Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How Can You Tell When Walker's Lying?

Data from Politifacts have confirmed what we in Wisconsin have known for a while: Our Governor plays fast and loose with the truth.

The chart below was created from data taken from Politifacts “Top Ten Most Fact-Checked” article.

No surprise why Walker’s one of the most fact-checked. It’s because he’s also one of the most factually-challenged. Doesn’t it always seem that those who shout “I’m straightforward” the loudest are the least so?

It reminds me of the Tom Smykowski,  from the movie “Office Space” who becomes frustrated and angry when trying to explain to the business consultant that his main reason for being is that:

I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
It’s clear that Mr. Smykowski doesn’t have people skills, he just thinks he does. Same with Walker and his ‘straightforwardness’. He’s so straightforward, he won’t bother to answer whether or not he knew about the secret email serves in his Milwaukee County Executive office.

Maybe it really is better that he doesn’t say anything at all. Judging by the Politifact numbers, he’s more likely to either lie (38% of the time) or to fudge the truth (65%). In fact, Walker only tells the truth outright a mere 10% of the time.

Based on that, it’s easy to conclude he isn’t being ‘straightforward’ with the people of Wisconsin, no matter how many times he stays on script.

Telling the truth and being straight with the people you work for only 10% of the time wouldn't cut it in the private sector - or in the White House.