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It finally happened.  

Too little and a whole lot too late, PolitiFact has finally called BS on Scott Walkers jobs claims.  Naturally, it comes more than 6 months after the Hune 5 recall election when such public knowledge would have been helpful, on a Monday when newspapers are little read due to a continuing decrease in daily subscribers, and won't be covered at all in what passes for "news" in Wisconsin, but it's happened.

Walker has made the vow in a variety of forums, including speeches, videos, and on his campaign and official websites. But the state’s progress in job creation was last in the nation in 2011 -- and there have been no signs of a significant turnaround in 2012.
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During a speech on December 12, Walker claimed (lied) he had created 100,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin and claimed he would reach his "goal" of 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term as Governor.  And that's what led PolitiFact to look at his continually bogus jobs claims.

When we asked about the "just under 100,000 figure," Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said the number was based on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, considered the most reliable measure of employment. She said the data showed there were 86,490 jobs created from December 2010 (just before Walker took office) to June 2012 (the most recent quarter available).
These, of course, are the made-up numbers that Walker started promoting the month before the recall election just days before the Bureau of Labor Stastics was about to release their report showing yet another month of job losses in our state.  Our Wisconsin media, as obedient servants to all things GOP, immediately began to decry the official BLS jobs numbers in favor of Walkers own claims.  And he's been putting out those numbers ever since.

We no longer hear about the BLS (official) jobs numbers here.  We hear about the jobs numbers put out by a Walker crony.  And the numbers they have been putting out just haven't been believable.

PolitiFact did it's own measurements and found that:

the state created 25,411 private sector jobs under Walker’s watch
Naturally, the real employment numbers are much less considering the loss of large numbers of public sector jobs under Walker and his budget.  That aside, however, he's at 10% of his "promise" of 250,000 jobs and nearly halfway through his first term as Governor.

PolitiFacts conclusion:

... his statement is false. We think it’s ridiculous too -- after private admonitions -- publicly present it this way. Pants on Fire.
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(This space for rent for any further developments or interesting stories.)


Already there's MORE for those following the story about how the Scott Walker created Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) lost track of millions of dollars in taxpayer funded business loans.

At 3 p.m., the audit committee of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will discuss the results of an audit by outside firm Schenk of the agency's books. At 1 p.m., a Senate committee led by Democrats will look at how the agency and its board are run.

The WEDC has come under criticism for a series of missteps, most notably failing to comprehensively track past due, taxpayer-funded loans to businesses that are worth $12.2 million. As of Nov. 2, borrowers were late in making payments totaling $2.5 million, but the state could easily end up losing more than that.

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This may be the last chance to do anything about WEDC and the incompetence that will cost taxpayers plenty.  The State Senate is still under majority Democratic control until the start of the new Legislative Session in January when Republicans, thanks to gerrymandering, will retake control of both legislative bodies again.


The report is now in.

Missing safeguards, staff turnover and shoddy bookkeeping within the state's flagship jobs agency led to delinquent loans going uncollected, financial deals being misstated or unrecorded, and credit card and other transactions getting no checks for fraud or errors, outside auditors have found.
In other words, typical Walker crony incompetence (see under Walker, Scott, Milwaukee County Executive, incompetence).  
The Schenck audit, which recommended top to bottom improvements to ensure that the WEDC better tracks what it does with the public's money, is the first of two such reviews being conducted of the WEDC. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau is expected to release its own review in the spring.
Or we can go back to the original use of the Department of Commerce, which Walker disbanded to form this "private partnership".  
As a result, "financial transactions were either not recorded or improperly recorded throughout the year and went undetected by personnel of the corporation," the report notes.

Gov. Scott Walker is the chairman of the WEDC board. Dan Ariens, president and CEO of Ariens Co., is vice chairman, and Scott Klug, managing director of public affairs at the law firm of Foley and Lardner, is the board treasurer.

Imagine your bank not recording financial transactions and nobody following up.  That's what happened here with taxpayer money being funnelled to business without records or follow up.

Other problems were found, as well as poor record keeping:

25% of all credit card transaction during the agency's first year were not approved at the time of the audit, a necessary step to ensuring that the cards are being used correctly. The report says, "Without enforcement of a review policy, credit card charges could be used for unallowable or unauthorized expenses and not be discovered."

Many of the entries in WEDC's accounting journals did not contain enough supporting documents or evidence of a double-check review and approval by someone other than the person recording the entry in the first place. "Accounting journal entries which are unsupported and unapproved (by other staff) can lead to intentional improper recording, misstated general ledger balances and potentially conceal fraud," the report says.

WEDC's tracking of tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer loans to businesses lacked "basic internal accounting controls" in which loan balances would be tracked in individual accounts and also entered on the WEDC's general books. As a result, it took "extensive effort" to do the year-end statements and "adequate follow-up on delinquent loans did not always occur."



