Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tell A Lie Often Enough...

Scott Walker sends out a weekly "E-update" to many people. At the head of said electronic newsletter Walker includes this little blurb:
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.
Well, Walker is failing that since he apparently has my emails blocked from receiving these updates, regardless of my interest in state government, since I can't get subscribed to them.

Fortunately, I have friends to forward them to me. And are they rich in blog fodder!

For instance, in the one he just sent out yesterday, he has this Q & A segment:

Each e-update, I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.
Question: Is there a way to explain the job loss that occurred in June?

Answer: That is a great question. It’s important to understand exactly what is being reported by the media. The statistics you heard about for June are called the Census Employment Statistics or CES. The CES is based off of a survey of roughly 3.5 percent of Wisconsin’s employers. These estimates are currently unreliable for Wisconsin because, for the first time ever, the federal government benchmarked this estimate off of only two quarters of actual jobs data (previously three quarters were used).

In fact, just this week there was communication between the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the federal government regarding this benchmarking issue. I’m encouraged we’ll be able to correct the problems currently causing inaccuracies in our state’s monthly jobs estimates. You can learn more about DWD’s exchange with the federal government by clicking here.

But back to your original question about June—the CES numbers are not a surprise for two main reasons. First, federal job creation numbers released earlier in the month were weak. And second, the flawed CES estimates inaccurately and negatively skew Wisconsin’s jobs numbers.

Last year, I indicated that I will track job growth by a statistic known as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), which is widely regarded as much more accurate than the CES. The QCEW is an actual job count that is compiled from nearly 160,000 Wisconsin employers and reported four times a year.

The latest QCEW jobs numbers published showed that Wisconsin is heading in the right direction. After three years, where Wisconsin lost more than 100,000 private sector jobs, we added thousands of new jobs in 2011.

We are committed to working hard to keep growing Wisconsin jobs for workers and families in our great state.
Well, apparently being honest with the citizens of Fitzwalkerstan is not a function of the state, since Walker is most definitely being dishonest with us here.

First of all, he can't really be going around badmouthing the CES numbers since he was touting them as hard a person could last year, when he thought they were in his favor.

Second of all, those QCEW numbers that he now likes better showed him still to be a liar and still to be the worst in the country at creating jobs.

So who are you going to believe: Scott Walker or your lying eyes?

1 comment:

  1. Is it mandatory that all local Wisconsin Republican party groups have the huge portraits of the King and Kleefisch at their local booths?