Gary Howley: Sen. Johnson’s ignorance is showing

2012-11-13T04:00:00Z Gary Howley: Sen. Johnson’s ignorance is showing madison.com
November 13, 2012 4:00 am

Dear Editor: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in an interview that the president’s win was decided by an uninformed electorate. He attributed President Obama’s win in Wisconsin to an uninformed electorate who voted in this election but not in the Walker recall.

“If you aren’t properly informed, if you don’t understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don’t work,” Johnson said. “I am concerned about people who don’t fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country.”

Johnson stated this despite the evidence behind Obama’s re-election pointing toward a stronger appeal to middle class Americans, Latinos and women voters. He said this even though voters had more access to information in 2012 than in any past election. Johnson also neglected to mention the record spending by both Democrats and Republicans to disseminate their messages as well as Karl Rove’s super PACs spending $300+ million to disseminate the conservative message.

As if this wasn’t enough, Johnson went on to make a statement about newly elected Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

“Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they’re simply the facts,” he said. “Hopefully she’ll agree with what the facts are and work toward common-sense solutions.”

Sen.-elect Baldwin has served in Congress since 1999; Johnson took office in 2011. Presumably Baldwin is already familiar with how the federal budget works. She also double-majored in college in government and mathematics.

Just who has shown their ignorance?

Gary Howley

Menomonee Falls

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