Nuance: Walker opponent defends “pants on fire” ad, admits it’s false

posted at 11:21 am on March 20, 2014 by Guy Benson

Mary Burke is the Wisconsin Democrat standing in the way of Scott Walker’s re-re-election. Her campaign’s official opening salvo was a television ad that was promptly harpooned as “pants on fire” false by left-leaning Politifact.  The spot claimed that Wisconsin’s unemployment “is up” on Walker’s watch.  Wrong.  Team Walker fired back with an ad of their own:

When challenged over her flatly inaccurate commercial during a roundtable discussion, Burke asserted that she harbors no regrets over lying to voters right out of the gate. In a follow-up answer, though, she acknowledged that unemployment is in fact lower today than it was when Walker assumed office:

Democrats are objecting that this GOP-produced video was clipped to make her look as dishonest as possible and edited out the fuller context.  Context is always important, but the following facts are undeniable: (1) Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has dropped during Scott Walker’s time in office.  (2) Mary Burke’s first on-air ad claimed that unemployment is “up” under Walker.  (3) Mary Burke does not regret running that ad.  QED.   She has no qualms about grossly misleading voters.  By the way, the Badger State’s jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in January, down from 7.8 percent when Walker took office.  Here’s another feel-good employment data point:

I eagerly await Mary Burke’s next TV ad, lamenting Walker’s terrible record on putting returning veterans back to work.  Thanks to Walker’s successful budget reforms, increased hiring, and improved revenues (absent any tax increases), the state now enjoys a $1 billion surplus.  Walker inherited a multi-billion-dollar structural deficit.  Wisconsin Republicans recently passed sweeping tax relief package that returns much of that unexpected windfall to the state’s taxpayers.  Ninety-five percent of Wisconsin’s business owners now say they’re optimistic about the future, up 85 percentage points from the previous administration’s lows.  Running against Walker’s job performance is proving challenging for Democrats, as evidenced by this latest screw-up:

“With such a lack of enthusiasm at home, it comes as no surprise that Scott Walker is taking his ‘Abandoning Wisconsin Families’ tour on the road to New Hampshire today to court Tea Party support for his presidential ambitions,” said the Democratic Party’s press statement.  That was followed by this tweet: “As Wisconsin rejects him, Scott Walker flees to New Hampshire.” Only the governor did no such thing. Many top Republicans gathered for the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H. Walker even tied for third in a survey of conference attendees on their top 2016 presidential pick. But Walker didn’t escape, flee or even fly to the New Hampshire conference this past weekend.  News reports show that on Friday — the first day of the conference — Walker was in Mosinee to promote a program that helps disabled people get back to work. On Sunday, he was busy in Mishicot as keynote speaker of the Lincoln Day Lunch hosted by the Republican Party of Manitowoc County. In between, Walker was tweeting about his haircut on Saturday…Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, acknowledged the error while still placing the blame on Walker. “We heard reporting on MSNBC last week that Walker was on the agenda,” Baldauff said of the Nashau event.

So Wisconsin Democrats attacked Walker for “fleeing” to New Hampshire over the weekend, when he was actually in Wisconsin promoting a program that helps disabled people find jobs.  Oops.  Rather than just apologize for their own sloppiness, they blamed it on Walker, and cited the source of their inaccurate information: MSNBC — the very network that egged them into a costly recall effort against Walker, which failed decisively.  Well played all around, guys.


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Progressives are just like muslims, they lie and lie and then lie some more. Only idiots would believe either a liberal or a muslim.

Flange on March 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Never underestimate the stupidity of the MSNBC crowd and their drones.

Minnfidel on March 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Of course she doesn’t have qualms about lying…she’s from the same mold as the liar-in-chief…

ladyingray on March 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Democrats lie. It’s what they do. It’s the only way they can get elected.

JimK on March 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The success of Walker is a phenomena. I could see this guy at the national level. I know folks have complaints about his comments on illegal immigration but the entire GOP needs to pull in the feelers about amnesty and just do what federal law dictates.

