Among the things that United States Senators should not say if they are up for re-election is that they won’t fight for more jobs for their constituents. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) just made that kind of statement.
In the wake of Oshkosh Corp. deciding to relocate 1,000 Wisconsin jobs to South Carolina, which means 1,000 people in Wisconsin are about to lose their jobs, Johnson told the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal that he doesn’t really care and that he isn’t interested in fighting for jobs in his own state.
“It’s not like we don’t have enough jobs here in Wisconsin. The biggest problem we have in Wisconsin right now is employers not being able to find enough workers,” Johnson said.
The reason why some employers are unable to find enough workers is likely because the jobs are low-paying and provide few if any, benefits. And rather than supporting the use of federal spending to create new jobs that Wisconsin citizens would want, Johnson outright stated that he doesn’t mind seeing the spending go elsewhere in order to presumably force people to take bad jobs.
“I wouldn’t insert myself to demand that anything be manufactured here using federal funds in Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “Obviously, I’m supportive of it. But in the end, I think when using federal tax dollars, you want to spend those in the most efficient way and if it’s more efficient, more effective to spend those in other states, I don’t have a real problem with that.”
He really should though. After all, Johnson is supposed to represent the people of Wisconsin, not the people of South Carolina or other states. He should be fighting like hell for jobs to come to Wisconsin, even if it takes federal funding to do it. This is yet another failure by Johnson that demonstrates his unfitness to continue being in Congress.
The Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce should be upset enough by Johnson’s remarks that they refuse to endorse him for re-election. And voters should do everything in their power to oust him and other Republicans from office. The GOP does not care about workers. Johnson just admitted it out loud.
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