Wisconsin ranked 34th in private-sector job creation over the past 12-month period ending in March, adding 24,000 private sector jobs in that time, data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed.

The figures are a key benchmark, picked by Gov. Scott Walker, to measure how well he is meeting his 2010 campaign promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015. He's nowhere close to meeting the pledge. Through his first two years in office, only 63,000 jobs were created, putting Wisconsin on pace to only get about halfway to the goal.

As has become the practice with every release of new data showing Wisconsin lagging the nation, Democrats jumped on the figures to argue it shows Walker's policies are failing. Walker, meanwhile, said the latest numbers show the state's economy is headed in the right direction.

"These numbers show we're making significant progress, and they don't yet include the best summer Wisconsin's had in 23 years," Walker said in a statement. "This is good news, but our work isn't finished. Our number one focus has been on helping the people of this state create jobs, and that will remain our focus each day moving forward."

Walker and Republican legislative leaders earlier this week introduced a package of eight economic development bills for the Legislature to take up later this year. Walker said those proposals, which largely build on existing programs, would go a long way toward him meeting his campaign promise.

But Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca criticized the proposals as insignificant, and said the latest jobs figures show Republican policies are failing. Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature in 2011, the same year Walker took office.

"Wisconsin lags much of the nation in job growth because Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans have spent the past two and a half years undermining workers, public schools and people who need health care instead of focusing on jobs and improving economic prospects for middle-class families," Barca said in a statement.

The latest BLS numbers show that between March 2012 and March 2013, Wisconsin added 24,305 private sector jobs. That was 1.1 percent growth, roughly half the national growth rate of 2 percent. Illinois, which had 1 percent growth, was the only neighboring state that fared worse.

Private sector jobs grew by 2.8 percent in Michigan, 2.1 percent in Minnesota, and 1.2 percent in Iowa.

Walker faces re-election next year and is considering a run for president in 2016. Walker remains a popular draw at Republican fundraisers and other events across the country as he continues to raise his profile in advance of a possible presidential bid.

Walker's liberal critics say he's spending too much time outside of the state instead of focusing on Wisconsin's economy.

"Based on the latest report of sub-par job performance by Gov. Walker it's clear the only 250,000 number he'll achieve in his term is 250,000 frequent flier miles," said Scot Ross, director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now.

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Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Scott Walker is full of Malarky!

Norwood44
Norwood44

The false outrage by the ardent public union posters on this board is cynical. Public unions actually prefer high private sector unemployment to better undermine Walker. Public unions have grown, while the private sector has suffered from a growing income gap. Public unions like to present themselves as champions of the middle class, but they are really just champions of their own special interests, all the while paying lip service to a struggling private sector. We need a new Democratic Party in our state that serves the real middle class, not the government class.

GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

Woody,

Quite right, dawg, Hope is not policy and change is inevitable.

I appreciate your dichotomous differentiation between public and private sector unions. FDR asked and answered the $64,000 question, "Who are the public unions orgainsed against, ... We, the American People."

When I saw a couple of the same screeds on a couple of different threads, I couldn't for the life of me figure out what she was raving about. "Waaaabalance?"

Was she crying for balance? No, that couldn't be it, ... Leftys like living unchallenged inside the warm comfortable confines of their ideological bubble.

Then an epiphany, she simply was missing an 'M'. Clever, call an ambulance.

But to add to your point, we need a Republican Reformation, as well.

What do you get when you cross a RINO and an Elephant?

A 'hell if I know'. But I do know that when extremists of both partys concentrate their political power in preserving the status quo of the government /media complex, it doesn't help We, the People.

Proggy paleo-libs and the entrenched Rockefeller RINO Republicans both have to go.

Veritas vos liberabit,

GOOD DOG, HAPPY MAN.

samster
samster

Wow wood, Where do you get all this intel? You wouldn't be making it up as you go would you? How the heck would you know what the unions prefer?? Unions growing?? Really?? I think your boss Walker put the squash on unions growing .I am pretty certain all we have heard is how Unions are not choosing to certify. Still, I am completely amazed at what you know about unions. So just what are you spewing besides hatred [and why]?? There has to be some reason why you are making this shat up. Your first name wouldn't be Scott would it?? My guess is that you are so far ahead of the middle class that you don't really have a clue what the middle class is or ever was. Truth is you sound more like one of the "silver spoon" types to me. Sort of one of the "haves" verses the have nots. I have only been in one union and all I ever saw was support for other Unions. I also saw a lot of PRIVATE unions and their members supporting the Public Unions in Madison during the peaceful protests. That would be what you prefer to call the riots. I think Walker and his cronys were the ones discussing "sending in troublemakers". No that would have caused a RIOT! Maybe you were there with Scotty. Why would the private unions do that if they were rejected by the public unions? But hey ,If you say it is so-it must be so. Say howdy to Scotty for me!!

Norwood44
Norwood44

samster. Happy to provide data. This comes from nationalaffairs.com and speaks of a U of Michigan study that compares the rise of public unions while private union membership shrank. "Between 1960 and 1980, the portion of full-time unionized public employees jumped from 10% to 36% of the public-sector work force. The AFSCME grew from 99,000 members in 1955 to just under 1 million members in 1980. Over the same period, the American Federation of Teachers grew from 40,000 to more than half a million members. Today, its membership stands at more than 1.5 million — which makes the AFT larger than the largest exclusively private-sector union, the United Food and Commercial Workers (1.3 million members). But even the AFT is dwarfed by the largest labor union in the United States: the National Education Association, which claims 3.2 million members." My point? The public unions have grown while the lot of the working poor continues to deteriorate. So much for public unions helping private sector workers. Not so much.

Norwood44
Norwood44

samster. Regarding your conjecture on my roots, I was born lower middle class.
but go ahead. insult me and accuse me of hatred, when I have none. What you and others of your ild don't seem to understand is that a lot of citizens just don't like the politics of the public unions and the rhetoric and reasoning of many of their supporters on these boards. It's a perfectly legal and popular position to take. The best proof of that are the results of the Wisconsin recall election and the growing national bi-partisan movement to reign in the unsustainable public union contracts, purchased with millions and millions of dollars of political cash.
Have a nice day.

Norwood44
Norwood44

correction. ilk.

freddiebell
freddiebell

Norwood: Can you speak to some other topic than unions in these pages? It's getting tired, and tedious. I keep reading that from you, and it's starting to sound like just so much personal bias on your part, not an objective analysis of the situation. There is so much more to these issues than that. To wit: your comments elsewhere on the need for Democrats to put forth a better gubernatorial candidate, and speak to issues beyond the anti-Walker platform, were quite cogent and insightful. Maybe that's why your incessant union-bashing sticks out so much here. We all know that most people, public or private sector, aren't in a union. How about taking up their situations instead? You've flogged the union horse enough now. It's time to go hunting elsewhere and seek fresh game there.

Norwood44
Norwood44

Freddie. The public unions are still the topic. It is the essential political conflict of our state, and other states as well. It is historic. If you read other posts, and the CT columns, the public union dissatisfaction and anger with Walker is still driving the narrative. Especially in Madison, a public union town. Rotunda demonstrations. Public union appeals in the courts etc. It would be great to hear a New Dem strategy for the post ACT 10 era. Not hearing it. Would welcome it. Until then, it's THE topic. So...what is your idea for the Dems to reconnect with the private sector vs carrying the public union banner? How can they do both? Would like to hear your take.

freddiebell
freddiebell

Norwood: My take on it is pretty simple. Overall the Democratic party needs to do a better job of 1) diverting the average person's attention at least somewhat away from soccer practice and reality TV and demonstrating that its concerns for their overall well-being are in fact their concerns too; 2) forging a viable and easily accessible agenda of its own that goes beyond the "anyone but Walker -- he's got to go" approach that didn't work last time; and 3) identifying and supporting candidates who appeal to the public in a public relations sense and can withstand the inevitable assaults of Big Money upon them when the time comes for those dirty bombs to be launched (I know, not a fair expectation, but that is the reality of the situation -- some of the best potential candidates are unelectable in practice, a sad reflection on what democracy has come to be in our midst).

With regard to the union-specific issue, I see it as a matter of linkage between the needs of the average citizen and what goods and services the public unions provide that we need on an ongoing basis, that their well-being represent our collective well-being. That is most visible in education, where our society wants and needs the best and brightest teachers in a world that is competitive for what they have to offer -- these people can teach elsewhere or work in other, higher-paying jobs if they choose to do so. We need them here, and a strong, forward-thinking union will find ways both to represent their best interests while keeping them on board here and to show the public that what they provide is worth equal to or more than what we compensate them with and trust them to do. Easier said than done, I know. But that is the task at hand as I see it.

