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Student Loans and Ron Johnson

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Between Administration with a minor in Computer Science. I received my degree using a lot of hard work, tuition reimbursement, and student loans. I’m telling you all of this, because I firmly believe in student loans. I believe the rates should be kept low and I believe the government should back them.

Thus is NOT how Senator Ron Johnson feels. He thinks we shouldn’t have student loans. He has actually voted against legislation regarding student loans. (He, also, thinks it is perfectly fine to not do his job and vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee, but that’s just another reason to not support him.)

Johnson is up for re-election against Feingold. He and his PACs are running a lot of ads against Feingold and telling you how wonderful he is. 

Don’t believe them.

Anyone who doesn’t want to find a way to help our young become educated, really isn’t into helping our nation. Look up Johnson’s remarks on how a Ken Burns Documentary should be used to teach college instead of teachers creating curriculums.

When you vote in November, make sure to not vote for Johnson. He’s bad for both Wisconsin and our country.

Justice Nominations and Senator Ron Johnson

United States Constitution Article II Section 2 Paragraph 2

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016. Just over a month later, as is his right and duty granted by the United States Constitution, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland. And, our United State Senate voted on the nomination and confirmed Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Oh, wait, the United States Senate has NOT confirmed Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court. It is now the end of August and still, no vote.

Haven’t the American people waited long enough for a replacement for Justice Scalia?

We should be outraged that our duly elected officials are NOT doing their jobs. Unfortunately, our Founding Fathers didn’t anticipate this and put something in the Constitution to say what to do when the Senate refuses to do its job and vote on the President’s nominee. There is a clause about what happens if the Senate is in recess, the President can make the appointment.  But, not one word about the Senate not cooperating.  Not. One. Word.

“It’s just too highly politicized of an atmosphere. It’s not fair to the nominee, it’s not fair to the court. Don’t nominate anybody. That was our advice. President Obama didn’t follow it.” – Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

I’ll bet our Founding Fathers never thought, never even considered that we might have elected officials so obstinate that they wouldn’t vote on the President’s Supreme Court nominee.  I don’t have a problem with them not confirming – it happens.  I don’t have a problem with them holding hearings, we’ve been doing that my whole life and probably longer.  I do take serious issue with our Senate not doing their jobs.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) says he approves of this.  He tells his constituents that we don’t nominate and appoint Supreme Court Justices in election years.  Johnson said “It’s just too highly politicized of an atmosphere. It’s not fair to the nominee, it’s not fair to the court. Don’t nominate anybody. That was our advice. President Obama didn’t follow it.”1  (I should mention that in 1992, Joe Biden had the same idea. It was wrong then and it’s wrong now.)

This isn’t Senator Johnson’s only refusal to nominate a judge to a Federal Court. The US 7th District Court is still down a couple of judges and we have Ron Johnson to thank for it. He blocked the nomination of Victoria Nourse, who was nominated in 2010, before Johnson was even Senator. He said it wasn’t fair because he hadn’t been consulted. HE. WASN’T. THE. SENATOR.

Ron Johnson is up for reelection. We cannot in good conscience send this man back to Washington for another six years. These are not the only reasons not to reelect Johnson, they’re just my reasons today. I’ll have more as the election draws near.

1.Wisconsin Watchdog article...2/6/2016

The GOP Way: Cutting Taxes on the Rich, Raising Taxes on the Middle Class

According to Huffington Post, the Republican Party is all for raising taxes on you and me.  Actually, I didn’t need to read the article to know that, they’ve been saying it all along.  Paul Ryan – who is unfortunately, my representative in Congress – called the other night with one of them recorded messages.  He stated, “I work for you.”  Really?  Because your roadmap for America plan makes it seem like you’re only working for the rich.

Pay attention, here’s where I’m going to do math.

Current Ryan’s Plan
Salary $1,250.00 $1,250.00
Medical $63.36 $63.36
Taxable Income $1,186.64 $1,250.00
Federal Income Tax $212.04 $312.50
% 17.87% 25.00%

Under Paul Ryan’s plan, health insurance would no longer be pre-taxed. Under his plan, any single making more that $50,000 per year would pay 25% in Federal Income tax. The tax rate for corporate America? 8%.

