What a Koch-knocker
Hey Wisconsin! Scott Walker thinks you’re stupid.
Scott Walker wants you to forget that he slashed the budget, lied about his reasons for doing so (Spoiler alert! – it was never about the budget), and then stealthily passed a
budget repair union-busting bill (despite Democrats had fled the state to forestall the passage of that bill), all in the name of union-busting.
Oh, and let’s not forget about that prank call in which Scott Walker thought he was talking to David Koch, and proceeded to demonstrate how throbbing a Koch-knocker he is.
Well, all of that happened about six months ago, and I reckon Scott Walker thinks that we’ve all forgotten about it. We’ve moved on. No big whoop.
Not so fast, pal.
Sarah Jones at Politicusa has a must-read story about the effect that Walker’s Koch-infested union-busting budget bill has had on job creation. Needless to say, it’s not good news for Walker:
How’s that war against the public sector going for the uneducated Thug King of Wisconsin? Not so great. Remember how Governor Scott Walker justified giving public works to the Koch brothers, giving $2.3 billion in new tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, while cutting the pay of teachers and union members because it would “create jobs”? Oh, and let’s not forget the hundreds of thousands of union members whose rights were torn away from them in an illegal session in the name of “shared sacrifices”. The job-creators excuse is getting stale and growing increasingly transparent over time.
So far, that little meme is an epic fail. In one month, Walker has cost Wisconsin 2,300 jobs, 800 of them from the private sector and unemployment rose this month to 7.9 percent. To put this in perspective, the Republicans claim Obama is a failure because there was an overall zero job growth last month for the country. However, when we parsed those numbers, we found that under Obama, we had private sector job growth that was zeroed out by public sector job losses, due in large part to Republican job killing measures of the public sector in numerous Republican led states.
So, zero job growth is an epic fail, but 2,300 jobs lost is a success.
Are you with me? It’s called spin. Walker’s administration is trying to claim that overall, they are doing better than the nation. But that might be because as Wisc Politics notes, “(T)he state’s unemployment rate had been holding steady or falling for much of the two years preceding his taking office.” Remember, contrary to what Walker the financial genius told everyone, the state wasn’t actually in financial dire straights; they actually had a surplus when Walker took over. A surplus that even his tax breaks couldn’t bust. They had a hundred million dollars plus of surplus when Walker went after the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the working class. They did have a legitimate problem with their Medicaid program, but they had a surplus.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statement:
“Another month, another rise in the unemployment rate under Gov. Scott Walker. Given that the Republican legislature gave Gov. Walker all the tax breaks for corporations, all the tax breaks for the wealthy, all the power grabs and privatization and all the dismantling of voter rights and workers’ rights he demanded, it is time for them to admit their way is a failure. Complete and total. We need to immediately scrap what they have done, erase it from the statutes and invest in the people of Wisconsin so that the people of Wisconsin have a fighting chance at undoing the historic economic damage the corporate menace which put Scott Walker into the Governor’s mansion caused. If Gov. Walker’s schemes were going to work, we would have seen some glimmer of hope by now as we pass nine months of this administration.”
Got that? Not only did Scott Walker’s all-tax-breaks-all-the-time policies fail to create jobs, his policies led to a loss of 2300 jobs.
Of course, unless you’re a political junkie, you might not have caught this story. Hell, even if you are a political junkie, you may have missed it (the Teabillies are raining nutbaggery on our hapless heads — it’s impossible to keep up).
Scott Walker is counting on you being unaware of the failure of his policies in Wisconsin and the lies he leveraged to ram those policies through. Certainly the GOP-beholden media is too busy closely following every non-story out there (including Chris Christie: Will He or Won’t He? and Herman Cain: He’s Got Hundred-Ninety-Nine Problems, but Common Sense Ain’t One and Only Black People Get the Blues (And Wear Bedroom Slippers)) that the pressing stories which affect Americans go ignored.
The abject failure of the media in this country fills liars and the corrupted like Scott Walker with such chutzpah that they can realease statements such as the one Scott Walker released yesterday, in which he blames unemployment on the uynemployed.
Oh yes. I’m serious.
You see, it’s the fault of the unemployed that they don’t have jobs because, goshdarnit, they’re just not trying hard enough:
SCOTT WALKER TO LOOK AT UNEMPLOYMENT COMP BENCHMARKS
Wednesday September 28, 2011 by Chuck Quirmbach
(MILWAUKEE) Gov. Scott Walker says he’s looking at whether people on unemployment compensation are trying hard enough to make a quick return to the workplace.
Walker met with business executives in Milwaukee at one of the governor’s new by-invitation only jobs forums. Several executives told Walker that they have job openings, but contend some people who are out of work would rather take unemployment comp for as long as they can, rather than get hired. Walker says he supported the recent extension of unemployment benefits, but wants to see if people who get the aid are meeting enough of the requirements of the compensation program.
A laid-off factory worker from Kenosha says it’s a slap in the face to hear employers say they can’t find enough people to fill jobs, and then blame the unemployment compensation system. Scott Page says making the jobless hit another benchmark to get an unemployment check would be wrong,
Page says he sometimes comes to meetings of the labor-backed Wisconsin Jobsnow Coalition, which attracted about 40 people to a sidewalk protest outside Gov. Walker’s appearance in Milwaukee.
If this weren’t actually happening, you would not be able to convince me that this isn’t the plot of some Disney movie with a dastardly Scott Walker playing a supervillain, twirling his moustache and petting a hairless cat.
Scott Walker has no shame. The Tea Party has no shame. And Republicans, who allowed this Teabilly virus to infect their party have no shame. They do nothing but strip rights from workers; pit private and public workers against each other; and fear-monger. They drum up hate among citizens through lies and propaganda, and then they turn around and spit in your face — all the while attempting to pass draconian voter suppression laws so the people of Wisconsin can’t rectify their mistake and kick these Randian bootlickers out of power.
Scott Walker, ladies and gentlemen! Union-buster, Koch minion, liar, and propagandist.
Let’s give the boy a hand.
(A little Deniece Williams never hurt anyone. Don’t want to leave you feeling too cranky. You’re welcome. (Oh, and pass the damn bill.))
[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]