The unemployment rate of Madison is always quite low relative to the state and nation. Right now, we are at 5%, which is the loose definition of full employment. Using Brackite logic, that means uber-liberal Madison has the best local government in the area and one of the best in the country.
The reality is more complicated. You can't draw a beeline from unemployment rate to job performance of a government, but Brackite simply does not understand this.
I was mainly responding to the ridiculous claim that the OP in the Opinion Article that he provided here. Here it is again:
Oh, and where have those mass layoffs of schoolteachers been taking place? Largely in states controlled by the G.O.P.: 70 percent of public job losses have been either in Texas or in states where Republicans recently took control.
I do Not know of any “G.O.P. States” where the unemployment rate increased during this past year. For Example, Michigan where the Republicans recently took control of saw the biggest decrease in their unemployment rate among all of the rest of the States during this past year. Michigan: http://www.deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/michigan/
Governor and Lieutenant Governor Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_elections,_2010
Republican candidate Rick Snyder beat Democratic Party candidates Virg Bernero 58% to 40% to become Governor. Brian Calley was Snyder's running mate and was elected Lieutenant Governor.
State House of Representatives
Prior to the November 2010 election, the Democratic Party held 65 seats in the House and the Republican Party held 42 seats. The Democratic Party lost 18 total seats, and now has 47, while the Republican Party's victory brought them up to 63 seats in the House, swaying the Michigan House of Representatives' majority from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
I realize that some Liberal Democrats may argue that the State of Michigan saw the biggest decrease in their unemployment rate this past year is mainly because of the auto bailouts. However, Michigan is still termed a “G.O.P. State where the Republicans recently took control" of. The State of Texas has a Republican Governor, a Republican Lieutenant Governor, and a Republican controlled State legislature, yet Texas has an unemployment rate that is lower than the unemployment rate is for the Nation. The State of Texas saw its unemployment rate decrease from 8.0% to 7.0% during this past year. Texas: http://www.deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/texas/
I was also responding to the very silly claim that California and Rhode Island are Republican States. However, I knew they are Not Republican States, and I provided the evidence here that they are Not Republican States. I do not really know why the unemployment rate is very high in Rhode Island, since I am not too familiar with Rhode Island and their Government there. However, I am very familiar with California and with its politicians, so I do believe that a lot of the liberal policies in that State have played a major role in the unemployment rate being as high as it is there.
And as for Madison, Wisconsin goes, I am not that familiar with that city and its politicians.