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One of the key issues in the upcoming election is Scott Walker's broken promise to create 250,000 jobs during his first four years in office. Take it away Scott:


With his first term almost complete, Walker has created only 40% of the jobs promised. And even the rosiest of projections show that he will barely get to 50% of his goal by the end of his first term.

While it's obviously a concern that Walker's fiscal policies failed to produce even half the number of jobs promised, the bigger concern is that Walker ever believed that his goal was attainable. When he first made his guarantee, many people argued that it was impossible to create 250,000 jobs given the severity of the recession. Walker dismissed the critics and claimed that he would easily achieve his goal. Right, Scott?


So what was Walker thinking? During the campaign, he tried without any hard evidence to compare the economic downturn Tommy Thompson dealt with in the 1980s to the current recession. But as most people rightly pointed out, the comparison was unsupportable and reflected Walker's poor understanding of the economic climate.

And now that Walker's campaign promise has imploded, we are still waiting for a reasonable explanation as to why Walker thought his jobs goal was so easily attainable. So far the only response we've seen has been Walker's attempt to scrub his campaign promise from the Internet and his boldfaced lie that the jobs number was never a promise, but simply a goal to work towards. Sorry Scott, what was that?


But again, this isn't just about missing the goal. It's that the goal was unattainable from the beginning. By picking an impossible goal, Walker has demonstrated that he has a very poor understanding of our state's economy. So why do Wisconsinites still trust Walker?

I mean, if I ran an investment firm and told you that I could easily quadruple your money in a year, but then barely kept up with inflation, would you trust me when I came around next year asking for more money? And if you asked me why I didn't quadruple your money last year, would you be satisfied if I pretended like my guarantee wasn't really a guarantee, but that it was just a number I was working toward? Wasn't my guarantee the whole reason why you invested in the first place? Aren't you concerned that my promise to quadruple your money was based on nothing more than a charlatan's hustle to entice you to trust me?

Well, Walker is doing just that. He has failed to keep his promise, he has failed to explain how he ever intended to keep that promise, and is currently trying to pretend that he never made the promise to begin with. And now, Walker's asking you for your investment for a third time. I think it's time to cut our losses.

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  •  Thanks. (7+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 09:45:30 PM PDT

  •  Bait & Switch (9+ / 0-)

    Ponzi scheme or just a liar? Oh well, you decide. Being from Texas I can't say Walker is the worst governor in America but he is definitely in the top 10 and maybe top 5.

    We should start a list Lapaige, Perry, Walker, FL, AZ (although she is slipping down) and KA . I know there are more.

  •  It really isn't (6+ / 0-)

    that the goal itself was unattainable, it's that it was impossible given the policies he enacted.

    "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news. Which follows its own special rules." ~ Douglas Adams

    by coyote66 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:41:53 AM PDT

    •  It was damned near unattainable. (2+ / 0-)
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      Shaylors Provence, Amber6541

      Given the numbers at the time of his election, 250K new jobs would have resulted in 0% unemployment. Even given a return of the WI labor force to its all-time peak of 3.14 million, 250K new jobs would imply 2.1% unemployment.

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

      by UntimelyRippd on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 04:21:37 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Given (0+ / 0-)

        0% population growth, that would be true. But I'm pretty sure that there wasn't 0% population growth in WI. I'm pretty sure that kids graduated from HS and entered entered the work force (those that couldn't afford college). I'm pretty sure some people moved to WI for a job and their spouse also needed a job. I'm pretty sure kids graduated from college/university and needed jobs (some of whom didn't have jobs while in school and certainly not in their chosen field).

        Yes some people undoubtedly moved away from WI, those that could. How many of those do you think did? So there should have been a net gain in employable people in WI in the last three years.

        Unlike SD (where I'm at) where we send our best and brightest to college/university and when they graduate, they flee the state. What kid wants to stay in some backwater hick town with underfunded schools and little opportunity for meaningful employment? That's one of the reasons why my state has weathered the crisis reasonably well, all our college graduates (or a majority at least) leave.

        "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news. Which follows its own special rules." ~ Douglas Adams

        by coyote66 on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 03:24:23 AM PDT

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        •  Wisconsin's population growth has been minimal. (0+ / 0-)

          About 50K to 55K in the last four years.

          We've graduated maybe 250,000 high school seniors, averaging a bit more than 60K per year, but our most rapidly growing age groups are 64-74 (growing about 5%/year) and 54-64 (growing about 3%/year) -- even though more than 10K of them die every year, and who knows how many retire and head for arizona or florida? (Well, someone knows, but not me.)

          Wisconsinites are aging out of the work force more quickly than they are aging into it.

