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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has claimed to have a "laser focus" on jobs. He has failed spectacularly, as you can see in the graph above comparing employment change in six Midwestern states, with Wisconsin lagging dramatically behind its neighbors.

While governors don't have total control over everything in their states' economies, when other states in your region of the country post jobs gains and your state struggles to break even in the private sector at the same time as you are laying off public sector workers, leading to an overall loss ... well, that's on you. The Economic Policy Institute's Doug Hall points out why laying off public sector workers would hurt other workers, too:
Goal Thermometer

Because public sector workers are a vital part of every state economy—firefighters, teachers, police officers and department of health officials all buy clothing, groceries, and movie-tickets just like private sector workers—laying them off hurts us all by reducing economic activity, which holds back the recovery.
Walker used jobs to justify his assaults on public workers and his efforts to hand over any possible advantage to big business. But a year of data gives us the big picture: If he was "laser focused" on jobs, apparently that laser was set to "destroy."

Please, contribute $6 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to recall Scott Walker.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos, Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  Facts are stupid things... (7+ / 0-)

    Isn't that what the other side thinks?

    T&R'd for more fightin data.

    "What is being noticed is only an indication of what is being done." Albert Einstein 1954

    by tundraman on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:34:02 PM PDT

    •  Undercuts GOP Argument (3+ / 0-)

      it appears job gains unrelated to having Dem, GOP, or Tea'er reps in state government.  Economy very difficult for governors and state legislators to improve.

      The past, present, and future are equally compelling; none of the three are easily understood.

      by Grey Panther on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:03:00 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not so sure about the facts here... (0+ / 0-)

      what does it look like with the farm related jobs included. Isn't Wisconsin more agricultural than Illinois or Indiana? ("diary state")

      secondly, where is the data from more than  a year ago...I mean.... if the trend is nearly the same since 200 it may take the gas out of our argument ...we are talking about rate of change here only

      If you aren't aren't paying attention

      by happenstance on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:16:35 PM PDT

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      •  meant to say 2008.. (0+ / 0-)

        and before someone starts calling me a troll, I support recalling walker and plan to donate

        If you aren't aren't paying attention

        by happenstance on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:17:35 PM PDT

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      •  I think the deal is... (4+ / 0-)
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        That farm-related jobs are seasonal, and it makes the data look all screwey. They're often omitted from such data.

        The graph is about relative trends from a certain date as a baseline... adding more historical dates behind this wouldn't necessarily mean much - it'd just change the baseline. Which might be interesting, but isn't really key to the point here...

        That baseline date is the start of Walker's administration, so it seems pretty relevant with the start date as it is.

        I do agree with you that these things should be scrutinized. Cherry-picking data to make oneself look good... makes one look bad.

        Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

        by walk2live on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:40:30 PM PDT

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  •  The question then is - will Wisconsin voters... (5+ / 0-)

    vote on reality?  Will they not only recall Walker but vote out some of the other anti-worker GOP members of their state legislation?

    The GOP looks like they are spending their lives  having one epiphany after another, always thinking they've finally figured out what's been holding them back and how they can finally dominate US politics like they want. But nothing realy changes.  The cycle of BS and failed policies is not due to some obstacle, it is who and what the GOP is.  The only thing standing in the way of GOP dreams is the people having those dreams - Republicans themselves.

    Paraphrased from XKCD:

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Candide08 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:47:25 PM PDT

    •  Well, here's reality: (0+ / 0-)

      All 16 of Wisconsin's Dem State Senators voted to kill a mining bill supported by five major private sector labor unions that would have led to a $1.5 billion iron ore mine. The company has pulled the plug on the project and will be moving elsewhere.

      The company had estimated that as many as 3,000 jobs would have been created during the development and operation of the mine, which was expected to operate for approximately 35 years.

      Wisconsin, which has a coat of arms on its state flag depicting a miner and the state’s strong mining heritage, now ranks among the bottom 10 places in the world to conduct mining according to the Fraser Institute.

      Public employee unions AFSCME and WEAC instructed Democrats to vote against the mining bill because its passage would have made Governor Scott Walker look good.