The flaw I see in your argument is that not everyone who is a public sector employee is in a union, not by a long shot. What do we do about them? It's not THE topic to them. They are taxpayers too, and they are consumers too. We need their revenue to help cover expenditures, and we need for them to be engaged at the point of purchase to drive our economic engine and push the "job creators" (who by and large are sitting all this out) to live up to that title rather than just take the benefits of it as they can. If we don't address the middle-class concerns adequately and empower them to drive the bus, I don't think it much matters what happens with the unions. That will be a sideshow to the rest of us who are taking it on the chin, while more and more money gets taken out of circulation by the wealthy in the name of "having theirs" with no intent to reinvest it in the economy. Only they are better off for that. The rest of us suffer and have to fight and scrap disproportionately for what is left over. That's one of those important "other narratives" I alluded to. How about if we all focus on that and its critically important long-term ramifications for a while? In my opinion that's what really is THE issue of our time and what stands to make the biggest difference in our collective well-being for the future.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Laser focused on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Mike Gousha to Scott Walker: "You've promised to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin, do you want the voters of Wisconsin to hold you to that promise?"

Scott Walker: "Absolutely, Mike, 250,000 is my floor, my minimum, and I think we can do even better than that"

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

How's Walker's

"six point plan to get Government out of the way to create even more than 250,000 jobs"

working now?

When your candidates for President can only talk about what they would take away from people, how evil Government is, how they would get rid of the Department of Education and the EPA, When your party has to stoop to unconstitutional gerrymandering, voter intimidation, voter suppression, shortening voting hours, shortening voter registration, fewer voting places, fewer voting machines....

When your party doesn't stand FOR anything, only saying no to everything, when your party passes a bill, but then blocks it when the President agrees with you.

When your party refuses to even mention the word compromise...

Then, your party has already lost!

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Call the Waaaabalance!

Wisconsin dropped from 33rd in the Nation in Job growth to 34th!

But in upside down Republican and crazy Tea party land that's a good thing!

It's working!

http://www.uppitywis.org/blogarticle/latest-jobs-report-wisconsin-job-growth-less-half-minnesota-stil

freddiebell
freddiebell

I guess it's working as long as they still have public sector workers to kick around and scapegoat for all of the messes. It seems to give them a warm, fuzzy feeling inside even as the walls appear to be crumbling and falling in around them, largely due to gradual rot and neglect of basic maintenance.

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Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

FTR gotch I did catch your rhetorical double negative. You are correct. Liberals do find it illogical to compare Wisconsin's economic performance to the league record of the vikinigs or any other side show.

But silly me, I thought AA, pete and norwood were the masters of false moral equivalencies. You madam, take the cake. Then again, I guess false moral equivalences make perfect sense in "righty" world.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Wait a minute..... didn't all the righties tout Wisconsin as #2 in the nation?

After all that's what Walker's flying State ad said, Wisconsin was ranked number 2 in the nation? Just more outright lies from the right. They can't be trusted!

First Walker said you can't believe the Governments numbers, then Walker said we have to believe the Governments numbers. Then Walker said you can't believe the Philly Feds numbers, Now Walker says we have to believe the Philly Feds numbers....

Don't believe the polls, you must believe the polls..... does Walker have any clue at all?

He screwed up the County and left a mess for everyone else to clean up, looks like he's doing the same thing with the Governorship..... only he won't run for a second term to clean it up, or to answer for it. What a weasel.

Flynn09
Flynn09

Kiplinger Letter has been tackling 4-5 state economies every week. According to them Wi. economy is growing 1.7% this year. Lowest in the Midwest. Projections for 2014 are around 3.2%. Again, among lowest in Midwest. Wi. unemployment 6.7%. States such as IL. and MI. are higher while Iowa(4.8%) and Minnesota(5.0%) are lower. More of Wi. residents are traveling daily to neighboring states for jobs than those who come here by about 18,000. Wi. needs to add about 38,000 jobs a year just to break even. Obviously, it isn't working.

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

When the majority of the people expect the government to do everything for them, including controlling the economy from the office of the Governor or President, the government will eventually oblige the people and freedom will be lost.

Presidents and Governors cannot control the economy without controlling everything you do. The economy of the State is interdependent on that of the entire nation and vice versa.

TheRestOfTheStory
TheRestOfTheStory

I'm reading your post with an open mind but I'm finding it hard to assume you have in in-depth grasp on politics with these statements. Of course a Governor who controls the State Houses will be the absolute ability to control the economy. Of course the President would have an even greater impact if he had the same amount of control that Scotty has.

