After months during which Wisconsin ranked near the bottom in job growth — surely a frustrating development for Gov. Scott Walker, who pledged to create 250,000 jobs in his first term — Walker’s campaign is hoping to make lemonade out of lemons.


According to Politifact, by making false statements.

On Monday, Politifact took on the following statement made by the Walker campaign on July 29:

"Gov. Walker has balanced a $3.6 billion deficit, cut income taxes and Wisconsin has seen its best two-year job growth in a decade. We’re confident that all voters want to continue moving forward and have no desire to return to the failed policies of the past."

Politifact noted that the job-growth claim didn't single out private-sector jobs, which were the subject of Walker’s quarter-million pledge, so the fact-checkers looked at both private-sector and overall job growth.

In the private-sector realm, Politifact found that there were 62,082 more jobs at the end of 2012 than at the end of 2010, which takes in the first two years of the Walker administration.

While Politifact notes that former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle — whose tenure comprises eight of Walker’s 10-year claim — didn't match Walker’s two-year tally, the last year of the Doyle administration and the first year of Walker’s term top Walker’s first two years by 1,376.

"That period encompasses Doyle’s final year in office and Walker's first, both of which came after the official end of the recession in mid-2009," reads the analysis.

And what of the broader job count?

"We found two earlier periods that top Walker's two-year mark on the combined total of private and public-sector jobs," Politifact noted. "The Walker-era total was 53,564. Before the recession, from the end of 2003 to the end of 2005 — in Doyle’s era — the job count grew by 58,062. The other total that topped 2011-12 was post-recession, in the Doyle-Walker period of 2010 and 2011."

"The bottom line here," says Politifact, "Walker’s campaign claim falls short."

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True Patriot

As I have stated many times Scott Walker has created ALL Wisconsin`s budget problems working for ALEC. In 1997 Walker and Prosser as state assemblymen championed for ALEC truth in sentencing telling the legislatures it would not cost a dime it was to give judges not parole boards the control over sentencing. Then Walker filibustered to stop sentencing changes. With out the sentencing changes Wisconsin`s prisons quadrupled over night. As the Wisconsin Budget watch Blog shows . Stopping just a percentage of these long sentences Wisconsin would save 707 million per year.. It shows Wisconsin has wasted 35 billion if you add the numbers to the state budget since 1997. Not including the building or remodeling of 71 courthouses & county jails & 273 police stations and dozens of prisons 28 more billion plus interest. Then farming out prisoners in several states the courts realized it was not allowed in the state constitution. Wisconsin then hired 32000 union public sector workers.


Blame Politifact, blame the Tribune, blame the left, blame Doyle, blame Obama, blame everyone on and on except our little rock star Scotty!


Walker's got to go. Wisconsin is better without him.


Wake up Wisconsin before it too late!! Dump Scooter in 2014.


Walker being less than truthful? Shocking!

Birch Trees

Creditability is the only commodity worth anything these days. I am so glad I stopped my subscription to this rag yrs ago. With Obamacare in the wings, and our healthy economy, creating a plethora of "part-time work" it is no wonder jobs are scarce. I am glad we at least are not broke like Illinois with their entitlement commitments. I wonder how Obama did when he was playing cards during the Bengazi attack?? I hope to God this country wakes up...


If you stopped your subscription, how are you posting? Sounds like a Walkerism.

Mr Bluejeans
Mr Bluejeans

Surprised? This is a recurring theme with our Rockstar governor.


The La Crosse Tribune misquotes Politifacts as saying Walkers campaign makes misrepresentations "According to Politifact, by making false statements." As in more than one false statements.

However, the full Politifact article, printed in JSOnline today (Milwaukee Journal) says "We’ve previously tested Walker’s deficit and income-tax claims -- the governor accurately claims credit on both..."

If the Tribune writers cannot chop an article down without changing the meaning, then they should do their subscribers a favor and print the entire article.

And that is the fact checking on the Tribune.


Once again, trying to confuse Walker supporters with facts.

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