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Not even ten months into his time of tyranny, we have seen jobs leave by the thousands and tens of thousands. And the jobs that we have managed to hang on to despite Walker's best efforts are paying much less than they used to.
As if that wasn't bad enough, it was reported today that the state owes the federal government nearly $1.2 billion that it had to borrow to pay unemployment insurance compensation to the burgeoning number of people who have lost their jobs due to Walker's ideologically driven job destruction plan.
And as another nail in the coffin for Walker's job creation rhetoric, he is now on his third Secretary for the Department of Workforce Development in just nine months. The first one lasted only five months and the second only four months. At this accelerated pace, the just appointed secretary will be lucky to last it out until the new year.
What is rather telling is that the secretary which just resigned did so because he felt he could do a better job of connecting unemployed workers with jobs if he were not part of Walker's administration.
It should also be noted that the person that Walker tagged as his third secretary is a leftover from Jim Doyle's administration. Does this mean that he has finally run out of cronies and sons of lobbyists to appoint to these jobs?
Things are so bad that even Walker is admitting that he isn't going to keep that pledge he made of the 250,000 jobs. Yet he doesn't say anything about accountability now. That's OK. We will do it for him starting on November 15th.
But even Walker's admission of failure doesn't quite show how bad his jobs plan is.
For that we have to go back to March 2010, when experts pointed out that he would be able to come very close to 250,000 jobs by doing next to nothing:
Scott Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs by 2015 may not be as crazy as some claim. But it also may not be as bold as the county executive says, either.Boy, wouldn't that make a great slogan for the recalls - "Scott Walker, Worse Than Doing Nothing"
The winner of the governor's race this year should benefit during the first two years of his term from what state economists are already projecting to be a significant rebound from the jobs lost during the Great Recession.
Add even modest growth during the final two years, and the next governor could be in the neighborhood of 250,000 more jobs over his first term without doing much to change the state's business climate.