Not the best day for Tim Johnson

First, the Senator has a bit of muffed telephone press conference when he fumbled the question of endorsing his own staffer in a run for Congress….almost sounded like a bit of a flip and then flop…..

And then speaking of summer’s most ubiquitous footware…..yes that would be the flip-flop….

The SD GOP called Johnson out on his changing position on the Balanced Budget Amendment….

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 20th, 2011                                                              Tim Johnson’s Foggy Memory on the Balanced Budget Amendment

–Senator Once Supported and Voted for What He Now Denounces–

Sioux Falls — Back when U.S. Senator Tim Johnson was running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, he routinely promoted his support for a federal balanced budget amendment (“BBA”) to the Constitution.  Johnson also co-sponsored the BBA.  In 1995, just as then Congressman Tim Johnson was preparing to run for the U.S. Senate, he even voted in favor of the BBA in the House (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/199 5/roll051.xml).

Once he was in the Senate, however, Johnson flip-flopped on his previous support for the BBA, breaking his promise to South Dakota voters and contributing to the fiscal chaos the nation now faces.  “Tim Johnson was happy to support the BBA when it helped him politically in the middle of a campaign,” said South Dakota GOP Executive Director Tony Post. “But once he was elected he ignored his promise to South Dakota voters in order to help his liberal allies.  If Johnson had voted in the Senate like he promised to vote and allowed the BBA to pass, our nation would not now be facing a fiscal crisis,” Post said.

Like sunburn on the top of your feet…..ouch that’s gotta hurt.

10 Replies to “Not the best day for Tim Johnson”

  1. Duh

    T “Where’s Waldo” Johnson continues to be a joke. Even when he manages to get any press to speak to him, he screws it up. That’s South Dakota’s fault for giving him the sympathy vote rather than voting for what’s best for the state.

  2. springer

    Johnson does not think for himself anymore – he just faithfully follows and votes the Dem party line. Don’t expect anything else; it won’t happen. 100% of the SD voters could request him to vote for a balanced budget amendment but it wouldn’t matter if Reid told him to vote against it. The people of SD are reaping the results of the vote they sowed in the last election when they bought the victim, sympathy, isn’t necessary to campaign, etc line that the Dems shoveled out.

  3. Anonymous

    This is the best press release I’ve seen from the new administration in the SD GOP.

    Good work Tony!
    (I’m glad we aren’t talking about Herseth-Sandlin anymore)

  4. duggersd

    I am not so convinced about the BBA. I do believe it has some merits worth considering. Considering the problem the Administration has with getting a budget under control, forcing the government to live within its means could be worth a look. The framers of the US Constitution made it very difficult to make changes to it on purpose. I think it is time to let the states decide. The sad part is even if it should pass the House and the Senate, the President has said he would veto it. Perhaps this is Tim Johnson’s way of protecting the President?

  5. Bill Fleming

    The balanced budget is not in the Constitution for a reason. All you great Constitutional scholars should be able to discover what that reason is. Meanwhile, don’t hypocritically fault Tim Johnson for getting wiser in his later years. Chances are those of you who don’t like him now didn’t like him any better then either. I’m just sayin…

    1. Bill Fleming

      Hint: Say under a Balanced Budget Amendment you had two wars, a whole bunch of hurricanes and tornadoes, a stock market meltdown and a generous streak where you decided to help the pharmacy industry by giving seniors ?a better deal? on prescription drugs.

      Guess what you would have to do to balance the budget.

      (If you guessed ?raise taxes? you would be correct. A balanced budget makes all discussion of taxation moot point. Taxation would be automatically tied to expenses by law wouldn?t it. The only way out would be to ?cook the books.?)

  6. Bill Fleming

    Hint: Say under a Balanced Budget Amendment you had two wars, a whole bunch of hurricanes and tornadoes, a stock market meltdown and a generous streak where you decided to help the pharmacy industry by giving seniors “a better deal” on prescription drugs.

    Guess what you would have to do to balance the budget.

    (If you guessed “raise taxes” you would be correct. A balanced budget makes all discussion of taxation moot point. Taxation would be automatically tied to expenses by law wouldn’t it. The only way out would be to “cook the books.”)

    1. BF

      Hint: Say under a Balanced Budget Amendment you had two wars, a whole bunch of hurricanes and tornadoes, a stock market meltdown and a generous streak where you decided to help the pharmacy industry by giving seniors ?a better deal? on prescription drugs.

      Guess what you would have to do to balance the budget.

      (If you guessed ?raise taxes? you would be correct. A balanced budget makes all discussion of taxation moot point. Taxation would be automatically tied to expenses by law wouldn?t it. The only way out would be to ?cook the books.?)

  7. Anonymous

    I wonder at what point Tim will say he isn’t running again for Senate? If I were Rounds or Noem I’d rather run against him than Herseth or Brendan Johnson.