So Walker promised to create a quarter of a million jobs during his term, apparently mainly through clever use of the thoroughly denounced trickle-down theory. Now that he's well on the way to failing miserably, he's decided to blame the embattled federal health care plan
"From what I hear overwhelmingly across the state, from small business owners, is tremendous concern about the impact it's going to have on those small businesses. It's probably if not the top, it's one of the top, things I hear that has made small business owners hesitant to add more jobs, is their concern about what the true impact will be."
But that's what he's saying now
. Let's look at what he was blaming before all this.Last September
it was the extended unemployment benefits that were to blame: "You hear employers ... say, I get people who come a week or two after their unemployment runs out, come out and try and get a job."Before that it was
"incredible uncertainty both at the federal level - in terms of the debt ceiling and all the tension of that, and the negative impact that had on the economy - combined with July and August, when you saw the height of the [Wisconsin senatorial] recall commercials. And I think for a lot of employers we talked to, that created a high level of uncertainty, not knowing what was going to come next."
He's also blamed "challenges in the national and global economy" and "wild market fluctuations during the debt ceiling negotiations, the European debt crisis and other factors."
Considering that most of the problems he mentions affect all 50 states, and many of them the entire first world
, I'm impressed that he can keep a straight face while insisting that Wisconsin is the only place getting screwed over by all these issues.
I'm a little worried about this
It's a bill Walker just quietly signed into law regarding the Public Service Commission. As far as I can tell through all the legal verbiage, most of it is redefining some terms and allowing for things like email to be used to notify people of meetings, etc. So I think that's all right.
It's a part right at the top that concerns me, given that Walker has also managed to give himself the power to sell off public utilities without any real oversight. Maybe the commissioners themselves could still have objected to such a sale, because the line that used to say, "No commissioner may serve on or under any committee of a political party," has been removed from the bill as passed. Unfortunately, Wisconsin law currently allows the governor to do that sort of thing before signing a bill into law, and I'm sure Walker was quick to take advantage. If getting as many sympathizers as he can find onto that commission will help him at all, I'm sure he's ready to do that double-quick.