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If I could question Ron Johnson…

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.

Ron Johnson

Another robo call came into my house from the Johnson campaign.  I absolutely hate them.  Why not use a real person?  Oh, I know why, because you don’t have enough volunteers on your staff to call real people.  Or, you think by calling someone who is listed as an independent – will convince them to vote for you.  Why not hire people?  You have millions of dollars to pay for them.

Not going to happen.  Guys like Ron Johnson scare the crap out of me.  All big talk about rights and caring about the Constitution, but nothing but tax breaks for the rich.

I love this line from Johnson’s website: “Ron grew up in a family and in a place where one of the greatest compliments you could give a person was to say that he or she was a hard worker. This belief in a strong work ethic has been a core principle that has guided Ron’s life.”

Really?  I’m willing to bet that at least 95% of us grew up in a place where being a hard worker was considered a compliment.  The site never says – not that I saw – where this magical place was.  Ashamed of anything, Mr. Johnson?  Don’t want the people of Wisconsin to know where you’re from?

Johnson likes to portray himself as an everyman, but I don’t think he’s like the rest of us.  I don’t have 4 million dollars to put into a campaign for U.S. Senate – do you?

Ron Johnson and Scott Walker

So, Ron Johnson is the Republican nominee for Senator. He is running again Russ Feingold. I wonder if now he will accept the invitation to the six debates Feingold has all ready said he will attend. It will be interesting to hear Johnson have to speak from the top of his head. I am endorsing Russ Feingold. He is the most independent of all our Senators. He voted against the recent Financial Regulation bill and, for that, I respect him. Johnson is a rich businessman who knows nothing about the working families of Wisconsin. He doesn’t believe in equality for all. He doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state. He’s too far to the right and knows nothing about the compromise that is needed to keep this country on track.

Scott Walker is the Republican candidate for Governor. I was rooting for Mark Neumann – I figured that Tom Barrett would beat Neumann easily. A Walker – Barrett race will not only be closer, but it will be more interesting. Both the city and county of Milwaukee are not in great shape. These are the two men who have been running both. It will come as no surprise that I am endorsing and supporting Tom Barrett for Governor. I’ve never liked Scott Walker – and I will admit that is a gut feeling. He rubbed me the wrong way when he first ran for County Executive.

This will be an interesting election.

I think Mark Neumann needs to rethink his Google Ads

With just one day left before the Wisconsin primary, I seriously think that Mark Neumann should re-think his Google Ads.  A co-worker sent me a link to a news story from the UK about a woman who has been so obsessed with a computer game that she neglected not only her children, but her dogs.  Right there, at the bottom of the page, Mark Neumann for Governor.  I mean, does he really want to be associated with a crazy lady who cannot balance video games with raising children?

I know he has $2 million in his election war chest, but should he really be wasting it here?  I would think more targeted ads would do better for him.  If Neumann wins the Republican primary for Governor, I think he should have a long and serious talk with his Marketing people.

Ron Johnson BAD for Wisconsin

Just when I think that the right wing could not possibly say anything more stupid than I’ve all ready heard, one of them tops it all. Ron Johnson, the Republican candidate for Wisconsin Senator, said the following:  “”I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change,” Johnson said. “It’s not proven by any stretch of the imagination.”

Johnson, in an interview last month, described believers in manmade causes of climate change as “crazy” and the theory as “lunacy.”

“It’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time,” he said.”  Read the entire article here.

Seriously?

What is this guy smoking?  The truth is that we haven’t caused global warming, but what we do to the environment affects the environment.  Nature did not ruin the ozone layer.  Nature hasn’t spilled millions of oil in our oceans.  Nature has dumped so much junk in our lakes and streams that our fish are loaded with mercury.

We’re slowly killing life on this planet – not just animal life – our life.  As George Carlin once said, “The earth is going to shake us off like a bad case of the fleas.”

Maybe, if I didn’t have my wonderful grandsons, I wouldn’t care about the environment.  I wouldn’t care if a obvious jerk like Ron Johnson got into office.  But, I do care.

I suggest that you read the whole article.  After reading Johnson’s extremist views, there is no way you could actually vote for him.

