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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Johnson's Non-Plan for the Middle Class and Workers

As I reported yesterday, a new St. Norbert's/WPR poll has Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold pretty much neck and neck in the final weeks of the election. Is Johnson starting to feel the heat? Here's video from an interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette, in which Johnson explains his plan to help the middle class:

Yeah, it kind of turns out he doesn't actually have a plan to help the middle class and, if his stumbling answers are any indication, he really hasn't given the subject a lot of thought. Soon after giving this interview, the Press-Gazette -- not a liberal bastion by any means -- gives their endorsement to Feingold, citing Johnson's lack of real economic solutions:

Feingold's opponent, Oshkosh businessman and political newcomer Ron Johnson, also has voiced his support for spending controls and fiscal responsibility in Washington. His plan for righting the U.S. economy, however, comes across as one-note: establish a hard spending cap, reduce government interference and allow businesses to flourish.

These are principles with which we agree; however, Johnson seemed unable to further articulate his plan for job creation -- especially for the middle class -- during a recent meeting with the Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial board. Basic principles of restraint are one thing; a detailed proposal to spur job creation and get our economy moving is another.

All of a sudden, this whole thing is going in the wrong direction for Team Johnson. This isn't to say that Feingold's clearly winning, though. A push in the right direction would do a lot at this point.

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