So, basically, Ryan and his Republican cronies will be financing this country on the backs of the single people.  A family of four can earn $39,000 without paying one penny in taxes, while us single people will only be able to earn $16,000 without paying taxes.  That means that I will end up paying more in taxes – a lot more.  Under Ryan’s plan, I will pay $12,250.00 in taxes.  Under our current tax structure (and using the standard deduction and personal excemption), I only pay $9,917.85.  That’s a difference of $2,332.15.

Anyone who is single, shouldn’t vote Republican.  It’ll cost you in the long run.

The HPV Vaccine – Colbert, Bachmann and Perry

This is a funny video and that’s all I’m going to say. No, wait – I think I will say more. Michele Bachmann is, perhaps, the scariest person on the planet, because she believes the crap she says. And, what she says is nothing but, well, crap.

House Republicans – Full of Shit

I am just too disgusted and sick to my stomach by the crap the House Republicans (and four Democrats) passed.  Give me a break!  The cut the things that actually would help this country the most. (clean energy, infrastructure, education and job training)  Do they have any idea that our infrastructure needs a trillion dollar overhaul?  And, let’s not educate or train our people!  What’s the fun in that?  And, don’t even get me started on clean energy.

Where’s the cuts to the subsidies to the corporations that are making record profits?  Oh, no, let’s not make our rich friends unhappy.

Pandering to the Tea Party isn’t going to eventually cost them elections – it’s going to cost us our country.  And, why pass something that will just get vetoed anyway?

It’s a waste of time.  Amazing – it didn’t go far enough, so Michele Bachmann didn’t vote for it.  Way to show just how extreme you are, Bachmann!

Check out this blog post, if you would like to know about how wonderful your life would be if the Tea Party ran it.

I can’t even be bothered with being nice anymore.

Let’s throw Paul Ryan out of office.  It’s time for him to go.

House Bans Base Chaplains’ Religious Freedoms

The House voted to ban Base Chaplains from being allowed to perform same-sex marriages. Talk about a blow against religious freedom. If a Chaplain’s religion or his own religious beliefs do not prevent him from performing a same-sex marriage, who the hell is the House of Representatives to prevent the marriage from taking place. I swear it is like the right-wing House hasn’t read the same Constitution as the rest of us.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

Shame on those House members who voted for the ban.

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An Open Letter to Senator Ron Johnson

Dear Senator Johnson;

Do us all a favor and sit down. I mean that literally. No more standing up and refusing to give your consent. You’re aren’t Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington“.

You, Dear Senator, are a rich, spoiled businessman (who is used to always getting his own way) turned first time politician and you got lucky in the last election.  You won’t be lucky in the next election.  The country will be a much different place in the next five years.  You admitted that the Constitution is hard to read.  I cannot believe that my brothers and sisters of my beloved adopted state actually voted for you.  You make Sarah Palin look like a genius and comparing you two is actually insulting to Sarah Palin.  I graduated from Lakeland University in Sheboygan with a 2.9 GPA and I can read the Constitution with no problem at all.  In fact, you never even gave a crap about this country until 1994, when you first registered to vote – at the freakingly old age of 39!  Who doesn’t vote for the first 21 years of eligibility?!?  I couldn’t WAIT to turn 18, so I could register to vote!  It was a dream come true.  I was reared to believe that voting was not your right, but your duty and your obligation to your country.  Apparently, you just didn’t bother to pay attention.

Unfortunately, you used four million of your own dollars into fooling the people of this state into believing your lies about Health Care, Feingold’s voting record and your own stances on unemployment and minimum wage and now, you’re our Junior Senator from Wisconsin.  And, I am so ashamed to have to admit that.  My fellow citizens of my beloved state elected you instead of laughing you out of town.  And, now, you are standing up in the Senate and spouting off.  If you want to make a difference, try sponsoring a bill.  I noticed that you haven’t sponsored 1 – NOT ONE.  You have co-sponsored 48 and none of them have made it into law.  Well, your record is just astounding!  And, don’t side with Paul Ryan on medicare and his budget – this isn’t going to end well for either of you.

So, in closing, here’s what I want you to do.  Sit down, shut up and try not to embarrass our great and beloved state any more than you already do.

Sincerely,

Julie Marie Totsch

Voting Citizen since 1985

Gingrich says Sorry to Paul Ryan

This is going to be quick.  Here’s the article.  This is crap.  One of the few things I like about Gingrich is the fact that he usually speaks his mind.  When did we become a nation of “I’m sorry”.  Stop freaking apologizing.  Guess what?  I’m not saying I’m sorry about a political opinion.  Gingrich doesn’t like Ryan’s Medicare plan.  Get over it.

