Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Collapse Of Walker's 250,000 Jobs' Pledge Still An Undercovered Story

It's barely made a ripple statewide, with little or no editorial outrage, even concern.

Ho. hum.

Is this because people knew all along it was BS, because they have been desensitized by Walker's mounting list of vetted, false statements, or are overloaded with political news and are politically-exhausted?

Has Walker so devalued the Office of Governor and tainted the process - - from dropping the bomb on state workers to nuking the environment - - that editorial boards can't find their voices and declare that the Emperor wars no clothes?

Baffles me, since, yes, you could say 'it's just a projection,' but isn't the proper response: "YIPES!," as the sources of the expose were about as straight-forward and apolitical as you can get:

Walker's Department of Revenue, with reporting by the AP:

An economic forecast by Gov. Scott Walker's own administration predicts that Wisconsin will fall far short of adding the 250,000 new private-sector jobs by 2015 that the governor promised as a key part of his successful election campaign.

The Department of Revenue report released Friday predicts that by 2014, the state will have added only 136,000 jobs in the private sector compared with 2010. The job growth estimate was down 43,000 from the department's previous report released in June.

Walker promised while he was campaigning that the state would add 250,000 jobs during his four years in office... But like the national economy, growth has been sluggish in Wisconsin this year and job growth is not track to meet Walker's pledge.

Through September, the state had added just 29,300 jobs since Walker took over in January. At that pace, there would be roughly 156,000 new jobs in the state by 2015
Walker's pledge was the centerpiece of his campaign, and rated the top of the Journal Sentinel's editorial endorsement:
Scott Walker has said repeatedly during his campaign for governor that he will develop strategies to create 250,000 new jobs during his first term.
It's a big promise - one that has been derided by his critics. But for the sake of Wisconsin, Walker had better be right.
Or consider the headline on the Wisconsin State Journal's endorsement editorial:

Our endorsement: Scott Walker best for jobs in race for governor

And now?


Anonymous said...

Yeah - it was buried in the JS. Something else was buried today in the local section. Forgot what it was . Should have been on the home page.

Anonymous said...

He'll probably change the rules for posting by the revenue department.

New Rule: nothing gets published unless I ok it.

Anonymous said...

I think it is interesting that Tim Cooley, formerly head of Madison development department is Walkers head of the Department of Economic Development. I read an interveiw of Mr Cooley and it was crazy. I can't say that I am thinking many jobs will be created under this wacko.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

You think the J-S or the State Journal will come out with an editorial this weekend saying "1 year later, we were wrong about Walker."

I'm anticipating that column will run approximately NEVER. But we'll remember, we'll continue to remind everyone else of our 49th-in-the-job creation status, and we'll RECALL.

Anonymous said...

If the unemployment rate is rising everywhere else I am somewhat impressed by 139,000 NEW jobs. That's still alot better than no growth in the private sector, which would seem to be the case in a government oppressive business environment.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

Anonymous right winger- 139,000 jobs in 4 years is less than 3,000 a month- which is much WORSE than this state did in the year before Walker's giveaways and cuts took effect. And this is at the same time that the "oppressed" private sector has added around 125,000 jobs a month for the last 1 1/2 years.

Walker is a FAILURE on any measure, and your lame, context-free response shows that you GOPs have NOTHING when it comes to making for a better economy.