Monday, August 25, 2014

For The Umpteenth Time, Walker Cannot Tell A True Story

There he goes again (and ask yourself why Walker has so few unvarnished "True" ratings by PolitiFact?). Just what is his problem?

This time, his constitutional incapability to talk straight and avoid self-serving spin is in his latest TV ad where he redefines his signature 250,000 new jobs campaign promise as a goal.

A goal and a promise are not the same thing.

One is a matter of your word.

The other is just words.

Two things you should note in this most-recent account of the failing Walker jobs promise by PolitiFact:

1) PolitiFact's routine and repeat definition of the matter as "his top campaign promise."

2) The Walker "Campaign news release" that is highlighted as the paper's source. Click on it. The Walker campaign has taken it down. Why do you think that was done?

I promise you: the goal is to confuse and deceive.

Create 250,000 new jobs

Will "get government out of the way of employers ... who will then help Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs by 2015, and as we create those new jobs, we will be able to add 10,000 new businesses.”
Subjects: EconomyJobs


A small increase, but not enough to put the goal in reach

Updated: Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | By James B. Nelson
Perhaps the most important number coming out of the state's July jobs report is this: 29,437.
That's how many jobs Wisconsin employers would have to add each month for the remaining five months of the year in order for Gov. Scott Walker to achieve his top campaign promise --  creating 250,000 private-sector jobs by the end of his four-year term.
PolitiFact has been using the same language for more than three years, without a challenge from Walker, when it said it would track his progress and hold him and thge performance accountable:   
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. He says everything his administration does is based on improving the state's economic climate, and says he is pushing the "most aggressive pro-jobs agenda in the country." 
At a recent appearance before the Waupaca Chamber of Commerce, Walker called the 250,000 figure "a minimum, not a maximum." 
We will be tracking that pledge, along with 60-some other campaign promises, on our Walk-O-Meter feature.
Walker even used the word "promise" and "pledge" when challenged last year to say he hadn't abandoned it, though he remembered his talking points and slid into "goal," but he knows it was a promise, and he knows the difference between a promise and a goal.

A promise is where you give your word.

A goal is your wish, without an obligation.

And did Walker take issue with the AP's report on his failed promise as far back as 2011? 

Heck, no: He doubled-down it it. Read Walker's wording back then.
Gov. Scott Walker has made little progress fulfilling a campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs over four years, making the pledge that was a key to getting him elected last year a potentially significant hurdle as he fights off recall efforts.

Walker hasn't been shy about the promise, even saying shortly before taking office that he wanted it branded on the foreheads of his top Cabinet officials.

Walker was the only gubernatorial candidate in last year's race to promise a specific number of news jobs, with no wiggle room, and he brashly repeated the pledge after winning.

"I want my Cabinet secretaries to have branded across their heads, '250,000 jobs,'" Walker said at a December 2010 meeting of the Dairy Business Association. "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."


Anonymous said...

And who can forget this.

Talk about writing on the wall.

nonquixote said...

Nice catch, Jim.

As I asked at the CogDis site, when can we just quit stumbling around with our own semantics and simply, clearly state the truth and start using the word LIAR?

Anonymous said...

nonquixote- I think with Walker you could have used the word Liar the day he took office, if not sooner!