Senator Chuck Grassley, a republican from Iowa, is one of the best arguments I can give for congressional term limits. Grassley has been in the Senate since 1981 … 36 years! He also served three terms (6 years) in the House of Representatives before that. And on that note, allow me to introduce you to this week’s winner of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!
I will jump right to what put Mr. Grassley on my radar tonight, and then tell you the rest of the story. This headline caused my jaw to drop:
GOP Senator Says It Doesn’t Matter How Bad The Latest Obamacare Replacement Is – He’s Voting For It
Wonder why? I shall let the not-so-good senator tell you in his own words:
“I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered. But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”
There you have it, folks. If you doubted me before when I told you that there is zero consideration for what is in the best interest of the majority of the people in this country, it can no longer be denied or sugar-coated by the republicans. Mr. Grassley plain as day states that it isn’t a matter of whether the bill will help people or not, it is a matter of the GOP doing what they said they would do … repeal ACA.
Now, I was curious, so I took a look at where Mr. Grassley’s last campaign contributions came from. I was not able to find the itemized listing for his 2016 campaign (time constraints) but as of his 2010 campaign, here were his major contributors:
- Health professionals – $1 million
- Insurance industry – $997,674
- Pharmaceuticals/health products – $538,680
- Lawyers/law firms – $625,543
His largest corporate donors have been Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, Amgen biotech company and Wells Fargo bank. I leave you to draw your own conclusions as you will.
His willingness to vote for a bill that, by his own admission, is not in the best interest of the people he represents would almost be enough, in and of itself, to qualify the man for Idiot of the Week, but wait … there is so much more to love hate about this man.
In February 2017, Grassley said that while Russian interference in U.S. elections was “bothersome”, the United States did not have clean hands and had, for instance, interfered with the 1948 Italian election. 1948??? Sixty-nine years ago??? And that justifies …. What …. How … ???
After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Grassley advised people suspicious of the Trump administration to “Suck it up and move on.”
Last year, after Donald Trump’s assertion that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel is incapable of being impartial due to his ethnic heritage, Grassley refused to condemn Trump for the remark, while other senators on both sides of the aisle, condemned Trump’s rhetoric as inappropriate and racist. That earned him the following comment by the Des Moines Register:
“As Edmund Burke said, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And when it comes to Donald Trump, there are invertebrates that have shown more spine than Sen. Charles Grassley.”
That is the 2nd time this year I have had occasion to applaud the Register! Good work, Editors!!!
Grassley is, like Trump, a fan of Twitter, and also like Trump, he is often … shall we say, confusing. Here are a few examples from 2012 (no corrections have been made):
- “Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law”
- “When is PresO going to start running agsf DoNothing Democrat Senate i e no budget for 1060 days. No nrgBill Far fewer bills and votes”
- “I now h v an iphone”
- “Contraceptives&totalitarian mindset of Pres O; ‘oh we would never do that’ then they do it. Just shred the 1stAmendment”
- “Evrybody asking how Romney ‘relates’to avg person Me thinks‘no problem’ but if so I hv answer ‘just lv starch out of shirt’”
- “Pres O in radio adres complaind of Congress obstuction. Has he evr spoken to his leader Sen Reid abt hv Senate actually work&work”
- “History. No history. Axe man Timber Nothing historical. Back to FOX. Sigh. Suggest name to change channel name”
Above tweets courtesy of Tim Mak, Politico, 09 April 2012
Senator Grassley is, since January 2015, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position for which he is ill-qualified, given that he has no law degree and has never even been to law school. He has proven his un-fitness more than once.
He rejected calls for restoring the Voting Rights Act by saying, “If you want to fix more minorities voting, more minorities are already voting.”
In 2016, when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Grassley took the lead in calling for a blockade against confirming Garland … for no other reason than that he did not much like President Obama, as you may have surmised from his tweets. This, despite the fact that in 2006 he is quoted as saying, “A Supreme Court nomination is not a forum to fight any election. It is the time to perform one of our most important constitutional duties and decide whether a nominee is qualified to serve on the nation’s highest court.”
I could go on, but … well, you get the picture. As I began this post, I repeat … Senator Charles (Chuck) Grassley almost single-handedly makes the case for the need for congressional term limits. This man has long since outlived his usefulness in Congress and needs to GO! Only problem is, he was just re-elected last year, so barring something unforeseen, he will keep his seat until 2023.
And so to conclude … Senator Grassley, for slapping the American people in the face with your vote for the abominable Graham-Cassidy “health care” bill, and other prior acts of idiocy, you have earned this most prestigious award and I hope you will accept it in the spirit in which it is intended! Please be sure to dust it weekly and enjoy it in good health.