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Actually there is a Jobs Problem, Gov: WI Trails Midwest Neighbors in Job Openings

Governor Scott Walker's latest attempt to confuse voters about the severity of Wisconsin's job crisis is to claim that Wisconsin, in fact, has "plenty of jobs" and one need only look to the state's jobs website to see that there are "over 70,000 job openings."  

The reality is that in any given month, Wisconsin has tens of thousands of job openings and tens of thousands of job closings-- the key to job growth is that openings outpace the closings. And, as has been discussed numerous times, like nearly every state, Wisconsin does have job growth, its just much, much slower than the rest of the country and behind our midwest neighbors.

However even using Walker's misleading metric of job openings in the state, Wisconsin is still behind our neighbors.  Illinois boasts "over 200,000 jobs," Minnesota has nearly 90,000 and Iowa has 50,369.  Adjusting for population, Wisconsin is behind way behind and isn't really a statistic to brag about.  

U.S. Census Migration Report: WI Lost Nearly 2K Residents to MN in Past Year

That "giant sucking sound" you hear is the sound of people leaving Wisconsin and moving to Minnesota.

According to the latest U.S. Census state-to-state migration report, 9,352 more people moved out of Wisconsin than moved into Wisconsin and a large share of those leaving-- 1,972 to be exact-- are going to our next door neighbor, Minnesota.

Most people in Wisconsin would hate to suffer the embarassment of becoming a Gopher and this bucks a national trend of people moving from colder to warmer states.  In other words, people in Wisconsin are so hard-up that they're willing to move to Minnesota! 

Video: Walker Renews Absurd Claim that Teachers & Snowplow Drivers are "The Haves"

Around the time that Act 10 passed, Governor Scott Walker justified his actions by saying that we can't live in a society where teachers, snowplow drivers and other public servants are "the haves and the taxpayers are the have nots."

Yesterday, he was asked by Wisconsin Eye if he still held those "haves-versus-have nots" sentiments and, in a nutshell, yes:

Ron Johnson: Skills gap? Nah... it's a "willingness to work gap"

It's the classic chicken and the egg question:  Did Wisconsin's job crisis come from lack of good jobs or is the problem that there simply aren't enough qualified people to fill the jobs?

Governor Scott Walker says "there are plenty of jobs," but suggests that most job applicants are hopped-up on drugs-- a dream job is within their grasp, only to lose it when they fail the drug test.  

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson chimed in last week and downplayed the notion of a skills gap, saying the problem was that people would rather sit home and collect unemployment: "I think its more of a willingness to work gap." (see below)

Walker's Inconvenient Truth: Longest Stint in the Private Sector Was When He Worked at McDonalds

Governor Scott Walker likes to refer to himself as the state's CEO and is always going on about private sector this and private sector that, but the reality is that he has spent nearly all of his life outside the private sector-- as a government employee or working for the non-profit Red Cross.

In fact, his longest stint in the private sector was when he worked for McDonalds for three years during high school.

Despite this history, Walker made the strange statement in 2012 that his wife would like it if he "went back to the private sector and made some real money."  

Back to the private sector?  That's like a polar bear saying he's going back to the desert. 

Meanwhile, Walker's opponent, Mary Burke, has a MBA from Harvard and spent nearly 15 years as an executive for one of America's top corporations. 

Ron "Burgundy" Johnson on Syrian President Assad: "He's a Dentist"

The omniscient one that brought you "Greenland is called Greenland because it actually used to be greenand "solar flares cause global warming" is again imparting knowledge.
Ron Johnson-- U.S. Senator, UN Representative and member of the Foreign Relations Committee--told the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial board that he was "shocked" that Syrian President would slaughter 200,000 people considering that... "he's a dentist." (see below)
A dentist?  A dentist!?!? A denist.
OK, I don't what to say that other than to say I have researched this thoroughly and found no evidence of denistry or interest in teeth in Bashar "The Butcher" Assad's history.

RoJo Fleshes Out "Boots on the Ground" Comments: Suggests at Least 24K Troops, Special Forces Required

Last week, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson turned heads when he said that "defeating is going to require boots on the ground."

This morning, in an interview with WEKZ's Scott Thompson, he fleshed out what his thoughts on a ground presence might look like.  In response to a question of how many ground troops would be required to defeat ISIS, Johnson suggested that the number would have to be at least "23 to 24 thousand" and would have to also include special forces:




2010 Video Unearthed of Walker Saying He Supports Banning Abortion Even in Cases of Rape & Incest

In Governor Scott Walker's latest ad he does what he does best:  Lying by telling the truth.    

In response to an ad put out by Emily's List accusing Walker of being anti-choice to the point of not even allowing women that have been the victim of rape the choice to abort their unwanted pregnancy, Walker responded with an ad that suggests that he is pro-choice.  In the ad (deceptively called "Decision" ) he says, "the bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor."  It's unclear which of Walker's many anti-choice bills that he is talking about, but it doesn't matter, because even though Walker has made getting an abortion much, much more difficult, ultimately when a woman has jumped through all of the hoops, the final decision is of course left "to a woman and her doctor"-- but not because Scott Walker wants it that way, but because choice is still the law of the land.

Burke's New Ad: Why It's Great and Why It's Exactly What She Needed

The biggest problem for Wisconsin Democrats is this:  It's one thing to criticize the football coach, but it's another to say, "Fire the coach... and put in that guy, over there... umm... the one pushing the broom."

In other words, it's not enough just to criticize Walker.  

You have to present a compelling argument that not only is the football coach failing, but that the person you're suggesting for a replacement would be an improvement.  So far, Walker has convincingly said pretty much, "yeah, I'm not perfect, but I don't suck as bad as Doyle-- and Burke is a Doyle clone!" That, more than anything else, is what has allowed Walker to open up a slight lead over Burke.  

However, Burke has a new ad that will change that.  

First of all, it features very likeable, real business owners talking about why they are excited about Burke.  All too often these "real people" ads miss the mark because the people featured aren't likeable and the viewers don't want to see themselves as the people featured in the ad.  In this ad, though, the couple featured are, as my mother might say, "abbbbbbbbbsolutely adorable!"


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