Senator Ron Johnson — how dumb is he? And does it matter?

ron johnsonIt’s the season for political fundraising, and U.S. Senator, Ron Johnson, has taken the time to write to us, hoping that we’ll send him some money. We won’t.

We’re a little surprised that — in this day and age — fundraising letters can be so badly misdirected that we would be getting such a letter from Wisconsin’s wealthy, backbench, climate denialist senator. Surely it would not be hard to apply some minimal software screening to eliminate completely implausible contributors, like us, from a mailing list. It’s actually mind-boggling. There’s a mountain of commercial junk mail that vendors could be sending us, but somehow they determine we’re a very unlikely prospect for certain products, and they don’t send us those ads because they’d be wasting their money. So why does Ron Johnson send us this?

Dear  ████████:

I’ve taken the lawless Obama Administration to court over ObamaCare.

Of all the things President Obama has done wrong, the federal takeover of America’s healthcare system really takes the cake. The Washington political class is well aware of what we all know to be certain: that ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster….

It goes on for four (4) pages, all nonsense.

Meanwhile, what Johnson calls an “unmitigated disaster” is actually succeeding for lots of ordinary Americans. Does Johnson not know this? Millions of Americans are getting health insurance, many for the first time. Others are getting it back again, and others are getting better coverage, sometimes with lower premiums.

This is Ron Johnson’s “unmitigated disaster”? That insurance companies can’t turn people down for pre-existing conditions? Or cancel a policy after a frightening diagnosis? The new law isn’t perfect (first of all, it leaves too many still uninsured), but it does allow a few more millions of people to get sick or injured (it happens!) without going bankrupt. Does Ron Johnson not know any of this?