Senator Ronald Harold “Ron” Johnson is a junior United States Senator for Wisconsin and a member of the Republican Party and associated with the Tea Party movement – and my senator.
When no other congressional representative would help in my battle for veteran’s benefits for injury compensation recorded in military health records, Senator Johnson and his staff were there. The outcome did not come out the way it should have, but that was because of trickster legislators changing the rules in 1996.
With that personal reference set aside, I would like to present Senator Johnson’s policies and congressional voting record for others in Congress to examine, over-and-above political rhetoric and media bias. Briefly, his biography
Johnson was born in Mankato, Minnesota, the son of Jeanette Elizabeth (née Thisius) and Dale Robert Johnson. His father was of Norwegian descent and his mother was of German ancestry. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he married Jane, the daughter of the businessman Howard Curler, co-founder of Curwod Industries, now part of the multinational Bemis Company. Johnson worked as an accountant for Jostens, a high school- and college class ring supplier, as well a sports-championship ring supplier, including for the Super Bowl, while attending night school for an MBA. He completed his classes, but did not receive his degree because he did not finish his thesis. In 1979, Johnson moved to Wisconsin with his wife, and both started working for PACUR, a custom sheet extruder company, with his wife’s brother, Patrick Curler, for whom the company is named. … The 2010 U.S. Senate campaign was Johnson’s first run for elective office. He was described as a “political blank slate” because he had no history of campaigning or taking a position as an elected official.… As of November 1, 2010, Johnson had contributed more than $8.2 million to his own campaign, representing 64% of total campaign contributions.… After being elected to the Senate, Johnson “sold every liquid asset so there would be absolutely no chance for conflict of interest.” Johnson was not required to sell these holdings.
Senator Johnson’s Record in Office as US Senator of Wisconsin …
- Johnson introduced S. 1438, the Regulation Moratorium and Job Preservation Act, which would impose a moratorium on new federal regulations until the national employment level falls to 7.7%, below where it was when President Obama took office in his first tenure. An example of a regulation to be blocked, the EPA Boiler MACT rule.
- Months before the US debt-ceiling crisis, Senator Johnson presented an opportunity to establish hard caps on federal spending. He stated that Congress could not keep raising the debt limit, and needed to prioritize spending. He also spoke up against the closed-door talks and described them as outrageous and disgusting. He further noted that default should not have been a concern, given that the government had plenty of funding to pay interest on debt, Social Security benefits, and salary for soldiers.
- In January of 2010, Senator Johnson testified before the Wisconsin Senate opposing a Wisconsin bill that would have eliminated the time limit for future child, sex abuse victims to bring lawsuits and allowed an additional three years for past victims to sue. His stance was that the bill, if enacted, might actually reduce the reporting of child sex abuse. He was criticized by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and by his political opponent, Feingold.
- As a candidate in 2010, Ron Johnson strongly opposed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
We would have been far better off not spending any of the money and let the recover happen as it was going to happen.
- In general, Ron Johnson opposed increased government spending and the federal stimulus; instead supporting a broad reduction in federal tax rates, simplifying business regulations, and free-market health care solutions.
- During the continued controversy over global warming (not climate change), Ron Johnson did not denounce that unusual weather and climate patterns were occurring, but stated that scientists who attribute global warming to man-made causes are crazy, making the theory as lunacy. He stated, which many reputable scientists agree, that climate change is due to –
…sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time.
- Johnson is opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and in an op-ed article written for the Wall Street Journal, Johnson mentioned his personal experience with his daughter. The act would, Johnson stated:
…lead to rationed care, lower the quality of care, increase medical costs, and severely limit medical innovation … this law will add trillions of dollars to our nation’s debt and deficit. …
He is the cosponsor
of legislation to suspend implementation of PPACA while legal challenges to the bill are decided.
- In the argument over more drilling in the United States and its territories and less foreign oil, Senator Johnson was asked about his policy concerning offshore drilling for oil in the Great Lakes, and replied:
We have to get the oil where it is, but we need to do it responsibly. We need to utilize American ingenuity and American technology to make sure we do it environmentally sensitively and safely.
- In the area of social issues, Senator Johnson is opposed to same-sex marriage. In a 2010 article at Wisconsin Gazette (August 11th 2010), Johnson defined freedom …
On his website, Johnson declares himself “a pretty traditional guy” and goes on to say that he believes “marriage is between one man and one women.” He assures visitors to his site that he will “take these principles with him to Washington and will stand up to those who would attack these cherished traditional values.”
The article was not objective concerning Johnson’s policies on the issue. RedState
website also sided with Roll Call’s choice of interview of aid who made the comment in image left. He was unjustly attacked
with rumors as sources.
Ultimately, social issues should not be argued at federal government level, but by the individual state levels that are closer to the People. State governments, for example, are in charge of marriage licenses, therefore that government entity must decide. In this, I have voiced my opinion to the office of Senator Johnson. In addition, if the tax code system were changed where income tax was based on a flat tax with NO deductions – this whole argument would be moot. If the state government wants to change the concept of a marriage tradition, which is as old as humanity; than do so in a state referendum vote. It probably would not pass, but then the same-sex couples could just live in common law marriage. Issues like same-sex couples adopting children (or fostering) would have to be dealt with by individual state government as well. The issue of same-sex marriage falls more into the category of religious beliefs, another subject that should not be involving government at any level, unless there is an issue concerning the First Amendment. There are standards of moral and civic values that every society deals with and the government should not interfere unless someone’s rights and liberties (not rights/liberties that interfere with other people’s rights/liberties) are involved. The federal government takes on more power than it is constitutionally allowed, and does not delegate authority to the state governments as intended by the creators of the US Constitution and its amendments.
Ron Johnson’s record of voting is HERE
. He is due for reelection in 2016. You can TRACK HIM
at the GovTrack
His official website is HERE
Ron Johnson has been politically classified as a moderate, but I am working on changing that to more of a constitutionalist, especially since he has advocated the principles of the Tea Party movement, of which many Republicans have politically used the movement, but failed to enact on policies and actions they have claimed to uphold. Overall, Senator Johnson’s congressional record is above average compared to other so-called Republicans.
He and other members of Congress need to push harder for a flat income tax system
with NO deductions, reducing class nonsense, unfair deduction allowances, intrusion upon personal lives via IRS, reduction of tax fraud, reduction of cost of implementing tax system, No death tax
and capital gains/dividends tax, et cetera.