Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
A political flier arrived in my mailbox today that said.
"In 1992 Johnny Carson left The Tonight Show, gas cost $1.05 per gallon, Green Bay traded for Brett Farve and Russ Feingold was elected to the Senate."
That made me think about Feingold's TP opponent for the Senate who touts hard work and denigrates government handouts, who grew up in Minnesota, who moved to Wisconsin after college, and who joined his wife's family plastics company.
So a political flier about Sen. Feingold's opponent could read:
In 1977 the tuition was $990 at the government-operated University of Minnesota that provided Ron Johnson's college education, Ron Johnson married into a rich family and before long was working at a plastics company, Pacur, which was named for his wife's brother, Pat Curler.
Attending a state university with a low tuition enables Johnson to boast about graduating debt free. So while Johnson has benefitted from taxpayer support, Feingold has given back to taxpayers.
Feingold has returned every pay raise Congress has given itself as well as unspent portions of his office's annual budget, saving taxpayers a hefty $3.2 MILLION during his time in the Senate. He has also worked for openness in government, against unfair global trade agreements and bailouts, and for curbing government spending. (His Control Spending Now Act is currently pending in the Senate.)
Johnson has built a career of enriching himself into a multimillionaire and making profits for his company. He lauds unfair trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA, which have jettisoned Wisconsin jobs to other countries. And this supposed opponent of government spongers has benefited from government aid and tax polcies that favor the rich in many ways, but that are not available to you and me and other mainstay Wisconsinites.
Johnson's mantra is to retire Feingold so he, Johnson, can take Wisconsin's Senate seat -- nevermind that Johnson has consistently refused to say just how he's going to fulfill the promises he keeps making, such as create jobs, cut spending and reduce the deficit.
I say Wisconsin voters should keep both men in the jobs they're good at -- Feingold working for Wisconsin and Johnson taking advantage of government benefits that help him make money for himself and his plastics company