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Do we need any more proof that the Democrats have absolutely nothing to offer to voters? It seems they are self-destructing.

Charlemagne on March 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Must be related to Debbie Wasserman-Schmutz and Pelosi.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Ouch, with a capital OW!

Shy Guy on March 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Typical leftist technique. Throw up a lie. Bet on many low info types believing it.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

and it is only going to get worse as we head into November.

CoffeeLover on March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

When will people wake up? The Marxist/Democrat Party only has one moral or ethical standard. “The End Justifies the Means”. This is as perfect of an example as it comes. Knowingly and willfully lying in order to achieve their end goal.

oscarwilde on March 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Typical leftist technique. Throw up a lie. Bet on many low info types believing it.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Bears repeating. Sad but true.

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Or bares …

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Gotta ask, but is this the real unemployment rate or Obama’s BS imaginary unemployment rate?

njrob on March 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

; )

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Typical leftist technique. Throw up a lie. Bet on many low info types believing it.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

This.

They hear the lie. They never hear the debunking of the lie. By then, their short attention span has them looking elsewhere.

CurtZHP on March 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Ouch, with a capital OW!

Shy Guy on March 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

More important IMO is the fact that Walker wasn’t afraid to go out after a girl. He flat out called her a liar that couldn’t be trusted. This is not the usual GOP opening salvo where you get the “happy family” shot, an American flag or two, and a bunch of bland values statements.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Typical leftist technique. Throw up a lie. Bet on many low info types believing it.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

This.

They hear the lie. They never hear the debunking of the lie. By then, their short attention span has them looking elsewhere.

CurtZHP on March 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

They hear the lie, because the media repeats it over and over and over again, they never hear the rebuttal, because the media deems the rebuttal un news worthy. This is how Democrat win elections.

oscarwilde on March 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

All the jobs I’ve ever held have had paragraphs in the employees manual that require honesty and integrity of all employees. If one were caught lying, the only remedy was a hearing to determine and present facts … and termination – there was never a lesser discipline to be assessed, for one could never be trusted again.

I wonder why there not something similar required of our elected officials? They lie so often, are caught out so often, and never recant. Trust is dead here. It’s no wonder that all the parents that I know never point to elected officials and describe them as “heroes” – “I want you to grow up to be just like her / him. She / he is a great person, and can be trusted absolutely to keep her / his word.” Sad.

majorzot on March 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Bare bears …

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

What does Mary Burke say to the charges that she cheated on her taxes and her husband?

Fenris on March 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Walker pointing out her lying= War on Wommines, eleventy hundred!

hillsoftx on March 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Dish Satellite internet. I can sit on my lil tractor in the North 40 30 and receive as strong a signal as in the den. But I cannot watch a full streaming video no mas. Anyone out there with any tips on speeding it up I’d be happy to read.

(And paying my bill on time isn’t a recommendation)

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

What does Mary Burke say to the charges that she cheated on her taxes and her husband?

Fenris on March 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Uh, Mary ‘plays for the other team’. Like our former Senator, Herb Kohl, ahe’s never publicly come out. As for cheating on taxes, she’s never had to; she’s beaucoup rich thanks to Daddy being the founder of Trek Bicycle. Incidentally, that’s the only private sector job she’s ever held- the CEO position Daddy gave her. She did buy a school board position once … for a few million dollars.

So there’s that.

M240H on March 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Hey, you can win elections by lying, especially with a complicit media.

Drained Brain on March 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

M240H on March 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

So you’re saying her first husband was not convicted of statutory rape and she did not testify against him. I find that suspicious.

Fenris on March 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The success of Walker is a phenomena. I could see this guy at the national level.

Yeah, Walker is definitely in the top two or three of my list for 2016.

shubalstearns on March 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

They hear the lie, because the media repeats it over and over and over again, they never hear the rebuttal, because the media deems the rebuttal un news worthy. This is how Democrat win elections.

oscarwilde on March 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Which is why we need to rebuke the lies with language that is strong enough to deserve media time. Don’t just say that’s untrue or an exaggeration, call her a “lying snake” instead of her actual name. When people ask why, it gives you an opening to explain in detail.

dominigan on March 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Bare bears …

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Like this?

