Thursday, September 10, 2015

Scott Walker's Certain Uncertainty

By Jeff Simpson

Scott Walker Version 1:
Asked Thursday about new numbers showing Wisconsin lagging in job growth, Gov. Scott Walker pointed to the uncertainty he said business owners felt because of the political tumult that rocked Wisconsin early in his term.

"The first year we had a lot of protests in the state," Walker said, during an appearance in Milwaukee to promote business growth in the city. "We had two years', almost, worth of recalls. A lot of employers here I think can relate to the fact (that) uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for employers big or small or anywhere in between. There was a lot of uncertainty. The good news is that's passed."

Scott Walker - Version 2 :

EUREKA, Ill. — Standing on a stage at Eureka College where Ronald Reagan gave his first major speech as a college student, Scott Walker railed against Republicans in Washington, saying they have not achieved what they promised voters. Again and again, Walker promised that if he is elected president, he will "wreak havoc on Washington."
"To wreak havoc on Washington, America needs a leader with real solutions," Walker said in a speech here Thursday morning. "Political rhetoric is not enough — we need a plan of action.  Actions speak louder than words.  I have a plan to move this country forward."
Walker, currently the governor of Wisconsin, listed four ways he will wreak this havoc: stop withholding union dues from federal employee paychecks, overturn President Obama's immigration-related executive orders, repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and terminate the Iran deal.

So uncertainty is bad, havoc is good?  OR doesit  matter who is wreaking it?  Or does Scott walker speak  out of both sides of his mouth and go the way the wind blows?


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1. Widespread destruction; devastation.
2. Disorder or chaos: a wild party that created havoc in the house.
tr.v. hav·ocked, hav·ock·ing, hav·ocs
To destroy or pillage.

wreak havoc (with something)

to cause a lot of trouble with something; to ruin or damage something. Your bad attitude will wreak havoc with my project. The rainy weather wreaked havoc with our picnic plans.
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  1. Walker has wreaked havoc on his state's Department of Corrections. After the protests against Act 10 in Madison failed, and DOC headquarters took Walker's tools and went to work. The increased costs cut pay, and new work rules were implemented; officers retired-quit-resigned and left the job.

    After four years the state has been unable to restaff the positions, and all attempts are met with more losses. Mandatory ovedrtime has been crushing, and new employees decide the job isn't worth it, and veteran staff are deciding to get out of a bad situation. The latest rumour is a big raise by January to retain officersf, and if that doesn't happen even more plan to quit.

  2. The uncertainty mem was going around big time starting in 2010 claiming that businesses could not make decisions in a changing political climate. Apparently uncertainty remains an issue as the rate of hiring has not substantially changed as six years in we are still not close to that "minimum" 250,000 jobs.