“The first year we had a lot of protests in the state,” Walker said recently. “We had two years’, almost, worth of recalls. A lot of employers here I think can relate to the fact (that) uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for employers big or small or anywhere in between. There was a lot of uncertainty. The good news is that’s passed.”
It couldn’t be Walker’s policies — it has to be the way people reacted to his deception and assault on workers.
Of course, people have other opinions.
“The only question is, ‘Why are we doing so poorly?'” said Jack Norman, former research director of the liberal Institute for Wisconsin’s Future. “The plunge in job growth, compared with other states, coincides exactly with Scott Walker’s time in office. This is no mere coincidence. . . . Act 10 led to large cuts in public workers’ take-home pay, which was a blow to the state’s economy.”
One thing Scott Walker clearly promised to do in his campaign was create 250,000 jobs. So far he’s created between 44,600 and 60,000, depending on which report you believe.
So now that no more recalls are planned Walker and there isn’t any more “uncertainty,” certainly things will get better. To make sure of this, Walker is proposing a tax cut that — of course — would disportionately help out the rich:
Despite his failure to live up to his promise of creating jobs, Walker is still a hero in conservative circles.
He received some of the loudest applause at CPAC, and the right sees him as such an important national figure (and potential Republican 2016 nominee for president) that he’s weighing in on national issues. For example, he thinks same-sex marriage should be left to the states — because they’re so much better at discrimination.
How could such an epic failure of a governor, literally ranked 44th out of 50 in the criterion that matters most to voters, be considered a hero? It’s simple. In every way that matters to the major donors of the Republican Party, he’s a champ.
He took on the unions, cut worker pay and proposed a tax cut that mostly helps the rich.
Heck, in 2012 the GOP nominated a guy who was 47th in job creation as governor — a guy who cared so much about destroying unions that he said “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” just to try to make that happen a little faster.
Obviously, for the billionaires behind the Republican Party, attacking the unions and blaming them for the problems conservative economics have created is more important than anything — maybe even winning elections.
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