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Gov Walker’s re-election bid is about jobs. His.



It’s happening again. To the surprise of no one, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is running for a third term. After all, Walker has been running for political office nearly his entire adult life. And as he has throughout his recent campaigns, Walker wants to make it about jobs. He told us when he was elected to his first term that he would create 250,000 new jobs in the state within four years. Seven years and nearly two full terms later, Walker has yet to make good on that pledge. But he continues to boast of all the jobs, saying the fact that 3 million people are now working in Wisconsin is evidence of all the good he has done. Baloney. Walker hasn’t created a single job. The only jobs governments create are when they hire more government workers. Walker is trying to buy jobs, spending $3 billion of our money in hopes the Foxconn deal actually works out. It is true that people are working in Wisconsin. The state’s unemployment rate is 3.5%. But there is more to the story. Walker has benefited from serving during one of the longest sustained growth of our economy in U.S. history. Meanwhile, the number of jobs gained in Wisconsin under Walker is well below that of other Midwest states. Walker may well try to again make this election about jobs, but the truth is the only job this is really about is that of a career politician wanting to keep his.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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