      I joined this site determined to do only one thing: answer questions. I will not preach or lecture or even point out glaring inaccuracies where I see them.

      by Morticia on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 01:32:50 AM PDT

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      •  Mines usually promise that number (0+ / 0-)

        Of jobs, give or take. Then they import employees from Canada, as did the Kennecott sulfide mine in Ladysmith, which closed up a few years later and taints the Flambeau river now with seepage from its lined, supposedly leakproof pit. Currently, sand mines employ some truckers, though the term of employment for some of them threatens to be shorter than promised. Meanwhile, roads are already buckling. Ancient sandstone hills are being razed, high-cap wells threaten water tables, and no mineral depletion tax is paid. The mine at Mellon would totally destroy a gorgeous area. After the iron and frac sand is depleted, what, exactly, do Wisconsinites have left? My husband is from the Mesabi Range and that effort sustained them in style. The old Gogebic mines bore little and were abandoned. Thank God someone had enough foresight and will and voted that way, instead of simply short-term greed. We are not Bolivia. Yet.

        Sometimes a .sig is just a .sig

        by rhubarb on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:05:50 AM PDT

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  •  Anyone think Walker may resign... (7+ / 0-)

    before WI voters throw him out?

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:52:01 PM PDT

  •  Karma (10+ / 0-)

    It's bites at Walker and his nutjob policies.  Yet, he won't admit that our job numbers went to crap at the same moment his awful budget went into effect,

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:06:28 PM PDT

  •  I hope he gets what he deserves (4+ / 0-)

    at the polls in the recall election, in the history books and in the memories of his fellow citizens of Wisconsin.  May he be a cautionary tale for the unscrupulous stooges at the beck and call of the 1%.

  •  Shocking!!! (8+ / 0-)

    Kind of reminds me of a line from a Bogart movie. Who knew laying off people and rewarding rich cronies with tax cuts would result in an economic fiasco? I'm shocked!!!

    Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

    by edg on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:40:29 PM PDT

  •  Isn't this the best example (8+ / 0-)

    of why you DON'T want to cut services and lay off govt workers in a recession? Even if it means you have to raise taxes a little, it's worth it in the long run.

    Otherwise you just wind up in a death spiral.

  •  Hall also notes that Michigan - likely due to (9+ / 0-)

    federal dollars helping the auto industry - is leading the recovery among these states. Socialamalism wroks!!

    I'd much rather be a champion of the powerless than a lickspittle of the powerful. State Senator Rodney Ellis (D - TX)

    by blueyescryinintherain on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:51:47 PM PDT

  •  Michigan's going gangbusters. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:54:10 PM PDT

  •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    With economic numbers like that, it's no surprise that Scott Walker seems to be increasingly vulnerable in his upcoming recall.  Although I wasn't initially crazy about Kathleen Falk, I'm becoming more confident that she can--and will--win.  She seems to be running an excellent campaign, she's polling even-or-better with Walker despite much lower name recognition, and (let's face it) the attacks the GOP are lobbing at her would have been lobbed at ANY Democratic contender, Tom Barrett included.  She might not be a knight in shining armor a la Big Russ, but I think she's stronger than we've given her credit for.

    Part of me actually wonders if today's surprise resignation of State Sen. Pam Galloway was timed to take some wind out of the Walker recall's sails by eliminating his Senate majority.  (I do believe that her family health situation is real; it's the timing that has some question marks in my mind.)

    One last thing--has anyone tossed his/her hat in the ring for the Lieutenant Governor slot yet?  That position is elected separately from the Governor, not as a joint ticket (which is how Scott ended up with the Sarah Palin of the Great Lakes).

  •  He promised sharks with lasers on their heads. (2+ / 0-)
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    Apparently, he couldn't even manage mutated sea bass.

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:56:55 PM PDT

  •  Actually (1+ / 0-)
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    He does have control, he's a free market 'c'apitalist puppet of his handlers the koch bros. and others, thus them there 'job creators' should be flocking to the state with all them economic investments promised some thirty years ago and yet to materialize as the bros and the others would rather hoard and buy more government puppets to play with!!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:57:02 PM PDT

  •  Recall Poster (4+ / 0-)

    That chart and headline should be a poster or leaflet in the recall.  It needs nothing else.  KISS. (Keep it simple stupid.)

  •  Thanks Laura (2+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, rhubarb

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:10:55 PM PDT

  •  it's good to see Michigan's job increases... (0+ / 0-)

    but the Republicans can say Wisconsin's experience is just a vendetta against Walker, pointing to the fact that their (morally bankrupt) way seems to be working just fine in Michigan, and they can make further "advances" on that basis.  

  •  Laser-focused, right (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharks with freaking lasers on their heads!

    (Austin Powers reference)

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    by JayC on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:54:15 PM PDT

  •  To be fair, he said he would be targeting jobs (4+ / 0-)

    with a laser focus.

