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Category: Senator Ron Johnson

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

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

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