What a bunch of pussies!  Yes, you read that right.  We’re becoming a bunch of political pussies.  If you have an opinion, at least have the freaking balls to stand by it.  If people don’t like it, tough shit.  We whine about how our politicians lie to us.  Well, they do that because we jump down their throats when they tell the truth.  So, they lie and tell us that the check’s in the mail, they love us and they promise not to cum in our mouths and we, excuse the pun, swallow it.  Then, we get mad when the truth of how they really feel comes out.

Good Lord, people!  Get a freaking grip!

 

DOMA Defense…

Previously on Top Of My Head…

Back in February, I wrote that I was torn on President Obama and the Justice Department’s decision to not defend DOMA in Federal Court.  Today, I’m experiencing Deja Vu.

The Republicans announced that they will defend DOMA.  Again, I’m torn.

On one hand, I don’t want someone being able to challenge a law in court without the government mounting a defense against the challenge.  On the other hand, this law affects me and mine, so I want to see it go down in flames.

As quoted by NPR, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “I don’t think the House had any choice but to take the position that we were going to defend the work of the Congress. And only the courts are in the position of determining the constitutionality of any bill.”

And, he’s correct.

Unfortunately, this defense is falling along party lines.  The Democrats should sign on to defend the law as well.  However; I can understand their reluctance to do so.  Fifteen years ago, support for DOMA was huge.  A great many people were against the idea of gay marriage.  A vote against the law back then was probably more risky then than a support to overturn it is now.  To me, DOMA is an example of why we shouldn’t make DOMA a Constitutional Amendment.  A law is much easier to overturn than an Amendment.

That said, the Republicans have nothing to lose with their support and everything to gain.  Setting aside that they are doing the right thing, they will gain momentum with their base – people who are anti-gay.  On a side note, most of their base is anti-something.  The law, even as unjust as it is, needs to be defended in court.  That’s how our balance of power works.  I would give more credit to the Democrats if even one of them had the courage to say, “I don’t believe in the law, but it needs to be defended.”

Of course, I would give the Republicans more credit if they worked this hard to repeal DOMA.

Reducing Debt

The GOP plan – written by my Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan – will NOT reduce our deficit until 2040. That’s 29 years from now. I understand that it took more than 29 years for us to get into this debt ridden mess, but I think we can do better than taking 29 years to get out of it. If the Republicans are truly concerned about the National Debt and the deficit, let’s see them remove the tax cuts for the rich.

The businesses bailed out by TARP are run by… Anyone? No? Okay, the wealthy, the rich. The people who led our companies into this mess. And, what will we do as a nation? Cut their taxes by 10%. And, while we do so, we will raise taxes on the middle class – all in the name of “fairness” and deficit reduction.

Well, it’s crap.

I oppose any budget plan that includes a tax cut – especially those for corporations and the wealthy. Tax cuts are just the government reducing the amount of money it takes in. If we want programs to be funded, such as education or medicare, then we have to pay taxes to keep them funded. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t cut spending, we need to cut spending. I’m saying that we shouldn’t reduce taxes for the well-off at the price of the less well off.

I’m not liking the idea that – if you’re single and making $50,000 per year – you should pay 25% of your salary in federal income taxes, just like a single person who is making $100,000. Do you really think someone making $50,000 per year should be paying the same percentage as someone making double that?

I’m, also, not liking the idea of removing deductions. Hey, I realize that my mortgage deduction really equates the government subsidizing my home, but the government, also, subsidizes your kids, so we’re even. That mortgage deduction is the difference between me eating out a few times a month and eating at home. When I eat out, I keep my local restaurants in business. (Yes, when I eat at home, I keep grocery stores in business, but I’ll always have to buy food at a grocery store.)

According to the plan, the standard deduction will be $12,500 for singles and $25,000 for those people whose relationships are determined to be okay for tax deductions by the government: in other words, straight, married couples. That should keep a lot of people out of the 25% tax range – not for me and not for a lot of my friends. I had more than that amount in deductions, plus there will be no more pre-tax health care deductions, which will hurt the middle class even more.

This plan is NOT good for middle class America. If Paul Ryan and the GOP are truly serious about debt reduction, this isn’t the way to do it.

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