The Maths is Hard, Scottie!

The Tears of a Clown

The Tears of a Clown

Internationally renowned Hot Ham impresario Scott Walker, the failed 2016 Goat Rodeo contender from midwest Kochistan tells us his plan for better jobs and economy in his state:

Addressing local officials from the Wisconsin Counties Association at a hotel in Madison, Walker urged them to spread the word about blue-collar jobs in fields such as welding. Employers, he said, are in some cases “desperate” for workers in some skilled trades and aren’t taking on more clients and expanding production because they can’t fill their openings.

It has been a frequent theme for Walker in his speeches to Wisconsin audiences.

State parents and schools need to stop stigmatizing those careers, which often now require a two-year associate degree, Walker said. By working overtime, some welders in the state could make nearly $100,000 a year, the governor said.

Figures on the website of Walker’s Department of Workforce Development listed the average statewide wage for “welders, cutters and welder fitters” of average experience at $18.89 an hour, or $39,290 a year.

To make up that remaining amount to get to $100,000 a year by working overtime at time and a half, the average worker in those occupations would have to work just over 41 hours of overtime a week for every week of the year. That’s 81 hours a week in total, or the equivalent of more than two full-time jobs.

What takes this bit of stupidity from the mundane to High Art is that in the same article, Walker assures us that he is on track to pay off the debt incurred from his doomed campaign.

Welders For Wingnuts contributing, eh Scottie?

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9 Responses to The Maths is Hard, Scottie!

  1. roket says:

    Oh look. His pats are on fire.

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  2. C Montgomery Burns says:

    In the words of Mr. Walker ‘Um…What?’

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  3. E.A. Blair says:

    I sincerely hope that I live long enough to read this asshole’s obituary. If that happens, I will have a big party.

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  4. grs says:

    I hear this line from the Manufacturing industry all the time – there’s a shortage of skilled trades. If wages are increased, then there wouldn’t be a shortage. Supply and demand and all that.

    It seems many employers are also forgetting the “skilled” part in skilled trades in that these aren’t random people to do mindless tasks. They are doing skilled work that they have trained for years to do. So pay them.

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    • Precisely. I remember reading a news article a few years back about some factory owner in Illinois going about how there are great jobs out there, that in fact he couldn’t find experienced lathe and mill operators for his own business.

      Turns out he was offering $9 an hour to start…for jobs where he was demanding 5-10 years of experience.

      To stupid to be a capitalist.

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      • tengrain says:

        Driftglass tells the story about how expensive the new computerized equipment is, too. The operators have to have specific, detailed training. And it seems once they have it, they can move on to whoever is paying more, much like engineering talent does. Wingnuttia really believes that it is all Homer Simpson eating donuts and every now and then pressing a button.

        Rgds,

        TG

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      • grs says:

        The latest kicker to get me is the push by companies to have the State and community colleges offer skilled trade programs to train workers. Companies don’t want to pay to train their employees so they want the state to subsidize them. And they surely don’t want to promote/team apprenticeships through union halls because unions.

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      • tengrain says:

        Funny how that invisible hand of the market keeps pointing the GOPers to the government? How do it work?

        Rgds,

        TG

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  5. Governor Walker only attends events to which attendance is carefully controlled. In other words, town hall meetings from which anybody from the town is barred.

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