Despite courageous union-busting and fundraising efforts, Governor Scott Walker is having a rough time turning America’s Dairyland into Galt’s Gulch. (Of course, Galt’s Gulch isn’t real, but not everyone knows this.)
[WI] has fallen from 11th to 44th in job creation since Walker took office.
The good news is that Walker created a taxpayer-funded pseudo-private agency to address this specific issue. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is just the shot-in-the-arm the state needs to aid in job creation and create a ”business friendly” environment. We’re looking forward to a new future starting in July, 2011. Whoops.
In effect for 2 years, the WEDC is running pretty smoothly except for the job creation part, right?
the WEDC has not done a good job of that since it became operational in July 2011 under its former CEO, Paul Jadin. The former Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce president left the position after 16 months amid reports of a lack of oversight of $56 million in loans.
Ok, but other than the job creation and the initial growing pains and mismanagement, the WEDC is doing a great job, eh?
 Auditors said employees of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., a quasi-private entity, made a number of questionable and unexplained purchases, including season tickets to UW-Madison football games and iTunes gift cards, [alcohol], and contracted for services without conducting open and competitive selection processes.
But still – Badger games are irresistible and these suits need to learn words to recent urban hit “Jump Around,” which is played between the 3rd and 4th Quarters. Hence the booze and iTunes gift cards.
So maybe there’s a little bit of waste in the agency, but other than the job creation, and the mismanagement, and the ethics considerations, and the monetary waste, Walker has maintained a pretty clean record through his first term. Correct?
In all, Milwaukee County prosecutors brought charges against six individuals as a result of the probe, which was opened in May 2010. Of those, three were former Walker aides, one was an appointee and another a major campaign contributor.
Walker’s total legal tab due to the John Doe probe: $650,000. Prosecutors closed the case without bringing charges against the governor or anyone in his current administration.
What about John Doe? This happened before he took office – doesn’t count. (Just like when he got busted for dirty campaign tricks at that college he never graduated from.)
Walker’s deputy chief of staff, Tim Russell, was sentenced in January to two years in prison for stealing from a charity meant for military combat veterans and their families.
Walker’s Veterans Services Commissioner Kevin Kavanaugh was convicted in December of stealing $51,000 from a charity for military combat veterans. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
That’s essentially the same as the last one. No double-dipping.
Computers and cellphones seized from the home shared by former Walker aide Timothy Russell and his domestic partner [& GOP Operative] Brian Pierick revealed a series of text messages that Pierick exchanged with a 17 year old boy from Waukesha, Wisc. in 2010. As a result, Pierick was charged on Thursday with child enticement and causing a child to expose his genitals.
First of all, what about the liberal media? Second, we can’t all surround ourselves with Albert Einstein’s and Bob Loblaw’s.
Folks. No one is better equipped to take Wisconsin from 11th to 44th and back to 39th better than Scott Walker. That’s exactly why he’s the guy national Republicans want to lead them into the future via the past!