Watch Scott Walker. Learn how not to create jobs.

Before I cut to a great quote from Michael Silverstein’s must-read post “Wisconsin: A Case Study In The Politics Of How Not To Create Jobs”, let’s review two facts:

*Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in the United States in the last 12 months.

*Scott Walker promised creation of 250,000 jobs and 10,000 businesses in Wisconsin by 2015

“Take it out on teachers as well as the poor, in other words, and they will come — “they” being job creating businesses that supposedly love a state where taxes don’t help the needy too much or pay attractive compensation to the state’s own workers.

Such is the theory. Except that while this approach might work beautifully in an Ayn Rand novel, its doesn’t seem to work that way in real life.

Why? The answers are obvious. Most businesses have a local customer base. If a lot of these customers lose already very modest government benefits, or receive less compensation from state employment, they will have less to spend at most local businesses. You know. Real Life. Not ideology.”

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