No governor in recent memory has been so controversial. No governor in America is so polarizing. Everyone has an opinion about Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Here’s ours: We see no reason to remove Walker from office. We recommend him in the June 5 recall election.
Walker’s rematch with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was prompted by one issue: Walker’s tough stance with the state’s public-employee unions. It’s inconceivable that the recall election would be occurring absent that. And a disagreement over a single policy is simply not enough to justify a vote against the governor.
There is so much bullshit in this editorial it’s hard to know where to begin. They actually list reasons why Walker’s been such a failure.
We think his limits on collective bargaining went too far. We think Republicans generally took an unfortunate sharp turn to the right on social issues. That led to bills in the Legislature promoting abstinence-only education, limiting women’s health options and creating a concealed-carry law with insufficient training requirements.
They claim that Walker’s broken promise to create 250,000 jobs was no big deal.
Walker came to office promising that 250,000 new private-sector jobs would be created on his watch. But even considering the more favorable statistics released by the Walker administration last week, job creation has been sluggish.
There are several possible reasons for this: 1) Walker overpromised, forgetting that there is only so much that any one politician can do to promote private-sector job growth; 2) the political turmoil in the state is inhibiting job creation (Walker’s argument); or 3) Walker’s policies are killing job growth (Democrats’ argument).
We think choices 1 and 2 are the most likely reasons. Walker’s policies simply haven’t been in place long enough to know whether they are to blame. Our view is that global trends, including the turmoil in Europe, have much more to do with whether Wisconsin’s companies succeed than the policies of a single politician. We also believe that, at the margins, the yearlong tantrum over Walker has been harmful.
I struggle to see how they can give him a pass on this failure. If the citizen actions caused the problem, it was his policies that caused that turmoil in the first place! And now he gets a pass? Without Act 10, we would not be having a recall. It was Act 10 and the stripping of collective bargaining that triggered these events. Walker and the GOP are the only ones responsible for this situation. Are the editors arguing that citizens should just roll over and take it? I believe they are.
If the problem is “global trends, including the turmoil in Europe,” how does that explain why Wisconsin is last in the nation? Are we so much more export focused than every other state, including California? Why are other states doing so much better creating new private sector jobs than Wisconsin? The editors simply give Walker a free pass on what has been his biggest policy failure.
Even using Walker’s phony jobs numbers, Wisconsin is still far below the national average.
What is killing job creation are Walker’s policies including Act 10! Why is this so hard for the editors to understand? If you kick a hornet’s nest don’t be surprised when the hornets try to sting you.
Of course there is a long list of additional reasons to recall Scott Walker. I’m amused that the Editors at
Der Angriff The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel picked on the one issue, the catalyst issue no doubt, that impacts the fewest number likely voters: Public Sector employees. There are 175,000 public sector employees in Wisconsin, yet nearly 900,000 people signed the recall petition.
- Never mind that Walker’s economic policies have been a catastrophic failure for the state. Wisconsin trails the nation in private sector job creation.
- Never mind that his DOA tried to lock the citizens out of the Capitol.
- Never mind that the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters gave him an F.
- Never mind that he has set up a legal defense fund, an act which indicates he’s in serious legal jeopardy.
Color me shocked (but unsurprised) that the MJS came out for Walker…
Once a hack paper, always a hack paper.