When Scott Walker was running for governor in 2010, he made nearly every speech with the tidbit that he would bring 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin during his four year term. Then he threw away the possibility of tens of thousands of jobs and infrastructure improvements that would have brought many more jobs and brought Wisconsin into the 21st Century when he rejected $810 million in high speed rail money from the Department of Transportation to build a Madison-to-Milwaukee high-speed line in the early days of his failing governorship. Just to add another layer of incompetence, Walker later requested a portion of the money for the rail project he rejected and was told that he essentially is a buffoon. That was just the start.
Being that Walker is a college dropout incapable of having the discipline to get to graduate, one can expect such short-sighted hick-like stupidity and self-centered myopia from this governor. It’s what those paying attention to this wheezing charlatan have learned to expect and his extremist, partisan divisiveness combined with what can only be seen as a circle jerk march from his willing Republicans to keep shoveling more excrement in the Fail Pile to make interested investors chuckle and move on to other midwest states where clowns are not at the helm. So, as one would expect, more bad news about Walker’s Wisconsin keep coming:
The monthly jobs loss — indicated in preliminary, seasonally adjusted Current Employment Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was the biggest monthly decline since April 2009, near the end of the Great Recession.
The state lost 22,600 private-sector jobs between March and April and another 1,500 public jobs according to the Current Employment Statistics, which samples around 3.5 percent of Wisconsin employers monthly.
“If Republicans spent half as much time creating jobs as they do spinning lackluster job numbers, Wisconsin might not be falling so far behind in job creation,” Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said, adding that “Wisconsin also ranks 45th in wage growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and dead last in short-term job growth according to the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“The Walker administration neglects to mention that Wisconsin was 11th in the nation in job growth the year before the governor took office,” Barca said. “I find it highly disturbing that the governor, his partisan cabinet secretaries and Republican legislators are all patting each other on the back now that we’ve plummeted to 44th.”
April statistics show Wisconsin’s unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, unchanged from March and lower than the national 7.5 percent.
They also show job losses in the state and in every employment category except natural resources and mining, which was unchanged. Construction jobs fell by 3,900 and manufacturing was off 3,400 jobs.
Private service industries lost 15,300 jobs in April in Wisconsin.
Republicans tried to shine the pile of dung with predictable praises that Walker’s job creation numbers was at best like buying some soot-filled Kool Aid at a corner stand.
It’s Walker’s War on Success that continues unabated.