Even MORE More:

Palermos Strike Update:

Yes, the Palermos Pizza strike continues.

Striking Palermo's workers and their supporters held a holiday-themed protest Monday outside the frozen pizza manufacturing plant chanting "Deck the halls with living wages" and trying to portray Palermo's president and CEO Giacomo Fallucca as the Grinch.

They also tried to deliver Christmas cards made by the striking workers' children to Fallucca, but police stopped them from stepping onto the property.

Inside the pizza-making plant, Chris Dresselhuys, the director of marketing, called the protest "an exploitation of the season, unfortunate and in bad taste."

Please join me in laughing at the Palermos response.  "Exploitation of the season"?  Seriously?  Really?  What Palermos and far too many businesses believe in exploiting is workers.
"If they believe we are going away, we are here and we will continue to fight," said Maria Somma, an organizer with the United Steel Workers, which is aiding in the union effort on the national boycott of Palermo's pizza. "Palermo's is trying to convince the media that the fight is over, but it's just beginning."
Despite the fact that the employees still don't have a union and serious union-busting tactics continue to be used by the company, the 6 month old strike has had some positive impacts for workers:
Former worker Raul de la Torre told protesters that since the strike began workers inside the plant have received a $1 an hour raise and now work five, instead of six or seven days a week. De la Torre credited the strike with improving working conditions at the plant.


Originally posted to Puddytat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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Comment Preferences

  •  About time. Thanks as always, Puddytat. n/t (10+ / 0-)

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (John Boner, Paul Ryan, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:20:24 PM PST

  •  Keep asking, is mainstream press telling the truth (5+ / 0-)


    I have asked you the same question numerous times.

    And you have so far, for the most part, responded "head in the sand."

    in other words, the mainstream press in the state has NOT been pointing out the failures of Walker.

    I think that you have hinted that a little more has come to light.

    Is that true?

    •  As I frequently say (11+ / 0-)

      our state and local media have been in the tank for Walker, hiding his failures and highly praising and promoting anything that looks like a success.  It's the reason he (and Ron Johnson) got elected in 2010 and one of the major reasons Walker survived recall.

      The only time they give any attention to a failing (like the WEDC fiasco or the John Doe Probe) is when it's something way too big to shovel under the rug or it will bring more eyeballs to their websites or Tee Vee news or will sell more newspapers.  Otherwise, not so much.

      When he runs for election, all criticism, no matter now important, ends.  

      Walker doesn't have a Teflon suit.  He's been given one by our corporate media.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:38:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Walker's offense is not in the use of QCEW data (5+ / 0-)

    It's in its misrepresentation.

    In this case, he was not bothering to mention that there is no seasonally-adjusted version of QCEW like there is with CES.  Hence he was taking credit for normal seasonal summer jobs since he was taking the difference between the December 2010 number and the June 2012 (preliminary) number that was press released by the DWD on November 30th, which has not been verified by the BLS yet.

    In the month before the recall election, his offense was to claim that the BLS had verified the QCEW numbers he had produced when that was complete horse manure (they were revised down from what he had presented).

    If John Doe hasn't caught up with him before then, watch for an attempt to bring out April/May/June 2014 numbers in October 2014 - March numbers having historically always been lower than the prior December's.

    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 Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:04:58 PM PST

    •  His offense was putting out his own (3+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Lily O Lady, Creosote

      set of numbers rather than using the BLS numbers that are used by everyone as a measure of employment.  However, those numbers, verified and based in reality, didn't help his cause - particularly before the recall election.

      Putting out his own numbers allowed him to campaign on job gains rather than the truth.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:12:21 PM PST

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  •  Thanks, Puddytat. (6+ / 0-)

    It always brightens my day to find out that Snot Walker has been caught in another lie.  This lying, despicable creep does not have a snowball's chance in hell of being considered a viable candidate for President in 2016.  I just wish our lame-ass media here in WI would stop covering for him and tell the unvarnished truth about every single time he lies.  A lot of us (who are paying attention) know when he gets caught but too many others don't really know what a scumbag he is.

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:41:05 PM PST

  •  Just done some math (3+ / 0-)
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    (All figures private sector only).

    The December 2010-December 2011 QCEW unadjusted jobs number was up 29,800, while over the same period the CES unadjusted jobs number dropped by 22,700.

    The December 2011-June 2012 QCEW unadjusted jobs number grew by 56,690.  Over the same period the CES unadjusted jobs number grew by 55,400.

    If there was a problem with CES numbers, it's fixed now.  The CES seasonally-adjusted loss of 2,400 jobs so far this year therefore looks likely to ultimately be reflected in the QCEW values that Walker has flitted to.  Then he'll have no statistics to hide behind.

