Monday, October 11, 2010

Government doesn't create jobs? Johnson wrong again.

Don’t get me wrong, I think any program that reintegrates our prison population is good, but the idea that Ron Johnson is using the program for labor minus health care is something else.
jsonline: Companies operated by Ron Johnson, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, employed up to nine work-release inmates whose health care was paid for by state taxpayers. The development is significant because Johnson has campaigned on a limited government theme, arguing that the private sector, and not government, is the best method for creating jobs. The two companies are Pacur and Dynamic Drinkware, both of which operate in Oshkosh, and have been employing prison labor since at least 1998, state records show.
Ah, don’t like the sound of cheap, health care free prison labor.

The workers are still under the custody of the state Department of Corrections and are paid by the two companies, but their health care is taken care of by state taxpayers. The Journal Sentinel obtained the Corrections Department records showing that Johnson's two companies employed prison labor … Johnson defended the use of the workers. "I think it's a very good thing that we are doing."

At Pacur, Johnson also has used government programs such as industrial revenue bonds, which allow his company to gain lower interest rates and give investors tax-free income on the interest earned, as well as a $75,000 federal grant in 1979 that helped Johnson's company construct a rail spur.

Johnson has said he knew nothing about the federal grant, saying he had not joined the company at that time. However, the grant was never finalized until late in 1979, months after Johnson said he joined the company.

It's important to know that Johnson started as their accountant, so it's a bit hard to believe he didn't know or ever found out about the grant.

When will we learn, that government serves corporate America.
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