Friday, April 18, 2014

Consumer empowerment drives job creation

Corporate tax breaks, on their own, won't drive demand -- the key ingredient in job creation

There’s a commonly held belief that needs to be disarmed of its legitimacy.

Giving tax breaks to companies doesn’t create jobs. Sure, there may be reasons to lower corporate taxes -- perhaps they’re too high, perhaps lowering them in conjunction to removing tax loopholes is prudent, etc. -- but as far as a jobs proposal goes, lowering taxes isn’t going to do much.

So what does create jobs? The idea behind that motivates lowering corporate taxes -- namely that corporations are supposed “job creators” and we need to bend to their wills whenever possible -- needs to be reversed. Instead of understanding corporations to be the creator of jobs for workers, we need to start recognizing that workers themselves are actually the creators of jobs.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Walker implies jobs pledge can be achieved ANY time in 2015, not just the end of his term

Facing insurmountable odds, Gov. Walker again changes the rules on his jobs promise from 2010

He’s dodged the question, revised it, and called it a “goal.” Now, Gov. Scott Walker is trying to change the time parameters under which his 250,000 jobs pledge can be completed by.

In comments with reporters, Walker recently said that that the goal was to reach 250,000 jobs by 2015 -- and in his words, “whether that’s the first day or not” of that year.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wait, should Scott Walker resign? Past comments are reminiscent of the Mike Ellis scandal

Mike Ellis quits the legislature over comments that suggested he’d partake in illegal campaign activities. In 2011, Scott Walker did something similar.

With recent undercover video showing Sen. President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) making comments suggesting he would conduct illegal campaigning activity in the upcoming elections, many have welcomed his resignation as the right move to make.

Even some conservatives, who have said that Ellis’s behavior is a hypocritical example of lawmaking in state government, are celebrating the decision, although many are happy because of Ellis’s previous skepticism on expanding school vouchers.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to ask: would the state’s conservative base request a different high-ranking official to resign if he/she had similarly expressed an interest in violating other campaign laws? We don’t have to look far for an answer.