Friday, August 19, 2011

Hey Walker, the buck stops where?

According to the Walker administration’s Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin gained 12,900 private-sector jobs in June.

Walker passes the buck on unemployment rate.
Who did Walker give credit to?

Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which brought your federal tax dollars home, both kept necessary need-based programs afloat while also funding projects that put people to work?


Did he give legislative Democrats credit for passing more than 50 different job creation measures last session when we were in control of the legislature?


Did he give credit to legislative Republicans, who thus far have talked a lot about job creation but yet passed very few ideas that will actually create jobs?


So who did he give credit to? Well, himself of course. On July 28, 2011, he issued this release, touting the number of jobs created on his watch.

Since Walker was so quick to take the credit, you’d think he’d also be quick to take the blame for July’s 12,500 private-sector jobs lost.

Wrong again!

In fact, he puts the onus in part on the recall elections. So, how did the recall elections hurt Wisconsin’s economy?

Good question. According to the people who apparently write Scott Walker’s talking points (Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce), the recall elections created “uncertainty” in our economy. I’m not making this up. Check out WMC’s statement here, which Walker basically regurgitated the next day to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

When the Journal Sentinel asked Walker if he should be accountable for the job loss since he previously took credit for job gains, he blamed job loss on “incredible uncertainty.”
So there you have it. Scott Walker wanted to be governor, but now that he’s in charge, he doesn’t want to be accountable.
Governor Walker, your continuous political rhetoric can’t hide your lack of real movement on job creation in Wisconsin (lawyers defending legislative lawsuits and poll workers doesn’t count as job creation).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Secret Society Known as ALEC

At the ALEC convention, one moderator said the legislators are the football players and the corporate lobbyists are the coaches. read more...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Video from ALEC Convention in New Orleans

In this video, I give insight into the recent ALEC convention in New Orleans.

Friday, August 5, 2011

All men (and corporations) are created equal...

If you are a single, somewhat unattractive corporation (maybe you have a chemical dumping problem or something), and you need a little love only a state legislature can give, you need ALEC. Read more... 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What I did on my Summer Vacation

I really thought it would take more than five minutes in New Orleans before I realized the conservative movement had landed.

But it didn’t.

As I was waiting for my bags, I heard a mid-thirties woman talking on the phone. “Yah, I’m down in New Orleans for the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting. We write legislation, and they..." Continue at The Progressive...

Guest Blog Roundup

I've been busy the last few weeks guest blogging for the Progressive and Fighting Bob about the recall elections and unemployment since my last blog post. Check out my guest blogs for the Progressive about what Senator Hansen's successful election means in the fight for worker's rights. I also encourage you to check out my guest blog for Fighting Bob on the unemployment fight and a follow-up on on the same topic on The Progressive.