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

          by UntimelyRippd on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 09:46:15 AM PDT

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          •  I'm not exactly (0+ / 0-)

            sure on my state stats either, but a smaller population and toughly the same dynamics. Aging population, few young'ens and what few young'ens there are flee if they can. Not uncommon at all to see 80-90 yr olds working a cash register at Wallgreens, CVS, greeting (ofc) at Walmart, etc. Working not because they're bored, but because they can't afford cat food for dinner unless they work.

            I've pointed this out in another comment, but SD actually has fewer people per sq mi now (per 2010 census) than it did during the land rushes of the late 1800's!

            "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news. Which follows its own special rules." ~ Douglas Adams

            by coyote66 on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 09:51:22 PM PDT

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  •  Who could have guessed (9+ / 0-)

    that cutting income for hundreds of thousands of middle class workers and sending the money to wealthy out of state special interests would hurt the state economically?

    Everyone who is not a rabid Republican, that is who.

    Republican tax policies have led to financial conditions which have caused Republicans to demand cuts to programs they have always opposed.

    by AppleP on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 04:20:52 AM PDT

  •  I was dumbfounded when he was reelected. (0+ / 0-)

    Surely that won't happen again?

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:02:51 AM PDT

    •  Not reelected. (5+ / 0-)
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      bearsguy, nadd2, myboo, Amber6541, BMScott

      In 2012 he won the right to continue his term.

      Polls showed there were about 5-10% of voters who voted for Walker just because they thought that using the recall was inappropriate.

      Since then, Walker's support has maxed out at 46, 47% max.

      He's hit his ceiling of support. It's Mary Burke's job to bring those 10% home.

      Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

      by Mike Kahlow on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:30:44 AM PDT

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  •  Please tell me when (6+ / 0-)

    we will stop buying into the false premise that anything but consumer demand and ability to pay creates jobs. It was a false premise to rationalize shifting more wealth upward when he first made it, it's a false premise today, and if we argue the point, we're reinforcing the false premise that more wealth for the wealthy is beneficial to all. The architects of right-wing spin smile every time we buy in, even to criticize one of their puppets.  

    The job of a Governor is to manage the quality of life for the people of their state through good economic times and bad, and at that, Scott Walker is a total failure. Don't even get me started on the struggle every day keep our state an environment in which we're all happy to live and outsiders are happy to visit. Succeed at that and the jobs will follow naturally as in any cycle of growth. That's what we should be talking about.

    "All war is stupid" - JFK

    by jorogo on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:17:49 AM PDT

  •  Where Walker's incompetence really stands out (5+ / 0-)

    is how much worse Wisconsin is doing when compared to the nation as a whole (49th last year) and especially when compared to our Midwest neighbors (9th out of 10). See this and this.

    If Walker's policies were really so great, WI would be doing better than most of the country instead of worse.

  •  It would be nice if a spine-possessing journalist (0+ / 0-)

    several even, ask one of those framed-for-failure, either/or questions:

    Mister Good and Honorable, Son of a Preacherman, Former Eagle Scout, Governor Walker, by all measures your economic policies have failed to deliver on your oft stated commitment of creating 250,000 new jobs in your term as Governor.  Does your abject failure to deliver indicate that your understanding of economics is at best naive or that your "brand it on their foreheads" 250,000 new jobs was simply campaign fodder that only fools were meant to believe?  

    And a follow-up.  To what extent did incompetence and corruption at your brainchild WEDC, the privatized Wisconsin Commerce Department to which you appointed yourself CEO, contribute to Wisconsin's ranking as 49th in the Nation for economic outlook?  Are you ready to declare today WEDC a failure, or are you waiting for better political timing before admitting the obvious?

    Ahh, a boy can dream of such journalism...

    The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

    by GreatLakeSailor on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:03:16 AM PDT

  •  Walker is typical of the GOP Gov class of 2010 (0+ / 0-)

    lying sacks of sh*t who all campaigned on bullsh*t promises made to a public that they had NO intention of delivering on.. just like the "jobs jobs jobs" mantra of the Boehner House Republicans, the 2010 Governors sold their state's residents a bill of goods solely designed SOLELY to get them into power, after which they would go on to wreak financial and governmental havoc with their states. See, for example, Scott, Rick in FL

    the BEST thing red states can do it THROW THE GOP BUMS OUT - but i highly doubt those who vote Republican are wise enough to see the GOP and Tea Party as the enemies of Democracy that they really are.

    sigh... America the Beautiful has become America the Stoopid

    America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

    by dagnome on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:06:58 PM PDT

  •  Wisconsin isnt a red state like say Arkansas (0+ / 0-)

    or Kansas. On the federal level we're pretty blue, that is we haven't voted for a R for Pres since 1988, and I think we'll be safely in Clinton's column come in 2016 if she runs, Pres years we usually have very high turnout. its the off years when turnout sucks, that we get weasels like Walker and Johnson elected.i really think voting should be mandatory and election day should be a holiday so no one has the excuse not to go vote.

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