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For the last 20 months here in the Badger State, we have been living the Republican austerity dream under Scott Walker:

  1. He promised 250,000 new jobs if elected (about a 10% increase) within his four-year term, which is roughly what was predicted to happen anyway.
  2. He declared an "economic emergency" even before being elected.
  3. Then he handed out tax cuts like candy that only benefitted a select few.
  4. Then he dropped the bomb and demonized a section of society.
  5. Then he proposed massive budget cuts to a vital program.
  6. Then during a 2012 election campaign he said that just by being elected, confidence will appear and jobs along with it.

Whereas in Mitt Romney's case:

  1. He promises 12,000,000 new jobs if elected (about a 10% increase) within his four-year term, which is roughly what is predicted to happen anyway.
  2. He declared a "looming crisis" even before being elected.
  3. Then he plans to hand out tax cuts like candy that only benefit a select few.
  4. Then he's demonized a section of society.
  5. Then he proposes massive budget cuts to a vital program.
  6. Then during a 2012 election campaign he says that just by being elected, confidence will appear and jobs along with it.

Birds of a feather indeed, and not in a flattering way.  But Romney would be walking in the footsteps of a Governor famous for the plethora of jobs his state now enjoys, having brought economic prosperity to all.  Right?

Since Walker became Governor in January 2011, Wisconsin has lost 15,600 jobs.  If they had instead been added at the national rate we'd be 80,000 better off than that by now. This 80,000 jobs deficit fails to make up any lost ground at all from when I last diaried this a month ago:

(Same conclusion represented as a bar chart)

The sources (listed on the image) are on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website; the National series and Wisconsin series for the total nonfarm payroll number from the Current Employment Survey.

All charts created by RandomNonviolence.

The post-recall jobs implosion

During the recall election campaign, Scott Walker re-made his 2010 promise to see Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs during his first term.  Over the last four months, instead of the promised jobs explosion, Wisconsin has lost 6,900 jobs and the Walker jobs deficit for this period is 16,800.

Private sector jobs

Walker's 2010 campaign promise was that he would create 250,000 jobs.  While he didn't qualify that at the time, after the November 2010 election and during his repeat of it during the recall campaign he has couched it as 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015.  So granting that qualification then 5,200 net new private sector jobs are required each month, every month from January 2011 to January 2015.  Let's see how he's doing:

115,000 private sector jobs deficit

Even worse, and the chasm only widening.

So Wisconsin has lost 10,700 private sector jobs under Walker in his first 20 months and now needs to somehow add 9,310 every month from now on to get to where he promised to take us.  The tortoise is wedged under the millstone of austerity while the hare is invisible, somewhere over the horizon.

But Wisconsin at least has a budget surplus now, right?

This week Walker highlighted that following the first fiscal year of his own budget, a $108.7m deposit is to be made into the state's rainy day fund because there was $342.1m in the general fund at the end of FY12.  The reason why this isn't such great news is that during 2011 the Walker administration borrowed $528,386,704 with lifetime interest payments of 28%.  So that $108.7m headline for Walker is costing Wisconsinites $30.7m down the road in unnecessary interest payments we'll now have to make.  It also ignores the contribution of $26m of raided mortgage settlement funds and over $1m from other raided funds.

Smoke and mirrors that we're paying for, and even more raining upon essential services.

Choose the blue line;

Overpass Light Brigade - Question Austerity.  Image credit: badscience

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Scott Walker's campaign has removed his twice-made 250,000 jobs promise from, less than three months after last making it.

Originally posted to GeoffT on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 03:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Last night's debate? (0+ / 0-)

    Can anybody say who won last night's debate between Baldwin and Thompson without insulting me?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 03:50:30 AM PDT

  •  Romney is not emulating Walker directly. He just (11+ / 0-)

    gets his orders from the same group of billionaires and their actions are justified by the same group of neo-conservative think tanks which are funded by the same billionaires. Meanwhile the media echo chamber owned by those billionaires obfuscates reality and promulgates lies. (Answer to Poli-Sci test question in 2021 to explain how America died).

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 03:55:01 AM PDT

  •  Same story with Rick Scott (7+ / 0-)

    He promised 700,000 Jobs in Florida.  So far we have seen hundreds of millions cuts to schools and tax cuts given to businesses but no one tracks whether or not jobs are being created.  

    Florida job creation under Scott totally stagnant.

    •  Scott is one of the few who is a documented and.. (1+ / 0-)
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      ...convicted GRIFTER.

      The others (such as Walker) are amateurs tho damn good at it.