Midas on March 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

It is not whether the evidence was false or not, it is the seriousness of the charge than matters./Dan Rather

KW64 on March 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I am already so sick and tired of political ads…

OmahaConservative on March 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Like this?

Midas on March 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

More like a well fed Chupacabrar.

Reading around the Wisconsin sites, Burke is getting a lot of flack from lefties also. They’ve spent five years staring up Wakers fourth point of contact for any flaw and now they know any hint of dishonesty or corruption is hypocrisy.

Good times … good times.

http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2013/10/an-open-letter-to-mary-burke.html

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Sure, except a (D) intentionally saying something false when they want to “help” other people and/or the environment isn’t lying.
 

I do not think he lied – as in maliciously and intentionally said something he knew to be false.
There’s a difference, you know…
 
verbaluce on October 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

 
There’s a difference, you know…

rogerb on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

she’s beaucoup rich thanks to Daddy being the founder of Trek Bicycle. Incidentally, that’s the only private sector job she’s ever held- the CEO position Daddy gave her. She did buy a school board position once … for a few million dollars.
So there’s that.
M240H on March 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Bummer about that. We’re a Trek family — only because I’m a Bontrager fanatic and Bontrager was bought out by Trek years ago. :-(

AH_C on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Pure sleeze. Their mothers must be very proud…

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Has she been talking to Wendy Davis?

Kissmygrits on March 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Weird how you guys won’t give credit to obama for a much larger drop in unemployment under his watch.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The Donks have their narrative handed down from on high, and their brainless followers will eat up, no questions asked. For them, this article will never exist.

HiJack on March 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

OT, on a positive note: Special senate election results is in a first ever win for “write-in” conservative candidate Scott Wagner. Forty-eight percent of the vote! http://mobile.spectator.org/theamericanspectator/#!/entry/scott-wagner-beats-the-gop-establishment,532aa063025312186ce68fdf/9

31giddyup on March 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

He beat the establishment!

31giddyup on March 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Typical leftist technique. Throw up a lie. Bet on many low info types believing it.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Pretty safe bet. Enough to brag “the fix is in.”

2ndMAW68 on March 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Very few Rs cause the leftists to become completely unhinged more than Scott Walker.

I hope he wins by a large margin in November.

cat_owner on March 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Are leftists ever anything other than liars and blooming idiots? Serious question.

MisterElephant on March 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Bare bears …

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Lady bear or bare lady and ursine jokes :)

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Sweetie, have you heard of the labor force participation rate?

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Weird how you guys won’t give credit to obama for a much larger drop in unemployment under his watch.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Put down what you’re drinking, or have lots more of it.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Bmore, everdiso on database

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

It’s no wonder that all the parents that I know never point to elected officials and describe them as “heroes” – “I want you to grow up to be just like her / him. She / he is a great person, and can be trusted absolutely to keep her / his word.” Sad.

majorzot on March 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Unfortunately, there are many more parents who regard politicians (of the leftist stripe, natch) as worthy of adulation and the kids don’t know any better.

MisterElephant on March 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Weird how you guys won’t give credit to obama for a much larger drop in unemployment under his watch.

Weird how you haven’t noticed a steady decline in employment participation, and the much slower decline (and higher rate) in the U6 unemployment figures.
Almost as if you were…an economic illiterate. Or, a Democrat. But then, I am being repetitive, is it not so, Comrade Progressive?

orangemtl on March 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Incredible. Right out of Obama’s playbook. Delusions and lies.

pat on March 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Scott Walker is the kind of candidate we really need in 2016. Willing to take the risk of governing as a conservative in a bluish-purple state, with a proven record of success, and also willing to take care of his state’s business and not jump into Presidential wannabe politics too early.

Contrast that to Mitt Romney, who jumped into Presidential politics after only one term in Massachusetts, or Chris Christie, who got himself into trouble a few months into his second term, or Sarah Palin, who quit midway through her first term with higher ambitions, and hasn’t been elected to anything since.

