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May 20, 201301:20 PMVan Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

About those state jobs numbers …

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Republicans, stop using the ‘I’ word

Regarding the trifecta of scandals that threaten to paralyze Washington, my colleague Tom Breuer covers the bases pretty well in his most recent blog. I agree with Tom on this point: with regard to impeachment talk, put a mute on it.

By all means, investigate, find out what you can, and hold those responsible accountable, but right now there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the President of the United States. Until you actually have strong evidence of that, shut up.

Either that or stop salivating, because you’re revealing your true colors, and getting at the actual truth of what happened appears to only be a means to an end. A baseless impeachment proceeding against the nation’s first African American president would tear the country apart and serve as a boomerang for those who pursue it. Remember, you might be able to impeach in the House, but you need 67 votes to convict in the Senate and you don’t even have a majority in that body.

Most of all, don’t take your eyes of the ball and lose focus on the myriad economic and fiscal problems left unresolved. Immigration reform, tax reform, and a host of issues could be held hostage, so tread responsibly and cautiously.

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May 21, 2013 12:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Unfortunately politicians (of both stripes) are incredibly adept at losing focus about anything important if it can't be done in a normal news cycle.

May 21, 2013 01:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What would help would be some modification of the sequester- keep many of the cuts but provide some flexibility- in the military budget for instance fund maintenance over new contracts for more equipment. Though a further reduction of the military budget would boost the economy and reduce the deficits more with less impact on the domestic economy.
We need to figure though also on Oklahoma City, the floods in New Jersey as the new normal and decide how to deal with them as rebuilding those areas will be an ongoing challenge and there will be a lot more of them in the coming years.
In terms of the scandals I agree - the IRS one especially has had bad coverage in the press. Given the Bush administration's ramp up of oversight on all 501c3s (the proposals of which went far beyond the current reviews of tea party groups) we should not be surprised that the Obama administration would take a close look at groups that were incorprating with a limited and singular political focus and a tendency to coordinate information campaigns with political ones. 501c3's have never been allowed to use resources to work on partisan political campaigns, so doing extra review on those types of applications does not seem out of line.
In terms of the state economy we'll see- expect partisan politics to hit the urban areas hard with increased costs for businesses as a result for Dane , Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee Counties. businesses (Waukesha will be hit less because so much of their low wage labor is imported from other counties)
When the state starts collaborating to build the economy, we will see faster growth but what I see happening here is still basically the spoils system. Having the governor running for President doesn't help- there were major mistakes made late in the Thompson era for the same reason.

May 21, 2013 02:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Vanden Plas calls the Walker numbers "moderate improvement"----seriously? Yet he claims he's not pandering to republicans.

May 22, 2013 06:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Mathematically speaking, yes, the numbers are moderate improvement, and based on a more sound method of gathering information. There are other concerns not addressed by the statistics -how many of these new jobs actually pay a living wage, for example, but I don't think it's pandering to either side to choose to use more reliable (3.5% businesses surveyed vs 95%) reporting methods.

May 22, 2013 06:15 am
 Posted by  John

Good column, Joe. I agree with your decision on BLS numbers. At times last year they were off by more than 100%. A joke.

Anon1: Exactly
Anon2: No one would have a problem with the IRS looking closely at ALL politically motivated nonprofits: the issue comes from a political choice to focus on potentially opposing ideologies only.
Anon3: Employment change over Gov Doyle's 2 terms: -60,000 jobs
Employment change over Gov Walker's 2+ years: +60,000 jobs. So yes, that's AT LEAST a moderate improvement to anyone not nursing a grudge.

May 23, 2013 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Come on people, there is no way to make a positive out of Scooter's job creation performance. His outrageous campaign promises in this area notwithstanding, our numbers are far behind the nation's and our neighboring state's job creation improvement.

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