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Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Falls To 49th In Economic Outlook

June 10, 2013 8:43 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 100 Comments A+ / A-
Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Falls To 49th In Economic Outlook

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) is a conservative hero with a record of taking progressives and unions in a state that went for Obama and beating them twice. He’s cut government, taken away worker protections, supported government-mandated ultrasounds and empowered the private sector, making him the Republican insiders’ favorite for the 2016 GOP nomination.

His only problem is, his economic policies continue to fail — miserably.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has ranked the Badger State 49th in its 50-state Leading Index report for April. With an index rank of -0.74 percent, Wisconsin was one of only five states to show contraction.

Experts do not read much into one month’s data. This index — which factors in average manufacturing hours, unemployment, wage trends and building permits — often shows a wide margin of error. The state has been especially rocked by the national decline in manufacturing.

However, Walker doesn’t really have any positive economic data to point to. Since he took office, his state has fallen from 11th to 44th in job creation. Wisconsin’s wages are also declining at twice the national level.

Walker’s new budget — which reads more like a campaign document than a plan to create jobs — offers a tax cut that mostly benefits the rich and sucks public funds into private ventures, in the form of school vouchers.

The governor is also rejecting Medicaid expansion and using the Affordable Care Act exchanges to kick 87,000 Wisconsinites off his state’s Badgercare program.

Meanwhile, his promise of creating 250,000 jobs looks less and less likely to happen.

Austerity seems to work about as well in America as it does in Greece. Maybe losing the recall was the best thing that could have happened for Wisconsin’s progressive movement. Walker’s job creation record is speaking volumes about attacking the institutions that helped create America’s middle class.

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  • idamag

    Well, Wisconsin, this is your reward for letting the backwoods select your governor. I know some people who live in the boonies in Wisconsin and often they make a statement and my mind says, “Huh?”

    • David

      Well, idamag, I live on a forty in the middle of the great north woods that you would surely consider a “boonie” but I consider a paradise and when I read your statement my mind said: “huh?”

      • MVH1

        See, that’s the problem. You were supposed to read the article which is filled with facts, Boonie.

        • David

          I didn’t dispute the article, only the asinine statement that reeks of an uniformed person who is in to stereotyping; of which is a very close kin to name-calling.

          • MVH1

            You and Vornak missed the humor. Totally. Which supports a theory of mine. I believe that should be “uninformed.” No?

          • Arcturus

            How is he wrong? The cities did vote for Barrett. The rural areas went against their own interests for Walker. Disclosure: I also live on a 40 in rural mid-Wisconsin and my township went 199 to 63 for Walker.

          • DutchS

            You might start by looking at your assumption that you know people’s interests better than they do. Try asking people why they voted for Walker and then, instead of assuming they were “duped,” try assuming they really are angry over those issues. No, I didn’t vote for Walker and I voted to recall him, but I’ve been trying for years to get liberals to understand that the Tea Party has real grievances and all I get in return is “lalalalala.”

          • idamag

            David, this is not stereotyping. There was a study and rural areas tend to vote Republican. Two of my relatives from Wisconsin, one in Wassau and one in Cecil, said that if they voted for Obama he would take away their guns. Since they are doing exit polls, we can’t really prove or disapprove what I said. I come from a rural state. I love my state and I love my community, but they don’t exactly study facts and vote Republican because their families have always voted Republican.

          • MVH1

            Rural areas in the South vote Republican overwhelmingly also.

          • DutchS

            Here’s a plan. Guarantee gun owners the right to own guns, hunt, and protect themselves and their property. Ditch the PETA-Cleveland Amory types who want to ban hunting, because gun owners know perfectly well that there are some people who have that as their ultimate agenda. Put the burden of gun regulation where it belongs: on the criminals.

            Suppose I were President and I offered you the following choice. I’ll back strong but reasonable gun control. In return, we decide criminal verdicts solely on factual evidence, the death penalty is reaffirmed as Constitutional, and any crime committed with a gun can be a capital crime. Would you sacrifice 10,000 criminals a year to save 10,000 victims of guns?

