She Wants To Go ‘Behind Closed Doors’???

Joni-ErnstJoni 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.”

Say WHAT???

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!

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Trump & Ernst — on the campaign trail

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.

I Am A Nonperson … So Are You … Just Ask Eric Trump

You can pretty much gauge what type of a news day it is by the number of paper towels used in my household.  Here’s the scenario:  I see a news story that makes me angry, and I curse whichever Trump caused my anger, usually Donald himself.  If it makes me really angry, I stick out my tongue and do a raspberry … ppppbbbbbttttthhhh.  (Yes, I know … very mature …) I then go get a paper towel to clean the droplets off my screen.  And so goes the day.  At the end of the night, as I am preparing for bed, I check the paper towels.  If there is still ½ roll or more on the dowel, I figure it was a pretty peaceful news day.

Tonight there is only one lonely paper towel left on the roll.  And here is part of the reason:

Eric Trump.  Eric came flitting across my radar last night when Forbes reported that the Eric Trump Foundation shifted money intended to go to cancer patients to the family’s businesses. I left that one alone, because I had other fish to fry.  Then tonight … this headline:

Eric Trump Says Those Who Oppose His Dad Are ‘Not Even People’

Eric Trump, Donnie Dark’s 33-year-old son, appearing for some unknown reason on Sean Hannity’s Fox network television program, uttered the words you see above.  In addition, he said that he’s “never seen hatred like this” and “morals have flown out the window” when it comes to attacks against his father.

… excuse me a second while I go grab a paper towel …

First point here is that he just said approximately 64% of the people living in the U.S. are nonpersons.  Including me … and probably you, if you’re reading this post.

Second point is that while it is true that there is intense hatred in this nation, as I have noted many times before, and morals seem to have been packed away with the holiday decorations … who the Sam Heck is this little snotty greasehead to complain when it is his family, specifically his father, that contributed to, if not created, the hatred and bigotry from which we suffer today???

Having made those two points, I have a few other things to tell you about Mr. Eric Trump.  First, let us check out the Forbes story.  Every September, the Eric Trump Foundation holds its annual fund-raiser at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York.  It is a rather hedonistic affair, with 18 holes of golf, followed by Hooters waitresses and cigar spreads, followed by a clubhouse dinner and whatever comes after.  It is attended by rich people indulging in excesses, but hey, all proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, so it’s all good, right?  That is, according to Eric, who has hosted the event for the past ten years, all proceeds to benefit cancer research, to save the lives of kids with cancer.

Since the golf course, clubhouse, etc., are owned by Donald Trump, when the event first began in 2007, expenses were minimal … about $50,000 each year.  Even at that, it was a lie that all donations went to St. Jude.  But in 2011, the expenses nearly tripled from the prior year.  Why?  Because Donnie Dark apparently ‘just found out’ that he was donating the use of his facilities to his son’s charity and went through the ceiling, saying, “We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit? I don’t care if it’s my son or not–everybody gets billed.”

… hold on just a sec … need another paper towel …

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Does Donald look like he is about to cry???

And so it came to pass that now the charity had expenses for a lousy one-day affair of some $142,000.  But wait … it gets even better.  In order to offset the additional expenses, Trump Sr. donated $100,000 from his own charity to Eric’s charity event.  Sounds generous, but think ‘money laundering’.  Remember from a post I wrote a year or so ago    that Trump himself has made almost no contributions to his own charity, so what he actually did was take money from his donors, give it to Eric’s charity, who in turn gave it to Donald’s businesses.  Money donated to a charity went to line Trump’s pockets.  Guess what, folks … people have done prison time for this sort of thing.

Meanwhile, Eric is lying through his teeth when he says that all the money donated goes to St. Jude.  No, not all, not even close, Eric.  In 2015, the event saw approximately $2 million in donations, offset by $322,000 in expenses.  Yet still, Eric claims that all proceeds to go St. Jude. And I’m the nonperson here???

And lastly, let us not forget these ugly images of Mr. Eric Trump and his brother Donnie Jr. from last year.

And I am the nonperson? Hey … where did all the paper towels go???

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