Scott Walker Never Did Reach 250,000 Jobs

During what has been one of the historically strong recoveries from the Great Recession…former Governor Scott Walker never did reach his promise to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin…not in the promised four years…not in the eight years of his two terms.

I never did think it was even possible given the size and population of Wisconsin and of course my post was full of sarcasm as well as some deduction.

But now in the post Walker world the facts are in:

New “gold standard” job numbers released Wednesday show Wisconsin created a total of 233,101 private sector jobs during the eight years Scott Walker was governor, falling nearly 17,000 jobs short of the 250,000 job benchmark Walker promised for his first four-year term.

The numbers also show that over Walker’s eight years in office, private sector jobs grew in Wisconsin by 10.3 percent, which ranked 34th among all states and trailed the national growth rate of 17.1 percent.

Wisconsin added roughly 129,000 private sector jobs in Walker’s first term, falling short of his goal, and the numbers released Wednesday show the state never hit the 250,000 job benchmark while he was governor.

The new numbers show Wisconsin finished in the middle of the pack when compared to is Midwest neighbors. From December 2010 through December 2018, Michigan (17.5 percent) and Minnesota (13.9 percent) added private sector jobs at a faster rate, while Illinois (10 percent) and Iowa (8.7 percent) trailed Wisconsin.

The Odd Dichotomy In The Trump Nuclear Proliferation Policy

First we have the nuclear ambitions of Iran. The world and President Obama thought they had that one under control with the Iran Nuclear Treaty. Almost his first act in the Oval Office, President Trump pulls out of the treaty…saying it’s a bad deal for the US…despite the fact that many of our allies and all of the other signatories say that it is working. And then the president starts to reinstate sanctions against Iran.

Iran has maintained the agreement…so far. But they have increased their interference across the Middle East region since then. But that shouldn’t be surprising, it is their neighborhood after all.

So to keep them in line…we send a carrier group and additional strategic bombers into areas in and around the Middle East. Big Stick diplomacy. We need to get their attention. We already have their attention…via the sanctions. But I don’t hear us talking to them in person or working with them through intermediaries…and I don’t hear about the president doing anything to remedy the issues he ‘sees’ in the original treaty.

So in response to increased US military presence, Iran now says it is ready to ignore the treaty themselves and start stockpiling nuclear materials again. And we are aghast that they would violate a treaty that we aren’t even party to. I imagine American threats against Iran will now escalate as well.

On the other hand, we don’t have any kind of treaty with North Korea. Just some handshake promises between President Trump and President Kim Jong-Un. And the requisite sanctions of course. But after the second summit in Viet Nam…nothing much happening either.

So over the past week or so, North Korea launched a pair of short range missiles into the Pacific Ocean. Of course the whole world reads this as a threat, but Kim probably wants to get our attention and remind us that he has weapons too! And of course we are appalled that he’d make any kind of threatening move…except this isn’t any different that sending an additional carrier fleet into the Mediterranean.

I don’t imagine anyone reading Blogging Blue thinks a nuclear Iran is a good thing. They probably don’t think a nuclear North Korea is a good thing either. But President Trump has mishandled these too issues completely and totally. He’s backed himself into a corner by bullying Iran and not taking North Korea as seriously as he should. And now I don’t imagine his ego will allow him to back away from these renewed threats from Iran and North Korea. He can’t let himself look weak. But you can’t push someone and not expect them to push back. And why would either nation trust him going forward?

The US needs to be back in the Iran Nuclear Treaty. The US needs to complete it’s negotiations with North Korea…and it might not be a bad idea to include some of the signatories from the Iran deal into the North Korean discussions. President Trump is out of his element here.

As GOP Leadership Complains About the Governor and Foxconn

and claim we have an ironclad contract and the governor shouldn’t try to undermine it…just remember…we had a contract with railroad builder Talgo once too…and the GOP leadership broke it and we lost two trains, $50 million or so in taxpayer money and a Milwaukee facility with jobs. Just sayin’