Wily Coyote And The Road Runner

Scott Walker and John Kasich both ran as the Republican Party’s candidate for governor in their respective states, Wisconsin and Ohio, in 2010. Both won by narrow margins. Both are governors of states in which their party also maintains the majority in the legislature. Both utilized this dominance to revamp their state’s economic situation through revisions to their state budgets. Out of the box, both made cuts to their budgets that involved how education, municipalities, public health services, infrastructure, etc. was funded. Both attempted to “rein in” public unions – Walker successfully retaining his grasp under duress, Kasich letting go without leaving any fingerprint. The similarities continue (for other reasons too involved for the limited capacity of Analysis), but ended with Walker’s successful (and historic) recall election defense. Today, both are running for re-election – Walker in a cliff hanger, Kasich quickly dusting his opponent. Apart from being fierce Big Ten rivals, the two states are remarkably alike, usually being lumped in with the category of “rust belt” or Midwest states. Today, their economies are likewise quite comparable in terms of unemployment levels, education capacity, legislature make up, voting demographics, etc. According to Scott Bauer of the AP (“Wisconsin’s Walker dogged by a promise not kept” 6-17-14) the anvil that dropped on Scott Walker’s current campaign fell in 2010 – “”I want my Cabinet secretaries to have branded across their heads, ‘250,000 jobs,'” Walker said at a December 2010 meeting of the Dairy Business Association. “I want them to know their job is on the line because my job is on the line to create 250,000 jobs in the private sector.”” To date current accounts given show only 101,000. “Walker has cited his own reasons, including uncertainty caused by his recall, concerns about the federal health care law and the sluggish national recovery.” In 2010 John the governator (to be) relied on the speed of the cavalry (“hold on, the cavalry’s on its way”), much as someone would say “the sun will rise again” at 4 in the morning. In 2010, his former associates on Wall Street noticed the trend was turning, the worst was over, and there was only one way to go and that was up (which is where the stock market currently has been in continuous record breaking territory). Aside from the difference regarding public employees, Kasich utilized his party’s virtual dominance in the legislature and state’s supreme court to implement something much more effective — JobsOhio. With jobs creation in the hands of a “public private” enterprise, John the governator raced away from the pitfall that has ensnared his Wisconsin counterpart. With JobsOhio being a private entity operating at the speed of business and sworn to secrecy, with an imprimatur provided by the dominant party’s legislature and affirmed by the party’s justices, catching a glimpse of the actuality of Ohio’s employment situation is highly unlikely. The speed of business is just too fast (high speed electronic trading and all). Bauer ends his article with this assessment: “Working with a compliant Republican Legislature, he has cut taxes by nearly $2 billion, saying the lighter burden would help both businesses and consumers. He also eased environmental regulations and made it more difficult to sue businesses. Although governors often pledge to improve the economy, other factors carry much more weight. “There’s no credible evidence that anything state governments do intentionally to create jobs actually work,” said McGee [UW Oshkosh economics professor Kevin McGee].” With JobsOhio operating at “the speed of business”, how are we ever to know?

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