Thursday, December 8, 2011

Walker On Jobs: It's Europe's Fault

The job outlook is sucking in Wisconsin. Another paper mill is closing after a century of production and will fire nearly 500 people in Brokaw, WI.

This, after coming in 50 out of 50 in job loss last month.

They didn't buy Walker's "It's Working" Packer game commercial for one minute up in Wausau, leaving them to wonder exactly what snow-bound idiots they were targeting with their fantasy advertisement.  

Scott Walker has blamed his failure to create jobs on the unemployed, on Barack Obama, on the summer recall elections and now he has found another source other than himself and his staggeringly failed policies: Europe.

Yes, those fuckers over in Europe have harshed Scotty's job buzz and that's the reason we have no jobs. (Funny how nearly everything seems to foil Walker's "Open for Business" plan. Next thing you know, some old lady in Omro will fart and we'll lose 1500 more jobs - but it will not be Walker's fault.)

The college wash-out said yesterday that flagging European exports were partly to blame for Wisconsin's epic fail last month even with a 24% increase in value of farm products exported overseas from Wisconsin this year.

How bad is he doing? Or maybe we should say how much is it NOT working? Political Heat has laid it out it it's ugly glory...

The updated numbers for September show that Wisconsin had a total of 2,757,200 jobs in the state. But from September to October, nearly 10,000 jobs were lost, dropping the state totals down to 2,747,500 (PDF).

Compare that to the beginning of the year, when in January Wisconsin had approximately 2,744,000 jobs. From that time on, we've seen a great fluctuating number of jobs in the state, swelling to a high of about 2,775,100 this past June. But since that time, Wisconsin's job numbers have dropped as much as they've gained -- the net total from January to October is only a gain of 3,500 jobs.

To reach Gov. Scott Walker's goal of 250,000 jobs created in his first term, it would take more than 71 years at the current rate we're going at, or 17 more terms than the one he promised it would require.

That's the total number of jobs created -- but how about the total number of employed in the state? Wisconsin did a little bit better here, growing the number of employed by 3,400 (from the revised number of 2,819,200 employed in September to 2,822,600 in October). But the net total from January to October is still marginal, a measly gain of 3,299 more individuals employed today than were at the beginning of this year.

Compare those numbers to the last year of Walker's predecessor, Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's, term. From January 2010 to October 2010, Wisconsin saw a growth of about 17,900 jobs, and a growth of employment by 12,919 individuals. That's more than 5 and nearly 4 times greater than Walker's respective numbers during the same time period.

Defenders of Walker will contend that these job numbers reflect what's happening on the national stage overall, that the governor cannot be held accountable for outside pressures that affect his state's job numbers. Yet, when we look at the national picture, we see growth, not decline, for the nation last month.

The fact is, Walker's less-than-even-adequate job performance is his to own -- not Obama's, nor Congress's, nor the debt ceiling's, nor anyone else's. His failure to provide any decent jobs initiatives (during two "special sessions" even!) provides ample evidence of why he is a failure to this state within the realm of job creation.

Tax breaks and tort reforms for corporations won't solve Wisconsin's job woes -- only true demand, from people purchasing products or services, can create the need for work. Walker's ideas are lousy, and Wisconsin is suffering for them.

Only 71 more years of Scott Walker and we'll have all those jobs he promised. The Siren is sure we can't take another 71 hours.