Poorly Written Headline…

I see this twitter post from @dailydish: Paul Ryan, Fraud?: I have to say that Paul Krugman made a very strong case that the young GOPer is still drinking …http://bit.ly/cvjOfy.

Paul Ryan is my congressman.  My first thought is, “Oh, crap! Another political scandal!”  Seriously.  The last thing we need in America is a political scandal.  Since I think Ryan is a good – if sometimes misguided –  Congressman, I certainly don’t want anything to befall his political career.

So,  I click the link.  No fraud – thank goodness.

@dailydish is merely pointing out that Ryan’s road map for America has a pothole in it.

But, I wonder, what if I hadn’t clicked the link?  What if I hadn’t read the article?  I would’ve been very mislead.  Perhaps, we should expect bloggers and journalists to create responsible headlines?  And, should I be saying this?  I’m sure I haven’t always been responsible.

Just a thought.

Ron Johnson

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.

Republican Primary for Governor is All Smoke

On July 5th, 2010, Wisconsin became the 26th state to ban smoking in public places. As I have mentioned before, Mark Neumann – if elected our state’s governor – wants to roll back the ban. According to an editorial in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Scott Walker has joined the battle cry.  He, too, if elected will roll back the ban.

Have these two gentlemen heard that 64% of Wisconsin residents support the ban.  I don’t support mob rule and I think that laws and amendments should be decided by what is the right thing to do and not the most popular.  But, I have to wonder,  is it smart to pander to the 34% who didn’t support the ban?  I’m one of the 34% who didn’t support the ban, but since I have never liked Scott Walker and I don’t trust Mark Neumann’s promise to cut taxes by 24% in this state, neither man has a chance to gain my vote.

The smoking ban isn’t the toughest decision facing our state.  The lack of jobs – that’s facing every state – and the rising cost of everything are two of the big ones.  I haven’t researched Scott Walker’s stance on these subjects, but I did look at Neumann’s site.  At a quick glance – and just an opinion from the Top Of My Head – he’s all wet.  I saw that he wants to support concealed carry, another issue we don’t have the time to discuss in these hard economic times, and he supports the 10th Amendment.  But, I noticed that he doesn’t mention the First Amendment that guarantees everyone the right to free speech.  He doesn’t mention the 14th Amendment, which states “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”.  Why doesn’t he place that one on his website?

Never mind.  He only puts out the ones about which the right-wing “base” cares.  That’s I want my guns and states have rights.

But, I’m getting off track.

I just don’t think that Neumann and Walker have thought this through.

Wisconsin Pepper Spray Law

I just sent the following email to my state Senator and my state Representative. If you live in WI, I suggest you read it, steal it and send it to your Wisconsin State Representatives. Let’s get this changed. I took out the Senator’s name before posting it here. Make sure you fill in your Representative’s name and information. Also, if you don’t know who they are, go to this site, enter your address and your Representatives will appear. http://www.legis.wisconsin .gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

Feel free to make any changes to the below text. Also, if you don’t live in WI, investigate your state’s laws.


Dear Senator/Representative,

I hope this email finds you quite well.

Recently, it has come to my attention that Wisconsin’s laws regarding pepper spray leave much to be desired. Currently, our state law requires the following:

1. Have a total weight on not less than 15 grams nor more than 60 grams (According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

2. Cannot contain UV dye

I propose that we change both of these requirements. Allow me to explain.

Why are we determining how little a canister may hold? Wouldn’t it be best for the consumer to be allowed to carry a canister much smaller than the 15 grams required by law? Most carriers of pepper spray are women and if they could carry a canister on a key chain, it would most likely do them much more good than to carry the canister on a belt or have it be buried in the bottom of their purse.

Regarding point 2, if a person defending themselves sprays someone with pepper spray that contains a non-toxic UV dye, doesn’t this make it easier for police to catch the suspect? They can simply shine a black light on the offender and identify him or her.

I would hope, Senator/Representative, that you or your staff will research this matter and, perhaps, work to change the law as it is now in effect.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Top of My Head: Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen doesn’t stand up for Wisconsin Laws…

Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen doesn’t stand up for Wisconsin Laws…

We need an Attorney General who will stand up for Wisconsin Laws. Van Hollen isn’t the guy we should have. He needs to resign, be recalled or defeated in the next election.

God Bless

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