Ron Johnson is running for Senate against Russ Feingold. I wanted to know more about the man who is taking on Russ, so I went to his website. He has a page that lists the issues as follows:
- Reducing Taxes and Cutting Government Spending
Under this heading is a posting there that discusses the out of control spending of the government, but no discussion on how he would reduce it. What programs will he cut? It doesn’t show how he will reduce taxes, either. If the national debt is truly that high and we need to cut our defict, just how do you cut taxes at the same time?
- Improving the Economy and Creating Jobs
After a quote by Ron, there’s this: “As our next US Senator, Ron will work to create a jobs friendly environment by reducing and simplifying taxes and regulations on business.” Well, that answers my question on where the tax cuts will happen.
- Real Reforms for Health Care
The heading may say reforms for health care, but the post beneath states: “Ron will vote to repeal the Health Care Bill and replace it with market-based solutions that will include: portability, malpractice reform, mandate reduction, insurance purchase across state lines, lower costs, and a safety net for those with pre-existing conditions.” With the except of malpractice reform and mandate reduction, the rest is what the Health Care Bill does now.
- Energy Solutions
The quote: “Ron will work to safely increase domestic production of oil, clean coal, natural gas, nuclear and alternative energy. Roughly 60 percent of America’s oil is imported from other countries, which creates both security and economic threats to the nation.” Well, I do agree that our national dependence on foreign oil is hurting us. But, I’m not so sure – especially after the gulf oil spill – that I want oil domestically. I do want more money for research and development in to alternative energy.
- Preserving Wisconsin Values
I love when a politician says preserving values. They add such a nice touch to it. It means imposing their values on the rest of us. And, that’s what it says right there on his site: “Ron is pro-life, pro-family, and believes that freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion. Ron will take these principles with him to Washington and will stand up to those who would attack these cherished traditional values.” The emphasis is totally mine. I worry when someone thinks that I have to have a religion imposed by them.
- Improving Education
“Ron supports reforming the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to reduce waste in education spending and return more flexibility and decision-making powers to states, local school boards and teachers. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t fit Wisconsin.” I’d like to know what reforms he plans, because I’d be happy if they threw out the whole No Child Left Behind Act and started over. I do agree that too much is handed down from Washington when it comes from our schools.
- Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration
I’m putting up almost the whole post (I didn’t include the candidate’s quote at the top). I do approve of amnesty in some fashion, which he doesn’t judging from the post. I’d like to know what he means by blanket amnesty and for what kind of amnesty he would approve. I’m against a National ID card, which is what REAL ID is. I think businesses should be penalized for hiring illegals. That said, you should ask an Arizona businessman what he thinks, now that the tough enforcement has caused them to have to fired the illegals who worked for them.
“The first step towards controlling illegal immigration is securing our borders. Ron believes the federal government has failed to enforce current immigration laws and tighten our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
Ron opposes blanket amnesty.
Ron also supports REAL ID, requiring employers to verify the Social Security numbers of potential employees. Ron supports providing law enforcement the necessary tools, such as the Patriot Act, to protect our country.
Businesses or employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be penalized and we should take steps to prevent abuse or exploitation of workers due to their immigration status.”
These were all posted – according to the site – on June 10, 2010.
I’m 100% sure that there isn’t a snowball’s chance in you know where that would convince me to vote for Ron Johnson. I think you should check out his site and make up your own mind.