Something I hadn't mentioned in that article is that Walker was giving us his "five priorities" for the upcoming budget. At least the official version of what his top five priorities are, if not necessarily the real ones:
- Job creation
- Workforce Development
- Education reform
- Government reform
- Infrastructure improvement
The biggest problem is it became increasingly and painfully obvious that he doesn't even know what any of those words and phrases mean.
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Even from the first time he was campaigning to be governor, Walker has been talking out of both sides of his mouth regarding job creation. On one side, he promised to created 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term. On the other side of his mouth, he was saying government doesn't create jobs, it destroys him.
Judging from his record on job creation, it appears that the latter stance was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even if you want to use the overly generous total of jobs created that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came up with, he barely created 1,000 jobs a month. The more realistic numbers would the number closer to zero, if not below it. His record is even worse when compared to the rest of the nation or to his predecessor, Governor Jim Doyle.
It is no accident or fluke that Forbes said that Wisconsin is the state with the second worst outlook for job growth for years to come.
Long time readers will know that Walker's history of failing to create jobs stems from his days as Milwaukee County Executive, when his job creation record was so poor that the state had to take away the Private Industry Council, which was designed to do nothing but help create jobs and get people into them.
This is another one of Walker's greater hypocrisies. First he cuts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's technical schools, and then he complains that there aren't enough workers who are properly trained or educated.
The issue with this is that while Walker should make sure the resources are there to retrain all of the people he caused to lose jobs, he wants to do it at the expense of other career options.
While there is a need for welders, nurses and tech jobs, not everyone wants to be one of those, much less are cut out to do those jobs. It takes some brass to tell people what careers they have to choose. Furthermore, our universities, colleges and tech schools should not become the private training programs for the corporate special interests. Walker has already given them enough corporate welfare. His focus should be on the people.
This was another one of his previous priorities. We saw how well that worked out.
Walker slashed education funding by nearly a billion dollars and thousands of teachers were laid off, educational programs were cut and schools were closed.
He's already said at his private "Talk with Walker" sessions that he is planning on expanding the privatization and profiteering of schools, even though repeated studies have shown them to be no better and often worse than public schools.
I gotta side with Ed Heinzelman that there should be a moratorium on this exploitation of our children, until they are brought up to the same standards that the public schools are at.
Yet again, we've heard this from Walker before as well.
Walker's idea of government form thus far is to get rid of civil service positions, with all of those pesky demands for qualified and responsible personnel and replace them with political appointees, whether they are qualified or not, and then to give them big raises. And he sure has a lot of campaign contributors and cronies that need to be taken care of.
By putting these lackeys into key positions has made it easier for Walker to make sure the corporate special interests are will taken care of. After all, what good is it to buy a government if they don't cater to your every whim, am I right?
And what could possibly go wrong by getting corporate special interests involved with the government? It's not like they lose track of $12 million worth of loans to companies, some of who have gone kaput by the time Walker's people figured out they even had a problem.
Yeah, I can't wait to see how much more of our government he sells to the corporate interests.
This area really leaves Walker baffled. It's also the area that one might give him at least partial credit.
During the interview, he actually said that things like the mine that they want to dig up up north was part of the state's infrastructure. No, really. He really did.
The part of this that is true is that Walker will surely be having massive concrete highways crisscrossing the state. However, the reason for this is not because he wants to improve the state's infrastructure. It is solely because he owes the road builders so much for all of the donations they've made to him.
Sadly, in order to get more money to give to his corporate masters, Walker is cutting things like transit systems which tens of thousand of people require to go to work and to the market. Let's see how this will pull his job creation numbers even lower.
Keep in mind that these are Walker's public and "official" top priorities. If past practice is any indication, his real agenda probably includes these things:
- Right To Woe legislation
- Raiding the pension system
- Further restriction of women's rights
- Further restrictions of voters' rights
- Running for 2014 and 2016
- Raising money for his legal defense fund through strong arming and pay for play tactics.
Or in other words, his first budget was bad for Wisconsin. His second budget will be the same, only worse.