          • MVH1

            So if I did everything you want, which would violate a number of beliefs I have, then you’d be all for gun control. Are you to be the executioner as well? It kind of sounds like you’d like that job. “The burden of gun regulation where it belongs: on the criminals.” I’m not being obtuse but what the heck does that mean? Exactly what is it you have in mind on that one? Are they criminals because of their use of guns or are they criminals you think will use guns? And I consider the death penalty barbaric. That being said, certain crimes the first thing I think is: Now if ever there was a reason to have the death penalty, this person gave it. In fact, I’m for a complete overhaul of prisons. This country has a thing about throwing people in jail. Then they let them out, worse than they were before and unable to cope with the world they find. Would I sacrifice 10,000 criminals a year to save 10,000 victims of guns? I assume you would be deciding what constituted a criminal and it sounds like you’d execute a lot of petty criminals. Sorry, this is not the kind of choice I’d be interesting in making.

          • JSquercia

            What HOGWASH .You always get the same slippery slope argument from Gun Owners . The POLICE were in favor of Universal Background Checks .

            I was a BIG proponent of the Death Penalty UNTIL DNA evidence wound up clearing many criminals .I am in favor of Life without parole . Strangely enough it turns out that Life without Parole actually saves Money as opposed to the Death Penalty .

        • Vornak

          You can’t understand that David was responding to idamag’s post, and not commenting on the article ?

          Time for you to go back to PoliticalWire, where there is little in the way of understanding, no ?

          • MVH1

            Weren’t you banned from PW?

          • Vornak

            Meffy accused me falsely of hate speech to remove my voice from the ‘community’. If you ever wonder why there is so little disagreement on that board to controversial issues, there’s your answer.

            Some folks just can’t allow a voice of dissent, for their arguments can’t carry the day.

          • MVH1

            Falsely? I’m sorry, Vornie, I saw what you posted and there’s lots of it I couldn’t classify otherwise. No, there’s an enormous amount of lively conversation over there. Especially about Snowden. Lots of crossing swords over that one. The problem is when you don’t win, your conversation degrades.

          • Vornak

            Sure, lots of disagreement – but never any hate speech. Meffy was way off the deep end on that one.

          • MVH1

            If you’re convinced of that, give it another go. Meffy is fair. She’ll give you another chance. She has done so for several people.

          • Vornak

            Actually she’s not very fair – she’s had a rather quick trigger to ban any independent/conservative/repub ever since the first IRS hearing. Saw her ban several folks that first week.

          • MVH1

            I think banning became more refined. When it was a regular, it was easier to see where it was going. You are wounded. It’s obvious. I’m really sorry about that. We all know not to play games whose rules we don’t want to observe. Just think about it.

          • Vornak

            “We all know not to play games whose rules we don’t want to observe.

            Have not violated any rules at all. Meffy was wrong, but she’s the gatekeeper who sees as her purpose to maintain the purity of the population. (ausrotten)

          • MVH1

            Okay, honey. Try not to dwell on it. I’m glad to see you again.

          • Vornak

            Posted hundreds of comments on PW … bet you can’t find a single one to support your suggestion of racism or sexism. Insults – yes, on occasion, and most often deservedly.

            That’s quite like Meffy, and the majority of folks on the PW board … just make a charge – no basis for it, just make it – like racism or sexism. Never happened, and I know you can’t cite a single instance.

          • MVH1

            I see that this has hurt your feelings. I am really sorry about that. I did not commit your comments to memory and didn’t think about them enough in the aftermath to remember a single one, only an assessment somewhere along the way that you were too committed to your positions to ever listen and give fair comment back and forth. That being said, I have missed you. We all evolve or go stale. You make another pass when you feel better. I do remember many times when I thought you had comments of great value. And that’s not nothing.

          • Vornak

            Not my feelings personally – am way beyond that. But unfairness does get under my skin and common courtesy should be extended to those with differing viewpoints.

            It’s not hurt feelings, it’s frustration. Frustration that the PW board isn’t more than what it is. Both the education and (often more importantly) the awareness level of the issues is far, far above those who post on HuffPo, MotherJones, even NYTimes, etc. Would even suggest most are more informed than most on RCP, but when there are 999 voices on one side of an issue, and 3 on the other, it becomes a rather frustrating adventure.

