|It’s easy to play with numbers to support false conclusions|
Letter to the Editor:
A couple weeks ago, Mr. Gullan was praising Gov. Scott Walker for his sound policies and their effect on job growth in Wisconsin. I guess he was trying to deflect attention away from the ongoing criminal investigations relative to alleged campaign finance violations that are making headlines throughout the state.
So far, Gov. Walker has been able to hide behind the statement that no charges have been filed, but that merely reflects upon the capabilities of his high-priced lawyers who are obstructing every effort to proceed with the investigation.Back to the original claims, Gov. Walker’s leadership has resulted in more than 100,000 new private sector jobs! Wow! That sounds impressive. Of course, it’s not quite the 250,000 jobs he promised in his campaign, but isn’t that still a lot. Well, not really.
The entire nation is gradually recovering from the economic meltdown that followed eight years of Bush/Cheney in the White House. A better perspective might be obtained by comparing Wisconsin’s job growth to other states in the region. Nine out of 10 Midwestern states have a better record for job growth during Walker’s administration; in fact, we lag behind all of our immediate neighbors.
I’m not saying that Wisconsin’s dismal job growth is all Walker’s fault, our industrial sector is aging and poor growth has been a trend for some time, including prior administrations; nevertheless, his policies have had a negative impact on several fronts. Many potential high-paying jobs were lost when federal dollars for high-speed rail were declined.
Walker also turned away federal dollars for Medicaid expansion which would have supported a healthier workforce, and his lack of support for public education will impact the quality of our workforce in years to come (at which point whomsoever inherits that situation will receive the blame). Twenty-first century public transportation, along with a healthy and educated workforce, will provide a competitive advantage for states willing to invest in the future.
So, as Mark Twain reminded us, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. It is easy to play with numbers and have them appear to support false conclusions.
|Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:42 AM|