Scott Walker Takes His No Stimulus, No Jobs
Message to the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page
MADISON – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal this weekend to rally against new jobs for Wisconsin and to promote his status quo economic policy that can only be described as “Walker-Bush Economics 101.”
”When it comes the economy, Scott Walker is running in lock-step with George Walker Bush,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “While Governor Doyle is working with employers across the state to direct stimulus funds to create new projects, and thousands of jobs, Walker is fervently protecting the status quo and promoting more of the same right-wing Bush economic policies that got us into this mess.”
According to the Federal government, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save 70,000 jobs in Wisconsin, while increasing access to quality education and health care. The funding will be used to support long-term job growth to benefit hardworking Wisconsin families well into the future.
In his opinion column, Walker dismisses this, saying “While the stimulus package might create a few construction jobs, the federal money will run out and those workers will lose their jobs.” (Source: Wall Street Journal, 2/28/09 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123578396175298389.html#articleTabs=article.)
“Is Walker really dismissing 70,000 new jobs for Wisconsin because he doesn’t think they will last forever?” asked Wineke. “Maybe Walker should call up each of the 70,000 workers that stand to benefit from this, and tell them why they don’t deserve a new job and steady paycheck to support their families.”
Scott Walker has only one idea when it comes to fixing our economy – and that is to continue the failed Bush economic policies. Walker’s rigid loyalty to right-wing economics puts ideology ahead of Wisconsin families, ahead of jobs, and ahead of reality.