Ron Johnson won't vote for 'job killing payroll tax increase' -- Except that he did | Wis.Community

Ron Johnson won't vote for 'job killing payroll tax increase' -- Except that he did

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 House Republicans are getting almost all of the heat for blocking passage of a bill to extend the payroll tax cut for the middle class and small businesses.

 But Wisconsin's own Ron Johnson was one of only 10 Senators to vote against the bill when it passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the upper house.   He owns what the GOP House now owns...   During last year's campaign,  he repeatedly said he would "never agree to job killing payroll tax increase."   The Senate race was quite an adventure for RoJo the clown, as we often refer to him. He frequently stumbled and sometimes fell on his face when questioned during that race.  But when it came to a "job killing payroll tax increase" he was RoJo the Robot, delilvering  the line by rote at every opportunity:   
"The only two options I would take off- off the table is I would not agree to a job killing payroll tax increase and I would never force privatization on anybody.” [Wausau debate, 10/11/10]   "I would not support a job killing payroll tax increase, and unlike Senator Feingold accuses me, I would never force privatization, mandatory private accounts on anybody.” [Charlie Sykes Show, 10/18/10]   "And from my standpoint, all options will be on the table except for job killing tax- payroll tax increases and I would never mandate privatization.” [Milwaukee debate, 10/8/10]   "I would not increase you know job- a job-killing payroll tax increase and I would never force privatization on anybody. I get accused of that all the time. All us Republicans do."  [Laura Ingraham Show, 10/21/10]   "I would not agree to a job-killing payroll tax increase and I would never force privatization on anybody."  [UpFront town hall debate, 10/22/10]
But now he's voted for a job-killing payroll tax increase on anyone making less than $107,000 a year.   On January 1, as things stand,  the average American will start paying $1,000 a year more in payroll taxes, thanks to RoJo and his Republican friends.  That's how much more someone will pay on a $50,000 income.    But the RoJo story is actually worse.  Those quotes from last year referred to his opposition to making people with incomes over $250,000 pay more  to Social Security through the payroll tax. Currently, all earnings up to $107,000 are taxed to fund Social Security. Each dollar earned over and above this cap is completely exempt from Social Security taxes.   Russ Feingold and that if people making over $250,000 a year, like RoJo, contributed to Social Security like everyone who makes under $107,000 does, Social Security would be solvent for the next 75 years.   But RoJo won't vote for "a job-killing payroll tax increase" for those who make the big bucks.   But he's willling to vote for what amounts to a "job killing" $1000 tax increase on the middle class.

editorial said:

[W]e’d reserve a special lump of coal for [John] Boehner’s stocking

because of the House failure to pass the bill.  But Boehner was willing to pass it; his Tea Party members bucked him again.

Ron Johnson could vote no in the Senate knowing full well the bill would pass.  But he doesn't deserve a pass.

He deserves a big fat lump of coal.  Or for someone to crap in his Christmas pie.

If he dares show his face in Wisconsin during the holiday recess, Christmas spirit or not, people should let him know what they think of his performance.

 

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December 22, 2011 - 4:23pm

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