Wisconsin Jobs Now and the Minimum Wage – Or… not

Full disclosure: I voted for Governor Scott Walker in 2010, because of what he said he would do. I did not vote at all in the 2012 recall election because I do not believe in the concept of recall elections. However, I will not be voting for Scott Walker in the 2014 election because he did not do what he said he would do, and he did many things of which I do not approve that he did not say he would do. On top of all of that, my position on the minimum wage is public knowledge. I want the minimum wage to not only be hiked, but to be raised up to match inflation. I am an independent that votes on the issues that are important for me, and no political party has my sympathy. I just want the truth.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about recent events.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is now being sued by a group called Wisconsin Jobs Now. Wisconsin Jobs Now is a “shadowy” organization that only registered a website roughly a month after Scott Walker got into office (February 2011, and they registered with an “anonymous” domain registration service called Domains By Proxy. What are they trying to hide? Luckily, the internet never forgets, so let’s take a spin in the Wayback machine to see their very first website. Surely, since their primary topic and thrust is “fighting income inequality from the bottom up and building stronger communities throughout Wisconsin”, their initial website must show that they don’t care about politics, they want to help the little man, they want to focus specifically on the issue of the minimum wage itself and building things, right?

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Wait, it’s an anti-Koch brothers political petition site? What happened to the minimum wage? What happened to building communities? Hey, I hate the Koch brothers as much as the next non-rich person does, but if your focus is on the minimum wage itself, so much so that you sued the governor of a state to try to get it raised, why would your first site be about a couple of ugly business dudes?

Okay, let’s give them a mulligan on this one and say it was just a one time thing. Surely their next big story will be about the minimum wage, right? Let’s try later in the same year. Wait… tax breaks and budget cuts… that’s not the minimum wage.

Okay, maybe it took them a year to get their focus on the minimum wage that’s so important to them now. Let’s try them in 2012! Unemployment… right to work? Those are important things to talk about, but what about the minimum wage?

Let’s go forward another year, 2013 after the recall elections. Since they can’t do any politics again until the 2014 elections, now they are going to get down to the nitty gritty and take care of that minimum wage, right? Fiscal cliff? No budget cuts? Why does this organization care about that stuff? I thought their focus was on the minimum wage and building communities? Why does it seem that every page that I find from this website is just going after Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans’ actions?

Why is it that a site that has been around since February 2011 (again, shortly after Walker took office), has said virtually NOTHING about the minimum wage until after the recall election? They’ve had THREE YEARS of being online to start petitioning to raise the minimum wage, why have they done nothing about it until the next election cycle got moving?

Oh wait, I think I just answered my own question.

 

A few other “odd” irregularities. As you can see in the link I had provided, the website was registered in February of 2011, but somehow their Terms of Use and Privacy Policy are dated from December 5, 2010. Why would you need a privacy policy dated before a website is even started? Furthermore, if you already had the privacy policy in 2010, why was it not posted on your first webpage in early 2011?

I know, you must have just nabbed that privacy policy from some other website. Let’s take a look and see what happens when I take a random paragraph from the middle of it and Google that privacy policy. What are the first few results? Huh, the Service Employees International Union, the SEIU branch of PA, and the BlueGreen Alliance. That’s…. interesting.

And you still say you’re non-partisan? I’m not buying it. You say that you care about building communities and raising the minimum wage? From all the evidence I’ve seen, you hide behind a domain registrar and take pot shots at your political opponents a week before an election. You are not a non-partisan part of the solution, Wisconsin Jobs Now. You are a part of the problem.

I’m not a liberal, I’m not a conservative. I’m an independent voter, and I don’t like to be manipulated. Shame on you.