Wisconsin is a shining conservative city on a hill, and has been implementing severely conservative policies for several years now. So why isn’t job growth as high as conservatives say it should be?
Take a quick look at the recent history of Wisconsin. When Scott Walker was inaugurated as governor, it meant that the Republican Party finally had complete control of the state: Republican governor, Republican Assembly, and Republican State Senate. Yippee!
Immediately, he got to work. Walker refused money from the federal government for building high-speed rail. He cut education funding. He destroyed unions. He signed a Voter ID law that would make it more difficult for people to vote. He turned away federal money for health care reform.
Now, sure, some people did some grousing, and Walker barely survived a recall election. But all of that is ok! Why?
Because of what was in his heart. The only reason he did all of these unpopular things was to create jobs!
You see, sometimes tough decisions have to be made. Scott Walker knew that some of his decisions would be unpopular, but he also knew: all of these things will boost job growth.
Refusing money for highspeed rail and health care reform… well, that will obviously create jobs. Duh.
Destroying unions…. well, that might not help union jobs, but nobody cares about those anyway.
And making it harder for people to vote…. well, we’re pretty dang certain that that is supposed to create jobs, too!!
So what is wrong with the above graph?
Why has Wisconsin consistently plummeted in job growth to be last in the national rankings?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, STUPID JOB GROWTH? HAVEN’T YOU HEARD OF CONSERVATIVE IDEALS??
Clearly, if all of Wisconsin’s conservative job-creating efforts have actually lead to a decrease in job growth, it can’t be because conservative economic beliefs are wrong.
Oh no. Anything but that.
You know what it’s got to be: …. liberal bias!!!
graph data source: QCEW data from the BLS
graph found via: The Daily Kos