Here in Wisconsin and nationally, Republicans have spent the past three years attacking President Obama and Democrats for not returning the country to the high-flying times that preceded the Big Crash of 2007-'08.
Scott Walker, in particular, simultaneously claims he's creating lots of jobs while criticizing the federal government and national economy when people inconveniently point out that Wisconsin badly lags the nation in job growth. As in, there's hardly been any job growth here since Walker crafted his draconian budget removing billions of dollars in aid, salaries and program funds for state, county and local governments. The cuts included drastic reductions in public employee compensation, which in turn has led to massive early retirements statewide, and lay-offs in some local units of government.
And what has all this wrought in just a few months? A national economy that actually has been doing pretty well given all that happened in the Bush era is being dragged down and held back by public-sector cutbacks: