If you’ve been watching the political ads on TV, you’ve heard a lot from Ron Johnson. It’s easy to tap into big advertising when you have millions of your own dollars to spend. A lot of Johnson’s ads not only knock his opponent, Russ Feingold, but knock government programs. Okay, I can respect that.
However; my mother always told me that he who pays for the band, gets to pick the music. I have lived by the philosophy. If I pay my own way in life, I get to make my own rules – to a point, I don’t advocate killing people, let’s not go nuts. Back when I graduated from high school, I paid my parents rent. My mother used to complain that I didn’t clean my room – I was a bit of a slob back then – my logic was always, I’m paying for the band, so I get to pick the music of unmade bed and clothes on the floor. It should be obvious that didn’t go over well. Parents (and grandparents) hate it when use their words against them.
And, that brings me to Ron Johnson. His talk has been smaller government, less government interference, lawyers shouldn’t be Senators. But, yet, he has employees on his payroll at his company who are on Badgercare – Wisconsin’s Healthcare plan. Isn’t that big government? Isn’t that government interference? Most likely, without Badgercare, his employees would have to find other positions elsewhere or lose their health care.
He has inmates from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on his payroll. Now, while I don’t have a problem with a work-release program where the inmates’ health insurance is covered by the state – according to the article, a savings of roughly $10,000 per employee ( I don’t think that is accurate – based on the COBRA rates I have paid in the last year for health insurance – the number should be less). This is another government subsidy.
Johnson received more than $4 million in a government subsidized loan in order to expand his business. Again, I don’t have an issue with that, especially if it meant more jobs. Afterall, I went to college on government subsidized loans, so who am I to judge?
HOWEVER; what I want to ask Ron Johnson is why does he think that all of these government plans and subsidies are okay, when he is running on a platform so against government funding and assistance? Why is it okay when it benefits him and his companies, but not okay when it benefits someone else’s?
I’d like to see him answer those questions. But, he won’t. He just likes to throw out tired campaign slogans and rhetoric to get the masses moving, but he isn’t really offering any changes.