In CNN Interview, Johnson Applauds The Ryan Roadmap, Which Would Cause Serious Harm To Wisconsin Families By Ending Social Security And Medicare As We Know It
Extremist Ron Johnson gave even more proof that he would be a complete disaster for Wisconsin middle class families by telling a reporter that a Republican plan to dismantle Social Security and Medicare would be a “starting point.” According to CNN, Johnson applauded Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan for putting out a “roadmap,” that would privatize Social Security, end the income tax on corporations, raise the retirement age, and replace Medicare and Medicaid with private vouchers. Wisconsin senior citizens would see their life savings recklessly gambled on Wall Street under this risky proposal to privatize Social Security.
“After sticking up for Wall Street and corporate special interests, it’s no surprise that extremist Ron Johnson thinks dismantling Social Security and Medicare is a good ‘starting point’,” said DSCC National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy. “Instead of looking out for the one million Wisconsin seniors who receive Social Security benefits, Ron Johnson continues shilling for the corporate special interests who stand to gain billions of dollars in windfall profits from this risky plan.”
Johnson is not only a hypocrite and a fraud, he is also an extremist, far outside the Wisconsin mainstream. Johnson is open to abolishing the federal reserve, and thinks criticism of British Petroleum is an “assault,” while being open to drilling for oil in Lake Michigan. Recent reports show that Johnson also owns over $100,000 in BP stock. Johnson also is in favor of completely repealing health care reform, which would reopen the Medicare donut hole, bring back denial of coverage based on preexisting conditions, and throw thousands of Wisconsinites off of health insurance.
Johnson: Paul Ryan is a “Star” For His Roadmap for America. “…fortunately, there are some good politicians. You know, right here in Wisconsin we’ve just got just a star in Paul Ryan, that has had the courage, and does take courage, takes political courage, to actually take a look at these issues. You know, in his “Roadmap for America,” he starts laying out some possibilities, I think some common-sense approaches, on you know, recognizing the fact that, I mean, when these programs were implemented, life expectancy was far shorter. You know, so, life expectancy has gone on. So I mean, you have to recognize that reality and start making adjustments to the program to figure out how you can keep these things sustainable so they’re around for people.” [Wisconsin Eye Campaign 2010 Interview, 5/26/10]
Johnson Praises Paul Ryan’s Road Map for Entitlement Reform. The theme of his campaign, the genesis of which was an invitation to address a tea party rally, is: "First of all, freedom." Then? "Then you've got to put meat on the bones." He gets much of his meat from The Wall Street Journal's opinion pages. And from a Wisconsin congressman, Paul Ryan, whose "road map" for entitlement reform Johnson praises. [Washington Post (George Will Column), 5/27/10]
Johnson: Paul Ryan is “Courageous” For His Entitlement Reform Proposals. “No and you know fortunately you do have some courageous politicians like Paul Ryan that have actually laid out some proposals for consideration and that’s what you need to do. I mean, let’s face it this isn’t a new issue here. The problem with the entitlements has been around a long time.” [Hot Air with Ed Morrissey, 6/2/10]
Ryan Road Map Called For Privatizing Social Security. Rep. Paul Ryan introduced an economic plan called “A Road Map for America’s Future,” which called for changes to Social Security. According to the Ryan, “for those under 55, the plan offers the option of investing over one-third of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts, similar to the Thrift Savings Plan available to federal employees.” [Rep. Paul Ryan, Wall Street Journal, 1/26/10; HR 4529, introduced 1/27/10]
Ryan Road Map Privatizes Medicare and Medicaid, Raises the Retirement Age. Ryan’s Roadmap plan “include[s] putting Medicare and Medicaid recipients in private insurance plans that could cost the government less but potentially offer fewer benefits; gradually raising the retirement age to 70; and reducing future Social Security benefits for wealthy retirees.” [Washington Post, 8/03/10]
Ryan’s Budget Roadmap Would Eliminate Corporate Income Tax, Raise Taxes on Most Middle-Income Families. “The Roadmap for America’s Future, which Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee — released in late January, calls for radical policy changes that would result in a massive transfer of resources from the broad majority of Americans to the nation’s wealthiest individuals. The Roadmap would give the most affluent households a new round of very large, costly tax cuts by reducing income tax rates on high-income households; eliminating income taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest; and abolishing the corporate income tax, the estate tax, and the alternative minimum tax. At the same time, the Ryan plan would raise taxes for most middle-income families, privatize a substantial portion of Social Security, eliminate the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, end traditional Medicare and most of Medicaid, and terminate the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/07/10]