To say that the Scott Walker's austerity plan is not working would be an understatement of epic proportions:
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Let's see those numbers again. The net change in total nonfarm jobs from January 2011 - the time that Walker took office - through December 2012:
- National +4,204,000
- Wisconsin -15,900
- Illinois +67,300
- Iowa +18,600
- Michigan +55,800
- Minnesota +72,200
Yup, not only did Walker lead us straight to the bottom, we are the only state in the region to have an overall job loss!
But I could have told you that. In fact, I did.
Three months ago, I called out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and their PolitiFarce people for making the false claim that Walker had created 25,000 jobs in that time:
To credit Walker with 25,000 jobs seems to be rather generous.
In the second half of 2011, when Walker's policies were in effect, he lost well over 30,000 jobs. Since then, the state has not seen many positive growth months and the ones we did were pretty small. I would find it surprising if the actually job numbers that can truthfully be applied to Walker is even above zero.
And as I pointed out then, I will again point out that it is not accurate to take the total from January 2011.
Governor Jim Doyle's budget and policies still held sway until July 1, 2011. And as I have repeatedly demonstrated, while Doyle's budget was still in effect, we still had job growth, although the rate of growth did slow down and even started to turn as Walker and the Republicans started putting into effect their so-called "Budget Repair Bill":
Since it takes about three months for an economic policy to start having effect, it would be better to look at Walker's job totals starting after three month of his regime. If one did that, it would show that his job loss totals are actually 24,500.
Unbelievably, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is still touting their false numbers. They really owe their readers an apology issued on the front page, first section, above the fold.
As it has often been quipped, since Walker and the other Teapublicans are so gung ho about performance evaluation pay, how about we subject them to the same standards?