Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Johnson Shrugs....

Well golly gees&Stuff..... our Senator from Wisconsin....is trying to make political gain from the Benghazi thingee, which, truth be told, was very tragic and must be addressed, but good old Ron Johnson was more intent on attacking Hilary Clinton and, through inference, the Obama administration.

OK....so after Hilary rather told him his questions were shallow, that he didn't understand what he was asking and really didn't have a grasp of foreign affairs (my take on it, see), Johnson gives an interview with USA Today in which he says,

"To answer Secretary Clinton, it does make a difference. It matters enormously for the American public to know whether or not their president and members of his administration are on top of a crisis and telling them the truth."

TELLING  THEM THE TRUTH ?   Now, that is what Ron Johnson has carefully avoided.  Not that there is scandal, or evil doings or any such....there isn't, but the real deal is Ron Johnson has, for the last three years let others pass HIM OFF as
someone he isn't.

He has let others, at introductions at political rallies and speeches describe him as an entrepreneur, a successful businessman who built a business from scratch and all sorts of similar blather.  He never corrected them.  The truth is .... Ron Johnson married into money and his father-in-law gave him a cuchy job in a business his father-in-law started.  None of that is a big deal.  Nothing illegal, but it is all common knowledge.  Ron is from my home town.  Everyone knows this stuff.  Ain't no deal.

Ron's Father-in-law, Harold Curler, started a company called Curwood in about 1958.  Plastics and packaging.  It would evolve into what is now Bemis Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.  Ron was fortunate to marry his daughter.  In 1979 Ron, at age 24, had failed to complete his MBA at the University of MN, so he moved with his bride to Oshkosh Wis to work for a company the Curler family had founded in 1977 in New London, Wi and moved to Oshkosh in 1979.  The company was renamed, PACUR, named for Harold's son, Pat Curler.  Ron was put on board to be an accountant.

"The company, formerly known as Wisconsin Industrial Shipping Supply, was founded by the Curler family in 1977 in New London to produce shipping pallets. A Feb. 16, 1986, (Oshkosh Daily)Northwestern company profile indicates the city of Oshkosh and its industrial-development arm, Chamco Inc., lured the company to Oshkosh in 1979 by securing a $75,000 federal grant to build a rail spur and by providing assistance with construction of a 20,000-square-foot factory in the North Industrial Park."

 Now, Ron was 24 at the time....had washed out of grad school and, as other bio info likes to state, moved to Wisconsin with about $7,000 dollars.  Not much to put into a 20,000 foot facility, even by 1979 standards.  Now, there is nothing wrong, or smarmy about working for your father-in-laws company.  Harold also took care of his other sons and son-in-laws the same way.  There is truly nothing wrong with that.  And Johnson may have worked hard and diligently to make that company succeed, but there is something a little discomforting in allowing, as what happened during his Senatorial campaign to allow GOP State Rep. Mike Huebsch introduced Johnson as someone that “built a successful manufacturing company from scratch.”, or to allow others to hail him as some grass roots industrialist.  That he doesn't acknowledge is start in business, is well, just a little less than honest.,
To imply that a woman with a law degree, who has served as well as any. and better than some, as Secretary of State of the United States as less than honest because of a choice of words smacks of a sense of dishonesty when he has allowed his own background to be enhanced by others without making correction. Rather rude, as well.

A week after engaging Hilary in the Senate Johnson gave a speech at the Atlas Shrugged Society where he said,
"It's a real concern," Johnson said, when asked if he saw examples of the private sector "shrugging"—that is, wilting under the pressure of government regulations. "As I talk to business owners that maybe started their businesses in the '70s and '80s, they tell me, with today's level of taxation and regulation, there's no way I can start my business today."

Now that rather smacks of some kind of dishonest as well.  Especially, origins excepted, for a company that took Federal and City funding  to get launched.

Johnson is noted in Oshkosh for purchasing a statue of Atlas....now installed at one of his buddies' properties, Shrugging.

I tried to read that book a few times, in High School and College....and I concur with Dorothy Parker's review of the book....

”This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
oh well.

For another view of RON JOHNSON  please visit the link for a nice piece written by another Oshkosh Blogger, THE CHIEF


Sherry Peyton said...

boy lucky are you guys. two douches in your state! lol...Johnson has drunk the kool-aid for sure. I enjoyed his comic relief. When will this little boys learn?

Christopher said...

When did Wisconsin become Texas?

okjimm said...

Sherry...we have more than two...Johnson, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan.....and a vast supporting cast in our State Senate.

Christopher....we are not quite there....yet. Last fall we elected the USA first openly gay woman to the US Senate. She is pro=union,pro-woman.....easily defeated a Drunken, aged ex-Governor.

Life As I Know It Now said...

Dorothy nailed it! All the other stuff you said I do agree with.

Tom Harper said...

I like Stephen Colbert's take on the Ron Johnson Hillary Clinton showdown: she stomped his johnson.

Larry said...

It would ill-serve this nation if we ever found one of these simple-minded yokels in any real position of leadership but there is something in me that would like to see it just so they could expose their imbecility on a grander scale to the American public, sending them back to their obscure holes they oozed out of.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Wow! Didn't know that about RoJo. It's not surprising that this charlatan was attracted to the GOP.

I tried reading Atlas Shrugged in high school. My opinion of it: turgid prose. Couldn't finish it.

okjimm said...

Life....it truly is a piss-poor example of literature
Tom....given enough rope, they will hang themselves.
Shaw...this is a 'small pond'. In the run up to the 2010 election that gave Johnson his seat there was a 'Tea Party' rally in Oshkosh that prominently had Johnson as a speaker, along with Joe the Plumber. Curiously, there is no Tea Party Chapter in town, but the rally itself was festooned by corporate banners of a company owned by a Ben Ganther, a millionare and close friend of Johnson's who notably was fined for not paying back taxes of $325,000.
Despite that, Johnson, sitting on the board of several non-profits, steered lucrative construction contracts to .... Ganther. If you care to read more...check out.


or, even better...


Shaw Kenawe said...

"...the rally itself was festooned by corporate banners of a company owned by a Ben Ganther, a millionare and close friend of Johnson's who notably was fined for not paying back taxes of $325,000.
Despite that, Johnson, sitting on the board of several non-profits, steered lucrative construction contracts to .... Ganther."

But...but...Union thugs!

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