          • MVH1

            No, it’s your feelings, personally. That’s obvious. You feel you’ve been treated unfairly and without courtesy. Before we had moderators, it was trolled constantly and you couldn’t discuss anything. I do agree, most people on there are like-minded. I think on a board of that nature, it’s unavoidable. There are very few things that will get you banned but they are extremely specific. Well, you’ve found other outlets, I see. I hope they are working out for you. But it always depends on the topic. There are some very heated ones right now so it’s a very lively several days. But that’s everywhere. Well, I shall look for you here then. :)

    • stcroixcarp

      The problem was that Walker was elected by Milwaukee, Green Bay, Waukesha, the cities of the southeastern quadrant of the state. No candidate bothered to come an visit the “boonies”, let alone actually campaign there. Most people in the northland had never heard of Walker or Barrett because of a lack of media coverage. People voted republican because they didn’t like former governor Doyle and they were afraid that their property tax would become unaffordable.. We have learned a painful lesson.

      • Independent1

        Pray tell!! Where did anyone ever get the notion that a Republican governor would care one iota about the property taxes a state’s peons might end up paying??? Here in Maine, our GOP governor is insisting that state funding via a couple programs to the towns that help offset property taxes be completely cut, which would raise property taxes, in lieu of recinding an income tax cut that he and the nitwit GOP leglislature had enacted when he first took office two years ago (tax cuts which were totally unjustified during a time of recession and already strained budgets). The GOP’s results in Maine are every bit as disasterous as what Walker is doing in Wisconsin. And exactly what any person with one ounce of common sense should have expected – but then it’s too much to ask for a GOP lover to have even one ounce of common sense.

      • idamag

        In my state they don’t have to campaign in the boonies. The vote is assured.

  • Buford2k11

    So, the Koch brothers State of Wisconsin isn’t doing so well, Huh? Corruption by the corporations will be the death knell of our United States…you hear that NSA?

    • Independent1

      What does the NSA have to do with this?? If the paranoids who are so concerned about their privacy succeeded in keeping the NSA from doing its job to protect America, and another 9/11 happens because our intelligence agencies didn’t have the information they needed to prevent the attack – your paranoia about privacy could possibly cost thousands of Americans their lives. Is your paranoia really worth all that??? I’ll guarantee you that the NSA does not have the staffing to be listening to YOUR or 99.999999% of any other American’s phone conversations: unless of course you’re calling overseas to countries/cities where terrorists are active, or your calling domestic numbers that are ones the CIA and FBI have gleaned from their intelligence, or your pattern of phone calls is something that raises suspicion.

      • Dominick Vila

        Don’t forget, these are the same people who believe we should have left our embassy in Tripoli undermanned and vulnerable to come to the rescue of a consulate that was already in flames. There are times when we have to give idealism a break, and let logic take over. I suspect that most of us would prefer to live in a society where brotherly love prevails, but until we discover Nirvana I am afraid that is a chimera we are not likely to find any time soon. In the interim, the only recourse is to have a robust and effective intelligence apparatus capable of doing everything humanly possible to minimize the probability of more terrorist attacks. Instead of criticism, we should demonstrate our support for the institutions – and the intelligence agents – who put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. Shame on those who demonize their fellow Americans and undermine the effectiveness of our government to do its job.

        • Jedoba

          When did Americans become WIMPS? Are you supposed MEN actually afraid of a ‘terra’ attack?? You are such wimps that you need big daddy president to protect your wittle butt from mean ole terrorists? You people must piss your pants every time a horn honks or whistle blows.
          Go ahead, give away your freedoms for the very limited security that you are getting. Go ahead and piss on the graves of the real American patriots who fought and died for you to have those freedoms.

          • Independent1

            What a total ass you are!!!!!!!!!

          • Jedoba

            You comment doesn’t hold an ounce of truth unless I’m talking about a little pansy willing to give their own and other Americans rights away. You must be scared like the rest of the little girls.

      • JSquercia

        To quote Ben Franklin (at least I hope so) Those who would trade freedom or security will soon have neither .They SAY it is only the numbers and NOT the contents they are harvesting but HOW do we know ?

