Republican Governor and likely Presidential candidate, Scott Walker, has shown through his policy record that his reputation isn’t the only thing he’s adept at destroying — he’s done a bang-up job with the economy of Wisconsin as well.
On the flip-side, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota, through his policy decisions, has had quite the adverse effect.
Walker, following the typical Republican plan of action for destroying an economy, pumped a bunch of cash into the coffers of the rich while making sure Wisconsin students got the shaft.
As we all know, uneducated people equals more Republicans, so while his state loses in a big way, his party wins.
Governor Dayton, utilizing an economic plan that actually works, has bolstered his state’s economy, created a median income well above the national average and provided the student’s of his state innovative technology through responsible spending.
Much like the turd circling the drain that President Obama inherited, Mark Dayton was in the same boat. Unlike our President, Dayton hasn’t had the kind of obstruction that bars any kind of progress. He inherited a $6.2 billion deficit and a 7% unemployment rate.
From 2011 to 2015, Governor Dayton added 172,000 jobs, 165,800 more than his Republican predecessor, raised taxes on the wealthy by $2.1 billion, signed a law guaranteeing equal pay for women, and by 2018 the state’s minimum wage will be $9.50 an hour.
Never let anyone tell you that the two parties are the same. Clearly they’re not.
The GOP and its base are of course calling these tactics “redistribution of wealth.” In truth these tactics are the same kind that brought the U.S. out of the Great Depression, provided us with economic prosperity and a massive budget surplus under Clinton, and represent hope for the future.
The country is learning very quickly how inadequate Republicans are at governing. The midterm elections and the shift of power in the Senate have shown that watching the GOP try to lead is like watching spider monkeys ice skate. It’s funny and all, but not a lot gets accomplished.