Wisconsin Governor’s Pants Burst into Flames, Thousands Missing
Wisconsin’s job record is the worst in the nation. Scott Walker’s tried to obscure that fact with cheap slogans like “Wisconsin Is Open For Business” and “It’s working.” Apparently, it’s not working well enough, so he’s graduated from bad public relations to pulling an Enron on Wisconsin’s labor statistics. According to Rick Ungar at Forbes:
The Governor has simply decided to ignore the system used by the Department of Labor —and every other state in the nation —to measure job growth (or loss) and elected instead to go with a different set of numbers that makes things in Wisconsin look better.
Even for a shameless liar like Walker, fictionalizing Wisconsin’s job numbers is unprecedented. Basically, Walker’s Chief Economist John Koskinen (who honed his number manipulation with Freddie Mac) put together a presentation called “Challenging The Spot Of The Ball,” which concludes that those who’ve stopped looking for work should no longer be counted as unemployed. What a bunch of dicks.
Meanwhile in the Badger State, Walker’s edging out Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 50% to 45% in the latest Daily Kos/PPP poll. How the fuck is that possible? Are Wisconsinites retarded? Retarded enough to believe they’ve found work riding their couches? No. It’s because conservatives know this race has national implications. The RNC, the Republican Governor’s Association, and every rich asshole in the country is dumping millions into Walker’s war chest. Walker’s outspending Barrett 20 to 1. And the DNC is doing fuck all. Is that idiocy, apathy, or yet another clear signal that the Democratic Party gives zero fucks about labor?
Well, if I get to Wisconsin, I’ll try to find out.