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Ron Johnson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (WI) - Sr, Republican
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Ron Johnson refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: "Support" to the statement: "Enact legislation recognizing the right to life of unborn children from the moment of conception." (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Preserving Wisconsin Values. '"I'm a pretty traditional guy. I believe in a culture of life, and I believe marriage is between one man and one woman." -- Ron Johnson' (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson signed the American Family Business Institute: NoDeathTax Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Working to Preserve and Grow Wisconsin's Agriculture Industry. "He'll also support legislation to permanently eliminate the estate tax, which threatens the future of family farms." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: 'Oppose' to the statement: 'In times of economic crisis, enact stimulus bills to attempt to shore up certain industries and/or companies determined to be "too big to fail."' (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Improving the Economy and Creating Jobs. "As our next US Senator, Ron will work to create a jobs friendly environment by reducing and simplifying taxes and regulations on business. He opposed the Wall Street bailout and the $862 billion stimulus bill. Ron does not believe the federal government is capable of picking 'winners and losers' and should not remove capital from the private sector to create more government programs and jobs, which are unsustainable." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walker, Don. 2010. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Johnson on Social Security. 15 September 2010. "Asked about his thoughts on privatization in Social Security, Johnson said he would never force privatization on Social Security recipients. Asked if that might open the door to making privatization optional for younger people, Johnson said: "When you talk about making Social Security long term sustainable for the long term, I think you have to look at all of the options." Asked to expand on his remarks, he said: "If younger workers would choose as an option to invest some in their own account, I'm not saying we're going to reject that. I'll take a look at it. You have to take a look at all of the options and take a look at all of the options in their totality. That's why we can't pick and choose one or the other until you take a look at the entire situation."' (www.jsonline.com)
  • Ron Johnson. Keeping Promises to Our Seniors by Preserving Medicare and Social Security Benefits. "'Our seniors deserve the peace of mind and certainty that the programs they've been planning their retirement around will remain intact and be the safety net they're meant to be.' -- Ron Johnson Preserving Medicare and Social Security and keeping the programs sustainable long-term are important steps in keeping America's promise to our seniors. First and foremost, Medicare and Social Security must preserve benefits for current retirees and those approaching retirement. Upcoming generations of Americans deserve a safety net, too. That's why Ron is committed to keeping these programs solvent and making reforms necessary to do so after first securing benefits for current retirees and those approaching retirement. Ron is committed to going to Washington to fix the problems with our broken system and ensuring our seniors are cared for. This is no time to play politics with promises to our seniors, that's why Ron is serious about making reforms." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: "Undecided" to the statement: "Establish income tax credits for tuition and related expenses for public, private or home-based elementary and/or secondary education." with the qualification that he "supports vouchers and would support tax credits; however, tax credits could lead to more government involvement that home schooling organizations would sometimes resist." (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Education. 'Ron will vote to reduce federal mandates that strip power from states and local school boards, and instead provide for more local control over education. Ron supports reforming the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to reduce waste in education spending and return more flexibility and decision-making powers to states, local school boards and teachers. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't fit Wisconsin.' (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Sargent, Greg. 2010. Washington Post: VIDEO surfaces of Ron Johnson blaming climate change on "sunspot activity". 20 August 2010. "If you take a look at geologic time, we've had huge climate swings. We're sitting here in Wisconsin. Had it not been for climate swings, we'd be sitting on a two or three hundred foot thick glacier. Man wasn't around back then. So no, I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I think it's far more likely that it's just sunspot activity, or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate. The Middle Ages was an extremely warm period of time, too. It wasn't like there were tons of cars on the road. So it always strikes me as a little absurd for anybody to think, Okay, this is the sweet spot in geologic time for climate. And it's such a good place, that we have spent trillions of dollars, and do great harm to our economy, on a fool's errand. I don't think we can do anything about controling what the climate is." (voices.washingtonpost.com)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Energy Solutions. 