May 19, 2013

Walker Statement Blaiming Citizens for Wisconsin's Jobs Failure Should Be Challenged

Scott Walker blames Wisconsin citizens opposing him
as cause of job losses and Wisconsin's economic downturn
Scott Walker has made many outrageous statements while serving as governor of Wisconsin.

One statement perfectly symbolizes the bizarre and troubling politics of Walker, about whom John Dean wrote: Walker is a "vengeful, pitiless, exploitative, manipulative, and dishonest ... conservative without a conscience."

Scott Walker on March 28, 2013 said citizens' protesting his policies caused Wisconsin to fall to 44th in the nation in job losses. Blameless are Walker's extremist, anti-working families' policies that he touts before his visit to Iowa this week, (and that has observers predicting a Walker presidential run).

"The first year we had a lot of protests in the state," Walker said, during an appearance in Milwaukee to promote business growth in the city. "We had two years', almost, worth of recalls. A lot of employers here I think can relate to the fact (that) uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for employers big or small or anywhere in between. There was a lot of uncertainty. The good news is that's passed." (Gilbert and Romell. March 28, 2013; Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

The Walker assertion that working families opposing Walker are the cause of Walker's failing on his 250,000 new jobs pledge didn't draw the criticism that this anti-American sentiment warranted.

But the desperation behind the statement is obvious.

As of May 2013, Wisconsin has seen only 36,300 new jobs, or just 14  percent of Walker's unqualified promise of 250,000 new jobs.

These dismal jobs numbers will not be cited when Walker speaks to the Polk County, Iowa GOP fundraising dinner in Des Moines on May 23rd (Thursday).

Walker's idea that citizens—voting their preference at the polls and petitioning their elected representatives when politicians are judged to be acting corruptly and dishonestly—are the cause of Walker's record on jobs tells much about the man and his extremist conception of representative democracy.

Walker does not believe in a representative democracy.

This is seen in Walker and the GOP's secretly crafted gerrymandering, and the GOP's unprecedented vow to stop open displays of anti-Walker sentiment at the People's House, our state capitol, among many other secretly-formulated actions. Walker does not go in for listening sessions and questions-and-answer sessions with the people.

As Walker continues to avoid facing the people of Wisconsin, in favor of visits to out-of-state GOP functions and fundraisers, it would be wonderful if someone were to pose the following question to Walker this-coming Thursday at the Polk County, Iowa GOP fundraising dinner:

Gov. Walker, do you stand by your statement that Wisconsin families opposing you are responsible for Wisconsin's dismal jobs performance during your tenure as governor?

Walker's visit to Iowa this Thursday comes as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum are also drawing predictions of a run for the GOP nomination for the presidency, the Des Moines Register reports.

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