Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Employment stats for politicians

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in an attempt to justify the recall after the fact, has created a new standard by which politicians should be judged. Instead of assessing their poliics at the end of their terms, Barrett would use the 16 month mark.

However, applying the Barrett standard of when a public official should be evaluated on his performance, we would have to wonder why Barrett did not call for the impeachment of Obama long before now. At roughly the same point in Obama’s term in office (April 2010) that we are at now with Walker’s term in office, unemployment was at 9.8%. That was over a year after the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was passed into law, the federal stimulus spending that was supposed to prevent unemployment from going so high.

It’s probably safe to bet that Barrett probably didn’t add an “Impeach Obama” bumper sticker to his car at the time.

Coincidentally in April 2010, Wisconsin was under the complete control of the Democratic Party. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 8.5%. During the previous 16 months Wisconsin lost 155,000 jobs.

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