Joni Ernst is a U.S. Senator representing the state of Iowa. Ordinarily, I would respect and admire this woman, for she served for 23 years in the U.S. military. Ordinarily, given her military service, I would even be able to look past the fact that she is a republican. But, when somebody starts trying to rob me and millions of other people, they lose my respect real fast.
Before I get into that, let’s take a look at Ms. Ernst and some of the things she stands either for or against:
- Ernst referred to Obama as a dictator who should be “removed from office” or face “impeachment.” And yet … she wouldn’t support impeaching the most corrupt, autocratic president in history?
- Ernst opposes the federal minimum wage and has said that states should have sole authority to set their own minimum wages, saying, “I think $7.25 is appropriate.” I wonder how she would like to try to live on $7.25 per hour, which is $15,080 per year?
- Ernst has proposed eliminating the Internal Revenue Service as well as the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Seriously???
- She has an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) … no wonder she has received $3.1 million from the NRA! Needless to say, she sends lots of ‘thoughts and prayers’ and opposes any and all gun legislation.
- She endorses and supports U.S. Representative Steve King, the ultimate racist, who also happens to be from Iowa. That speaks for itself.
- Like most republicans, she opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.
All of the above is enough to make her unsuitable to be in the U.S. Senate, but the latest takes the prize. A week ago, during the congressional recess, Ms. Ernst held a town hall meeting with constituents in Estherville, Iowa. During the course of that meeting, she said that members of Congress should negotiate changes to Social Security “behind closed doors” in order to dodge scrutiny from the media and advocacy groups.
“The minute you say we need to address Social Security, the media is hammering you, the opposing party is hammering you—there goes granny over a cliff.”
Please, Ms. Ernst, allow me to explain a couple of things to you. First, every single thing you do in your job, every single word you utter, should be recorded and reported by the media. Why? Because you work for us, not the other way around. We have a right, nay … we have a need … to know everything that any member of our federal government does. Today, with the most corrupt and ignorant president in the history of the nation in office, that need is even more imperative, for you and others of your ilk have proven time and time again that you do not have the best interests of this nation and its people at heart.
Second, perhaps you don’t understand about Social Security, but WE fund it, just as we fund your salary. Yes, WE! Out of every paycheck we earn throughout our entire life, 7.65% is withheld … 6.2% of that is to fund our government-managed retirement account, and the other 1.45% is to fund Medicare. Our employers match our contributions, dollar for dollar. Neither Social Security nor Medicare are “entitlements” that the government giveth and thus can taketh away! I see that you have a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University, so how do you not understand such a simple concept???
I do not live in Iowa, so I cannot vote this woman out of the Senate, however she IS up for re-election next year, so if any of my readers hail from Iowa, or if you know of anybody who lives in Iowa, please encourage them to vote this harridan out of office, and Steve King, too!
Joni Ernst is not alone in wishing to cut Social Security and Medicare. In August, Senator John Barrasso, a republican from Wyoming told the New York Times that his party has discussed cutting Medicare and Social Security with Trump and said the president has expressed openness to the idea. The Times also reported that Trump said it was “a second-term project”. And republican Senator John Thune from South Dakota, reportedly said it is …
“Going to take presidential leadership to cut Social Security and Medicare, and it’s going to take courage by the Congress to make some hard votes. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road.”
What ‘can’??? You take our money for the 50 years or so that we are in the work force, you invest it and, assuming you invested it wisely, you get a return on that investment, and now you don’t wish to give it back? It’s a paltry enough sum that we get back as it is!
Folks, I could list at least 100 good reasons that this nation cannot afford to re-elect Donald Trump in 2020. This is just one, but an important one – a crucial one.