      Thus, how could anyone ever believe Scott's promises.  If he wasn't gov, but he was a citizen who came up to you standing on the street, and you didn't even recognize him from his mug shot; and he offered you 700 grand in a briefcase to hold for him, but you needed to withdraw a (pigeon drop) sum of 10 grand of your own money in good faith to be held by a third-party who just happens to be walking by and wants to share in the good would never believe him, right???

      So why would anyone ever believe the word of a grifter now that he also has power and means??

      Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. ***Buy ALDUS SHRUGGED on amazon, and ALL royalties will be donated directly to Democrats in contentious Downballot races. @floydbluealdus1

      by Floyd Blue on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 08:09:51 AM PDT

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  •  If you elect me (2+ / 0-)

    I will turn the economy around in Wisconsin and add  500,000 jobs and if you would vote for me in the race for president, I will generate TWENTY MILLION new jobs in the American private sector.  My administration of crack financial wizards, will have all sectors of employment come together and we will create all of these jobs in a short period of time.  How will we do that, you may ask?   We will reduce your taxes Wisconsin, by 25% and to show America we are on the right track, 50% across the board for everyone else in America (Sorry Wisconsin you only get the 25%).  Of course this will all be revenue neutral and further, we will increase the Wisconsin National Guard by some 40,000 with all members getting a $35,000.00 per year bonus!  I will do wonders if elected and will let you all in on the plan once that happens.  Thanks, Jasan (a man who knows how to get'r done).

  •  This diary should be rec'd 100 times. (4+ / 0-)

    It is spot on!

    My lady binder is killing me.

    by surfermom on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 04:42:06 AM PDT

    •  Great diary (2+ / 0-)
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      badscience, bewareofme

      Geoff has really done a great job in drawing the parallel positions of Governor Walker's miserable record in Wisconsin and Mitt Romney's plan for the nation. When Republicans rule, the wealthy do better, but the rest of us do worse. Republican promises of jobs and prosperity are just debate assertions that turn out to be empty. The nation is still trying to clean up the mess that George Bush made of the economy.

  •  I can't feel too bad for Wisc, they had a chance (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Victor Ward

    to throw the bum out and they declined.  They like austerity.

    •  You couldn't be more wrong. (9+ / 0-)

      Why you're wrong has been spelled out in so many diaries and comments that I won't bother here. I don't even have the energy to call you out for the ignoramus/troll you appear to be when you make uninformed comments such as this.

      I do have the energy to tell you, though, that you have the abbreviation for WI incorrect, and for that, Fuck You. :-)

      •  Wow, Scott isn't governor, then what's the problem (1+ / 0-)
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        Victor Ward

        I must of missed the recall of the recall.  The people of WI were given a chance that others are not given(by the hard work of alot of people) and they chose AUSTERITY.  At some point, we just HAVE to admit that people make stupid choices and get the results they vote for.  Unfortunately, they take many innocents with them but that is democracy.

        •  Thanks for playing. No prize on your way out. (3+ / 0-)
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          badscience, Joy of Fishes, Amber6541

          Now move along, I'm sure there's some other diary you could be trolling right now.

        •  We weren't "given a chance", we created an (6+ / 0-)

          opportunity. It turned out that there were too many obstacles to surmount. We are still climbing up that hill. Of course some people make stupid choices, but that is not just in Wisconsin, it is everywhere.

          It is normal to feel frustration, but  it is not so effective to blame those working to elect good candidates. If you haven't volunteered many hours over a 2 year period, you can have no idea how much time and work has gone into fighting off propaganda, corruption and big money in advertising.

          For example, I haven't seen a diary on this, but in Milwaukee, in an area where there are 500,000 people of color, there are 85 billboards saying that "Voter Fraud is a Felony". Who is paying for the billboards that imply that voting is illegal?

          This has gotten more attention in Cleveland, Ohio,

          In Ohio,

          but also in Milwaukee,

    •  Did you feel bad for the US when W was prez? (2+ / 0-)

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 05:35:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I did in 2000 and didn't in 2004. We got robbed (2+ / 0-)
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        rosarugosa, Victor Ward

        in 2000 and in 2004, we got what the majority voted for, a sound whack in the head.  What I can't fathom is how they voted for it again in 2010 by electing a GOP House and now cry about how terrible Congress is, Congress is a reflection of the majority in this country.  WE are the one's that are terrible.  Now everyone will swarm and say, IT WASN'T ME but it doesn't matter.  In this country, money rules unless we use the only thing we have which is our vote and the people used their vote and voted Bush and the Tea Party and Scott Walker into office.  

