PolitiFact continues tracking job creation in Wisconsin and again documents the gap between Scott Walker's infamous 250,000 new private-sector jobs promise and the fact that he is only 40% or so there.
Here is the link about Walker and the "baby steps" taken to meet his promise:
The latest report, when combined with previously released data, shows the state created an estimated 105,872 jobs since Walker took office in January 2011
That leaves 144,128 jobs to go.Walker is so concerned about the pledge that he has tried to walk away or duck it, including a recent effort to rewrite the record by saying he deserved five years in office to meet the goal, not the four-year term which had always defined the pledge, as media had repeatedly documented.
So how do you square that performance with New Jersey Governor and traffic manager Chris Christie's fantastical ode to Walker in Time magazine, where the magazine inexplicably said Walker was one of the world's most 100 influential people and Christie lauds growth in the state that isn't happening?
Time says Walker is the Midwest GOP's hope, but Wisconsin ranks 32nd-to-35th nationally in job growth, depending on the measure, and ninth in job growth among ten Midwestern states, data show.
That would rank Walker among the most inept among the 100 most important people in the world, and puts Time high up in the easiest-to-fool publications.
In fact, the real star of the Midwest when it comes to growth and jobs and prosperity is Minnesota, where a Democratic Governor shines, putting Walker and his penurious, poor-people-punishing policies to shame.
I figure the Christie people called Walker's people for wording to undermine Walker's greatest weakness and provided Christie's people the text or the inspiration.
If Christie wrote that malarkey himself, he has too much time on his hands.