Scott Walker Blames Protesters for Wisconsin’s Highest in Nation Job Losses
Some of the most dangerous words in politics today are, “I’m a businessman, and I’m here to help.”
I don’t have to introduce you to “businessman” and “business
friendly” Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin; his reputation
precedes him. However, he has jumped the crazy shark with his latest
claim that Wisconsin’s worst job losses in the nation are the fault of …
wait for it….
Yes, it is the protesters of Walker’s policies who are to blame for the result of his policies.
Sunday on UpFront With Mike Gousha Scott Walker blamed
protesters for scaring off businesses (this argument is predicated on
the premise that the record breaking job losses in Wisconsin were all in
the private sector, but of course, that’s not true either.)
Walker warned that job losses might again ramp up in Wisconsin if either
Barrett or Falk are elected in the June 5 recall because “they will
rehash the collective bargaining issue,” scaring off potential
“They don’t want to see the positive foundation reversed for us to go
back in time not only to the Doyle days … but even back to what we see
in Illinois right now,” Walker said on Sunday’s show, produced in
conjunction with WisPolitics.com. “That’s where Tom Barrett, that’s
where Kathleen Falk would to take us.”
Walker said Wisconsin’s job picture was improving in January and
February of last year, shortly after he took office, only to deteriorate
when concern over his budget repair bill led to prolonged massive
protests at the state Capitol.
Walker says the political uproar that has continued in the state has contributed to employers being afraid to add jobs.
Walker concluded with the usual Republican fear tactic of telling
voters that if they vote Democrat, more jobs will be lost. Weapons of
Mass Destruction and Terror Alerts, oh my!
Those jobs added “right after he took office”? Those are not attributed to his policies, because in fact they were added in December of 2010 before he took office.
It is only the luck of the way the DWD tabulates the numbers that
allows Walker to mislead the public by taking credit for those jobs.
Excluding thousands of jobs added in December 2010 but
included in Walker’s total because of the way DWD tabulates numbers, the
latest revisions show the state gained only 900 private-sector jobs
since January 2011. It actually lost 12,500 total non-farm jobs, a
number that includes public jobs.
In March, Walker announced that job numbers were “going in the right direction”, “(T)he jobs numbers and falling unemployment statistics released today show Wisconsin is headed in the right direction.”
Wisconsin saw the largest percentage decrease in
employment in the nation during the 12 months ending in March, a new
report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
During that time period, while 27 states and the District of Columbia
saw significant job increases, only Wisconsin saw “statistically
significant” job losses, the report said.
From March 2011 to March 2012, the state lost 23,900 jobs, for the country’s largest percentage decrease, at 0.9 percent.
Of the 23,900 jobs lost in Wisconsin in that period, 17,900 were from
the public sector and 6,000 were from the private sector, according to