        • Independent1

          First of all, Benjamin Franklin did not live in times that are as complex as today; and secondly – you have NO PROOF that what the NSA is doing is depriving you OF ANY FREEDOM. Unless of course, like anyone that’s a suspect of a crime, who lose their freedoms until proven not guilty, if you’re making calls that NSA suspects may be part of some nefarious activity – in that case they may monitor your calls to PROVE YOU NOT GUILTY. No one has provided EVIDENCE that the NSA is doing what so many Paraonoids seem to believe, that they are collecting and keeping data on everyone, which in my mind is total nonsense. The NSA is smarter than that – it IS NOT going to waste the time and resources maintaining data on people they know upfront are quilty of nothing.

          • JSquercia

            Of course I have no proof the details of the Program are Top Secret . People have tried to sue only to have the courts say they have NO standing .

            I have ONLY their word that they are NOT reading the contents of my communications .

          • Independent1

            Let’s see, with an estimated 2.4 billion private phone calls made each day, what do you really think would be the chance that someone would be monitoring your calls??? If anything was screeening your calls, which I even doubt, it would be a computer – but even that would be a lot to ask from within 2.4 billion calls unless you were dialing a suspect phone number or area code – NSA would need something to give them a reason to single out your call. And you need to keep in mind, that NSA’s primary focus is monitoring and recording ALL government recorded calls AROUND THE WORLD; and that includes monitoring a recording all calls related to airline, shipping, traing activity etc. So should there be an accident, they have record of any call activity that occured between the ship, plane, train, ferry, etc. before the accident. And checking to be sure that government employees, including diplomats are not intentiionally or unintentionally compromising critical secrets. Or planning acivities that may embarrass our country.

    • DemInExile

      Its going just as planned – like any other parasite, the Koch’s and their ilk are content to suck the state dry, leaving a dead carcass in their wake as they move on to the next victim.

  • Gregory Williams

    Conservatism is a cancer that is killing America one state at a time.

    • Allan Richardson

      More like a dozen states at a time. Check out Florida’s “goniffator” Rick Scott, who used the money he got managing Medicare fraud on a large scale to buy the GOP nomination and the ads to get a real stateswoman, Alex Sink, defeated. We (I live in Georgia now, but am a native Floridian) are not as bad off as Wisconsin, but remember, cheese doesn’t keep as well in our climate, and something smells like limburger already!

    • Viking_61

      Conservatism is alive, while communism died decades ago.

  • Independent1

    Scott Walker’s record is nothing new for the GOP; virtually everything the GOP has done since Teddy Roosevelt was in office has been on the downside for America. Just look at our national debt – Reagan took an 800 billion deficit and virtually tripled it to 2.3 trillion in 8 years – spending more in those 8 years than all the presidents combined over the previous 50 years; Bush Srt. then almost doubled the deficit in 4 years to 4.3 trillion with Bush Jr. almost tripling the debt again in his 8 years to well over 14 trillion when you count in the increases in the deficit resulting from the Great Recesssion that he allowed to happen.
    And even with respect to the stock market; GOP mismanagement of a recession in 1927-28 led to the collapse of the stock market that the GOP then turned into the worlds 1st and thankfully only BIG DEPRESSION that took FDR, partly because of GOP obstructionism, 13 years to get America back on track. And even stock market performance during GOP presidents is abysmal. A study done in 2005 showed that during the 35 years that Republicans were in power, the average return in the stock market (because the GOP had created such dysmal economic results during their presidencies) had averaged less than a .4% return – which means that had you invested 10,000 for your retirement in 1929 right after the crash, over the 35 years of GOP presidencies it would have grown to about $11,700 – how long could you live on retirement with that??? While in contrast, the study found that during the 40 years that Democrats were in office, the average stock market return was close to 10% (actually over 10% if you extrapolated the study to 2012), which means that the $10,000 invested in 1929 would have grown to about $307,000 – which would provide a lot better retirement than $11,700.
    So Scott Walkers results are not unique for the GOP – virtually everything the GOP has done since Teddy was in office has been a disaster for 98-99% of Americans. It’s only the 1-2% that have made out like bandits – and that’s because that’s just what the GOP is BANDITS!!! Doing everything it can to transfer money from the pockets of the 98% to the 2%!!!!!!!!

  • Independent1

    And even when the GOP seems to create prosperity in the form of strong economic results, it’s at the expense of virtually everything else. Take Texas for example: where Rick Perry has finagled the state’s budgets in such a way as to attract new businesses and jobs such that Texas leads the nation in job creation and misguided people being led to the state – generally to low paying jobs and to a state that in every other aspect is the cesspool of America – not only from the standpoint of the most polluted environment in the country, and near the bottom in the ratings of its infrastructure, but also to the abysmal performance of its young people with respect to their educations.

