Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Walker Agenda Is Still Working! Part CLXXXIII

Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon turned teahadist evangelical preacher, was in Walkersha recently, as a guest of the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity.  By all reports, he was to instill that old time corporate religion into the masses just in time for Scott Walker's election campaign.

The usual suspects and paid hacks sung his praises, but it took the corporate media* to give the tell on why he was here:
AFP-Wisconsin state director Luke Hilgemann said that during a private reception earlier Thursday Carson said he sees Wisconsin government as an example for the rest of the country to follow.
Well, that only goes to show that Carson, like the rest of the corporate controlled sheeple, has no clue as to what he is talking about.

Because even as Carson was giving his spiel to the gullible masses in Walkersha, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia was coming out with their quarterly reports.

The April 2013 State Coincident Indexes are out and they show that Wisconsin is one of the two states that has had a drop in economic activity:

Keep in mind what the state coincident indexes are:
The coincident indexes combine four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic. The four state-level variables in each coincident index are nonfarm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index (U.S. city average). The trend for each state’s index is set to the trend of its gross domestic product (GDP), so long-term growth in the state’s index matches long-term growth in its GDP.
In other words, Walker has continued his two year pattern of taking our state down the tubes.

But Walker wants to be reelected in 2014 and has aspirations of being President of the United States in 2016, so surely he'll do what it takes to turn the state around, right?

If anyone believes that, they are either getting paid to say that or they just haven't been paying attention to the budget process.

But the folks at the Federal Reserve Bank has been paying attention.  Their forecast for Wisconsin for the next six months isn't very promising at all:

Sadly, yes, the gentle reader is interpreting the map correctly.  Wisconsin is projected to keep having its economic nosedive.  We can't even laugh at Mississippi because they are projected to do better than us.

And the states that Walker likes to compare his record to - California and Illinois - are creaming us.

So if Walker, Carson or any of the other fools try to tell you that "It's working!", you'll know better.  And knowing is half the battle.

*Unsurprisingly, the same corporate media and paid political hacks who gushed all over Carson has willfully failed to mention the Federal Reserve Bank's reports.


  1. Meet the new Alan Keyes but much richer and hence more dangerous.
    The softball Journal Sentinel story is especially incomplete and pathetic, making no mention of his LGBT bigotry and other teavangelical ravings. AFP is so not grassroots.

  2. If you don't like what is happening in Wisconsin you should move to California or Illinois.

    1. "If you don't like what is happening in Wisconsin you should move to California or Illinois."

      Yeah, totally. Allow me if you will, to respond with an equally infantile retort. If you love Wisconsin so much, why don't you marry it? What are you, six? Did they allow you internet access at daycare today?

      Yes, when you see the community you live in being driven down the drain by legislators with a personal and self enriching agenda, you should just leave. Don't shine a spotlight on their agenda, don't fight to reverse course, don't try to educate others in your community to the truth, don't become involved in the political process any way you can, don't even speak up at all about the goings on, just pack up the entirety of the life you've built, quit your job, and then uproot your family and move. Really rational idea.

      What a puerile and cravenly response to having reality pointed out to you. One can assume by your reasoned response that since you aren't "moving to Illinois or California" you like what is happening in Wisconsin? You like the current economic toilet Wisconsin's being flushed down? You like the wholesale selloff of the state commons to wealthy interests? You like the full scale assault on the working class families in the state? You like the epic levels of mismanagement we're seeing at nearly every level? You like the unprecedented levels of corruption in state and local governments?

      No thanks. I think I'll stay and keep shining a giant spotlight on the douchebags that make the policies that are killing the state I live in, as well as their sycophantic little fluffers that cheerlead their every decision. Know anyone like that?

    2. Thank you, Shane J. Best reply ever!

    3. And if you don't like what Obama is doing, leave the US!

      Or when the democrats get back in power in WI (and being a purple state, they will) if you don't like what happens, move somewhere ultra conservative. Alabama and Mississippi and Texas are great in the winter.

  3. James Wigderson has a gushing piece about his visit. It must be exciting to meet a black man in person.

  4. I NEVER thought I'd rather live in Illinois than Wisconsin. It's looking better and better lately!