Jobs! Jobs? Jobs?!
Jobs! Jobs? Jobs?!
Campaigning to be elected WI Governor in 2010, the candidates competed with one another to assert the HIGHEST NUMBER of new jobs in WI! Scott Walker won with his PROMISE to create 250,000 new jobs in the PRIVATE SECTOR. So, where are we on JOBS?!
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an informative article by John Schmid last Thursday (1/19) which I urge you to read, “Wisconsin lost 3,900 private-sector jobs in December.”
The startling summary of the article is the assertion, “Wisconsin unexpectedly lost private-sector jobs in December for the sixth consecutive month, the same months in which the nation added private-sector jobs.” There is a VERY helpful CHART showing the “Monthly net change in Wisconsin and national private-sector employment” complementing the article. Using the link above will take you to see the full text of the article with the chart.
The article reports, “According to data released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development, the state lost an estimated 3,900 jobs in the private sector in December from November. In the same month, the United States gained an estimated 212,000 jobs, outstripping expectations of most economists and raising hopes that employers are gaining confidence at the national level.”
This leads one to consider the evaluation published by “The Truth-O-Meter” feature of PolitiFact Wisconsin in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last Wednesday (1/12), “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the state's jobs data is unreliable.”
Analyzing Walker’s use of the jobs data earlier in 2011, the assessment notes that took credit for the jobs increases through the months early in 2011 as the new jobs numbers were positive, but NOW has done a “FULL FLOP” with his criticism of the numbers in December 2011 with the numbers having been negative for several months!
ALERT: There has been NO CHANGE in the numbers are calculated since Walker took office in January, 2011!
Be sure to NOTE the specific reminder in the report, “Time to roll out the Flip-O-Meter and with it our requisite reminder: It does not measure whether any change in position is good politics or good policy, but simply whether a political figure has changed his or her position.”
PERSPECTIVE: One needs to consider the fact that the current secretary of Workforce Development, Reggie Newson is Walker’s 3rd appointee because the others have RESIGNED! Once these people get the TRUTH, they choose to be FREE of the department which is coping with expectations by Walker which are IMPOSSIBLE. He is demanding that his campaign promise of 250,000 new private sector jobs be claimed regardless of REALITY!
An additional issue is the SPECIAL SESSIONS (plural – January and September) – Status of Business which Walker called to create private sector jobs. JOBS?! Which bill(s) – singular or plural? – have been passed which directly are creating jobs in the private sector? Which one(s) do YOU identify?
These official statistics show the January session which adjourned on September 27, 2011 show that the Assembly had 14 bills introduced and the Senate had 13 bills introduced. Together the chambers agreed on 6 which became law with the signature of the Governor.
Looking at the September special session which adjourned on November 7, 2011 statistics, the Assembly had 24 bills introduced and the Senate had 24 bills introduced. 7 bills passed by the Senate were messaged to the Assembly and concurred in.
If you want to review the 2011 sessions of our WI State Legislature use this link to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s November 12, 2011 overview article, “Legislators wrap up without passing key economic bills.” What is YOUR evaluation of OUR WI legislature’s sessions of 2011?
AND NOW, our WI State Legislature is back in session and Walker will deliver the “State of the State” address to a joint session of our legislature on Wed., 1/25 at 7 pm. The speech will be available via various media sources as well as streamed online by “Wisconsin Eye.” I’ll be watching via podcast since I will be involved in class at UW-Waukesha and then I’ll discuss the State of the State and the State of the Union with the official responses later this week.
Remember: The State of the Union will be tomorrow night with the President addressing a Joint Session of our US Congress at 8 pm OUR TIME followed by the official Republican response. This event will be available on various media sources as well as streamed by The White House and C-Span.
SPECIAL NOTE: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Did YOU realize that today is New Year’s Day for the Lunar Year of the Dragon?! I enjoyed watching the You Tube video, Beijing welcomes New Year showing a HUGE BELL and fireworks welcoming the Lunar New Year. I think YOU will enjoy it too - take a look. ENJOY NEW YEAR’s DAY TODAY!
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.