Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Walker Walks Away From Jobs Pledge; Endorsing Media Should Walk From Him

I said a few days ago that newspapers endorsing Walker already had all the evidence they needed to walk away from Walker, particularly over his failure to stay on track to meet his central campaign promise of 250,000 new jobs.

And because he is a frequent false speaker, according to PolitiFact - - which has also taken note of his inability to speak truthfully about his job creating record:

Says that in his first two years, "Wisconsin has seen its best two-year job growth in a decade."


Scott Walker on Monday, July 29th, 2013 in a campaign press statement

So what will these papers do with this preposterous, almost incoherent 'diagram-that-sentence' Walker uttered in Merrill yesterday, and where he redefined the promise into a goal?
Walker backs off campaign jobs pledge at Merrill stop
On Monday in Merrill, he carefully backed away from the specific number.

"My goal wasn't so much to hit a magic number as much as it was, in the four years before I took office, when I was campaigning, I saw that we lost over 133,000 jobs in the state. I said, 'it's really not about jobs, it's about real people, real jobs like those here, and more importantly, affecting real families all across the state,'" Walker said.
Major media, especially those that endorsed him, simply cannot let him spin, parse and mutter his way way away from his earlier words.

Square that Merrill comment with his words, reprinted here that have flowed across the Internet since 2010 when he made it the centerpiece of his campaign for Governor:

"If you elect me as your next governor, I'll get government out of the way and lower the tax burden so Wisconsin business owners and factories can create 250,000 jobs and 10,000 businesses in our state by 2015,” Walker said in a February 2010 speech. 
On June 19, 2011, PolitiFact repeatedly said Walker's job-creation figure was a "promise," and quoted Walker saying the figure was just a floor, not the ceiling: 
Walk-O-Meter will track Walker's job promise  
Gov. Scott Walker's legacy will, in many respects, be measured by one number: 250,000. 
That's the number of private-sector jobs Walker promised will be created during his four-year term, which began in January.  
It was the central promise of his 2010 campaign, and Walker has mentioned it routinely since taking office.... 
At a recent appearance before the Waupaca Chamber of Commerce, Walker called the 250,000 figure "a minimum, not a maximum."
Here is how the AP put it in a story I quoted in October, 2011:
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.
Does Walker think no one remembers that history, and that he has repeated it often, and included it in his 2013 State of the State speech in January? Here's how the Business Journal reported it:
State of the State: Walker sticks to 250,000 jobs pledge 
In Gov. Scott Walker’s third “State of the State” address, he restated his pledge to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin by the end of his first term two years from now.


Anonymous said...

It's Obama's fault. We need a President who believes in private sector growth, not big government debt.

Anonymous said...

It Syria's fault.

Does this mean the Gov. is going to Syria and fight and doesn't have time to provide jobs in Wisconsin. Duty calls for the Gov. Him and his flag will be deploying immediately.

Oh wait, this Gov. doesn't go anywhere unless somebody is writing a check when he gets there. AND the Capital Police will be of no help to him in Syria.

My mistake, the Gov. is just lying as usual

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

It's Obama's fault. We need a President who believes in private sector growth, not big government debt.


MAL said...

January 15, 2013 Tuesday


BYLINE: States News Service

The following information was released by the Wisconsin Democratic Party:

WALKER CLAIM: Create 250,000 jobs in first term in office

FACT: Back in December 2010, Walker went so far as to say, "I want my Cabinet secretaries to have branded across their heads, '250,000 jobs.' I want them to know their job is on the line because my job is on the line to create 250,000 jobs in the private sector."

In fact, at his first State of the State address, Walker defined success for his first term as governor by his "ability to shape an environment where 250,000 jobs are created.

But by every measure, Scott Walker has failed on his signature pledge to create 250,000 jobs.

Instead of focusing like lasers on job creation, Scott Walker and his Legislature pursued a divisive and extreme social agenda, while letting more than 50 job creation bills -- many of which contained proposals that have historically enjoyed broad bipartisan support -- die on the table.

As he blames everyone but himself, Scott Walkers Wisconsin has been far from successful when it comes to job creation, ranking 42nd in the nation behind states like Alabama and trailing our neighbors in the Midwest, like Ohio and Michigan.

Citing the Walker administration's projections, The Capital Times recently reported that, "Wisconsin wont come anywhere close to hitting Gov. Scott Walkers 250,000 new jobs target by the November 2014 election," and that the state, "will end up adding 38,000 jobs for 2011 and 2012, far fewer than Walkers recent and highly questionable claim that the state has created more than 80,000 jobs during his first two years in office."

Even a top administration jobs official recently came to the crude conclusion that, when it comes to job creation under Scott Walker, "We suck. We're bad." and "Clearly we have to do things differently."

MAL said...

June 28, 2011 Tuesday
Walker: Plan to add 250,000 jobs realistic
BYLINE: Jon Swedien, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.
LENGTH: 598 words

June 28--One day after signing the controversial 2011-13 state budget into law, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he remains confident in his campaign pledge to add 250,000 new jobs.

"Yeah, I do," Walker said during a conference call with reporters Monday when asked if the pledge was still a realistic goal.

Anonymous said...

Poe - tic

What Governor Walker has done is saved thousands of state, local, and school district jobs from budget cuts that were a certainty under the Doyle Administration's wreckless budgets.

Of course this has depleted the left's coffers and voter ID is going to straighten the ship toward fair and honest elections where everyone's vote counts.

Keep up the great work Governor Walker!

Act 10 works!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Obviously, someone is not Aware of All Internet Traditions.