July 28, 2015

After Scott Walker got tromped by Donald Trump, he fell back on his usual modus operandi of running to a friendly squawking head to defend himself.

As John Amato pointed out, instead of any specifics, Walker chose to go with his stump speech of fairy tales, claiming that he turned a deficit into a surplus, created a booming economy, created jobs and made everything better. The only thing that Walker didn't claim was curing cancer.

Despite Walker's campaign stump speech, The Donald was correct in his information.

Walker's budget was running more than a $2 billion deficit. In fact, it was so bad that for the second budget in a row, they had to include a clause that the budget didn't really need to be balanced.

As for the economy, Walker does lead the nation in the least number of new businesses. To add to this, in 2015, he has already surpassed the number of layoffs than all of 2014.

Even though Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs, he barely made it to half that number. And he only made it that far by counting little league teams and girl scout troops as new jobs. In fact, Walker's performance in job creation is worse than if he did nothing at all.

And while we're on the subject, I would be lax if I did not point out that Walker has overseen the largest drop in the middle class, which might be explained by the largest drop in household income. And to think he brags about how he took on the unions. Who he really took on were the hard working men and women of the state.

One can add Walker's boast of his tax cuts as the latest in a long, long line of doozies. The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau crunched the numbers on Walker's latest budget. The numbers are less than impressive:

Property taxes on a median-valued Wisconsin home are set to drop $1 this upcoming winter, and another $2 next year, the state’s nonpartisan budget agency reported Monday.

For a median-valued home of $154,268, property taxes are estimated at $2,830 in 2015-16. The home value is expected to increase to $159,205 in 2016-17, but property taxes would still decline to $2,828.

That’s a slightly smaller cut than the $7 and $3 in Gov. Scott Walker’s original 2015-17 budget proposal, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Wowzie! Three whole dollars over two years. Of course, that's just the average. The rich's cut will be a lot more. (Personally, my property taxes are several hundred dollars higher than they were when Walker took office. But then again, I'm not rich.)

And for that whopping three bucks, we only had to have our schools destroyed, our university pillaged, our environment trashed and thousands of jobs lost.

What a bargain!

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