    Here are some statistics – you be the judge of just one more example of how the GOP continues to fail America for about 98% of its people (I’m sure the 1-2% in Texas are making out famously – look at George Bush jr. living in the community that includes the most expensive homes in America – he obviously left the presidency with tons of money):

    .Texas is 49th in the country in tax revenues collected per capita and 50th in
    revenues spent.
    .It’s 44th in tax progressivity, which means it collects most of its taxes from working people and it comes in 50th in the percent of its population that have a HS diploma.
    .It ranks 46th in the overall SAT scores it’s students get on entrance exams; and 49th in what it pays its teachers.
    .It ranks dead last (50th) in having the most people without health insurance and also dead last in the number of children covered by insurance.
    .Its 49th in the support it provides to women & children in the WIC program, and it leads the nation in teenage births.
    .It ranks 6th in the nation in the number of people living in poverty and 50th with regard to the affordability of homeowners insurance.
    .Texas ranks 45th in the overall health of its population and 47th with respect to mental health.
    .The quality of the highways in Texas is ranked 42nd and its parks and recreation
    facilities are ranked 48th and environmental protection 46th
    . Police protection is ranked 49th and government administration 50th.
    .Texas comes in 3rd in the nation in the number of public officials that are convicted for a crime; while being dead last in the percent of voters who turn out for elections.
    .It’s 46th in the hourly earnings of its workers and 48th in the payout of
    worker’s comp benefits.
    .And Texas ranks as having the most polluted environment in the nation because of all the oil spills and the oil refineries and coal powered power plants spewing toxic fumes.

    • midway54

      Well, gee whiz, look how it has contributed to the Congress with Gohmert, Sessions, Poe and others like them in the House, and Cruz and Cornyn in the
      Senate.

      • Independent1

        Oh yes! Such sterling examples of pure corruption and nitwitism!! Better examples of absolute idiots no one could find!!!

    • CooofNJ

      And NJ, with the darling Chris Christie in charge, also has some of the worst records on job creation, growth, etc. since he took office on a platform of “business friendly”. Losing jobs to California (see Roche, et al.)?! How embarrassing! And he is a very likely front-runner for GOP Presidential candidate in 2016. When oh when will people pay attention to actual data, as opposed to rhetoric, when they vet candidates?

  • Dave

    Nipping at Walker’s heels are other Republican governors who have ground down their state’s economic strength. It’s happened to tea bagger darling Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania, too.

    • MVH1

      And boy, haven’t they moved along at a rapid clip. It’s taken less than four years in several cases. How are those Republican governors working out for everybody? Not so well where I live.

      • Independent1

        You’re being very generous. The GOP governor and two years of GOP legislature in Maine have been an absolute disaster. And guess what, someone mentioned earlier that some in Wisconsin voted for a Republican because they were concerned their property taxes would rise. Well, that’s EXACTLY WHY they shouldn’t have voted for a Republican. Here in Maine, the Republican governor is insisting on a budget that will drive our property taxes much higher, in order to keep from recinding an income tax break he and the GOP legislature pushed through at the very beginning of his term that greatly favors him and his rich friends!!! Where did anyone ever get the notion the Republicans cared one iota about how much property tax a states peons pay??????

        • MVH1

          They hate a tax hike if Obama proposes it. They love it if they can do it themselves and stick it to the middle class on down. Just a few months ago, they were trumpeting their victorious takeover of governorships around the country. There seems to be an enormous amount of buyer’s regret out in the land now. And they have Republican legislatures in complete control wreaking all sorts of havoc everywhere at a rapid rapid clip. They are headed toward being the most hated bunch of creeps that ever came down the pike.

          • Independent1

            I can’t think of anything better than if millions of the people who voted the draconian nitwits into office finally wake up and realize the error of their ways. We absolutely have to get the majority of these turkeys that ae destroying our country out of office in 2014 and 2016. I hate to even begin to think what will become of America if they’re allowed to enacted their destruction or obstruct reconstruction any longer than that.