But, in the President's case the checks and balances are in place that he doesn't have complete control. Not so for Wisconsin and hence Scotty's greater role in the blame.

As to the majority of the people expecting government to do everything for them, I have no idea where you got that from. Is that your opinion? Because I doubt you'll find any factual evidence of that anywhere. At all. Period.

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

TheRestOfTheStory,
Your are the second person that has ignored the very first word of my comment "When", When does not automatically imply "now" nor does it automatically imply that it has already happened; if that's what you two got out of it, you are reading something that is not there or adding your own spin to it.

Fellow bloggers,
Take my comment for what it actually says, don't read into it.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Anyone who does NOT read into what a Walker supporter says.......IS A FOOL !

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AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Anyone who does NOT read into what a Walker supporter says.......IS A FOOL !

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AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Anyone who does NOT read into what a Walker supporter says.......IS A FOOL !

mzd
mzd

Puts a new slant on the WMC ad doesn't it?

Now I see the WMC is touting itself as the "Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce". Trying to hide behind a new label I guess.

iponder
iponder

We are #34! Its working.

Retired PE
Retired PE

Frankly, I could care less if Walker meets his 250,000 job goal or not because anyone with a brain in his/her head would understand that that comment was just another empty promise from a politician seeking a vote. What DOES annoy me to no end is a comment from Walker that these latest numbers are "significant progress" and that we are headed in the "right direction." Obama has made the very same comments on the national job scene, and Tea Party hacks, such as Walker, have been all over him making the same comment that it isn't enough and that his policies are all wrong for the country. Walker can make the same comments and get away with it. In my mind, it would be a whole lot easier creating job-making policies for s single, small state than for a large, national economy. Tea Partiers cannot have the same comments go both ways.

pete
pete

@gman

didn't the story say WI ranked 34th? 34th sounds brighter than 41st don't you think?

freddiebell
freddiebell

pete: Is that to say that we should settle for that and not strive to be 33rd instead? Or 32nd? Or 31st? Or 30th? Or 29th? Or 28th? ...

I'm not going to brag about being ranked in the bottom half of all states, whether 34th or 41st. How about you?

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

It's funny. Just a day ago conservatives were touting the fact that Wisconsin's economic growth or something. For laughs, I used a NASCAR analogy to point out that the conservatives were cheering for a car that was 6 laps down, just because it had a small uptick in lap speed.

Well let's look at wage growth. Wisconsin wages are growing at a whopping .8% annually. That puts Wisconsin in 25th place for wage growth even though we are in 32nd place for average weekly wage. Hmmmm?

If we use conservative logic, things are looking up. We'd be gaining according to conservatives. But not so fast. Extrapolate it out and 20 years from now, where do you think Wisconsin would be ranked for average weekly wages. Answer, 35th place.

In fairness percent wage growth will fluctuate over time. But that is besides the point. I don't care how you cut it. There really isn't much of a positive spin you can put on Wisconsin's economic performance under Walker.

pete
pete

for laughs, liberals like to use measures that give the appearance that states like MI and IL are in better shape than WI....that really hits me in the funny bone.

This info ended in March. Didn't we add 12,000 new jobs in August alone? why don't we let this play out a little longer and see how WI ends up. Obama's had 5 years to make improvements and the left still makes excuses for him. Unless of course you include the improvements for the 1%'ers. Man, have they been kicking tail the past 5 years. Asset growth has skyrocketed due to obama's economic policy, wall street is his biggest fan. For laughs, I think back to his "wall st vs Main St" speeches he used to give and how people actually used to believe he was looking out for them. And the left wonders why the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow. look no further than your middle class warrior in the white house.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

Wow pete: You were all over the threads last night trying to deflect criticism of Walker by steering the discussion to Obama.

I suggest you suck it up. Republicans talk about personal responsibility, but they just can't bring themselves to talk about let alone accept that their policies have hurt our economy. In fact, for Wisconsin the need to deflect is even greater than normal. Wisconsin has become a live learning laboratory for republican economic theories. Lord forbid we actually look at how Wisconsin has been performing.

As for waiting? We are getting so far behind the 8 ball even if we do see an uptick it's going to be like cheering for a NASCAR driver in 41st place, six laps down, just because he's making a move on 40th.

