|Wisconsin has been unique in its economic malaise,|
as the jobs figure above shows.
Scott Walker is a failure in jobs creation; and his 2010 campaign promise (250,000 new jobs) looks like just another broken pledge that politicians make to get elected.
Wisconsin is dead-last among our five border states in job creation.
Its clear that Scott Walker shooing away $810-million in federal money to build a labor-intensive Madison-to-Milwaukee rail system was beyond foolish.
The Columbia Journalism Review (Anna Clark. CRJ) is keeping an eye on Walker's jobs pledge—the centerpiece of his campaign—and finding it "increasingly unlikely" that Walker will hit his 250,000-new jobs promise that he pulled out of thin air to get him elected.
Today, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (which has been a cheerleader for Walker since 2009) cites the latest government jobs data, concluding Wisconsin falls to 44th nationally in private-sector job creation.
The Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) shows a similar dismal jobs record.
The Capital Times (Mike Ivey) shows the same.
And the Capital Times is keeping a running-interactive tab on Walker's jobs promise (Todd D. Milewski), again showing Wisconsin bringing up the bottom.
Writes Milewski: "Gov. Scott Walker famously promised during his 2010 campaign that he would bring 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin by the end of his term in 2014. How's he doing? We're keeping track with this database."
We hope Wisconsin voters are keeping track as well.
As for Scott Walker. Well, he has announced he is writing a book now with former George W. Bush speech writer, Marc Thiessen. The title: "Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge."
The book will tell "what the rest of the country can learn from him," says his publisher.