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Support for tax bill is hypocritical -- Richard Brouillard

December 28, 2017 GMT

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s “yes” vote on the tax bill is an exercise in extreme hypocrisy.

Is this the same Sen. Johnson, R-Oshkosh, who for the past eight years has bombarded us with information detailing the dangers on the national debt? In a press release regarding the national debt from 2011, Johnson stated, “Washington’s lust for spending and power jeopardizes the freedom and economic security of every citizen. ... Simply put, we are committing inter-generational theft. It is immoral and it needs to stop.”

Now all of sudden it’s OK to increase the debt by $1.5 trillion in the hope that increased debt will result in more jobs. Sen. Johnson has a great deal of explaining to do in selling this as being good for middle-class Wisconsin residents. Johnson no longer has to worry about the national debt because he made sure that a key measure was included to benefit his family business. His vote was contingent on gaining personally from the change in the tax code.

I am confident Sen. Johnson’s next priority will be cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. His reason for doing so? The national debt is out of control.

Richard Brouillard, Waterloo