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Sen. Ron Johnson glad stimulus talks have broken down

Scott Robert Shaw

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For too many Americans, time is running out. They are unemployed, have lost their health insurance and are having trouble meeting their most basic needs. They have witnessed perhaps the worst economic collapse in history, and they are worried about what’s next, how long it may be before their power is shut off and their home foreclosed upon or they are evicted by their landlord. What are our elected officials doing to help those who sent them to office? Not enough. The extra unemployment benefits have run out. The House passed a bill to provide an additional $3.3 trillion of help. Nothing has yet passed the Senate. And now it is clear that some senators are just fine with that. Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he is glad a second stimulus hasn’t passed, and is glad talks have broken down. He says he is concerned about the rising federal deficit. But that didn’t stop him from voting for tax cuts for the rich. The deficit was already spiraling out of control, even with two years of a Republican controlled White House and Congress. And that was before the pandemic.  But suddenly, the deficit is a catastrophe that must be dealt with now. Meanwhile, millions of Americans looking to Congress for help with unemployment, eviction protections, food stamps and more are getting a shrug of the shoulders from the U.S. Senate.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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