Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scott Walker: "We don't have a jobs problem in this state. We have a work problem!"

Wisconsin will probably be seeing a lot of ads featuring this sound bite, I reckon:

"We don't have a jobs problem in this state. We have a work problem," Walker said during a discussion about raising the minimum wage.

 See, the unemployment rate would be so much better if the unemployed would stop being lazy during a recession. Yeah, that oughta go over real well.

Apparently realizing that wasn't the smartest thing to say, here's Walker's inevitable attempt at damage control:

Walker said that his opponents were taking the comment out of context.
During an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker explained that he is seeking to boost workers in two areas. First, he pointed to employers who need trained workers for higher-skilled jobs like welding.

"We have jobs, we don't just have enough people with the skill sets to fill those jobs," he said.
 A bit less derisive than the original statement. Unfortunately, here's Walker again, refuting himself moments later:

Walker also said he wants to help others acquire the basic skills needed to hold down any job. Walker has proposed requiring drug tests for working-age recipients of public benefits.

"Many employers tell us they have work but they can't get people who know how to work and can pass a drug test," Walker said. "That drug test provision is obviously new."

"Again, we've got more than 70,000 job openings" on a state website, Walker added. "But one of the challenges is removing some of the disincentives for people not to work."

"Removing disincentives for people not to work"? Yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume Walker wasn't referring to a skills gap after all.

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