Debate Fact Check: Before Johnson was "Totally Against" Amnesty, He was For It

Johnson said in last night's debate that,

I would not favor comprehensive reform, because we tried that in the 80s and what that did was actually create an incentive for more people to come over illegally because they were granted amnesty, which, by the way, I'm totally against.

However, just in August, at a campaign stop in Baraboo, a questioner asked Johnson, "you say you first do 'one' before you do the 'other'... but, where do you stand on amnesty... amnesty after that?" And Johnson responded:

In my my mind you've got two or three categories of folks.  I mean, obviously people coming here committing crimes, you know, those guys need to be reported.  People coming here and feeding off the welfare system-- yeah.

Ron Johnson's True Position on Amnesty

Johnson's Race-to-the-Bottom Economic Plan: "Benchmark the Business Climate-Environment of America with the Rest of the World"

Shortly after Ron Johnson said that he wanted the U.S. business environment to be more like China, his campaign quickly went into their typical Monty Python Argument Sketch mode, saying  "we unequivocally reject any notion that Ron Johnson ever said or implied that communist China is better for business."

But the reality is that Johnson has said similar statements and much more directly on the campaign trail. For example, he told Steve Walters in a Wisconsin Eye interview:

I respect business, I respect the free market system.  The free market system, its a marvelous thing, its a wonderful thing:  It ensures the lowest possible price, the highest level of quality, and the highest level of customer service.  That's what it does.  It is what has allowed the U.S.

Politico Editor and Oshkosh Native: Johnson Was "Unknown" Even in Oshkosh Before He Ran For Senate

The more we know about Ron Johnson, the more we appreciate the depth and breadth of his unqualifications.

Now we learn from Jim VandeHei, editor of Politico and Oshkosh native, that Johnson's spin of being a well-known community leader isn't true:

A trim, silver-haired businessman, he was rich but unknown, even in this, his hometown, despite big donations to Lourdes High School and his thriving plastic company here.

VandeHei isn't the only prominent Oshkosh native to express this truth.  I recently spoke to a prominent Oshkosh area businessman, who is now retired, but used to be CEO of a large area company.  This person is a lifelong Republican and supporting Johnson, but said he was "absolutely shocked and disgusted by the rise out no where" of Johnson and adding, "Nobody has ever heard of the guy up here.

Feingold Slaps Johnson Silly In Latest Debate

The only misstep in Monday night's debate is that it wasn't televised so all of Wisconsin could see Ron Johnson in all his sophmoric, sapheaded, schlubbity-schnooky splendor.

If you missed it, just put a clothes pin on you tongue, ask anyone to ask you question and right as you open your mouth to answer, have them hit you over the head with two bowling pins-- that would be a close facsimile of Ron Johnson's performance Monday night.

The format was actually a debate and the questions were great.

Johnson tried to stick to his moronic pull-string answers, but it became clear to everyone watching or listening that this was all Johnson had by the halfway point of the debate. 

One memorable (and loaded) question was aimed toward Johnson and went something along the lines of, "Isn't your favorite book, Atlas Shrugged, a rich person's fantasy that thinks of poor people as nothing more than parasites and isn't Ayn Rand's central premise selfishness?"

Ron Johnson Hits The Big Time

As the WI-SEN campaign enters its final three weeks and Ron Johnson's horrific first debate performance -- the first time many outside of Wisconsin have seen him speak -- begins to settle into the national consciousness, more and more of the national punditocracy and blogosphere is coming to the realization that he is as dangerous as any radical right-wing candidate in the nation running for office this year:

Chuck Todd tweets that Feingold should be sad he doesn't get to debate Johnson 5 more times.

Talking Points Memo rounds up some of the "darndest things" Johnson has said on the campaign trail this year so far.

Breaking: Ron Johnson Hired Pedophile Shortly After He Was Convicted of Sexually Assaulting a Child

According to court records, in early 1994 child predator Steven M. Sosinski had his wages garnished from his employer, which was listed at the time as Rexam Extrusions.  Rexam Extrusions was the name of Ron Johnson's company, Pacur, during the mid-nineties, but was changed back to Pacur in 1997. 

In June of 1993, Sosinski was convicted of felony sexual assualt of a child.  In September of 1993 Sosinski filed unemployment, but was hired by Rexam Extrusions / Pacur sometime in early 1994, according to court records. At the time of Sosinski's hiring, Ron Johnson was the general manager / president of Rexam Extrusions.

Several Employees at Johnson's Pacur Have Had Their Wages Garnished to Pay Medical Bills

According to court records, several employees at Pacur (previously named Rexam Extrusions) have had their wages garnished by Oshkosh area health care providers to pay medical bills.

Some examples:  One emplyoyee was sued for $3,542 by Appleton Medical Center in 2008, while another was sued by Mercy Medical Center for $2,591 back in 2002. 

Johnson has repeatedly said that he has a health care plan at Pacur where employees are offered a health savings account, pay their own medical bills out of the account, and get to keep any of the money left over

The MATC the newspaper ignores

Here's a short quiz, citizens.

What is Wisconsin's largest graduate school?

Where is Wisconsin's only adult high school?

What governmental unit consistently received the highest bond rating over the past decade?

What college in Milwaukee can boast of 98% of graduates staying to work in Wisconsin and 88% employed or furthering education within six months of graduation?

There's only one answer: Milwaukee Area Technical College.

You can't be blamed for flunking if you're a regular reader of the Journal Sentinel because apparently the only news worth covering about MATC is negative.

Read the rest of Charlie Dee's op ed piece here.

PolitiFarce fuels negative campaigns

It was inevitable that PolitiFarce, the Journal Sentinel's terribly tilted pretense at fact checking political statements, would end up as the centerpiece of those negative campaign commercials the newspaper sanctimoniously editorializes against in every election cycle.

The "PolitiFact" is anything but factual.  The word from the newsroom is that the outcome of the "checks" is predetermined by a committee, heavily influencded by the conservative Managing Editor George Stanley, before a reporter is assigned to write the interminable, boring piece that leads to the conclusion Stanley & Co.


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