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Scott Walker Advises Mitt Romney on How to Win!

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No governor in the history of the United States has ever survived a recall election, until now. This has been a historic election with the nation watching and with national implications for the presidential election in November. So, it’s not surprising that people are asking Scott Walker how fellow republican, Mitt Romney, can replicate his success. Fresh off of his historic win, Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker gives Mitt Romney advice on how to win the election in Wisconsin.

Scott Walker has been in office less than two years now, but his time has been more significant than any other governor’s in the recent history of Wisconsin and, perhaps, the nation at large. His reforms have been sweeping and his budget has put Wisconsin on the path to financial security. However, change does not come easy and even the best reforms are likely to disturb some groups of people. In this case, the groups that became upset were the labor unions, who benefit from government spending.

Scott Walker’s recall win is likely to be significant for many reasons. First, the visibility of the election and the turnout have been so significant that he has created many new voters who now believe strongly in his reforms; these voters are likely to push the battleground state of Wisconsin to the conservative side for many elections to come. Second, Walker didn’t just win by himself. In fact, he won with several other republican state senators who were also facing recall elections–several of these races were extremely lopsided in normally competitive districts. Finally, this race was cast as democrats and unions against republicans; that is a branding nightmare for the democrat party.

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June 24, 2012 at 12:24 am Comments (0)

The Wisconsin Media’s Awful Unemployment Lies Against Scott Walker

How badly will the Wisconsin media lie in order to destroy Walker? Well, the latest headline from WSAU reads “Wisconsin leads the nation in November job losses.”

That sounds pretty bad. If you read the first paragraph of the story, it appears that Wisconsin led the nation in job losses for October as well as November:

For the second month in a row, Wisconsin leads the nation in the numbers of jobs it lost in November. The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics said the Badger State lost a seasonally-adjusted 14,600 jobs last month, on top of the 9700 lost jobs the government reported in October.

So, did Wisconsin really lead the nation in job losses for October? Try reading the next paragraph of the story:

The initial monthly job loss figures are preliminary, and state Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said the final numbers for October showed much fewer job losses. But Newson has not said that Washington’s numbers treat Wisconsin more harshly than other states — so if the proportions are the same, the state’s ranking compared to others would not change.

Let’s parse that message for a second. It says that the numbers that were reported for October were wrong, but they didn’t bother to correct them. Then WSAU goes on to speculate that the state’s ranking wouldn’t change anyway. Of course, WSAU is wrong again.

As this story from the ultra-liberal Cap Times points out,

. . . revised numbers from October show the state losing 2,400 jobs, not 9.600 as first reported. Revised figures now show several other states with more job losses, including Minnesota, with 7,300.

That’s right, WSAU deliberately reported incorrect numbers for October and made false suppositions about the state’s ranking. Wisconsin’s job losses were only 2,400, about one fourth of what was reported and the state did not have the largest number of job losses.

A few other worthy items stick out in the Cap Times article:

. . . [Wisconsin’s] unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent, marking the lowest level in a year.

. . . October was the fifth straight month where the federal agency had overestimated the number of jobs losses in the state.

Three other times this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics underestimated jobs gains . . .

I wonder why The Cap Times didn’t use the headline “Wisconsin’s unemployment rate at the lowest level in a year” instead of “Wisconsin leads nation in job losses.”

Let’s dig a little deeper into the employment numbers. Here are the employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for September, October and November: 2,819,200, 2,822,900, and 2,831,400. According to this report, the number of employed has actually grown by 3,700 for October and 8,500 for November.

So, it appears that Wisconsin had positive job growth for the last two months, and these improving numbers are reflected in the unemployment rates for September, October and November which were 7.8, 7.7 and 7.3. It would be nice to have someone reporting the news accurately, but I wouldn’t expect it from the liberal media when they are trying desperately to recall governor Scott Walker.

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December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm Comments (0)