Walker should probably be re-elected Governor “in a walk”, and by early 2016 could have a stellar record that would make him very competitive with Hillary Clinton in the crucial “swing states” in the upper Midwest, such as WI, MI, OH, and IA.

Steve Z on March 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Weird how you guys won’t give credit to obama for a much larger drop in unemployment under his watch.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Lolz! Are you freaking stoned? Put down the bong, get a grip. Here a dollar, go buy a freaking clue you leftist troll.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

; )

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Weird how you guys won’t give credit to obama for a much larger drop in unemployment under his watch.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

FIFY.

Actually, we do credit Obama with the drop in employment.

talkingpoints on March 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Ah yes, the same numbers you guys just used to praise walker don’t count for obama!

Keep shifting those goalposts, fellas! Never let the facts get in the way of you narrative!

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Ah yes, the same numbers you guys just used to praise walker don’t count for obama!

Keep shifting those goalposts, fellas! Never let the facts get in the way of you narrative!

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Glittering jewel of colossal ignorance.

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Did you just call me a poopoohead after being called out on your lack of facts?

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Ah yes, the same numbers you guys just used to praise walker don’t count for obama!

Keep shifting those goalposts, fellas! Never let the facts get in the way of you narrative!

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Funny that you talk about facts but present none of your own.

The U3 for the country is around 7-1/2%, but the U6 rate is in the neighborhood of 14%.

In Wisconsin, the U3 is, whatever, 6-1/2%, but the U6 rate is under 12.

Over the last three years, the national U6 is down about two points. Wisconsin U6 has dropped a point each of the last three years.

So the unemployment rate in Wisconsin is tracking better than the national average on U3 and U6, AND tracking better in the gap between labor-force-participation and the total rate.

What were you saying about lack of facts?

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Come on, these numbers aren’t hard to look up.

Obama Start: 15.1u6
Obama Now: 12.6u6 (-2.5 in 5yrs)

Bush Start: 7.4u6
Bush Finish: 15.1u6 (+7.5 in 8yrs)

Willy Start: 11.4u6
Willy Finish: 7.4u6 (-4.0 in 8yrs)

Can’t find u6 earlier than that, but if we look at u3 to compare to St.Ronny:

Reagan Start: 7.4
Reagan year5: 7.2 (-0.2 in 5yrs)
Reagan finish: 5.2 (-2.2 in 8yrs)

Bush I Start: 5.2
Bush I Finish: 7.1 (+1.9 in 4yrs)

Willy Start: 7.1
Willy Finish: 4.2 (-2.9 in 8yrs)

Bush II Start: 4.2
Bush II Finish: 8.3 (+4.1 in 8yrs)

Obama Start: 8.3
Obama year5: 6.7 (-1.6 in 5yrs)

Facts.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I agree. I love this guy…

dpduq on March 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Come on, these numbers aren’t hard to look up.

Obama Start: 15.1u6
Obama Now: 12.6u6 (-2.5 in 5yrs)

Bush Start: 7.4u6
Bush Finish: 15.1u6 (+7.5 in 8yrs)

Willy Start: 11.4u6
Willy Finish: 7.4u6 (-4.0 in 8yrs)

Can’t find u6 earlier than that, but if we look at u3 to compare to St.Ronny:

Reagan Start: 7.4
Reagan year5: 7.2 (-0.2 in 5yrs)
Reagan finish: 5.2 (-2.2 in 8yrs)

Bush I Start: 5.2
Bush I Finish: 7.1 (+1.9 in 4yrs)

Willy Start: 7.1
Willy Finish: 4.2 (-2.9 in 8yrs)

Bush II Start: 4.2
Bush II Finish: 8.3 (+4.1 in 8yrs)

Obama Start: 8.3
Obama year5: 6.7 (-1.6 in 5yrs)

INCOMPLETE Facts.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

FIFY

dpduq on March 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The U6 for Jan 2009 was not 15% and the U3 was not 8.3%. So already you’re fudging data.

