[Madison, WI]— After being called out by Politifact Wisconsin for trying to deceive Wisconsinites, Extreme Madison Liberal Paul Soglin is now hearing it from the Left. Soglin is more interested in playing games and distorting the facts than being honest with Wisconsin families. In a recent article in the Isthmus, Mayor Soglin is called out for his missteps he made while attempting to prop up his own political future and for being out of touch with Wisconsin.
Read excerpts of the article from the Isthmus below or online here.
Soglin needs to get it right
July 11, 2017
Paul Soglin’s strongest asset as a politician is his affect of certainty. No matter the topic, Soglin speaks with the air of absolute authority. When it comes to self-confidence, the man is positively Trumpian.
But when a guy presents himself as the smartest person in the room he better actually know what he’s talking about. So, if Soglin is serious about running for governor, he’s going to have to step up his game.
The mayor made a sloppy and serious mistake when he claimed that Madison accounts for two-thirds of all the state’s private sector job creation since Gov. Scott Walker took office. Specifically, he said that 40,000 of 60,000 jobs were created here.
The independent and respected organization PolitiFact had this to say about the mayor’s claim: “The actual net increase in jobs in Wisconsin, comparing April 2011 versus May 2017, is much higher: 209,900. And the Madison area accounted for less than half of the increase. We rate Soglin’s statement False.”
The assertion, implicit in the mayor’s argument, that Madison’s economy would be what it is even without the university and state government is just not plausible. Even if you discount the actual direct impact of the stable and relatively well-compensated employment base at those two institutions, there are powerful intangible factors that can’t be dismissed. What’s the value of 5,000 bright and motivated young people coming to our community each year to be UW freshmen? What’s the impact when some of them stay after graduation to work here, start businesses or just be part of a well-educated workforce?
But beyond the weakness of Soglin’s argument on the merits — even if he had his facts straight — there’s the cultural issue. The argument, “I’m from Madison and I’m here to help you,” is just not likely to play outside of these 77 square miles.
Read the full story online here.