Joni Ernst Promises Americans a Very Painful Lesson If Elected

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After the 2012 general election Republicans promised to “not be stupid” and tamp down on candidates making statements that alienated voters such as Willard Romney’s infamous “47-percent moochers” remark. Of course, Republicans have done nothing to change their message, and have instead spent the past year-and-a-half either calling hardworking Americans inherently lazy for not earning more than poverty wages, or labeled them as moochers for expecting a return on their tax dollars and contributions to Medicare and Social Security pensions conservatives call “entitlements.” There has been a substantial movement among well-established mainstream Republicans to campaign on “educating” Americans about the “value and culture of hard work and responsibility,” and one Republican is promoting a Koch brother agenda that will teach Americans to be self-sufficient in a nation without a government for the people.

Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst said  that “What we have to do a better job of is educating the American people that they can be self-sufficient. They don’t have to rely on the government to be the do-all, end-all for everything they need and desire, and that’s what we have fostered, is really a generation of people that rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them. It’s going to take a lot of education to get people out of that. It’s going to be very painful and we know that. So do we have the intestinal fortitude to do that.”

What Ernst claims she has the intestinal fortitude to do is repeal Obamacare, privatize Social Security, abolish education spending, eliminate food stamps, and force people to seek out church assistance once they have been liberated and educated in the Koch tradition of government-less self-sufficiency. She said, “We have to take a good, hard look at entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, Obamacare, and Medicare) and figure out how to get people off of those. It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs.”

Ernst’s treatise on government dependency revealed that not only is she a hard line devotee of tea party orthodoxy, she has a perverse vision of America’s 20th Century as a monumental error; because like the Koch’s she sees government for the people as an abomination that needs to be abolished once and for all. Ernst laid out her Koch-libertarian agenda, including the wholesale elimination of each and every one of the New Deal’s protections, under the guise of “educating the American people that they can be self-sufficient.” In Ernst’s mind, educating the people is “gutting and annihilating all government services” that she openly admits will be “very painful” for the American people. However, according to her ideological bent, Americans will soon get over losing unemployment insurance, healthcare, disability insurance, Social Security, Medicare, and workplace protections because they will have been liberated from the government and learned a “very painful lesson in self-sufficiency.” It is the Koch vision for America that Ernst promises to see through to fruition as recompense for their valuable campaign contributions to her Senate candidacy.

Ernst’s intent to enact an incredibly cruel policy vision is to correct what she believes are a rash of America’s past mistakes; like provisions in the New Deal that her Koch donors believe set America on a path of total devastation regardless the benefit to all Americans. Ernst also parrots a typical libertarian mindset that government is evil and claims that Americans have come to “rely on government for absolutely everything” instead of “relying on what churches and private organizations are doing because, as she errantly claims, “government gives them everything.” Ernst means everything like Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, access to affordable healthcare, workplace protections and the like, that her historical revisionism informs was not only a complete and utter waste, but something that the people never needed in the first place. It is not clear where Ernst gets her version of early 20th century Utopia that was the Great Depression, but she is certain Americans in food lines and working 80-hour weeks for dirt-pay were not only self-sufficient, but happily liberated from government protections.

Ernst is certain that programs aiding Americans were not there for those who really needed it and were completely ill-suited to help Americans who needed it most whether it was  during the recent Republican Great Recession and 80 years ago during the Great Depression. Ernst pretends the gross amount of suffering among Americans could only have been helped by self-reliance and more churches but not government intervention. Most Americans look back at the New Deal’s provisions, after both the 1930s and the most recent Republican recession, and regard them as preserving Americans well-being and elevating their way of life. They also view them as vindication of valuable government programs solely because they assisted the great majority of the people; including the older white people Ernst is likely appealing to most. However, for Ernst and her ilk, every and anything government has done to help the people since the New Deal has been degrading to Americans and teaches them dependence that Republicans are poised to bring to an end, along with the federal government.

For most Americans, the open hostility toward the American people by Koch-fueled Republicans like Ernst is founded on an innate heartlessness toward humanity and not regard for all Americans as “citizens.” As an aside, Ernst does not display the same level of heartlessness toward a zygote she strongly believes the government has a biblical duty to protect and care for by bestowing personhood and constitutional protections by government fiat. It is likely that the majority of Americans do not share either the Koch brothers, teabagger Republicans, or Joni Ernst’s hatred of government programs or the American people. However, for Republicans panting to elect candidates like Ernst to impose a Koch education amounting to “annihilating” all government programs has nothing to do with reducing the size of government and everything to do with enacting policies that “will be very painful” for the people.

