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So, here we have yet another example of Scott Walker illustrating his disregard for consistency and honesty. Wisconsinites might remember that, during the recall election, some of Walker's opponents touted unfavorable job numbers. These numbers were deemed unreliable by the Walker camp because they were just monthly estimates -- as opposed to the comprehensive hard numbers, that Walker himself touted as a "gold standard" in job numbers.



Well, Scott has got a new ad out. And guess what set of numbers he's relying on -- the "gold standard" or the "unreliable" estimates?






If you're thinking "the unreliable estimates," well, you would be correct (and, if you think "the gold standard", now might be a good time to lay off the kool-aid).



NPR sums it up:


Walker's [new] numbers are based on cumulative monthly estimates between July of last year and July of this year. These are the same monthly estimates Walker attacked as unreliable during his recall campaign. Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson described them as numbers that are “inaccurate,” and that “cannot be trusted.”
But it's worse than that. Walker has newly found these unreliable estimates to be trustworthy, but he also accuses Mary Burke of "misleading" people by quoting his former "gold standard" numbers.



Fox News' Mike Lowe reports:




“Those are numbers she’s using and not pointing to the most recent statistics. Wisconsin now ranks third in the Midwest for actual private sector job creation.  That’s just this week from the current employment statistics by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Walker said. 

The employment survey comes out every month, and is simply an estimate. That’s the number Walker is using when he says Wisconsin ranks third. 

The quarterly census, which Walker called “the gold standard” to measure jobs is hard data that is much more reliable. That’s what Burke is using when she says Wisconsin is “dead last.”

And, as NPR points out, "Burke's ad, however, accurately quotes detailed quarterly census numbers covering Walker's first three full years in office."



In other words, our illustrious governor has not only reversed his position on "unreliable" monthly estimates (as they benefit him); not only reversed his opinion on the hard numbers, the "gold standard" of job numbers; but he accuses Mary Burke of misleading voters by using the numbers that he himself described as the gold standard, rather than the numbers he and his party derided as unreliable estimates. I think it's fair to say that when it comes to honesty, Governor Walker is full of it.


Originally posted at Rachel's Hobbit Hole

Originally posted to Rachels Hobbit Hole (on Daily Kos) on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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Comment Preferences

  •  He can not win with the truth so the lies are his (5+ / 0-)

    stand in and let's call them what they are not misleading, mistakes or inaccurasies, they are lies to the people of Wisconsin because he knows what he is doing and he also knows that the truth is a loser for him.  

  •  And the media ignores the flip flop (2+ / 0-)
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    Rachel191, Jollie Ollie Orange

    You will see and hear nothing from the MSM about this reversal/flip flop.  Walker just keeps lying and getting away with it.  WalkerBots will believe anything he says, and low information voters....are, well, low information voters and won't have access to correct information.  Burke needs every cent she can get to continue hammering Walker on this.  So far she is doing a good job, but Walker has a lot of money propping him up.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:53:48 AM PDT

    •  Not completely (0+ / 0-)

      FOX 6:

      The quarterly census, which Walker called “the gold standard” to measure jobs is hard data that is much more reliable. That’s what Burke is using when she says Wisconsin is “dead last.”
      Associated Press, at Green Bay Press Gazette and Fond du Lac Reporter and Madison.com:
      Walker also cites monthly statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing Wisconsin ranked third in the Midwest for job creation between July 2013 and July 2014. Walker previously dismissed the monthly data as unreliable when it was less flattering, saying his jobs promise should be measured by the quarterly numbers that are based on a survey of nearly every employer in the state.
      WQOW News 18, Eau Claire:
      "If you talk to economists and political scientists who track this, I think the numbers that Burke is citing are the ones that are generally considered to be the gold standard for generating unemployment numbers. And they are in fact numbers that Governor Walker used in the past if you look back at the recall election," Peterson said.
      The best deconstruction of Walker's history of cherry-picking is likely by Jessie Opoien in the Cap Times.

      I don't see anything from the WSJ or the JS on his hypocrisy though.

      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 Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 12:10:23 AM PDT

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  •  Desperate times call for desperate measures... (5+ / 0-)

    ...and that goggle-eyed homunculus can lie.

    He never expected to be in this position.  After the recall, I think Scotty got a swelled head and thought he was a lock for this November (not realizing much of his victory was due to anti-recall sentiment and not support for him) and then full-steam to the WH. Now he's fighting for his life and steadily slipping as the bad news keeps slowly wearing his numbers down and it's clear he doesn't know what to do.

    It'll be fun to see his reaction if he loses.

  •  Scotty Owns The Local Newspapers..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Jollie Ollie Orange, isewquilts2

    They are his biggest ally.  And what they can't do for him, the Koch boys can.

    Scotty is the 2014 Wisconsin version of the Teflon Man.  Nothing seems to stick to the guy.  He seems to get away w/ anything & everything.

    Heck of a deal.  

  •  "Actual" (0+ / 0-)
    “Those are numbers she’s using and not pointing to the most recent statistics. Wisconsin now ranks third in the Midwest for actual private sector job creation.  That’s just this week from the current employment statistics by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Walker said.
    Interesting choice of word.  The funny thing is, since the DWD started pre-releasing QCEW data, they have headlined it as:

    May 16th, 2012 (December 2011 data): "Actual Jobs Data Reported by Wisconsin Employers Show State Added Over 23,300 Jobs in 2011"

    August 16th, 2012 (March 2012 data): "DWD Submits Actual Jobs Data for First Quarter of 2012"

    November 15th, 2012 (June 2012 data): "DWD Submits Actual Jobs Data for Second Quarter of 2012"

    February 22nd, 2013 (September 2012 data): "DWD Submits Actual Jobs Data for Third Quarter of 2012"

    May 16th, 2013 (December 2012 data): "Actual Jobs Data: WI Private Sector Added 62,072 Jobs in 2011-2012"

    August 15th, 2013 (March 2013 data): "DWD Submits Actual Jobs Data for First Quarter of 2013"

    November 21st, 2013 (June 2013 data): Was in the same release as the monthly numbers which described QCEW as "The most accurate count of jobs data"

    February 21st, 2014 (September 2013 data): didn't headline, but in a co-release with the monthly data said "Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today released the latest available Wisconsin actual jobs data"

    May 15th, 2014 (December 2013 data): again didn't headline, but in a co-release with the monthly data said "Also today, DWD released the latest available Wisconsin actual job counts"

    August 28th, 2014 (March 2014 data): didn't headline, but did say "Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today released the latest available Wisconsin actual jobs data"

    So 9 times out of 10 his own cabinet member has used the word "actual" to refer exclusively to QCEW data.  Walker should probably have taken him aside at some point in the last two years and told him he was wrong.

    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 Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 12:40:22 AM PDT

  •  I'm so sick of Scott Walker. (0+ / 0-)

    Go away Scott Walker, no one likes you.

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