        •  I don't understand how that happens either. (1+ / 0-)
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          I suppose the first thing is to unify to fight back and not let the other side get away with lying so much.

          The RNC is pouring money into Wisconsin. We have the 2nd  most expensive Senate race in the country and we are not a rich state, nor are we really a large state.

          •  People can only lie if you don't bother find out (1+ / 0-)
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            Victor Ward

            the truth.  There people are TERRIBLE liars, their lies are so obviously NOT TRUE but they work because people are too lazy to do the smallest amount of research.  It is easy, use Google and you get a fairly wide range of information on any subject, pro and con.  It at least shows you that you need to READ more about it.  I understand that people are busy but usually people have one or two things they care deeply about and those are things they can make sure they are informed about.   Propaganda does not work on an informed electorate and today there is just no excuse for not being informed.

            •  Well, I am not going to defend people who (2+ / 0-)
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              Joy of Fishes, GeoffT

              are uninformed, however, I do think there is a problem when tv stations, radio stations and newspapers all present false information and it is considered legal and presented as "the news".

              I agree that people should become more informed. Just remember, it may seem to us that everyone has internet access, but they don't, especially some older people in rural areas.

              The newspapers seem to have a right wing slant and if you had spent your whole life relying on the newspaper as your source of information, you might just think it was objective news, rather than news with a bias.

  •  Jobs Increase in the US: (2+ / 0-)
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    bepanda, PvtJarHead

    Republicans: Government doesn't create jobs!

    Republican running for office:

    "I will create jobs!"

    Pathetic hypocritical liars.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 05:18:12 AM PDT

  •  You know what's funny? (5+ / 0-)

    NOBODY ever calls them out of this hypocrisy. How can people who say Government doesn't create job .. claim "I will create 12 millions jobs"?

    Don't forget to register to vote here:

    by bepanda on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 05:27:02 AM PDT

  •  Republican snow jobs never end. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    badscience, PvtJarHead

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 05:36:13 AM PDT

  •  I'm frustrated with my birthplace (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm from Ozaukee County, that lovely county that makes it really hard to hold corrupt people accountable in WI government.  I honestly can't figure out what that's about, since I know that OC likes its schools the way they are (well, they're starting to see problems now).

    The best I can come up with is that the population is aging and they just vote R out of habit.  My high school cohort, for the most part (80s) turned and ran.  Almost no one that I know of came home again.  Well, I do know one, but he is busily engaged in enraging Republicans on a daily basis.

    I have talked to some folks in their 60s and they simply do not understand how the party has changed.  They seem to think it's the party of Bush I and Reagan.  No one I know of has been the direct victim of investment hijinks.

    It's like everyone has their little plot of land and they're happy with it.  There's no reason to look over the fence.  The lack of curiosity, I feel, is also why WI suffers (and will continue to suffer) brain drain.

  •  Does anyone know when the St. Norbert's poll comes (1+ / 0-)
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    •  From the timing of their 2010 poll (1+ / 0-)
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      It's in the field Tuesday - Friday this week, and 2010 timing would suggest release this coming Tuesday.

      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 Oct 19, 2012 at 10:49:45 AM PDT

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  •  Fitzwalkerstan is "Open for Business" (2+ / 0-)
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    RandomNonviolence, GeoffT

    Why would you want to move your business and/or family to Wisconsin?  This administration has declared the state to be "Open for Business."

    Once Wisconsin was known for its excellent educational institutions, clean government, environmental and social progress and decades of labor peace.  Wisconsin was a NICE place to live -- if you were tough enough to handle the weather.

    No longer.  Now, in Fitzwalkerstan, we are living a nightmare of degradation of all that we worked so long and hard for.  And the weather still sucks.

    Wisconsin is now known for defunding and undermining our academic institutions, from K-12 through tech colleges and  universities, for extracting wealth from the land while destroying its beauty and future productivity (frac sands, iron mines, deregulation of environmental protections), and for selling our public assets (power plants, etc), government jobs and public funds to 'friends' of the administration (too many examples to recount).  

    The 'business' Wisconsin is 'open' for these days is the extraction of public goods to benefit a private few.  That's not the kind of business that attracts large numbers of long-term, community-bulding jobs.  

  •  I'm glad you wrote this. Every time I hear Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    RandomNonviolence, rosarugosa

    shilling his 12 million jobs I think of Walker and that the country should learn from our experience.

    Walker, your pink slip is coming, unless the orange jumpsuit gets you first.

    by non acquiescer on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 03:11:52 PM PDT

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