Almost immediately after President Obama and Sen. elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) handily won the state of Wisconsin with a strong show support of minorities and young voters, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Koch) found himself concerned over the strain on volunteer poll workers, then declared, “It’d be much better if registration was done in advance of election day. It’d be easier for our clerks to handle that. All that needs to be done.“ Well, easier for his career in politics maybe. This is a typical Walker-deflection, bringing the public eye away from his own failings, so that he can posture himself for a presidential run.
Poll workers volunteer because they believe in the right to vote, which is evident by their volunteer status. Unless, Walker thinks they’re doing it for laughs.
Just to highlight how absurd this is, Walker will have no issue pushing this through with Republicans in control of the State legislature. This type of political gymnastics has all happened before with Walker’s assault on Collective Bargaining, his finagled jobs numbers, etc. If Walker is concerned over the strain of Wisconsinites, perhaps he should vet his own job record, which is lacking. It’s funny how having a job in an economy such as ours, takes the strain out of volunteer work. It’s just not ‘ha ha’ funny.
Walker ran on a moderate platform of job creation but has failed miserably on his promise to create 250,000 jobs during his first term. In September, JSOnline reported, “The monthly survey shows 500 fewer jobs in August than when 2012 began. That puts the rough total of jobs created since Walker took office at 27,311. That leaves about 222,689 jobs to go, with a little more than two years left in his term.”
Walker’s tactics are obvious. Via Think Progress:
In 2008, Wisconsin enjoyed the second highest turnout of any state in the nation (72.4 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot), due largely to the fact the Badger State law allows residents who aren’t registered or have recently moved to register at the polls. That year, approximately 460,000 people used Election Day Registration, 15 percent of all Wisconsinites who cast a ballot.
Walker pressed his case for ending same-day registration during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library in California on Friday.
As reported here, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) touted his job creation prowess in Fox Valley, a Republican area in Wisconsin. So, let’s look at that. Walker said as many as 350 jobs related to a new facility could be created; that calculates to $42,857 per job — probably close to the wage of those factory workers. But, Walker was fighting a recall when he ventured to Fox Valley.
Our friends at Borderless News and Views reported on Walker’s job creation in June.
Scott Walker: Only 282,148 jobs short of creating 250,000:
Now, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term in office. The actual number up there was 12,500 – unfortunately, it was 12,500 in the opposite direction; during Walker’s first year in office, the state lost 12,500 jobs. So, net, Walker has to create 262,500 jobs to meet his campaign promise – and in addition to those lost jobs, a University of Wisconsin economist predicts that Walker’s budget will cost the state an additional 21,500 jobs over the next two years.
Since Wisconsin is second to last in the nation (higher only than Missouri, which placed dead last) in job creation, Walker needs a new, bright, shiny, revised campaign promise: ”Wisconsin is still open for business, and that business includes creating 33,000 jobs to get back to the point where I promised to create 250,000 jobs. Oh, and don’t worry about those 21,000 jobs Wisconsin will be losing in the next two years thanks to my budget. We can fudge the numbers some more and fix that right up.”
Walker’s promise states he will “get government out of the way of employers … who will then help Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs by 2015, and as we create those new jobs, we will be able to add 10,000 new businesses.” Focus on that Scott. You have a lot of fucking work to do. 2012 is almost over. Tick. Tock.
Perhaps Walker will be too busy to create jobs. He’s inundated with ‘other’ problems.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports:
A Milwaukee judge sentenced one of Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides to six months in jail and three years of probation Monday for campaigning on the taxpayers’ time — and prosecutors described how Walker, his campaign and his county staff regularly coordinated communications.
Walker will never Preside over this country — the Koch brothers’ stench is all over him.
With Walker, It was never about the economy, stupid. Is it any wonder that Walker wants to rid the State’s 40-year old law that allows citizens to register to vote on Election Day — the same law which brought in an Obama and Baldwin win? He certainly can’t run on his job creation numbers — so Voters’ rights are on the table.
Just the facts on Governor Walker.