'Ron opposes the job-killing "Cap and Trade' bill which is a crippling national energy tax. Cap and Trade legislation could cost an average Wisconsin family as much as $1,600 per year and would put Wisconsin businesses at a huge competitive disadvantage, damaging our economy for many years. As a manufacturer, Ron knows first-hand how rising energy prices, over-regulation and high taxes can negatively impact the ability of a business to remain competitive in the global economy. States like Wisconsin, which rely heavily on coal-generated power, are at an even greater risk with the threat of costly energy taxes and increased government mandates.' (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Preserving Wisconsin Values. "Ron is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who believes strongly in maintaining a clean and healthy environment. He believes Wisconsin's sporting traditions and the Constitution's 2nd Amendment should be protected." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Ron Johnson signed the Repeal It! Pledge. "I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state upon my election to the U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Senate, to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government." (www.repealit.org)
  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: "Oppose" to the statement: "Retain the individual mandate to purchase health care insurance created by the health care reform bill passed by the 111th Congress and signed into law by President Obama." (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Real Reforms for Health Care. "Ron will vote to repeal the Health Care Bill and replace it with market-based solutions that will include: portability, malpractice reform, mandate reduction, insurance purchase across state lines, lower costs, and a safety net for those with pre-existing conditions. The Health Care Bill is a $1 trillion experiment that will lead to higher cost, lower quality health care and rationing by government bureaucrats. A free- market approach to health care reform is critical to ensuring doctors and patients stay in control of the decision-making process. The free market is essential for the development of new drugs, treatments and medical procedures that will save lives and keep our country on the forefront of medical innovation. The Health Care Bill will further bust an already broken budget. Obama Administration estimates are simply not believable. When Medicare was passed in 1965, the government estimated its cost in 1990 would be $12 billion. The actual cost in 1990 was $111 billion, nearly ten times the original estimate. The estimated cost of the Health Care Bill will not be any more accurate." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: "Support" to the statement: "Enforce existing immigration laws that require employers to hire only "documented workers" (legal immigrants who are eligible for employment)." (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: 'Support' to the statement: 'Enforce existing immigration laws that require employers to hire only "documented workers" (legal immigrants who are eligible for employment).' (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration. 'The first step towards controlling illegal immigration is securing our borders. Ron believes the federal government has failed to enforce current immigration laws and tighten our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigration. Ron opposes blanket amnesty. Ron also supports REAL ID, requiring employers to verify the Social Security numbers of potential employees. Ron supports providing law enforcement the necessary tools, such as the Patriot Act, to protect our country. Businesses or employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be penalized and we should take steps to prevent abuse or exploitation of workers due to their immigration status.' (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. 2010. LettersinaBottleBlog: A Chat with Ron Johnson, Foreign Policy. Responded "I'm hoping?one of the finest generals we have in the military right now is David Petraeus. So I'm hoping General Petraeus can, you know, pull a rabbit out of a hat on this one. Obviously, I'm very concerned about President Obama, the way he even announced the strategy, the fact that he announces the surge and the next sentence after that, he says, 'Oh, by the way, we're going to pull out in 16 months.' To me, the Taliban strategy is to surge 16 months and a day. And particularly in a conflict like Afghanistan, where we need the villagers to feel confident that, you know, whoever - that we're going to be there for victory and that we're committed to that. Because let's face it, we've got the Taliban that'll happily move into those villages and, you know, enact some retribution on anybody that sided with the other side. So, my concern is that President Obama has set us up for failure, quite honestly; and that's not what you do when you're going to commit our fine young men and women into battle. So, you know, highly concerned about his particular strategy." to the question: "How do you feel about the new Afghan policy - as far as, should we be continuing the Counterinsurgency policy we had had under McChrystal? Should we be going some other direction? What's your feeling on that?" (lettersinbottles.blogspot.com)
  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded: "Oppose" to the statement: "Maintain the president's timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan." (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Johnson. 2010. Wisconsin Family Council: 2010 Voter Information Publication. Responded "Support" to the statement: "Retain the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which preserves the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the purposes of the federal government." (www.yourwisconsinvote.org)
  • Ron Johnson. Issue Position: Preserving Wisconsin Values. '"I'm a pretty traditional guy. I believe in a culture of life, and I believe marriage is between one man and one woman." -- Ron Johnson' (votesmart.org)

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