Johnson, Kleefisch, Walker: We've got ours, so screw you

There's a common theme among the Republicans at the top of the ticket in Wisconsin on the issue of health care.

Ron Johnson, Scott Walker, and Rebecca Kleefisch all agree that they have good health insurance plans --two of them paid for by taxpayers, the other by Johnson's company.

So why on earth would they give a damn if other people in Wisconsin are uninsured and can't get the same kind of treatment they are so happy about?

Johnson loves to tell the story of his daughter, born with a heart defect, who was able to get the best care from the best doctor he could find, thanks to his health insurance coverage from the business he runs.  Then he makes a giant leap and says he's running to repeal the federal health care bill, because -- hard to say, exactly, but he thinks the new law will lead to something worse and he won't be able to make his own decisions.  

As for the people who aren't lucky enough to have the kind of coverage he has?  Not his problem.  Let 'em eat cake.  Or dog food.  Who cares?

Rebecca Kleefisch, just treated for colon cancer on her husband's taxpayer-paid Cadillac plan (he's a state legislator; she's unemployed), wants to make sure nobody else gets coverage from the gov

Johnson Compares Embyonic Stem Cell Research to Homicide

Yesterday, AP reported that Ron Johnson said that he is not only morally opposed to embryonic stem cell research, but compared it to homicide:

My basic belief is you don't want to get in a situation where you're creating life though destroying it.

You heard that right:  In Johnson's view a microscopic embryo has the same value as an adult human being.  Or, put another way, if Johnson was holding a microscope slide with a microscopic embryo on it in one hand and was trying to save someone falling off a cliff with the other hand, he wouldn't drop the slide with the embryo to save the person falling off the cliff... because that would be "a situation where you're creating life through destroying it."  

Of course, Wisconsin is the world leader in embryonic stem cell research and shutting down such research would not only be a huge blow to scientific research, but also to the states economy:

Wisconsin would be more affected by the loss of federal funding than other states.

WPR's Ben Merens, When Caller Says Ron Johnson Didn't Start Pacur By Himself: "I'm Sorry, I Don't Know, I Can't Answer That"

In an open-call format, where listeners call in to hear Meren's guest comment on the week's news stories, a caller just called in and said that he was shocked to read online that Ron Johnson wasn't a self-made man and that Pacur was actually started by Johnson's wife's family-- pretty basic stuff that we all know.

Merens responded, "I'm sorry,  I don't know, I can't answer that" and then said that when they have Ron Johnson on the show, they will be sure to ask him about it.

Are you fricking kidding me?  This is Merens fricking job! How can Merens not know that Johnson didn't start his company?!? The election is only a month away!

It goes to show you the HUGE knowledge gap in this state about Johnson, not only among voters but among the media.

Johnson's Self-Described "Outdoorsman and an Environmentalist" Label Takes Another Hit, LCV Names Him To "Dirty Dozen"

First, Ron Johnson called himself an "outdoorsman and an avid fisherman,"  then OWN found out that was a crock:  Johnson hasn't had a fishing license in at least five years.

Then, Ron started talking about being a strong supporter of gun and hunters' rights, which was debunked when it was learned that Johnson support requiring hunters to license their guns, the same way they license their cars.

Now, the LCV is not only debunking the "environmentalist" label Johnson has used to describe himself, they have named him to their Hall of Shame, AKA "The Dirty Dozen."

Editor's note -- Watch the Video from LCV -

Flat Earthers: Climate Change Deniers

Most Pedophiles Johnson Should Have Dealt-With, Escaped Justiced and Still on the Loose

As has been reported earlier, Ron Jonson has served for many years as both a member of the Green Bay Finance Council, which has the ultimate authority under Canon law to deal with and settle sexual abuse law suits, and the Oshkosh Catholic Schools Board, which also has fielded its fair share of sex abuse lawsuits.

Both of these positions of responsability also carry with them an implied public trust that, among other things, if they were made aware of a child sexual predator in their midst, they wouldn't allow the sexual child predator to escape justice, remain on the streets, and put thousands more children at risk.

