Hogs and Bread

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Freshman Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) delivered one of five Republican responses to the President’s State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, and it’s a good thing she did. Mitch McConnell told us that she was the perfect person to deliver the establishment Republican rebuttal and, clearly, he was right.

Bear in mind that this is the same woman who campaigned vigorously to win her Senate seat and convinced Iowans that she has the necessary experience for that job by reminding them that she grew up castrating hogs. See the connection?

Okay, no you don’t because there isn’t one. It appears that she was trying to show herself as “just plain folks,” someone Iowans, overwhelmingly farmers and ranchers, could relate to. Don’t you want someone like to you represent you in the Senate? Of course you do, and so do Iowans. So they sent the Iowa Castrater-in-Chief to Washington, bringing along all the legislative and leadership abilities her well established personal skills imply.

In her perfect-person-to-deliver-the-Republican-rebuttal function, she continued to help us to relate to her by telling us that in growing up she only had one good pair of shoes and that Mom would tie bread wrappers around her shoes and ankles during wet weather to protect her footwear. That leaves us with an unusual visual of her in the hog pen while wearing bread wrappers.

After that she told us that the Keystone Pipeline project is a jobs bill – she actually called it “the Keystone jobs bill” – never mentioning that it is an oil pipeline proposal designed solely to benefit a Canadian oil company. She failed to acknowledge that the plan is for all the oil to be exported from our Gulf Coast, so it will never provide for American energy needs. She also failed to mention that at most there would only be 35 permanent jobs created by this “jobs bill.”Wonder Bread

That’s what you get when the perfect person to deliver the establishment Republican rebuttal is a person whose qualifications are that she castrated hogs and wore bread wrappers on her feet.

For more on Sen. Ernst, read Andy Borowitz’s satire here. (Thanks to FL for pointing me to Borowitz.)


Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue. Please help by offering your comments, as well as by passing this along and encouraging others to subscribe and do the same.  Thanks.  JA

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2 Responses to Hogs and Bread
  1. Nadia Reply

    When will Americans on the Right realize that they are being fooled by their politicians? Do you know that Ernst is another millionaire pretending to be a working class American? When are you people going to open your eyes….perhaps when millionaires like her take your farms away? Maybe then you will wake up. It is sad.

  2. Joni Lindgren Reply

    We have oil pipelines buried beneath our earth that were laid there 50 years ago!!! Which means…when you’re talking about infrastructure jobs, those pipes need replacing too or we’re going to have a lot more oil spills just like we had a week ago when a pipeline burst and poured 50,000 gallons of carcinogenic oil into the Yellowstone River. That water was tested a couple days after the spill and it was found to be 3x the federal amount allowed! That water is poisonous and who knows what it will kill. But you can bet that it’s not going to be cleaned up anytime soon. Why don’t we just poison ourselves, our livestock and our crops???

    So, here’s the $64,000 question: Do you want to be poisoned or do you want our country to create 35 new jobs???