Among this year’s pivotal Senate races is the race for Ron Johnson’s seat in Wisconsin – a notorious Trumper in a swing state where the margins have always been close and there’s a roughly equal number of registered Republicans and Democrats. One major issue Johnson will inevitably face going into re-election is his meeting in Moscow on the 4th of July 2018 with Russian oligarchs – particularly as tensions escalate further between Russia and the US and the meeting is sure to be brought up on the campaign trail by his Democratic opponent, whoever it might be. Even more pressing and of immediate concern to voters, is his record on Obamacare – something he not only voted to repeal in the past but essentially launched his political career off its opposition.
As the GOP has its eye on retaking both houses of Congress in November, they’re getting bolder in their plans – which aren’t much further than what we’ve come to expect from Republicans: nothing short of undoing all the progress that’s been made over the last two decades on just about every issue – but this time, being even more draconian with a policy that will raise taxes on most Americans in order to preserve the tax cuts for his top donors. Not only has Johnson insisted that his party have a repeal and replace plan for the Affordable Care Act ready for when they retake power – he also decided to defend Rick Scott’s tax increase plan. When called out on it, of course – Johnson was caught in the spotlight – claiming that he wasn’t really calling for repeal and replace but that it was “just an example” of how Republicans should act when they take charge again.
This is a prime example of why Republicans should never be trusted with power again in their current state, among many other reasons. As what often happens, when you’re explaining, you’re losing – and Johnson just made himself a prime target for Democratic attack ads that can drive his fairly low approval rating even lower. Let’s vote him out in 2022.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making