          • MVH1

            I share your concerns. It’s like watching a movie you’ve seen before and you want to yell to the people who are about to be killed and injured they need to drive the other way.

          • 4sanity4all

            Well, lets hope that all of the citizens being skewered by Republican governors vote their anger next time.

          • MVH1

            Let’s do hope that for the good of all. I was a Republican for forty years. These people have not only driven me from the party but they’ve driven me so far away I will never come back.

        • plc97477

          I think the gop has proven over and over again they care not at all for anything the peons do. The peons need to stop voting for those who do not care about them.

          • 4sanity4all

            And people have to be smarter than voting for one issue, like guns or abortion. The Republicans have refined getting single issue voters to an art, which results in millions of people voting against their own best interest.

          • Independent1

            And when the GOP focuses on a single issue, they always manage to distort the facts. Based on what I’ve seen published in the media, I wouldn’t be suprised if many folks posting on this blog thread believe that the states in America with the highest homicide rates are blue states which promote strong gun control – whereas nothing could be further from the truth. Of the 15 states in the nation with the highest homicide rates, 11 of them are red states; and 13 of them actually are run by the GOP today.
            There’s only one state in the nation with a homicide rate above 8 homicides/yr/100,000 population; and that’s the red state of Louisiana with more than 11 homicides/yr/100,000 population -which is without question the murder capital of America. The home state of the city of Chicago, Illionois, which the gun lobby likes to harp about as having a high murder rate, actually ranks 11th in the nation with respect to its homicide rate.

          • MVH1

            They have honed their skills at deception. And after the gun control vote, the Louisiana legislature proceeded to institute an array of the most archaic, backward, miserable gun legislation you can imagine, giving concealed weapon rights to everyone who is too dangerous to have them, among other things. I believe they will also institute stoning of women in the foreseeable future.

          • MVH1

            Don’t they, though. Instead of voting against their own best interests like these wretched people are going to reward them at some point. They seem to operate on that old “present company excepted” weird thing when people you support are telling you how miserable others are and you think you’re excepted because they’re saying it to you.

          • MVH1

            They pander to the peons because they know how easily duped they are and that, basically, peons of a certain category are also really stupid.

        • 4sanity4all

          Maybe because when they are running, the Republics always say that they will slash taxes for everyone! Then, after they are elected, they raise taxes on those with the least clout, while their rich friends get all kinds of tax cuts.

          • MVH1

            And those with the least clout in many places support them. One has to wonder about their intelligence.

      • idamag

        Not well where I live, either. Our state has the dubious reputation of having more people on minimum wage than any other. We are one of the red states that takes more than it gives.

        • MVH1

          I get a double whammy as I split my time between two gun-toting minimum wage states where the lower middle class continues to vote against their own interests because they listen to Fox constantly so don’t have a clue what’s really going on.

  • Budjob

    What does the electorate have to say about the failed recall election now.It would appear that the faction that initiated the recall was probably right! Let me revise that statement. They sure as hell were right!!!

  • Budjob

    If the people in this ONCE GREAT country want out of this economic disaster,we would do this country and everyone in it a huge service>>VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC in any furure election!!!

  • Carolyn Selvage

    Brownback in KS(home of the kochsuckers) is heading KS down the same drain! Cuts for the 1% and tax increases for the rest of us.

    • MVH1

      Well, somebody’s got to keep the 1% immunized from suffering and poverty. Who else should it be? /s

  • do it

    scott walker needs to kill himself plain and simple

    • Don Alfera

      No! He needs to be voted out of office and exposed for the fraud he is and let the country see just what these people are doing to our country. WI is a beautiful state. No matter where you go it is clean and the people are friendly. Why they sold out their public servants and teachers is beyond me, The state was on the road to an exemplary performance during the recovery, then it was like they just wanted to self destruct. They got drunk with things going well just now need to be there to see the damage and what it takes to clean it up again.

    • MVH1

      When people are as awful as he and do as much damage as he has, I think slow misery over a long period of time is a much better punishment.

      • plc97477

        How about if we torture him by making him watch us elect dems all the time from now on.

        • MVH1

          That’s the kind of torture I’m talking about. Brilliant.

