, 17,000 of them have been registered over three years. But it's now, in the final eight months of your term as governor, that they're going to spring into action and create an average of 10 jobs apiece? That there is some nuclear-grade wishful thinking.
The fact is that under Walker, Wisconsin's jobs picture has been terrible, despite being the thing he was allegedly most focused on. No amount of wild claims or wishful thinking can make that go away.
For more discussion, see Puddytat's diary.