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Talk about whistling while walking past a graveyard....

The press caught Governor Walker after a public ceremony yesterday for a brief question and answer session (rare with regular media these days since he has friends on Faux Newzzz as well as local and national RW radio who treat him like a rock star and don't ask pesky questions).  Their main question:  The John Doe Probe.

It was revealed yesterday that the Milwaukee County DAs office filed open records requests to obtain information on Scott Walkers top state aides which raised eyebrows about the possibility that the 27 month old John Doe Probe involving activities in Walkers Milwaukee County Executives office extending to activties in the Governors office.

Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he wasn't concerned about an ongoing probe into his state and Milwaukee County administrations.
Really?  The guy who set up a Criminal Defense Fund and shovelled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign chest to fund it has no concerns?  The same guy whose requests for a clearance letter from prosecutors during the recall campaign were repeatedly denied?  (The law requires that prosecutors issue a so-called clearance letter during the campaign of any candidate involved in an investigation or probe who is not being individually investigated or in the process of being charged.)
He told the Associated Press that he doesn’t know what prosecutors are looking for, saying he hasn’t “really looked at it specifically.”  
No.  I'm pretty sure he's not looking at it.  This is what he pays 2 high priced criminal defense lawyers to do.
He said the so-called John Doe investigation hasn’t become a distraction for him. “We’re focused on jobs. We’re focused on getting ready for the next budget,” the governor said. “It really hasn’t been a factor.”
Srsly?  Really?  

You're expecting us to believe that jobs, jobs, jobs crapola you fed to the electorate in 2010?  Again?  After you expended the last nearly 2 years stripping union rights, deriding public workers and activist citizens, taking away nearly $2 billion in funding to schools, massively cutting state shared revenue to municipalities, cutting Medicaid and Badger Care, ramming through a redistricting gerrymander along with concealled carry of guns, taking away reproductive choices from women, demanding abstinence only education in our schools, turning over our state parks to hunters so hikers and cross country skiiers will get extra exercise dodging bullets, taking away the income cap on school vouchers so low wage workers pay for rich kids to go to private school, and creating an economy that lost jobs every single month since your budget went into effect?  That list of things you did instead of doing a damn thing about jobs could fill 10 diaries, but I think I've made my point.  You must really think that voters are idiots (no, don't answer that) to believe you give a rats pajamas about any job but your own.

In other Scott Walker news:

Once again, the Walker administration has created glowing job numbers- just like the ones they did a couple of weeks before the recall election a few days ahead the official Bureau of Labor Stastics report showing just the opposite.

The latest round: With the publication of a downbeat jobs report for July just hours away, the State Department of Workforce Development released another set of employment data, this one positive.

Supprted by our state (lazy, corporate) media, the Bureau of Labor Stastics report in May, 2011 became untrustworthy and were discarded in favor of the shiny new numbers issued by the State of Wisconsin from a department headed by a Walker appointee.  With that political success, we're getting a repeat and I expect that in no time we won't even hear about those pesky Bureau of Labor Statistics reports anymore.  

Well, at the rate that these pretend jobs are being created, Walker will have no problem fulfilling his campaign promise of creating 250,000 new jobs.  

Thursday, Walker's administration made a none-too-subtle point of touting the quarterly numbers as "actual jobs data" and undercutting the reliability of the monthly survey.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, meanwhile, accused Walker of again releasing quarterly jobs numbers "unverified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Barca is correct, but our media has always been far too happy to prop up Scott Walker and catapult his propaganda.


Sorry I wasn't around on Thursday to let you know this when it was fresh, but I was out and about.  And news is better late than never.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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