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"In the end, when you're the chief executive officer, the buck stops with you."-- "Scott Walker.

Walker was talking, of course, about Tom Barrett, not himself.  Walker has made an art of never taking responsibility for any of the many problems or failures in Milwaukee County government, always finding someone else to blame.

Ron Johnson creates jobs -- for prisoners

Ron Johnson says he's a businessman, and that businesses, not government, create jobs.

Yes, sir, he's a job creator all right.

Out of work? Can't find a job? Ron Johnson doesn't care. He wants to cut off your unemployment.

Your job went overseas? Johnson says that's just how business works. He calls it creative destruction.

And when his company does create jobs? -- With a quarter million people in Wisconsin out of work, Johnson's company hires prisoners to work for cheap, with no benefits and the government paying their health insurance, the Associated Press reported today:

Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who has campaigned against government subsidies to business, employs up to nine prison inmates at his plastics factories whose health care costs are paid by the state, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Public records show that Pacur Inc. and Dynamic Drinkware LLC, two companies run by Johnson, employ up to nine inmates at a time through a state Corrections Department jobs program.

Johnson's companies offer private health insurance to the regular employees at the Oshkosh factories.

AP: Ron "I pay fair wages" Johnson Is Using Gov-Subsized PRISON LABOR in his Plastics Factory!

Ron Johnson, who has said "I pay fair wages" apparently wasn't remembering the prisoners he has working in his plastics factory.

In this breaking story, AP is reporting that:

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson is saving money by employing prison inmates at his plastics factories.

Johnson's two companies don't have to pay for health care for the inmates. The state covers those costs. Johnson has campaigned against government subsidies to business.

Johnson is a political newcomer challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, and is running as a businessman who opposes government interference in the free market. Johnson's campaign says the companies are trying to provide work skills for inmates, but Democrats say the subsidized jobs show Johnson is guilty of hypocrisy.

Eau Claire Energy Forum

[img_assist|nid=16482|title=Energy Forum Candidates|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=300|height=225]I attended the Candidate Energy Forum in Eau Claire on Oct. 5.  This is an event that is held during election cycles by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and other sponsoring organizations.  This is always a good opportunity to hear from the candidates about what their stance is on energy issues.  In the past these have often been carefully thought-out policy statements by the candidates.

This year, however, I seem to have learned only two new and enlightening things:

Ron Johnson's Money Firecracker

[img_assist|nid=16475|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=84]Yesterday was the day of the Ron Johnson Moneybomb.  The idea was like the moneybombs that other candidates have run, where the goal is to collect as much money as possible from grassroots donations in one day.  Russ Feingold's Cheddarbomb a short while back raised about $436,000 from over 15,000 donors all over the U.S.

Johnson's moneybomb yesterday was up to about $50,000 when I last looked (note - final number is about $68,000), and this morning the fundrasing thermometer seems to have completely disappeared.  Making it more of a money firecracker, I guess. So - tell me 'bout that enthusiasm gap again?

Johnson (Accidentally) Calls Feingold's Work to Secure Defense Contract for Oshkosh a "Managerial Marvel," Says It Saved Oshkosh

Here's what Ron Johnson said last July when asked "how is the economy in Oshkosh?":

We've had phenominal success with Oshkosh Corporation responding to a need of our U.S. Military in terms of secure trucks and they've responded to that with, what I would say, is an engineering marvel as well as a managerial marvel to get those contracts, so I would say in Oshkosh we're doing pretty well.

Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here is the rest of the story from Oshkosh's Representative, Tom Petri, and Senators Feingold and Kohl:

In August, the U.S.

WisPolitics Lunch with Ron Johnson, Candidate for US Senate

New frontiers in journalism at JS

This from the right-leaning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in a business section story about Kohler Corporation's demand for concessions from its workers:

Kohler Co. has become the latest large Wisconsin manufacturer seeking to establish a two-tier wage system and make extensive use of "flexible" employees working at lower pay and for much of the time without health benefits, an official with the United Auto Workers said Monday...

One of the people quoted is an economist, Michael Rosen, who teaches economics at Milwaukee Area Technical College:

"What we're seeing is companies that don't need to restructure in this manner but are doing so because they can," said Rosen, who leans left politically and is MATC faculty union president.

This from a newspaper that continues to use material from and cite the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a right-wing operation from top to bottom, as some kind of non-partisan policy shop, and refuses to identify it as conservative.

Milwaukee Diocese Records Point to Johnson Writing Checks To Predator Priests Being Hidden Away by Green Bay Diocese

Back in 2002, every diocese in the country did internal reviews of sex abuse cases and then released a report of "substantiated" cases of "sexual abuse of minors" in the last 50 years.  Some dioceses, such as Milwaukee, released the names of the documented pedophiles, while others, such as the Green Bay diocese, chose only to release the number of pedophiles they had found.  

The Miwaukee Diocese had 43 names in their report.  Meanwhile, after eight years, the Green Bay Diocese has still not released the names of the 51 pedophile priests they know to have sexually assaulted a child.

What's amazing is that when you look at the list of Milwaukee predator priests, most are still alive and nine are still working for the diocese.  The diocese assures people that these guys are "fully restricted from priestly ministry," but I guess a "substantiated" assault of a child isn't enough to get you fired from the Milwaukee diocese.

Here's the thing: If most of the Milwaukee predator priests are still alive and 22% are still employed by the Diocese, one would be foolish not to believe that the Green Bay Dioce

Oshkosh NWesern: Johnson Campaign Won't Answer if China Exports are Going to Outsourced China Plants Controlled by Wife's Family

The Oshkosh Northwestern, (the only newsaper that is covering the Senate race), is reporting that the Johnson campaign refused to answer a very simply question:

The company biography says Pacur today also enjoys a healthy export business, especially from sales in China. Johnson’s campaign declined to say how much of that export business are sales to Bemis, which also has operations in China.

This is, of course, alluding to an important issue that progressives have been pushing, which is that Johnson's "we don't export jobs to China, we export plastic" is fundamentally untruthful:  Johnson sells most of its plastic products to Bemis and its subsidiares, which are controlled by his wife's family.  While Johnson's company has not outsourced to China, Bemis has outsourced numerous jobs overseas, including opening up three plants in China.

Oshkosh Northwestern: Ron "Just Wanna Be Left Alone!" Johnson Served On Board of Gov Agency That Helps Businesses

The Oshkosh Northwestern is reporting that Ron Johnson served on the board of directors of Chamco, which they describe as the City Oshkosh's "industrial development arm."

In fact, Johnson not only served on the board of Chamco, his wife's family got considerable help from the government agency in early days when Pacur was being built:

A Feb. 16, 1986, Northwestern company profile indicates the city of Oshkosh and its industrial-development arm, Chamco Inc., lured the company to Oshkosh in 1979 by securing a $75,000 federal grant to build a rail spur and by providing assistance with construction of a 20,000-square-foot factory in the North Industrial Park.

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