You talk about facts but you don’t talk about external factors, like recessions, or dot-com bubbles.

You don’t talk about how the labor force participation rate in 1981 was less than 64%, and by the end of Reagan’s term it was above 66% and, despite bubbles or recessions or terror attacks on financial centers, it did not go below 66% until 2009, and in the Obama years has dropped three full points.

I wish to repeat for emphasis that at no time prior to this was the labor force participation rate below 66% (unless you want to nitpick me to death by finding a 65.9% month and somehow equate that to a three point drop over five years).

You talk about facts but you didn’t say anything about Walker’s record on unemployment. Or the fact that he is outpacing the feds on employment AND on the U6 gap.

Can you back up the rise from 4.8 to 6.2% claim that Burke made in her ad, or not?

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

And the best part of those numbers is that red states have been shedding public sector jobs as fast as possible over this time – all the employment gains have been in the private sector.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

And the best part of those numbers is that red states have been shedding public sector jobs as fast as possible over this time – all the employment gains have been in the private sector.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Wow, conservatives are shrinking the scope of government, I didn’t see that coming.

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

1m
President Obama at Florida event: ‘We’ve got to build an economy that works for everybody, not just for a few’ – @BarackObama

HERP DERP

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Let’s not forget abotu the outspending lies. Somehow Unions spending $21 million doesn’t count.

Overall, over $63.5 million was spent on the recall effort by various parties. Walker spent about $30 million; Barrett spent about $4 million. Most of the money spent by Walker came from out-of-state sources – The Republican Governors Association spent about $4 million, almost all from out-of-state; the Kochs gave $1 million; the Chamber of Commerce gave $500,000. On the surface, then, it appears that Walker had a tremendous cash advantage.

Not so fast. As it turns out, labor unions spent an additional $21 million on the recall election. When it came to state senate recall elections back in September 2011, Democrats outspent Republicans $23.4 million to $20.5 million.

jlemieu1 on March 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

The U6 for Jan 2009 was not 15% and the U3 was not 8.3%. So already you’re fudging data.

No fudging. I used february as their first months, not january, since they only take over in the final days of january and don’t actually do anything that month. Thought that made sense.

But if you want to change it to january, go ahead, it will tell the same story.

Of course, in reality we should go a year or so deep into each presidency to find a legit starting point for each president’s actual policy effects – but if we did that it would make the dems look so good and the reps so bad that you guys would cry yourself to sleep.

You talk about facts but you don’t talk about external factors, like recessions, or dot-com bubbles.

Ah, yes, the nebulous “external factors” which always conveniently seem to make the dems look worse and the reps look better.

How about inheriting the greatest disaster in modern economic history? Is that an “external factor”?

You don’t talk about how the labor force participation rate in 1981 was less than 64%, and by the end of Reagan’s term it was above 66% and, despite bubbles or recessions or terror attacks on financial centers, it did not go below 66% until 2009, and in the Obama years has dropped three full points.

I wish to repeat for emphasis that at no time prior to this was the labor force participation rate below 66% (unless you want to nitpick me to death by finding a 65.9% month and somehow equate that to a three point drop over five years).

Ah yes, the questionably sourced data that was never used until it came time to discredit obama, since the numbers we always used said only good things about him.

And so weird that the labor force participation rate rose as the baby boomers entered the workforce, and is decling as they retire. What a shocking developmemt!

You talk about facts but you didn’t say anything about Walker’s record on unemployment. Or the fact that he is outpacing the feds on employment AND on the U6 gap.

Can you back up the rise from 4.8 to 6.2% claim that Burke made in her ad, or not?

I care not about these two candidates. They both suck as far as i can see.

I just love how you guys are trashing this lady for doing the exact same thing you dorks always do to obama.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

so the bottom line is Democrats will lie until caught

then they say

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE

and the media censors it simply by not reporting it.

sniffles1999 on March 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Ah, yes, the nebulous “external factors” which always conveniently seem to make the dems look worse and the reps look better.

Suddenly facts on the ground are “nebulous”.

Now we know how much you really care about facts.