    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 Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 02:54:34 PM PST

  •  Here's a typical example of Wanker "job creation" (7+ / 0-)

    I did some research last year about a company that Wanker takes credit for saving and creating jobs. He presented the business with one of those oversize checks in 2011 made out for $750,000. This, before his pending Act 10 economic disaster creation bill was passed and the state was desperately broke and the end of the World was coming and God was speaking to Wanker and, and, and.....

    I'm probably going to write this up with more details after I connect a few more dots, so I won't name names just yet. It's just another example of Wanker's sleazy fakery and fact-free distortions.

    This company's business is cyclical and the 2008 economic crash took its toll. It was expected. The business saw it coming and laid off nearly 2,000 employees prior to Wanker's election.

    By 2011, the Obama stimulus package was working and their business was starting to turn around. Wanker shows up with that big check and hands it over to the business in a well-staged ceremony. The big lie was that Wanker presented the check as if it came from the state and was part of his business-friendly political  bullshit. In fact, the money came from a federal block grant that the business applied for during the stimulus application process.

    Then the business president goes on Faux Noise and bashes the president and the stimulus package. And he brags about turning things around in spite of the stupidity of the Obama administration. Faux Noise gets all giddy.

    Now, as recently as last month, headline business news stories are being reported about the extraordinary turnaround and new jobs that this company is "creating". Wanker counts these job.

    The jobs are nothing more than rehires of laid-off employees, a normal occurrence for a deeply cyclical business.

    Worse, the jobs are counted as new manufacturing jobs, but the business makes most of its profits by financing its products. Leases, not sales. This is where it gets interesting and my research bogs down a little. The business owners are the children of an ex-board member of a very large bank in Wisconsin. And this bank is involved with the WEDC and the privatized WI Dept of Commerce.

    So it's not just about Walker's lies and cronyism. It's much more complicated than that.

    This one company simply shows that Wanker's new jobs aren't new jobs. Lay off 2000 workers and then rehire them. This is not job creation.

    But I'm also trying to follow the money. And the usual suspects in the loop. The wingers seem to show up every time.

    I might be off base a little about the connections and the money, so I'll have to work on this part a little more.

    But the fake new jobs are really fake new jobs.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:02:38 PM PST

    •  Thanks for spelling that out (8+ / 0-)

      In fact, Wisconsin had a small surplus in 2010.  When Walker came into office he gave a huge tax break to business, threw the budget into deficit and THAT became the reason the state was "broke".  He did it deliberately to create the conditions necessary to need a Budget Repair Bill, which was merely an excuse to strip public employees of 18% of their take home wages as well as their unions.

      The GOP plays long ball.  They have these strategies in place and wait like spiders for a time when they come into control of government to implement them.

      May they roast in Hell.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:10:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Those conditions being fantasy (5+ / 0-)

        The surest sign that Act 10 was completely unnecessary is that it was not published until June 28th, 2011, and therefore was only in force for 2 days of the 2010 financial year, thus having zero effect on state finances in FY10 since no contract negotiations, agreements and effect took place in that window.

        Also, Act 13 soaked up $75m and Act 27 (passed just before the end of FY10) soaked up $193.3m (see lie #1) and after all that money being thrown around and zero Act 10 savings there was, as you say, a small surplus.

        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 Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:30:13 PM PST

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        •  Another reason Act 10 wasn't necessary (7+ / 0-)

          is that the state unions agreed to the financial givebacks (frankly, they did it only to demonstrate that Walker was only interested in union busting and not in any fiscal impact).  Act 10 was phony from onset to implementation and the courts have ruled against the union stripping as discriminatory (police and firefighters were exempted because they were Walker backers).

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

          by Puddytat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:37:27 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  JOHN DOE ALERT (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, Creosote

    The Voices Newspaper Blog is reporting that an unidentified person, called out Brett Davis, who was named as a target of the John Doe probe in the Landgraf presentation, as he was entering a Madison parking garage The unidentified person said this:

    Brett Davis is going to JAIL!  He's a CROOK!
    Davis quickly responded:
    Here's the full article, and it's worth the read.

    Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:09:42 PM PST

    •  Thanks for the link (4+ / 0-)

      Rumors are always swirling.  To avoid getting folks unnecessarily revved up, I use regular media sources.  You wouldn't believe how many times "credible sources" have said Walker was facing arrest in a few days or weeks.  None of them panned out, so I was very happy that I only use regular media sources in my diaries.

      I don't stick to that strict criteria when I comment, but try to nail down at least 2 sources when I do.

      I'll be watching the developments.  Walker and his allies have been loudly proclaiming that the John Doe is done.  I don't think so.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:29:07 PM PST

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  •  DWD job counselors have been (0+ / 0-)

    sending out emails to laid off workers touting working at Palermo's.

     The same counselors hit the panic button after DWD found itself under the microscope.  They started calling workers that used DWD programs to get jobs asking them to tell their story.

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