When we last checked in with Gov. Scott Walker on his campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs in the state in his first term, he was telling Rhinelander TV station WJFW that it wasn’t so much a promise as a goal.
“My goal wasn’t so much to hit a magic number as much as it was, in the four years before I took office, when I was campaigning, I saw that we lost over 133,000 jobs in the state. I said, ‘It’s really not about jobs, it’s about real people, real jobs like those here, and more importantly, affecting real families all across the state,’” Walker told WJFW.
He quickly rallied to say that his pledge hadn’t changed, that he still intended to hit the 250,000 mark. But he did have some things to say about why the state remains so far short of the number with 1½ years to go.
In an interview with The Business Journal of Milwaukee, Walker again deflected focus on the “magic number” and added a reason why he’s unlikely to hit it.
It’s other people’s fault.
He said that the Act 10 protests, the recall elections and, now, the Affordable Care Act have led to an uncertainty that hampered job growth.
“The uncertainty created by reactions to those events had some impact on our ability to create jobs,” Walker told The Business Journal about the protests and recalls. “That’s not an excuse. It’s just a simple matter of fact.”
But Walker ignores that fact that the way he went about achieving Act 10’s initiatives are what led to the protests and the recalls. Without his actions, they wouldn’t have happened. And the Affordable Care Act was already well debated and enacted into law in June 2010, months before Walker was elected. There’s no reason he couldn’t have accounted for it when he made his pledge.
Walker can argue about those events’ impact on job growth in Wisconsin. Is it a fact? Maybe. But he’s certainly using it as an excuse.