Republican "Stunts"

"An unfortunate political stunt"

That's what Rep. James Sensenbrenner calls (fellow Wisconsin Republican Congressional colleague) U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's lawsuit over a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

Argues Sensenbrenner: "Senator Johnson should spend his time legislating rather than litigating, as our country is facing big problems that must be addressed by Congress---not the court."

Yeah. Congress needs to get to work! According to a Dec. 24, 2013 CBS News Report, it's not only been the least popular Congress in recent history, it was also very unproductive in 2013. "In its first year, the 113th Congress passed just 55 substantive pieces of legislation, 65 laws total counting measures like post-office renaming and commemorative coin authorizations." ..."Even the 80th Congress, which President Harry Truman nicknamed the "do-nothing Congress" had passed 395 bills into law by the end of 1947, its first year."

So, Rep.Sensenbrenner recognizes a political stunt!   We'll, he should  After all, he's been guilty of a few himself, as James Rowen's Jan. 5 Political Environment blog points out.  Check it out. Go to

The Journal Sentinel Editorial Board (Jan. 6 Op-ed) asserts "Jim Sensenbrenner is right: Sen. Ron Johnson's suit is just a stunt." Go to

Interestingly, the conservative National Review bashed Sen. Johnson in their post today titled " Ron Johnson's Frivolous Obamacare Lawsuit". The subtitle: It is not constitutionally proper or practical for a legislator to sue the president over a public-policy dispute.

IAnd then there are "gimmicks" like sales tax holidays, such as the proposal introduced last year in our state by two Republican legislators to have two weekends a year on which targeted items would be exempt from the sales tax. But as the Journal Sentinel notes: The Washington-based Tax Foundation's website states, "Sales tax holidays do not promote economic growth or significantly increase consumer purchases; the evidence shows that they simply shift the timing of purchases. Some retailers raise prices during the holiday, reducing consumer savings." Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance published this summary back in 2006: "In 14 states and the District of Columbia, late July and August is the time for a sales tax holiday on school-related purchases. For some retailers, as well as large families or ones of modest means, such a holiday can be attractive. At the same time, however, only a limited number of taxpayers realize tax savings, while increased costs of implementation and compliance can impact both government and business. Perhaps the most significant drawback to a tax holiday is that, by hiking prices, merchants, rather than consumers, could be the primary beneficiaries."

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