Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wisconsin letter writer has it wrong: Mary Burke is what we need to get Wisconsin back on track

A detailed rebuttal against a Post-Crescent letter to the editor

Over the Easter weekend, I had the opportunity to read the opinion pages of the Appleton Post Crescent.

One letter to the editor, by a man from Menasha, Wisconsin, caught my attention:
Mary Burke, Democratic candidate for governor, appears to be everything liberal Democrats claim they loathe. She made millions in the private sector, making her a member of the evil “1 percent,” and, as a Trek Bicycle executive, was involved in sending good-paying American jobs overseas.

Is the Democratic Party so desperate to find a candidate to oppose Gov. Scott Walker that even Mary Burke will suffice?
This opinion of Burke is likely to come up again in the coming months of the campaign season, so it would do some good to take a look at it, and challenge it head on.

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.