I am fortunate enough to be on the E-update list from the Desk of Scott Walker. It’s been illuminating. Good times.
Now, grant you, Scott Walker was not recalled; on the other hand, Dems regained control of the Senate chamber. And in better news, even as Wisconsinites were re-electing Scott Walker, President Obama won over Romney in the exit polls. It was a message that caused no small amount of consternation on the right, as they attempted to spin the Walker recall election as a referendum on President Obama’s re-election chances.
Now, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term in office. The actual number up there was 12,500 – unfortunately, it was 12,500 in the opposite direction; during Walker’s first year in office, the state lost 12,500 jobs. So, net, Walker has to create 262,500 jobs to meet his campaign promise – and in addition to those lost jobs, a University of Wisconsin economist predicts that Walker’s budget will cost the state an additional 21,500 jobs over the next two years.
Since Wisconsin is second to last in the nation (higher only than Missouri, which placed dead last) in job creation, Walker needs a new, bright, shiny, revised campaign promise: “Wisconsin is still open for business, and that business includes creating 33,000 jobs to get back to the point where I promised to create 250,000 jobs. Oh, and don’t worry about those 21,000 jobs Wisconsin will be losing in the next two years thanks to my budget. We can fudge the numbers some more and fix that right up.”
But back to the E-update. First, Walker touted the job creation currently going on in the state. Massive numbers.
“We have recently had a number of major job announcements in Wisconsin . . . Recently:
- Ashley Furniture broke ground on a Whitehall plant expansion that will add 225 jobs and invest more than $6 million in the 80,000 square-foot addition;
- Spancrete broke ground in Manitowoc for an expansion that will create 30 jobs;
- Fi-Med Management of Wauwatosa is planning an expansion of its medical software services, creating up to 145 jobs;
- Plexus Corp. of Neenah is planning to create up to 350 jobs related to the company’s decision to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Neenah; and,
- Total Administrative Services Corp. of Madison is planning to expand and upgrade its capacity, which will create up to 102 new jobs.”
Great start: 852 jobs created, 282,148 to go.
Walker is still counting on uneducated Wisconsinites believing his fabricated job numbers. As he noted in his E-update, “We are tabulating our job creation number based on the Department of Workforce Development’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). DWD basically puts out the Current Employment Survey (CES) every month, which are initial estimates of jobs. Then about 6-9 months later once hard data has been tabulated (no longer an estimate) they release the QCEW data. Typically quarterly and annual QCEW data is released approximately nine months after the end of the year.”
What a crock. As freakoutnation.com reported, Walker isn’t using the same statistical analysis of job creation as the rest of the freakin’ nation, which is that of the Bureau of Labor Statistics – and the BLS showed that Wisconsin lost 33,900 jobs in one year.
The final line of Walker’s E-update stated, “The most recent actual job count data, which has been signed off on by the Federal Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows Wisconsin is headed in the right direction.” But as Media Matters reported, “While Walker is currently claiming that BLS approved his revised 23,608 number, a BLS representative told the blog Politiscoop that the bureau confirmed a revised formula for calculating Wisconsin’s jobs creation numbers submitted to them by Walker’s administration, but not the revised numbers being touted by his campaign.”
A new lie, pretty much like the old lie. A new Walker job creation agenda, pretty much like the old Walker job creation agenda.
Love, from the Desk of Scott Walker.