By Mike Thayer
Sue Dvorsky is pathetic. She thinks it's a good move to play the politics so many people are tired of, in trying to paint Republican Governor Terry Branstad in a bad light. See related story by clicking here. What she's doing is manipulative crap straight out of the dusty old liberal playbook.
Interrupted by the flooding of the Missouri River in western Iowa, the Gov. and Lt. Gov. have resumed traveling the state on a 'Jobs For Iowa' tour, touching base with Iowans in all 99 counties about the economy and jobs. It's a very conservative trip, travel done in a van with overnight stays in Super 8 motels.
So in response to the Governor getting feedback from Iowans and fulfilling a campaign promise, what does the Iowa Democrat party do under the so-called leadership of Sue Dvorsky?..... Force the state to spend taxpayer money on frivolous Freedom Of Information Act requests and make manipulative statements to the press using cherry picked data.
"We don't know how much these tours are costing taxpayers, but we do know they're not creating a single job for Iowans," said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky. "It would be one thing if these tours were creating jobs. Unfortunately, the state has lost 8,200 jobs under Gov. Branstad, and taxpayers are being asked to keep paying unknown amounts for these tours."
If you think about it, Dvorsky is compounding the problem she's pretending to be upset about - wasted taxpayer dollars.
Here's where her manipulation comes in, and we'll get to her hypocrisy in a minute.....
She cherry picked the negative data on jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases jobs data every month. The most used set of data because it uses a much larger sample, comes from the Current Employment Statistics survey (CES). But there's another employment estimate from the Census' Current Population Survey (CPS) that doesn't get as much attention.
According to the CES survey, the state has added 14,400 jobs since Branstad took office. But Dvorsky doesn't want to use THAT number, gosh no! She's using data from the CPS survey, which shows the state losing 8,211 jobs since Branstad took office.
Note the difference in how I described the employment situation, vs. how Dvorksy describes the situation.
ME: the state adding or losing jobs since Branstad took office.....
DVORSKY: "Unfortunately, the state has lost 8,200 jobs under Gov. Branstad...."
Politicians don't create private sector jobs Sue, businesses meeting demand do. What a good politician does is help foster an environment so that jobs can be created.
And here's another manipulation by Dvorsky... She didn't reveal what sector has experienced the jobs loss. Some state jobs fat has been sliced since Branstad took office. The latest data for the month of July as reported by Iowa Workforce Development shows the following:
Total nonfarm employment increased by 8,000 in July, raising the level to 1,487,800 for the state. Private industry grew by 2,900 jobs, while the public sectors were up 5,100 jobs.
Review that, private sector jobs up by 2,900..... Public sector jobs up by 5,100. Guess what? Local governments created 5,900 jobs in July (seasonal, notably schools).
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||fewer state government jobs
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Dvorsky is upset about fewer state government jobs! What she also didn't reveal to you: Year over year, there are 3,400 fewer people working government jobs (local and state) for July. Branstad has been doing what he said he would do - trimming some fat - and Dvorsky doesn't like it.
Instead of discussing economic issues honorably and acknowledging the state's unemployment rate has come down from the 6.1% it was when Branstad took office and has been 6.0 for three straight months now while Branstad policies start picking up a head of economic steam....... Dvorsky goes low road, playing political games using cherry picked data behind a hidden agenda. She doesn't like what she sees in fewer state government jobs. That's her REAL gripe, she doesn't give a rat's rear end about private sector jobs, unless they're UNION jobs..... Which don't forget, many of those tie in to the state.
And here's Dvorsky's hypocrisy bit: She didn't say boo during the many times Culver used the liberal backdrop of Iowa City for photo shoots, signing various pieces of legislation into law. Think about how much money Culver could have saved taxpayers by simply signing legislation into law at his desk in Des Moines. No, he made formal press announcements, his office arranged travel for him and his travel staff, issued press credentials, tasked the State Trooper and Sheriff's offices unnecessarily.... And then there's the Culver campaign stops on the taxpayer dime via plane, disguised as official trips, but the speeches were anti-Branstad, as opposed to being state program oriented. And did Dvorsky say boo about Culver's failed I-Jobs Program? A program that cost taxpayers more than $800 million and didn't even come close to delivering the number of jobs the Governor promised? Nope, no honorable comments came from Dvorsky on that.
Let's see..... Culver wasting $800+ million on a very flawed idea..... vs. Branstad driving from town to town in a van, shaking the hands of Iowans who haven't seen a governor in their neck of the woods for 12 years and discussing the economy.
Or how about Culver instructing the state trooper driving the governor's unmarked SUV to chase down somebody who reportedly flipped the governor off? Was that a wise use of trooper time Sue?
Sue Dvorsky isn't a LEADER, she's a pathetic political hack.
Contact Dvorsky and tell her to stop with the b.s. (Barbra Streisand)