You guys are pathetic.

pete
pete

kind of like the analogy I use when comparing WI to IL, MI,CA, etc. Who's healthier and 300lb guy who loses 20 lbs or a 180 lb guy who loses 5? the left will try to convince us the guy who lost 20 is healthier cause he lost more.

suck up what? That the state's finances are doing better (didn't say great)? That the business environment is drastically improving? That new middle class jobs are coming back (how's that going at the national level - crap, can't talk about that, scratch that)? That WI is leading the region in new manufacturing jobs? That we were in the mid-40's for jobs and now we're in the mid 30's and that doesn't even include the banner summer we just had?

btw, I am all for putting walker's record out there for all to see and critique. However, these policies (as you well know) are like steering ship. I'm willing to wait to see how it all works out. I'm pretty certain the positive news from the fed and the summer job numbers have people like you squirming a little bit so you fall back on a jobs report that is 6 months old.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

Pete:

The report is a couple of days old no't 6 months old. The QCEW report is based on data that is six months old, but a year ago this was the data Walker said we should be using because it was the most accurate. Now, you want to use the CES data that just a year ago conservatives derided as inaccurate and unreliable. I wish you guys could make up your mind. Of course the fact that you can't speaks volumes about your purpose or should I say the spin you want to put on things just because it's Walker.

Walker and conservative republicans dialed in the setup on the race car. They are the ones responsible for Wisconsin being six laps down. Now you bozos want to restart the race and ignore the fact that we're six laps down. That way you can ignore the fact that it was conservative economic policies that put us six laps down.

And don't give me your Obama crap. Everyone was on the same track under the same conditions. Walker's set up was a failure and you folks won't admit it. I call that a lack of character.

freddiebell
freddiebell

pete:

1) Right now the private sector workers I know all are doing better than the public sector workers I know, with comparable educational backgrounds and levels of experience.

2) My public sector peers in other states are doing better than we are here in Wisconsin -- better paid, and better respected by the general public -- and to a person they look at our situation and say how sorry they feel for us, being here now in Wisconsin and going through what we do. They would not trade their situation for ours.

3) Can you show conclusively that the job gains here are directly attributable to the Walker agenda and not simply an extension (albeit a very modest one, compared with other, similar states and their results) of national trends, i.e. the "rising tide floats all boats" circumstance?

Let's try to break this all down without resorting to terms like "liberals" and "lefties" for a change. They are issues that impact all of us.

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

With the current job killing policies of the federal government and the national economy currently in the toilet, there's little Walker can do to create jobs in Wisconsin.

Observer5
Observer5

So why did he promise 250,000 jobs and a laser focus?

toobad
toobad

He thought he could overcome the 0bama depression

S54k
S54k

Obviously he thought wrong. Time for a new governor who knows how to think!

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

If Walker had done absolutely nothing, a normal economic recovery would have led to the 250k jobs.

Walker turned Wisconsin into a live laboratory for conservative economic thought. In the end we got hosed. And it's about to get worse. Many of Walker's economic ideas haven't even taken place yet. Pretty soon the tax breaks for the job creators will start kicking in at higher levels. It's like they are being rewarded for not creating jobs.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

So AA:

I do agree with you. This isn't a normal recovery. But it seems many other states are doing significantly better than we are. Why is that? We are all tooling around on the same NASCAR track. Not all of the states doing better than us are in some oil reserve.

As for crystal ball? Not really. It's was just an extension of something I have said numerous times before. Walker didn't go out on a limb, with a wild eyed projection of 250k jobs. His was really a safe projection when he made it.

Has a slow national economy made it more difficult for Walker to attain his goal/promise? Probably. But, no more so than it has hurt other states. One of the key things that explains Wisconsin's poor performance is... well... Walker and the conservative economic policies he and the republican controlled legislature enacted. They backfired.

The only positive spin you folks can put on things is hope that they will work over time? Now that's "hopey changey." Cause even if they do change, we're still six laps down and we're not making up enough ground to significantly close the gap.

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

Fartinthewind,
"If Walker had done absolutely nothing, a normal economic recovery would have led to the 250k jobs."

That's quite an assumption you made there. We haven't been having "a normal economic recovery" anywhere across the country. Didn't I hear both sides clearly state that this is the slowest recovery out of a recession that we have ever had.

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

Fartinthewind,
Decent recovery is spotty at best. Place all the partisan blame where ever you want; that doesn't change the fact that the economy is everyone's fault and no one's fault!

You don't see any positive spin from me, do you; I've stated that it's not good and I'll do so until it gets significantly better; I'm just point out nonsense propaganda, and your statement fell into that category.

