Friday, October 25, 2013
He Supported the Shutdown
It appears that U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6th) is feeling a little heat from his constituents concerning his support of the Republican shutdown of the government.
....During the partial shutdown, House Republicans repeatedly moved their goal post, going from calls to defund Obamacare, to calls to delay it, to calls to remove a medical device tax from the legislation, to calls to delay that tax, to calls to eliminate government employer subsidies for congressional staff health-care plans, which Johnson referenced above as a "special pass," though employer health-care subsidies are common in the United States in both the private and public sector. His other "special pass" reference was to a one-year administrative delay in the mandate for businesses with over 50 employees to provide health-care coverage.
"I'm also deeply troubled that this legislation increases America's debt limit, but does nothing to address the main driver of the debt - Washington's out-of-control spending," Johnson said explaining his vote. "The American people have had to tighten their belts in this weak economy, and Washington should be forced to do the same."
....Today the national deficit stands at 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) after peaking at 10 percent in 2009. That 4 percent figure is projected to shrink to 2 percent by 2015, the CBO reports. The U.S. has maintained a 3.3 percent average deficit-to-GDP ratio over the past 30 years....
It is too bad that Bill Johnson is unable to use his own words to justify his vote. Johnson just keeps repeating the same old lies and talking points.
Where are the jobs that Boehner and Johnson promised to create? They've spent too much time trying to deny healthcare for the poor instead of funding infrastructure repairs that would have employed hundreds of thousands of workers.
In case you are interested, Bill Johnson has been endorsed by various tea party groups, and continues to carry out their agenda.