Sen. Johnson visits, eyes the financial future|
|U.S. Senator Ron Johnson told a receptive crowd that the state of the nation is precarious, with the U.S. facing an uncertain financial future unless some severe corrections can be made.|
The GOP senator visited Northcentral Technical College on Wednesday, part of a continuing tour of Wisconsin communities he is undertaking to stress his message of fiscal conservatism in the wake of climbing federal spending, deficits and debt.
“I’m hoping we have a bipartisan crowd here,” Johnson said, stressing “we all want a prosperous America.”
Citing his business and negotiation experience, Johnson noted that any discussion must start with agreements on what the problems are before solutions can be found. He presented those problems—which revolve around increased federal spending and debt and a teetering entitlement system—using a simple and understandable series of graphs, mostly pointed in a negative direction.
“This is the path we are on,” he said. “The sooner we get off of it, the sooner we can be on a path to fiscal prosperity,” he said.
Johnson compared the federal budget, with its billions in spending and trillions in debt, to a family’s spending plan, calling it untenable, noting that 59 percent of spending now comes through mandatory obligations and that amount is growing.
“If you did this with your personal budget you’d be standing before a bankruptcy judge in no time,” he said.
Johnson noted that federal debt per capita now stands at $55,473, an amount that is also growing.
“Do you realize what we’re doing to our kids,” he said, adding the entire nation must feel a “collective guilt” for how it is mortgaging its future.
“We’ve got a problem,” he repeatedly stressed. “The sooner we address it, the better.”
Johnson said his goal of the presentation was education, which he called the first step in bringing the nation’s leaders and political parties together to determine solutions.
“I’m more than willing to work with anyone who will acknowledge the problem and work on solutions,” he said. “We must set the political demagoguery aside and get people thinking.”
Johnson’s half-hour presentation was followed by a similar span of questions and answers, with most agreeing with his conclusions, sharing his skepticism over global climate change, and wondering how to change the political path of the nation.
“ No one is more frustrated than me,” he said. “I gave up a pretty good life to go to Washington and try to solve these problems. The solution starts and ends with information.”
He said Congress’s 7 percent approval rating is “still too high” and that the liberal left appears to voters by handing out entitlements and rosy promise like candy—and everyone likes candy.
“We’re saying, ‘have you noticed that toothache’,” Johnson said.
The solution, the senator said, revolves around rebuilding the nation’s economy and unleashing the creative and economic forces that have long made America prosperous.
“We must make, the U.S., Wisconsin, and Antigo attractive placed for investment and businesses to locate,” he said, adding that solutions will be found on the local, not national levels. “Demand your power back, demand your personal freedoms back.”
Johnson said the road will be a long one.
“Get the facts, get the figures and get informed,” he said. “I’m just asking people to think.”
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson spoke before a receptive crowd Monday afternoon at Northcentral Technical College.
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