With A 27% Favorability Rating, Ron Johnson Does A “Full Flop” On Ex-Im

Senator Ron Johnson is vulnerable. A recent Wisconsin poll has Johnson losing re-election to the Senate, with a 27% favorability rating. It’s not easy shilling a job-killing, outsource-promoting agenda.


Looking for a rebound in the polls, Johnson’s doing a “Full Flop” on his support for the Export-Import Bank, according to PolitiFact Wisconsin. Johnson opposed and voted against the bank’s reauthorization back in 2012 — a vote that’s today costing Wisconsin jobs.


General Electric recently announced that it will close a Wisconsin plant, and shift the entire operation — including 350 jobs — north of the border to Canada. GE’s explanation? The Ex-Im Bank’s expiration made it impossible for them to compete, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Johnson’s desperately claiming he supports the Ex-Im Bank. But it’s too late — he’s already voted against Wisconsin’s interests, and a symbolic “full flop” won’t change that.

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Walker’s Job Creation Agency Didn’t Double Check Job Creation

What happens when Scott Walker’s signature job creation agency doesn’t actually check whether jobs were created?

Walker loses even more credibility after failing to meet his job promise when Wisconsin only created 129,000 of the 250,000 jobs he promised.

Four years after Walker created WEDC in 2011, state auditors said yesterday that WEDC officials hadn’t started independently verifying “whether businesses created the jobs they said they would” until this year, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Even then, WEDC officials “did not look at wages paid or hour worked.”

This comes on the heels of yet another company, HyPro, laying off 62 workers after receiving $262,000 in state incentives. It created a whopping two jobs since 2013 with all that state backing.

Criminal scrutiny, outsourcing jobs, and layoffs for Wisconsin workers: Walker’s WEDC in a nutshell.

From WKOW:


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Ayotte Allies Want To Take Jobs From New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte’s record on outsourcing is shameless. While she was supposed to be representing the people of New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte voted against cutting taxes for businesses interested in bringing jobs back to to the U.S., and she supported keeping tax cuts for businesses shipping New Hampshire jobs overseas.

Unsurprisingly, Ayotte’s shady allies are offering her a helping hand in the election.

Earlier this month, Ayotte’s ties weren’t hard to trace when Texas Governor Greg Abbott came a-calling New Hampshire companies. The GOP gov. wasn’t just doing Ayotte’s dirty work, he was trying to take New Hampshire jobs to the Lone Star State. 

Now, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting in on the action. The Chamber — which hasn’t been shy about its pro-outsourcing agenda — is buying air time in New Hampshire to try to keep Ayotte and her pro-outsourcing policies in the U.S. Senate.

Ayotte’s allies don’t care if New Hampshire jobs stay or go, […]

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Scott Walker deems his signature jobs program a massive failure.

When Scott Walker announced his signature job creation program, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in 2011, he said he was “transforming” state government to align with “our most important mission: creating jobs.”

Fast forward through years of scandal and shady backroom deals between Walker and his cronies, and you get this:

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PolitiFact crunched the numbers and Scott Walker was out of state at least 44 percent of the last five months — ignoring his day job to test the warm, inviting presidential waters. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is dead last in job creation in the Midwest and on pace for record layoffs under Walker. His in-state job approval is also plummeting, down eight to 41 percent.

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WisPolitics: $4.9 million in WEDC loans delinquent

Not only is Scott Walker’s scandal-plagued, privatized job agency funding companies that are shipping Wisconsin jobs overseas, but it has a growing problem of loan delinquency. While Walker is out of state laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, his record as governor is crumbling beneath him at home.

From WisPolitics.com:

The value of WEDC loans that are considered delinquent more than tripled in the last quarter.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has been criticized for the number of delinquent loans in recent years. The numbers prepared for Thursday’s board meeting show the value of those loans jumped from almost $1.3 million in the second quarter to $4.9 million.

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National Journal: Walker’s lacking governing record is a disadvantage

While Scott Walker travels around the country trying out right wing sound bites for his presidential ambitions, he’s letting his job responsibilities back home in Wisconsin fizzle out with layoffs on track to reach 10,000 this year — the highest number since Walker took office. National Journal took a look at GOP governors running for president in 2016 and found that each — especially Walker — has had their popularity crater amid lackluster results.

NJ asks, “Can you be disliked by a majority of your constituents back home and still make the case for being president?”

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WEDC: Walker’s Expensive Corporate Welfare Failure

Eaton Corporation, a company awarded money by Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has announced the upcoming layoff of 93 workers at it’s Watertown plant. The company previously faced criticism when it outsourced jobs to foreign countries shortly after receiving millions from WEDC.

Eaton is just one example of the failures that have plagued Walker’s WEDC — including the governor’s beloved Kohl’s — since its start.

Here's a look at the worst hits of Walker's flagship program.

AP: Walker’s Wisconsin still lags nation in job growth

Key Point: “The state lags in job growth and its budget faces a shortfall. It’s a record that complicates Walker’s path in early primary states as he sells himself as a reformer.

“Wisconsin has added private-sector jobs at a lower rate than the national average since July 2011 – six months after Walker took office. Walker promised in the 2010 campaign that if elected his policies would create 250,000 private sector jobs. But only about 145,000 such jobs were created over his first four years.”

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BREAKING AUDIO: Perdue’s Closing Argument

Asked today about whether his company was closing down American plants as they opened others overseas, Perdue quickly responded, “Sure, we closed down plants all the time…”

Listen to the breaking audio above.

It’s an interesting closing argument — no pun intended — to cap off what’s been a disastrous last month for David Perdue’s campaign, as a series of events shed light on both his business career and his worldview. His downward spiral began when an old deposition surfaced, revealing that Perdue himself had admitted, “I spent most of my career” outsourcing.  Asked the next day how he would defend that record, Perdue looked shocked — “Well defend it? I’m proud of it!” he replied.

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