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  •  Walker's actually used a few different standards (6+ / 0-)

    When campaigning in 2010, his 250,000 promise made no mention that it was specific to the private sector, but that was added in later versions.

    In March 2011 he used the CES (monthly) data release for January 2011 to claim that things were already working (one week after his inauguration when the survey took place).

    In July 2011 he used the CES data release for June 2011 showing a jobs gain of +12,900 as reason for voters to let him retain hegemony over the State Senate (n.b. CES has error bars about this big: the figure was later revised to zero).

    In May 2012 he told us that CES was a complete pile of horse manure, and that we should instead pay attention to his preliminary, unverified, QCEW data which because it showed a gain rather than a loss of jobs meant that he was a completely great economic leader and that therefore Wisconsinites should vote to retain him as Governor.

    Of course, since he jumped the gun on the usual timing for QCEW data, we didn't have any other states' data to compare them to.  When we did, we found that Wisconsin had plummeted from 11th in the nation for job creation in 2010 down to 38th in 2011.  Average private sector wages went up +3.9% in 2010 and dropped -2.2% in 2011.

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 02:53:45 PM PST

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