  • docb

    Thank you walleyed walker and the Kocked up Bros> Killing the Nation..This should be a banner across every conservative baggers political material..Wisconsin FAILS with conservative AUSTERITY of walker.!!!!!

  • Lynda Groom

    Surprised? Not for a second friends. A system that get its start by harming public servants like teachers, working men and women and union members is a flawed economic model. The suggestion of the promised land of milk and honey came up short as those who warned the citizens of Scott’s actions predicted. That of course is of no concern to the moneyed special interest who made out like bandits with special tax breaks and considerations from Scott’s form of government. Now Wisconsin is putting up Mississippi like numbers. Welcome to the third-world citizens. You don’t always get what you pay for and rarely what you vote for.

    • MVH1

      Referring to the inequality we’ve seen at their hands, Pawlenty was on Morning Joe this morning saying there is no inequality and if there is, it doesn’t bother him.

      • Independent1

        Of course it doesn’t bother him because he’s one of the 1 & 2% that are trying to continue stealing from the 98%.

  • JDavidS

    Well done GOP/Tea Clowns. To the rest of the states, have a close look. This could be you if you let these idiots, and their 1% overlords have their way.

  • Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    I wonder what the people who voted for him think about this but then again they are repug/baggers so they deserve the trash they have voted for.

    • Allan Richardson

      THINK? When did they start thinking?

    • plc97477

      It would have better if they started thinking before they voted not afterwards.

    • MVH1

      The problem is those of us who don’t deserve the trash they’ve voted for get it, too.

  • Arcturus

    We always laugh at Minnesota for electing Michele Bachmann, but here we sit with this disaster, not to mention Vos, the Fitzgeralds, Kleefisch, and so on. The people in our state who actually ‘think’ better get off their azzes next year and clean this up.

    • MVH1

      Since Bachmann did nothing in the way of an accomplishment during her time in Congress, I’d say you’re in a much more precarious position. Walker is a horror.

      • 4sanity4all

        That’s true. Bachman talked a stupid game, but she was too inept to get any legislation passed.

  • Robert P. Robertson

    Walker’s buddy in Louisiana is faring no different, Pa’ush “Booby” Jindal. The exact same thing Walker is doing to Wisconsin, Jindal is doing to Louisiana. Their main politics is union-busting and privatization, shrinking government while using government to enlarge the holdings of the rich. To understand their principles, research the Neo-Confederate Movement of America and then research the Slave Power Movement of America. It’s not hard or technical. Tap in Neo-Confederate or Slave Powers at google or ask, and it’ll bring you to the sites that explains today’s Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag agenda. Once you connect their past to their present, you can virtually predict every move they make and clearly understand why they do what they do. You’ll also understand the future of America “if” they succeed. What Walker and Jindal is doing to their states, Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags want to do to America.

  • howa4x

    The Koch bros are America’s worst villain. they try to get state governments to abandon the lower middle class in favor or the super wealthy. This is why all the tea party governors are underwater in poll numbers. The federal government is too far away but state capitals are close and people feel the cuts right away. Tealiban governors are finding it is easier to run around in 3 corner hats and chant slogans than govern. Even Christie the darling of the middle road republicans is lagging in job creation. Unlike the others he robs funds to balance the budget rather than slash and burn. He is lucky the democrats in NJ are so corrupt that they made a deal to keep the legislature and not support their own candidate for governor. Christie will win big because of that but he is all smoke and mirrors.

  • Dominick Vila

    The result of the policies put in place by Scott Walker throughout his tenure are consistent with that of other Republican governors. From economic stability to job growth, education, and infrastructure, the record of Republican governors and legislatures controlled by the GOP is abysmal. They rank at the bottom in education, healthcare, salaries, and everything of interest to the citizenry living in red states. The only reason they are elected and re-elected is because of their stand on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, anti-labor, equality, social programs, etc.

  • irishtap

    As a resident of Wisconsin, I cannot point to a single bit of legislation that benefits the common citizen. Walker like the rest of the GOP despises working people. Any group that is doing well becomes a target – they become demonized simply for making a decent living with justifiable benefits. He’s seeking to privatize our excellent public school system – continuously ranking among the best in the country. Walker’s gestapo has destroyed all common ground – as divide and conquer is the modus operandi. Walker turned away money for Medicare expansion only out of spite to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. They’re busy dismantling decades of proven environmental laws, turning over our precious aquifirs to dirty industries. Somehow this parasite expects to be re-elected despite all the political ‘terrorism’ he’s caused. His money will come by the boatload from ‘out of state’ sources, as this is how he won election and the recall election. These “people” are nothing but Godless filthy pathogens without an ounce of social conscience. Walker is a sick and very dangerous man.