Presidents and Governors cannot control the economy without controlling everything you and I do. The economy of the State is interdependent on that of the entire nation and vice versa.

freddiebell
freddiebell

@ AllAmerican, below: Perhaps the slow recovery is because the circumstances were so very bad that this is the best result possible. Prove to us beyond a reasonable doubt that the stimulus package and other measures to fight the near-depression did not work, if you can. Quite possibly they kept the situation from becoming much, much worse than it would have become if left alone to run its course, or if other measures had been enacted instead. There are other countries that have it much worse than we do in managing the recovery, which is global in nature, not just domestic. Spain, to cite just one example, would love to be in our situation. Just try to find a job there now with 26 percent unemployment and austerity measures not working.

gman
gman

HEY YOU BRIGHT CONSERVATIVE YOU IF ITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HOW MANY OF THE 5O STATES ARE EFFECTED BY THE SAME LAWS.......I WILL GIVE YOU TIME TO THINK.........................................................................................................
NOW WISCONSIN RATED 41ST IN JOB CREATION SO HOW MANY STATES DID BETTER? .........I WILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE TIME TO THINK...........................................
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NOW THIS IS TOUGHER WHY IF ITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NOT MR.WALKERS FAULT WHY DID 40 STATES DO BETTER UNDER THE SAME EXACT CONDITIONS? ...............I THINK HIS HEAD EXPLODED

morninmist
morninmist

So JOE---why can other states do so much better:??--other Governors create jobs!! something is wrong in WI and it is Walker and his policies!!

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Are you talking about the 7.4 million jobs Obama has created? is that the job killing policies of the Federal Government you're talking about?

Or could it be the Federal job killing policies under Bush who in 8 years was only able to create 3.2 million jobs.... and in his last month as President was losing 750,000 per month? Those job killing policies?

Here is some of that math that you Republicans and Tea partiers hate so much.... if the Federal Government so far under Obama has created 7.4 million new jobs..... divided by 50 States.... that equals an average of 148,000 per State. Now do you understand why Wisconsin is 34th in the Nation?

Yeah, it's working alright.

November 4th 2014 it will work even better!

freddiebell
freddiebell

Joe: Enough of the Walker apologist approach. Let's look at the facts of the situation:

Fact 1: He said that he would create 250,000 private sector jobs (never mind how he stuck it to the public sector -- another issue).

Fact 2: He is on pace to fall way short of the mark, to the point that even he is backing away from it and obfuscating.

Fact 3: He did not qualify that promise by saying it was conditional upon what President Obama does.

Fact 4: He did not qualify that promise by saying it was conditional upon what the national economy does.

Fact 5: He must take ownership of his words and accept the consequences of his choices.

That is simply the way that it is. No amount of wishing it away or trying to change the subject on your part can alter that. They are all factors that the electorate rightly should take into account when voting for governor in 2014.

rip
rip

Wisconsin is a agriculture economy so why are we blaming Walker for the sad state of affairs this state is in? Blame the farmers. Remember the farmers don't have to pay any where near their fair share of taxes.

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

Highly subsidized too. Let's leave the bankers alone for once and pick on the farmers.

hankdog
hankdog

joe:

you are treading on thin ice. Look up where the majority of the subsidies go. To large land owners: sports stars, investment companies, guys like ted Turner. Even a former NFL tight end who has run as a far right candidate for the House from a western state.

When you are done with that research, check out which lawmakers have blocked subsidy reform/elimination: Republicans, usually from the south.

freddiebell
freddiebell

Joe: We learned all too well in 2007 and 2008 that bankers cannot be trusted to look after anyone's best interests other than their own. Those who forget the past are condemned to relive it. You might want to study history more closely. It is very instructive about human tendencies.

concerned_citizen
concerned_citizen

for all his boot-licking of billionaire "job creators"
WI Gov Awesomesauce
is certainly not a good one himself, is he?

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bootlicker

Stuck In The Middle With You
Stuck In The Middle With You

The next best summer Wisconsin will have will be without Scott Walker holding any elected office in this state.

davea
davea

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harvey
Harvey

Not to worry. Soon the Taconite mine will create a zillion jobs. In the mean time we have concealed carry laws, shut down abortion clinics, allowed tax payer funds to be used to send students to religious schools, allowed hunting in State parks, kicked 92000 poor people off of Medicade and sabotaged ACA. While "Awful Sauce" Walker and the Republicans may not have created jobs like they promised, we can all agree Wisconsin has become a much nicer place to live.

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