Have an opinion about Scott Walker?

Leave it in a comment below. Yes, there’s a chance more of the world will hear it than you expected, but hey, you’ll get it off your chest. Right?


  1. jimspice says:

    I’d like to hear YOUR opinion on Walker’s creative use of labor stats. I know you possess statistical acumen, and there is no, or rather SHOULD be no, left or right bias to stats. What’s your take?

  2. I think it’s ridiculous and sets up a bit of a straw man for the election. It has long been my contention that a politician’s only responsibility towards job creation is to get the heck out of the way, so one politician can neither lay claim to nor point a finger towards employment numbers.

    Evidently I am the only person on the planet with this opinion, so you may ignore it.

    Furthermore, given the difference in the methods of determining data, it may be assumed that both of the political advertisements I see representing the topic can be called correct even though they show completely opposite results.

  3. At the end of the day, politicians can’t do much to create jobs, but they can do a lot to prevent job creation. A bad economy can affect anyone in public office. Is it fair? No, but unfortunately, that’s the system. I don’t hold President Obama responsible for the job losses in the first 12 months he was in office (that was out of his control), but I do think he has gotten in the way of progress for the past 2 years. Similarly, Walker shouldn’t have promised a specific number of jobs created, but given the state of the economy and the slow job growth overall, he’s done as good a job as anyone staying out of the matter. True, Illinois “created” more jobs last year, but they also lost a lot more during the downturn. Plus, Wisconsin was at a disadvantage since their taxes were so high to begin with. In the past year, Wisconsin has moved in the right direction, while Illinois has moved in the wrong direction.

  4. It seems that, for the Republicans, this recall has gotten personal. They not only want Walker to win it, but to win by a greater margin than in 2010.

    (I only base this by the few Repubs that I know in Dane county. )

    Conversely, the poor turnout seems to have taken the wind out of the Dems’ sails. Can they rebound by June 5th?

  5. jimspice says:

    “…one politician can neither lay claim to nor point a finger towards employment numbers. Evidently I am the only person on the planet with this opinion…”

    Nope. I’d back you 100% on that. The only reason I think it’s become fair game is because Walker based his campaign on it, and continues to claim credit. “It’s working” my ass.

  6. The Journal-Sentinel “recommended” Walker. It isn’t exactly an endorsement, but they did say that his actions don’t merit a recall.


  7. Randy in Richmond says:

    The MJS used the same verbage they used in 2010, so I guess their support level has not changed.


  8. I think Act 10 will be Walker’s greatest legacy, and it alone is reason to support him. I wouldn’t necessarily support a measure going so far in the private sector (private employees should have the right to collectively bargain with private employers), but the public sector is different. Most importantly, public sector employees work for us as taxpayers, rather than a profit-oriented private employer. Also, we don’t need the best and brightest in the public sector. We just need competence.

  9. I shall steal that one KPOM. Thank you.