    • idamag

      There is a method behind devaluating the worker. It works like the abuser who marries a woman and starts demeaning her until she believes it. That makes it easier for him to abuse her. He convinces her she deserves it. When the worker begins to believe he should get less for his labors and deserves what they pay, he starts to be happy to get anything at all. It is like the woman who is happy on the days she doesn’t get hit.

      • irishtap

        Your spot on, idamag. Accurate analogy.

  • moiraeve1

    how can Wisconsin citizens be happy? Walker has yet to create 169,118 of the 250,000 jobs he pledged. And the structural deficit is returning; by your own budget department projections, it’s looking like -192M in 2014, -188M in 2015; -315M in 2016, and -349 in 2017. Wake up, people–get rid of him!

  • mikeyait

    Despite lefties attempts at removing this man, he survived. Gov. Walker is a hero to millions in America. Why? He illustrated brilliantly how difficult it is to break the corrosive bond between public sector unions and Democrat politicians.
    Reading these comments I see Wisconsin is chock full of cry babies who don’t understand basic economics.
    Here in California we probably have MORE dummies like you, (if that is possible). It is true, though, we do.
    Eventually California voters will wake TFU and do what Wisconsin voters did. That is, break that corrosive bond!
    Here is California, we are proud of Wisconsin voters. Perhaps the smartest in the nation.

  • Coletta

    In my opinion, Scott Walker is lower than pond scum! He has taken our state of Wisconsin and turned it into a place where the middle class and the poor do NOT matter! ONLY the wealthy gets Walker’s attention and all the tax breaks, funds and other money! Wisconsin, under Governor Jim Doyle, was 11th in the nation in creating jobs. Well, under Walker it’s now down to 43rd in the nation. It’s at the bottom for creating a good place to do business. That skunk, Walker, turned down money from Medicaid for healthcare for low-income people and the poor! He cut funds for public education! He wants the so-called “charter schools.” They are nothing but expensive private schools for the wealthy children to attend. Poor kids wouldn’t stand a chance in getting into one of those schools, which are NO better academically than the public schools! Walker has turned Wisconsin into a state where there are no good paying jobs, no opportunities for middle class people who just want to make a decent living The taxes on the middle class have went up; the taxes on the wealthy have gone down. Minnesota has a Democratic governor, and their state economy is really improving! My son lives in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and I just might move there where the living is a hell of a lot better than in this broken-down, ghost of a once great state! MINNESOTA IS THRIVING; WISCONSIN IS DETERIORATING! What does that tell you????

  • Tom Leist

    This is by far the best governor I’ve seen in my life time,65 years old, finally some common sense, sportsmen and women are finally getting a break, gun owners a break, my taxes have went down, don’t give me that BS that our schools are suffering, More companies are moving to Wisconsin because of our business environment. Wisconsin is moving forward, just the way I like it. Thank you Gov. Walker.

  • deanrd

    Republicans are screaming at what a wonderful job Walker is doing. As if just saying something over and over again makes it true. Like Obama being born in Kenya or something. The problem for Republicans is “data”. It’s the data that lets us know if GOP policies work. 150 years of Conservative policies in Red States and nearly every one is a financial disaster and an environmental cesspool. Republicans want to bring that type of success to the rest of the country.
    If Walker’s policies were so great, he wouldn’t be working desperately to cut the number of voting locations, cutting the number of days to vote and limiting the number of hours you can vote. If your policies were any good, you would be doing the opposite. It’s just that simple.

  • norman campbell

    the Federal Government, the Democrats and the Republican wing of the Democrat Party, have decided we should be subjects rather than citizens. If you can’t open your mind enough to see that then you are a complete and utter fool.

  • irishtap

    Austerity is another ‘conservative ruse’ in attempt to create a collective psychological malaise, in effort to make us believe – we cannot expect economic improvement. Go to hell GOP, WE CAN DO BETTER, and WE WILL.

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