Back in 2002, the Appleton Post-Crescent's Steve Wideman did a great article documenting the tip of the iceberg of Green Bay Diocese's sex abuse scandal.  I say the tip of the iceberg, because most allegations / lawsuits of this nature are quietly settled out of court-- only a few make their way into the public eye.

A troubling aspect of this article is just how many of these sexual assaults occured in Oshkosh or in the Oshkosh Unified Catholic School System, and how many were thrown out on grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.

What's also shocking is that of the umpteen pred

Johnson Digging a Deeper, Wider Hole in Keeping-Pedophile-Priests-Secret Scandal

Ron Johnson is in serious BS mode.

 

First, he said that he wants the Green Bay Diocese to be "completly transparent." That's great, Ron, as a first step will you release all the sex abuse law suits you signed-off on as a member of the Finance Council?  Finance Council minutes would also be very... transparent.

 

Second, Johnson is saying that he opposed the Child Victims Bill, because he "didn't like the wording." That's like saying you didn't like the duck because it had feathers, a flat bill and quacked:  SB 319 is about as short and straight-forward as they come: 

 

An action to recover damages against any person for injury caused by an adult's sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18 by an act committed by an adult that would create a cause of action under s. 895.442 may be commenced at any time.

 

 

What Johnson means is that he literally didn't like any of the wording.

Wis. night on Countdown not pretty

Viewers of Keith Olbermann's Countdown show on MSNBC are going to start wondering what's wrong with Wisconsin. Wednesday night's program included three Badger state stories, none of them flattering.

Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson got the most attention, a 10-minute-plus segment for his opposition to the Child Victims Act, a bill removing the statute of limitations in cases of sexual abuse of children.

Johnson was a member at the time of the finance council of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese, which was being sued for covering up pedophilia by priests -- but he neglected to mention that in his testimony last January at the state capitol, which Olbermann aired its its entirety. Johnson's testimony had been reported earlier, but the video just surfaced. Johnson speed-reads his testimony, in what Olbermann described as "high speed sophistry," arguing that the law would hurt non-profit groups trying to do good, among other things. Olbermann termed it "some pretty mediocre arguments against protecting kids from pedophiles."

Todd Merryfield, one of the victims of a priest from the Green Bay diocese, appeared on the show and said he had been a "huge Johnson supporter" until learning of his position on the issue on Tuesday.

Ron Johnsons Bottom line on Abuse

After Years of Helping Diocese Keep Secret Names of Pedophile Priests, Candidate Johnson Now Whistling a Different Tune

Today, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called on Ron Johnson to help in their efforts to release names of pedophile priest that the Green Bay Diocese is aware have committed sexual assaults, but keeps their identity secret.

Johnson attempted to defuse the situation by releasing a statement before the SNAP press conference, saying  that he would ask the Green Bay Diocese to release the names.  The media, of course, is only reporting that Johnson is asking the Diocese to release the names and ignoring the fact that Ron Johnson served on the Finance Council for years and was in a prime position to release the names, which SNAP has been demanding for nearly a decade!

The question of the day is: Why now, Ron?

The reason why SNAP wants these names released is to insure that pedophile priests have been brought to justice... in other words to insure that they are not still on the street and putting additional children at risk. Why didy't you work to right this wrong when you were in a prime position to fix it on the Finance Council? 

Too little, too late, and it's disgusting that Johnson is only now willing to do the right thing, now that he is running for office.

In fact, Johnsons culpability goes well beyond that.

Guess we know who won the first gov debate

WisPolitics.com reports that Tom Barrett has called for six or seven more debates, but Scott Walker says he's too busy not reading reports about the mental health mess in his Milwaukee County government.

Barrett has accepted invitations for more debates in Wausau, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Platteville, Superior and Milwaukee, but Walker has not.

Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes said, "“We have already agreed to three statewide debates.”

That wasn't the question.

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