December 11, 2011
The father of welfare to work is back
Tommy is off and walking for the Senate seat now held by Herb Kohl. Tommy wants his right-wing doubters who have not genuflected at his roadside shrine to remember that he killed welfare. Perhaps he could brag that no governor or senator in Wisconsin's history has caused as much pain for so many as TT did with his bumpert-sticker solutions. Welfare to work my duff!
In Grover Norquist language he drowned it in the bathtub. Yup! Killed it dead! Or did he, asks our brain-twister from PolitiFact? Did he or didn't he? No investigation of the poverty levels in post-W-2 Tommyville by JS--after all, who really cares that damned near a million of our citizens in "progressive Wisconsin" qualify for food stamps? Jaysus--tell them to get good paying jobs and stop complaining!
PoliltiFact says the question is, Was he telling the truth when he claimed he ended welfare? Was he really responsible for ending welfare? Well, says one expert, it depends. If you lump all entitlements into the welfare tent then he did not kill welfare because 800,000 poor adults and children still get the equivalent of food stamps now called FoodShare. And some W-2 recipients get $673 a month for community service work. Some get minimum wage jobs.
What is the conclusion of PolitiFact? "Mostly true." What nonsense! Mostly true? Who gives a damn if 800,000 are suffering? Shouldn't they be asking if Tommy's promise to end poverty with W-2 was "pants on fire false" or just telling "what ought to be true"?
Welfare to work to poverty to vouchers to Paul Ryan's end-medicare budget. And this is progress? Thanks, PolitiFact, thanks.
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In briefly looking over the PolitiFact link, it seems that while they DO call-out Walker & the conservatives/regressives on SOME big whoppers, my perception is that PolitiFact tries to strike a false-balance by trying to find some minor oversights or exaggerations by liberals/Dems and then calling them 'Mostly False', while the SAME level of non-factuality by a conservative is branded 'Mostly True'. The BIGGER problem that I have with PolitiFact is that their sense of political/ethical proportionality is virtually lost. They're tacitly equating minor issues (ie; like speaking gaffs) with major policy decisions/representations by giving each the same amount of words/research/coverage. Also, shouldn't this sort of fact-finding/inquiry be part of NORMAL reporting? Why do we need a cutesy little meter graphic?
Additionally, the use of PolitiFact by the MJS reeks of hypocrisy/political maneuvering when the MJS shows all the 'Pants-on-Fire' lies by Walker and Gingrich, et al, yet typically ends up editorially endorsing these same people for election.
-Big Em | Milwaukee, WI | December 11, 2011
If Tommy killed welfare, why are corporations and well-heeled contributors still getting it?
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | December 11, 2011