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Senator Ron Johnson Talks Economic Growth at Air ProSubmitted: 04/01/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

RHINELANDER - We hope to pass our values, dreams, and traditions onto our children. But we also hope we won't pass some things on, like credit card debt. Senator Ron Johnson says the government shouldn't pass on its debt to our kids either.

The senator visited Rhinelander today. He gave a presentation on economic growth at Air Pro. His talk focused on reducing the national debt by managing resources better.

"I certainly want to do everything I can to help convince the federal government to manage our timber resources more effectively. Right now we are just wasting out timber resources which is costing us jobs, really wasting the wood itself, as well as preventing federal revenue from flowing into the federal government. So hopefully we can turn that situation around. That can create an awful lot of jobs in northern Wisconsin," says Senator Ron Johnson, (R) Wisconsin

Johnson blames our economic problems on over-sized government. But he said Air Pro is doing well despite that.

"At the same time it is pretty encouraging to come here to a company like Air Pro and see you know this is a successful company and it is providing good employment to a number of people," said Sen. Johnson.

The senator also talked about reforming social security. While he still wants to keep the program, he wants to make changes.

"You have to be realistic, you know, life expectancy has grown enormously and that's a good thing, but puts a tremendous amount of financial pressure on those programs," said Sen. Johnson.

The senator does NOT want to change social security for current retirees.


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