How about inheriting the greatest disaster in modern economic history? Is that an “external factor”?

How about it? You didn’t seem to think it cut Bush any slack, because you used the start and end dates to negate the fact that he rode out a recession compounded by a terrorist attack, and in the four years following the enacting of his tax policies, unemployment and deficits steadily went down and tax revenues steadily went up.

Ah yes, the questionably sourced data that was never used until it came time to discredit obama the labor force participation rate actually changed in a way that confounded other data

Fixed it for you, Mr. I Heart Facts

And so weird that the labor force participation rate rose as the baby boomers entered the workforce

Well, I guess if you assume none of them went to work until they were 30, that would be a fair assessment

and is decling as they retire.

He says despite the fact that the over-65 population has grown 18% since 2000, and yet the drop in participation rate didn’t occur until after the recession hit.

I just love how you guys are trashing this lady for doing the exact same thing you dorks always do to obama.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

But, see, this is the lie in your comment. She is not doing “the same thing”. She is MAKING UP NUMBERS. You can’t name one thing in any of my posts that is a falsified number; you just decide arbitrarily to admit or dismiss facts that previously you claimed to cherish.

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Oh, and by the way, why is BLS a questionable source when I use it, but not when you use it?

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Just ignore the libs. That’s what I do. As for Walker, the people of Wisconsin better re elect him in a landslide. Unemployment down, taxes down, prices down. What more do they want?

Jack_Burton on March 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Live in Michigan. All for Gov. Walker to run for President in 2016!! Honest, successful, and a fighter for us middle class folk who do not support Unions!! Gov. Walker would get this country back to work. Oh ya

karlinsync on March 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Walker shows up for the fight, unlike most the pink republicans afraid to say crap when their mouth is full of it.

Wade on March 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

And the best part of those numbers is that red states have been shedding public sector jobs as fast as possible over this time – all the employment gains have been in the private sector.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

That’s a good thing. Gov’t employees are just moochers.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Bush II Start: 4.2
Bush II Finish: 8.3 (+4.1 in 8yrs)

Obama Start: 8.3
Obama year5: 6.7 (-1.6 in 5yrs)

Facts.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

NO LINK.

I just checked Standard and Poor’s numbers, and they say your numbers are wrong. Care to tell us where you got them from?

Del Dolemonte on March 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

In fairness, Del, you can see BLS numbers with U3, U5 and U6 included if you go to this page, and they track pretty closely with his numbers if you allow for his fudging of dates and total lack of context.

Oh, and the fact that government employees like to fake employment numbers

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Weird how you guys won’t give credit to obama for a much larger drop in unemployment under his watch.

everdiso on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Because the unemployment % is based on the workforce participation which you fail to look at with ginned up % the government wants to spoon feed you. One layer thinking does not work. To make it easy for you I have a links to the work force stats, which under Obummer it the lowest since 1978.

Bureau of Labor Statics

Politifact

Wade on March 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Oh, and by the way, here’s the data one year deep, which he considers more damning to Republicans and more kind to Democrats:

Reagan: Feb 82 – Feb 90
8.9 – 5.3, net change -3.6 (compare his number of -2.2)

Bush I: Feb 90 – Feb 94
5.3 – 6.6, net change +1.3 (compare his number of +1.9)

Clinton: Feb 94 – Feb 02
6.6 – 5.7, net change -0.9 (compare his number of -2.9)

Bush II: Feb 02 – Feb 10
5.7 – 9.8, net change +4.1 (no change)

So contrary to his claim, pushing the numbers out one year to allow for policies is actually kinder to Republicans and less so to Clinton, and further establishes that the Great Recession is an outlier rather than proof of Obama’s awesomeness (otherwise, he’d have to acknowledge that Bush II had the unemployment rate under 5% for three years running, comparable only to Clinton’s four-year stretch leading up to the bursting of the dot-com bubble).

The Schaef on March 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

We heard reporting on MSNBC last week that Walker was on the agenda,” Baldauff said of the Nashau event.

Hahahahaha.

Jaibones on April 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM