Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Comeback is More Republican State-Wrecking

If you live in Wisconsin, you have heard of the alleged “Wisconsin comeback” touted by Governor Scott Walker. This is not to be confused with the Green Bay Packer comeback, and you should not relax.

After their 1-2 start, QB Aaron Rodgers took to ESPN to tell fans, “Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We’re going to be OK.”

But Wisconsin will not be OK, and voters should not relax.

Supposedly, the last Democratic administration drove the state into the ground, and with it, unlucky Wisconsinites. Never mind the fact that the economic crash was orchestrated by a Republican administration in Washington and that the Democrats in Wisconsin were victims like everybody else.

Walker’s Letter to Wisconsin lays out his claims:

Wisconsin is back on. Four years ago, Wisconsin had just lost more than 133,000 private sector jobs in Governor Doyle’s final term. Wisconsin was saddled with a $3.6 billion deficit. Only ten percent of job creators surveyed by the state chamber said the state was headed in the right direction. Our outlook was grim and our prospects diminishing.

The key here is Walker’s claim that, “The good news doesn’t end there. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2008.”

Yes, 2008 – right before the Bush administration tanked not only the American – but the world’s – economy. You know, THAT 2008. Before Barack Obama was elected president.

Walker repeats his claims in his “Wisconsin Comeback” ad. Now, unfortunately, you can’t embed his ad, because the Walker Campaign is well aware of its extremely high BS content. That doesn’t stop you from watching it and taking note of its questionable claims:


Never mind that PolitifactWisconsin rated this claim “mostly false,” taking note of the recession:

Marquette University economics professor Abdur Chowdhury attributed the loss of jobs mainly to the Great Recession.
“If you think about it, Wisconsin fared much better than many other states — the total U.S. job loss during the Great Recession was about 8 million and Wisconsin’s share was less than 200,000,” he said. “I wouldn’t blame the Doyle administration solely for this job loss. In the face of a national economic collapse, there wasn’t much that the Doyle administration — or, for that matter, any other administration — could do.”

So yes, while 133,000 jobs were lost, Politifact points out that “Experts…note that Wisconsin actually fared somewhat better than the rest of the country.”

So you can see that the lost jobs are rather far from being the indictment of Democrat governance Walker intended. Rather than ruining Wisconsin, Gov. Doyle kept things from being worse than they could have been – again thanks to an economic crisis caused in large part by Republican economic policies in Washington.

And then there is the little matter of Walker’s brag that he would create 250,000 jobs. He didn’t. He hasn’t even created half that. But he’s bragging that he created jobs and refusing to admit he broke his promise.

Or that his ability to create jobs at all is due in large part to an economic crisis overcome in no small part to Democratic policies in Washington. Policies Walker’s fellow Republicans have done everything they can to obstruct.

In his second debate with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, Walker claimed that he will leave Wisconsin a surplus – a $535 million surplus:

The most recent fiscal year just ended with a cash balance of some $517 million. And the next state budget will begin with a surplus of over half a billion dollars — $535 million to be exact. That means we can invest in our priorities.

Far from leaving a $1.8 billion deficit due to, as PolitifactWisconsin puts it, “Tax cuts approved by Walker and the Republican-led Legislature, which contributed to a slowing of revenue,” Walker is claiming that Republican governance actually works!

Does it? No. The actual balance will be ZERO dollars. But Republicans know that if you play with the numbers enough, you can make them say anything you want.

PolitifactWisconsin rates this one “False,” noting that “the governor is seeking to have it both ways, trumpeting the bureau’s method when it suits him and rejecting it when it does not.” In other words, he is not using the same accounting methods used to leverage Gov. Doyle’s deficit.

There are a lot of reasons to dislike Scott Walker, not least among them his Tea Party ideology, the groups endorsing him, the corruption of his administration, and his Religious Right pseudo-morality (check him out on Right Wing Watch as well). He opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest, but he realizes this position is not popular and so he has hedged on the campaign trail, saying only that he is a vague “pro-life.”

Leave aside for a moment the idea of a “pro-life” position that denies healthcare to sick people who might die without it. As his opponent, Democrat Mary Burke has said, “He hasn’t been straight with people. He does owe it to the people of Wisconsin to be clear on these issues.”

The Young Turks took an instructive look at Walker’s pro-life stance the other day:

Walker hasn’t been straight about a great many things. From a surplus that doesn’t exist to a deficit that his own party’s policies created, to jobs he promised to create but didn’t, Walker has been a disaster for Wisconsin: for women’s rights, for workers’ rights and a living wage, for religious rights, and if he hasn’t exactly run the Wisconsin economy into the ground on the scale of say, Kansas or Michigan, it isn’t from want of trying.

Wisconsin voters need to go the polls knowing what they are facing under four more years of Walker corruption and voter fraud, his hatred of the mentally ill, not to mention arresting kids and grandmas. They need to show that, contrary to Republican claims, Wisconsin voters are not “stupid.”

President Bill Clinton will be in Milwaukee on Friday to campaign on behalf of Mary Burke, and President Barack Obama will be in Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 28, to do the same.

In the past, Mary Burke has been criticized by liberals and progressives alike, but Mary Burke doesn’t have to be perfect to be better than Scott Walker. She only has to not be Scott Walker.

17 Replies to “Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Comeback is More Republican State-Wrecking”

  1. This guy has been a liar, a malcontent, a conniver, and a cheater since his days at Marquette University. He drove Milwaukee County into the dirt when he was the County Executive, and he has done the same thing to the State of Wisconsin since being elected Governor. He, along with this Republican state legislators have destroyed what was once a solidly progressive state. Sadly, since I no longer live in Wisconsin, I can’t vote against him, but you can bet I would if I were still living there.

  2. I have to shake my head in disgust when I see how close many of these Senate and Gubernatorial races are. There is no denying it, Americans are dumber than dumb when it comes to politics! How in God’s name can these races be this close when you have crooks running for re-election? Burk should be leading by double digits.
    ALL the Democrats should be leading by double digits! After everything Walker has put Wisconsin residents through, they should be embarrassed that Walker is still in this race. EVERYBODY should be embarrassed that these races are so close!
    The Democrats are not perfect, but you don’t read nearly every week about one of them being involved in criminal activities. Yet Walker, McConnell, Scott and others are holding their own. It’s shameful.

  3. We don’t vote. We complain but we don’t vote. I was reading that some Latino groups were going to sit out the election because of immigration reform. Nevermind that the Senate passed a version and it was the teahadist in the house that blew it up but because it didn’t pass they will punish the Democrats. Some how they believe they will get reform pass with the American Taliban in charge. The teahadist base may be dumb but ours is just plain foolish

  4. The republicans are gonna get their tanks out and shoot them down just like in ferguson. We are becoming one big Ferguson thanks to the GOP! All red states have been loading up with tanks. Military weapons. White Militias forming everwhere with help of NRA .. Been in the works. Theres gonna be aolt of bloodshed because of the GOP desire for power and hate for the AA president. The SS you know is being directd by the RW. They realky hate Obama and riled up the white base for 5-1/2 years since Obama was elected. They’ve gone insane and people are voting for them!!!! Still! After all the suffering they have caused!!!

  5. My exact thoughts,hell,by now you would think that a TeathugliKKKan tsunami is due on Nov 4,and Dems would have that all sewed up but the lame media has done their job too by misleading the weakminded folk allowing them to use tricknology & they do not realize this country is in danger and that they will be affected too,ignorance is dangerous.

  6. The Latinos who do sit out this election are ignoramuses,cutting off their nose to spite their face and if the TeathugliKKKans win they won’t even have a face to cut a nose off,how stupid can they be? the thugs don’t have one iota to give them.

  7. If you don’t vote, you have no voice…this is the message we have to get out. America’s voice is the vote. NOT voting only helps those we don’t want in power to gain power. Vote smart but please, if you have something to say, say it at the polls.

  8. I’m a hunter, and when I see these campaign signs “Sportsmen for Walker”, I want to laugh & scream at the same time.
    Are these Sportsmen aware of the small wetlands that are no longer protected? This was the first legislation Walker repealed when he took office which had been in place for years!!!
    These small wetlands where I used to hunt will soon be used for Koch Bro’s fracking…I hope my fellow Sportsmen realize that Walker is not for them at all.
    I am voting Mary Burke!

  9. He is a paid politician from the Koch Brothers…He is willing to compromise the voting public by taking away all of their actual rights and replacing his ideal in their place. He does not care about any one other than the Koch brothers supplying him with ample kick backs and destroys the common wage earner.

  10. Sit out their vote?…Hmmmm..well let’s hear it:Beat me baby!! Beat me..Sit at home and love Republican massas, you’ll starve yourselves into oblivion. Big mistake.

  11. I don’t live in Wisconsin, but if I did I would NOT be voting for Walker. Something about him gives me the creeps. Something about him, my instincts have insinuated, says that he doesn’t really give a dayuum about doing what’s right for the State and does only what his handlers outside of government whispers in his ears behind closed doors TELLS him to do. What has he done for Wisconsin lately? What has he done for his moneyed bankrollers since? Everything he can do and get away with. That’s what. Vote him out Wisconsin. My guts tell me he is screwing all of you, left and right.

  12. What an effin joke. Walker has destroyed a once great state along with his buddies the Koch brothers.

    It’s stunning that republican voters do not understand the concept of voting against your own best interests.

  13. I have not heard one, not one republican ad on TV or radio not one republican speech that was truthful. Every single one is full of hate and lies. But, the republican party can’t tell the truth, that would be disaster for the party of hate and lies. There is nothing republican that is American any longer, and I mean that. The GOP is the terrorist organization that is the most dangerous to all of the United States of America.

  14. Why do I feel like I am on an old wooden ship, out in the middle of one of the Great Lakes and the ship has just sprung about 40 leaks? To top that off, there is only enough material to fix 10 of those leaks and now the wind is blowing at gale force!

    I just wish scott walker were with me, so we could both enjoy the view of the waves crashing over the deck….

  15. Hmm. Are Republicans Hanging Scott Walker Out To Dry?
    “The Center for Public Integrity reported Thursday that Walker and his backers spent nearly $6.1 million on ads through Monday, while Burke and her supporters ran nearly $6.6 million,” the AP reported on Thursday. On Sunday, Walker told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa: “We are always looking for more help. Our main help has to be the RGA.”

    But according to the Center for Public Integrity, the Republican Governors Association has spent $5.9 million on TV ads in Michigan, where Governor Rick Snyder is up for reelection, and just $801,000 on TV ads in Wisconsin.

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