Because in reality, we are embarking on our second “Special Session on Anything But Job Creation.”
While their special session started with a bang with lots of talk about jobs, so far, it has been a bust… or a bang, depending on if you consider that the GOP seems more focused on guns than job creation.
You’d think Governor Walker would have learned his lesson after his first failed special session. In fact, our unemployment rate has grown faster than the national average since Walker’s first unsuccessful special session on job creation.
Yet, here we are repeating Walker’s mistakes…again.
Since Walker announced the “Special Session on Anything But Job Creation” in September, the Wisconsin State Assembly has taken up 85 bills and 12 resolutions, yet very few of these bills will improve our economy.
Walker claimed he’d “focus like a laser” on job creation. Instead, Walker’s focus is more like a disco ball.
Instead of asking how we can help create jobs, the State Assembly is deeply embroiled in other important philosophical questions such as:
· Should we be able to serve butter AND margarine in restaurants?
· Is it okay to ban video cameras in the Assembly Gallery, yet allow our guests to have concealed weapons?
· How many hours of advance notice should landlords give to their tenants if they wish to enter an apartment for a non-emergency?
· What time of day should liquor stores be able to open?
· Should you be able to drink wine at a county fair?
· Should you be able to transport a gun on a boat? If so, how?
Today, Republicans tell us the Assembly is going to take up its first bills from Walker’s special session, but I’m not holding my breath that they will actually help the economy or create jobs. I’ve seen this movie and I know how it ends.