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Cheers to Rep. Bill Johnson for taking on big government



Published: Wed, November 6, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Cheers to Rep. Bill Johnson for taking on big government

Now that the government is open again, it’s made me think about the past several weeks and especially U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson.

I’ve always thought the House of Representatives is the chamber that is the direct voice of the people. In thinking through the last few weeks, I believe the way Bill Johnson handled the votes and the debates regarding the trajectory of the U.S.A. was spot-on regarding our “drowning-in-debt” nation. He knows your children and grandchildren will never be able to pay these debts. Why don’t “professional politicians” care about your offspring?

Did we want the government shutdown? No. But, do we want to get our debt under control and not give any special treatment to politicians? Yes. In considering through what actually happened, I really think that Bill Johnson got it right.

He voted to keep the government open, to take these agencies, piece by piece, and fund them just like we all need to do when our personal budgets are tight and we need to determine what bills are most urgent and have priority over frivolous spending or dinner out.

Yet, at the end of the debates, our congressman was criticized for making rational, common-sense decisions. Instead, although Congressman Johnson voted no on increasing the national debt, politicians are being given more special treatment, and worse, the president got another credit card.

At the end of the day, I absolutely support Bill Johnson’s vote and am glad that a good portion of the House of Representatives still represents the people.

And finally, the time has come to elect more citizen representatives like Congressman Johnson, not professional politicians whether it be on a local, state or federal level.

Suellen Blasdell, Canfield


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1rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The Bill Johnson supporter thinks it was a good thing that Bill did in supporting the government shut down. She thinks its a good thing that 800,000 federal workers had no income for 16 days. She supports Johnson efforts to partially fund some of the federal agencies but didn't really address what would happen to the other unfunded Gov agencies. Would they be completely eliminated for lack of funding? She didn't mention that the fiscal responsible Mr. Johnson actions cost this country 24 billion dollars in 16 days. For some unknown reason she thinks Obama pays the bills of Congress and is the main reason the US debt is so large. The house controlled republicans control the spending but threatened to not pay the bills they ran up. The supporter didn't mention that Bill voted to default on the debt which would have resulted in severe financial consequences for the
country including hits to social security, pensions, veteran benefits, etc. The sad part is that the Bill Johnson supporter didn't even know she was being held hostage by Mr. Johnson and the rest of his tea party friends.

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276Ytown(1233 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

And the stonewalling by the POTUS and Senate had nothing to do with the shutdown.

What part of broke don't you understand? The severe financial consequences are yet to be seen by ignoring our $17 trillion debt. Short term loans borrowed and still borrowing at record low interest rates. We are borrow money from China to pay our loans as it is. What if they turn off the spigot and says no more? What if they decide to raise interest rates? There's your threat of default.

Hopefully Congress has been hard at work to agree on a budget by Feb 7. In the meantime, they didn't just raise the debt ceiling, the eliminated it! Still spending like drunken sailors!

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3DwightK(1251 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

76, if the House didn't want to spend the money, it shouldn't have passed the appropriations bills. Shutting down the country because they spent the money and then didn't want to pay the bills is the act of petulant teenagers.

I don't even understand why we need a vote to raise the debt ceiling. Every time congress passes a spending bill using borrowed funds they've put themselves on the hook. The debt ceiling vote is a moot point by the time it is called.

Bill Johnson and the republicans responsible for the shutdown failed to represent their constituents in a mature manner.

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4rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, the government shut down was a non event? The 24 billion price tag to the taxpayers that was flushed down the toilet could have done a lot to help out the jobless. This waste of tax dollars is a big deal to me.

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576Ytown(1233 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

From 10/17/13 when the shutdown ended to today, 11/7/13 we have added $134,370,000,000 (billion) to our taxpayer's national debt. http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html

Since the shutdown, the debt ceiling has been eliminated.

The $24 billion price tag of the shutdown?
- About $3.1 billion in lost government services, according to the research firm IHS
- $152 million per day in lost travel spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association
- $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, according to the National Park Service
- $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone

The reason for the shutdown? The budget. The disagreement? Obamacare. The estimated cost to taxpayers for Obamacare in 2009 $900 billion over ten years. The new CBO estimate (May 2013) was $1.8 trillion. The website alone went from from $634 million to now over $1 trillion so that's not included in the CBO figures from May.

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6GoPens(397 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Wait, Bill Johnson has done something in Congress?

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7Sane1(24 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

@76Ytown,

Did you really say this: "The website alone went from from $634 million to now over $1 trillion"

Over 1 trillion ????

That seems a trifle high, considering that the latest sworn testimony is less than 200 million.

If you are off by a factor of 5000, I'm not sure how reliable the rest of your numbers are.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/f...

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