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State job numbers misleading the public PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

You know the saying about you can’t believe everything you see or hear on the Internet. It is becoming increasingly clear that what they say about the Internet is true about campaign ads as well.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s (WMC) latest campaign ad to mislead the public concerning Scott Walker’s job creation record is a great demonstration of that truism. Though the writing on the screen has the word “potential” in small print, the announcer talks about Walker’s past record using nebulous numbers (hundreds), obviously trying to get the observer to connect the two.

In it they claim Wisconsin is unusually high in potential economic growth, making it look more like a fact than a projection. One that, according to index analyst Paul Flora of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, should not be used for state-to-state comparison.

He goes on to state that predicting a state’s potential can be very volatile and “can jump wildly from one end of the relatively narrow range to the other.” Which begs the question, next month when the rating tanks, will they be reporting that as well?

The WMC’s misrepresentation is in stark contrast to the recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. This covered a one-year span between March 2012 and March 2013.

In that report, Wisconsin added 24,305 private sector jobs and had increased the rate of employment by 1.1%. This falls well below the national average of a 2% increase and places Wisconsin only 34th in private-sector job growth.

In face of these disappointing federal numbers, which Walker previously called the gold standard, Walker and the WMC have begun citing other studies they see as more favorable to their cause with a disregard for their validity or how they are presented.

And while I understand campaigns will use whatever numbers they want to bolster their cause, the WMC crosses the line by purposely misrepresenting the facts and misleading the public. This should remind the public that indeed they cannot believe everything they see or hear in a campaign ad.

I will let someone else write a letter about how some media outlets then take these misleading ads and report their content, without question or research, as news.

Fred Andrist


Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM


+10 #42 2013-10-28 16:37
NOBODY distorts the truth as much as you do Frank. One slanted hit piece article after another from you with a sprinkling of conspiracy theories is your legacy. Own it proud!
-15 #41 Frank Gabl 2013-10-28 13:42

What you lack in humor, you excel at getting your friends on here, in the post below, to make a fool out of him/herself by scamming this reputable website.

Both of your childish games will do nothing to stop me from exposing your incessant distortions, mischaracteriza tion and fabrications.

+13 #40 2013-10-28 11:22
Frank, WI is an island right island of misfortune ranked toards the bottom in numerous areas. Interesting that you keep avoiding that point.
+13 #39 2013-10-28 10:59
Quoting Frank Gabl:

Then I guess it's time for you to move to Minnesota or a lost island in the middle of the Pacific that I'll be more than happy to help you find... just before I forget where it was.

But what do I know I really DON'T know what I'm talking about !!!!!
-17 #38 Frank Gabl 2013-10-28 09:37
Oh master of "deflection,"

With Winter coming the island will be warm and you'll have an opportunity of a lifetime to create your own society (of one), culture and economy that you can proudly tell us all about; as long as you can pedal fast enough to get the info up to the satellite!

I'll even make you governor before I leave.
+13 #37 2013-10-28 08:04
Glad to see you came around to see just how bad things are here in WI. I however will say and fight the radical Right to make sure WI is brought back to what it should be.
-16 #36 Frank Gabl 2013-10-26 19:00

Then I guess it's time for you to move to Minnesota or a lost island in the middle of the Pacific that I'll be more than happy to help you find... just before I forget where it was.
+12 #35 2013-10-26 08:17
Now look at what states are the best to do business in. This goes beyond taxes to include "six important factors for businesses: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life." MN ranks 8th, IA ranks 12th, IL 38th, and WI? 41st!

And how ell do state govs rank for job creation in their state? Jerry Brown (CA) 10th, Mark Dayton (MN) 15th, Pat Quinn (IL) 30th, Scott Walker (WI) 40th.
+11 #34 2013-10-26 07:53
Frank, great....WI is getting some jobs. Problem is we aren't getting as many as other states are. THAT'S the point! Walker promised 250,000 jobs and he's only about 1/4 to 1/3rd of the way there. That in of itself is a failure. Now add in how MANY other states have increased their job numbers above WI and you have to go back to why have they and WI can't? Now look at the other comparisons....."the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that put Wisconsin 44th in overall economic performance and dead last among the 50 states in short-term job growth. Forbes’ magazine’s ranking of “best states for business” ranked Wisconsin in 42nd place. Minnesota placed 15th in the Chamber study and 20th on Forbes’ list."
+13 #33 2013-10-25 12:27
Using your analogy hasn't that happened Ed here as well frank? What about all the other categories MN beats WI I. Like overall economy, less on food stamps, higher GDP, higher standard of living, better schools and more.

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