    He certainly has done that!

    Focus! Zap! Focus! Zap!

    He's quite the marksman, actually.

  •  FYI-The new Republican excuse (2+ / 0-)
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    Progressive Forever, rhubarb

    The new excuse that the Wisconsin GOP is pushing is that the recalls are causing the job losses because it is creating "uncertainty" for businesses.  

    Just thought everyone might want to know that.

  •  Interesting data... (4+ / 0-)

    I was at a work meeting this week where Wisconsin's current war on unions was touted as a great example of how to improve the business enviornment...and he was just so sure that Wisc would see business flocking to the state.

    The back story. I work for a company that has some union employees and we sell to other businesses who also employ union workers. In a room full of 20 men, I'm the only female. I'm also probably the only progressive or at least the only one willing to admit to progressive ideas.

    So unions come up and the head man in charge goes off on a 15 min tangent about the evil unions and how impressive Wisc is and how he wished every state was a right to work state. :::sigh::: And how we (the U.S.) are on the road to socialism...SOCIALISM...and how scary that is.

    Well...the head man is actually a fairly good guy and so I spoke up and stated my opinion on the matter. And I want to just thank all of the Wisc folks who have posted such solid information about what is really going on. I think because I was able to lay out a cogent, unemotional counter argument...he actually changed his focus. He ended up saying, you have a point. The real problem is that we have to compete w/ non union businesses who underpay and don't provide benefits. The real focus should be on getting THOSE businesses to pay more...and that the shrinking middle class is the real problem.

    "I'd like to find your inner child and kick it's little ass." -Don Henely

    by Olkate on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 03:22:30 PM PDT

    •  Good on you! (6+ / 0-)

      I had a similar experience last summer when I went home to Texas to be with my family as my mother was dying. One night when we were all sitting outside around the table in the back yard, my nephew (married with two children) began berating those corrupt unions that were destroying our country. I immediately interrupted him and came to the defense of unions.

      I reminded him that he was living a decent middle class lifestyle with his family because he came from a union family. I reminded him that his great-grandfather, grandfather, father, and almost all of his uncles had been or still were union members. I reminded him of a time in our lives when we were poor, living from paycheck to paycheck, and dreading someone getting seriously ill or injured (all of which did happen to some of our family members at one time or another).

      I told him that it was precisely because of unions that we were able to climb up out of the poverty and hardship we had known and joined the middle class and a nice lifestyle. I also then told him I never again wanted to hear him badmouth unions in front of me because even if they aren't always perfect, they have made our country strong and made it possible for people like our family to have a decent income and a decent life. I told him I was proud to be a union member and so was my dad, his grandfather, and so were other members of our family who had been union members when they were working.

      He sat there, stunned for a few moments (as did all the other family members sitting around that table!), and then he  apologized, saying he was just repeating something he had heard on the radio earlier that day. He acknowledged that he hadn't thought about the fact that so many of our family members had been union employees. He agreed he would have to rethink what he had said and promised never again to disparage unions.

      I was pretty hard on him, I have to admit, and I later told him I thought I had been so. He disagreed. He said if I hadn't defended unions and reminded him how they had helped our family over multiple generations, he would have just kept thinking the way he had been after he had listened to some crackpot winger on talk radio badmouthing unions.

      This was a lesson for him and for me. I then realized that we have to remember this point and do whatever we can to defeat it. If we don't stand up and defend unionism and all it has done to create a middle class, to give us a 40 hour work week, weekends off, paid vacations, health care from our employers, and decent wages for a decent day's work, and protection and safety while we work, we will allow the wingnuts to win the argument that unions are evil and bad. I am a proud union member, even as a retiree, and I will never sit quietly listening to someone, family member or otherwise, disparaging unions. I hope the rest of you will do the same. Kudos to you, Olkate, for stepping up and doing the right thing!

    •  Sun Tzu would be proud.... (2+ / 0-)
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      "The real focus should be on getting THOSE businesses to pay more" - sounds like the indirect tactics you read about in The Art Of War.

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (2+ / 0-)
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    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 04:16:27 PM PDT

  •  He's Got A Job All Lined Up With The Koch Boys.... (1+ / 0-)
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    They love him.  His high school diploma is more than adequate for them.  He'll go straight from recall to their boardroom.  

    He's already making noises about it.  He said this week that his wife wants him to work in the private sector anyway, so he can make some real money.

  •  Please Scott Walker - Go Back To The Private (0+ / 0-)

    sector  ASAP (and quit trying to destroy the public sector).

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