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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:37 pm

Clay Barbour claims in the May 27 print edition in "Walker: Tenure marked by tight reins, ideology" (not in the online version) of the WSJ in a gray area at the bottom of page A8:
~Balanced the state's budget and closed a $3.6 billion hole without a widespread increase in taxes, and without relying on one-time funds to cover big gaps.
Fiscal Legislative Bureau analyst Al Runde wrote in a reply to a records request from Kathleen Vinehout: ... lfbgpr.pdf

Therefore, in total, since May 2011, the state has issued additional debt to restructure, or make the principal payments on, approximately $558.3 million in GPR (general purpose revenue) supported principal that would have otherwise been paid off in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

As a result, that principal will now remain outstanding for a longer period of time and thus an estimated $156.2 million in additional interest costs could be incurred by the state.

... and, of course, the $25.6 million he stole from the bank mortgage settlement. In other words, Walker did use one time funds to close the "gap" that is actually wider now, according to LFB records using the GAAP accounting methods, the only method worth using.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Clay Barbour, the liar, does it again
"Wisconsin gains 28,000 jobs in year"

28,000 jobs gained from the end of March 2011 through March 2012 according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce. The "year" in question is never quite clarified in Clay-Dough's piece, nor does he quote the most recent BLS statistics for July (6,500 jobs lost) or the BLS statistics for the "past year" likely because Wisconsin saw no significant job gains or losses in the past year, July 2011 to July 2012, according to their chart (bottom of page)These are the latest BLS figures released August 17, 2012:

The lowest number for significant change is 6,000 on the BLS chart, which means Wisconsin saw a jobs change of less than 6,000 in the past year. Walker's budget passed and went into effect in early July 2011.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:58 pm

This is interesting... ... -new-jobs/
So far in 2012, the monthly numbers show a net increase of 2,400 jobs.

When considered with the census numbers, the state has created an estimated 21,951 jobs since Walker took office.
especially coupled with this... ... 33083.html
Although the state added more than 41,000 private-sector jobs in the first half of 2011, losses in the second half of the year have wiped out most of those gains, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Jim Doyle's budget was in effect for he first 1/2 of 2011 until until Walker's budget went into effect on July 1 last year.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:32 pm


WSJ's March 4th in Fitzwalkerstan...

Front page print edition: ... 21752.html
Several mines breaking the rules
DNR admits it is struggling to keep up with inspections

sev·er·al ~ more than two but not many

The original Wisconsin Watch headline: ... iolations/

Frac sand industry faces DNR violations, warnings
Some companies ‘seem to put construction and production ahead of regulations,’ inspector says

...then you read the article and find that out of the 70 active Frac mines in Wisconsin, the DNR only checked 12 of them last year. And of that 12, the DNR "sent letters of noncompliance to 80 percent to 90 percent of the sites." Which means that 9 to 11 sites of the 12 broke the rules with 58 sites not checked at all.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby SidSeven » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:52 am

I wouldn't put much faith in the 'New' DNR. It now stands for 'Destroy Natural Resources'.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby lukpac » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:24 am

Catching Up: Capitol marble floor damage could cost $18,000

Those damn protesters! What? Oh...:

Battery acid from a contractor’s cleaning machine caused nearly $18,000 worth of damage to marble floors at the state Capitol, the state Department of Administration has determined.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:27 am

They never stop misleading and/or fantasizing... ... f887a.html

Lots of spring election lessons

Madison really, really, really doesn’t like Gov. Scott Walker (though voters statewide have endorsed the Republican twice in two years).

Everyone already knew Madison was a Democratic and union stronghold where huge protests erupted over Walker’s collective bargaining limits and where reams of residents signed petitions to recall him.

It's not because Walker did anything to deserve his reputation or that actions have consequences, but "Madison really, really, really doesn't like Scott Walker..." because it's a "Democrat and union stronghold (boo, hiss!)." A "Democrat and Union stronghold..." in which many of its leaders, nevertheless, endorsed Walker's appointees.

This is the best one...
But the degree of disdain seemed to reach new and unhealthy heights Tuesday, with Dane County voters taking out their angst on sitting Circuit Court Judge Rebecca St. John — simply because she’d been appointed by Walker. Her opponent, attorney Rhonda Lanford, used the Walker connection to attack St. John during the campaign.
It had nothing to do with the fact that Rhonda Lanford articulated more well thought out positions, seemed more mature, and more judicial rather than reactionary over technical issues like St. John did. Just as WSJ blamed "collective bargaining" for the protests, they single out one item to use as the scapegoat without any commentary on anything else.

Why is it "unhealthy" to oppose anything Walker-related anyway?

St. John lost despite a slew of major endorsements by local liberal leaders. And this is the second time in two years a Walker-appointed judge was booted from the local bench.

Judge Roger Allen — despite lots of support from top liberal leaders — was defeated last year by Ellen Berz, who similarly attacked Allen’s appointment by Walker.
...but, I thought the Madison "Democrat and union stronghold" hated Walker appointees? Hmm...

Of course, it's not Walker's fault he may not appoint judges...
It’s to the point Walker suggested Wednesday he may no longer fill judicial vacancies in Dane County. Staunch partisans in Madison may cheer in response, but the effect will be to leave local courts short-handed.
People with opinions opposite of WSJ's are, "staunch partisans," not thoughtful voters seeking to choose the most qualified person.
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