48 Replies to “Joni Ernst Promises Americans a Very Painful Lesson If Elected”

  1. Guess if this lady has her way, the US Interstate will be sold piece by piece to the highest bidder.

    Sinclair Lewis was WAAAAAY ahead of his time with his novel “It Can’t Happen Here.”

  2. The sad thing is that she’ll get the vote from the uneducated people in Iowa, which makes up a good chunk of the state.

  3. I overheard when some brutes down the road castrated a poor little boar hog. That Joni Ernst takes delight in inflicting this kind of agony and listening to the tortured cries of her victims…well, you don’t have to know much more.

  4. So true, Dustin. And those are the exact people who will be “educated.” I saw earlier on Rachel that Iowa has 138,000 early ballots already in, which is ahead of 2010. I pray the majority is for our side.

  5. these are the lyrics that are almost never heard…

    This Land Is Your Land… Woodie Guthrie…

    As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.

    In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
    By the relief office I seen my people;
    As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
    Is this land made for you and me?

    Nobody living can ever stop me,
    As I go walking that freedom highway;
    Nobody living can ever make me turn back
    This land was made for you and me.

  6. One More F’king Time! Social Security is NOT an entitlement….everyone who works pays into it…sooo sick of this crap!

  7. That’s awful….instead of silence of the lambs, It’s silence of the hogs! And she’s Hannibal Lecter….

  8. As one of those “uneducated Iowans” just mentioned, this woman disgusts the living hell out of me. Joni must be the most anti-woman woman I’ve ever had the displeasure of hearing in ads day in and day out. I voted absentee today (for her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley, by the way), so I did my part for Iowa. Everyone in Iowa (especially Iowa Dems), get out there and vote like your life depends on it. Because let me say, it does.

  9. Has this creature mentioned where the churches will get the money to help those in need?

    From the government and your taxes. If not, they would be out of business in a month

  10. People like this woman are fully capable of establishing labor camps for the recalcitrant citizens who can’t make a go of it. You just watch, she’s going to align herself with a celebrity TV evangelist to create a program that sweeps the (many more soon) homeless off the streets and takes them far from the city to a new life in beautiful Happyland aka the aforementioned labor camps. Be on the lookout for Potemkin Villages and adorable megachurch spokesmodels that might be robots.

  11. If there’s anything I hope people get out of all this, it’s that the Republicans built the FEMA camps.

  12. Please Lord, can we just have one more malignant ignorant Christofascist rube in congress…pleeeease?

  13. The really scary thing is that Joni Ernst actually believes that She is Helping People by Starving them to DEATH.

    Her Campaign slogan should be “Famine Values”.

  14. Hope you didn’t take the Iowa slur too hard. As a progressive in Texas, I sometimes feel, as I’m sure you did reading that, a bit personally offended. We love all Democrats.

  15. This woman is so full of it .. it is amazing she can walk. Any adult wants to be self sufficient, but it is sort of hard to do that, if costs for even basic things, are too high and are going higher, while wages are stalled … this of course is provided you even HAVE a job. This is a person who obviously has NEVER been one of the working poor. Those who labor well over 40 hrs a week as a matter of course, as they often have two or more jobs, and work to make money on the informal income side as well … and STILL come up short on basic needs. SHE is the one who needs to learn a few lessons here.

  16. You hit the nail on the head Esta. This women needs a realty check BIG Time!! By the way great post Rmuse.

  17. The TB Republicans keep peddling the same old sh** and the stupid keep buying it. I surely hope most Iowans see through the BS and send her and her Koch money packing.

  18. My dad died in an accident at work when I was very young. I was being raised a Mormon. They gave my mom a hard time about getting social security.

    But I know what it is to be at the mercy of the church supporting you and it is not good. They give you food at the holidays but not during the rest of the time. And they never forget to let you know how they gave you something. I really wouldn’t wish such an existence on anyone. This Joni is a dunce or a puppet. I am afraid more of the latter. She speaks the Koch language about education.

  19. “We have to take a good, hard look at entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, Obamacare, and Medicare) and figure out how to get people off of those. It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs.”

    One more fkn time … ACA is not an entitlement.

    It is scandalous that we pay, on average, $10,000 a year for health insurance only [not actual medical care] … and Ernst dares call it an entitlement? I bet she gets free health insurance.

    Well how about we do what the rich do and refuse to pay our share? What if each of us stop paying for ACA? What if we all stop paying into SS or medicare or unemployment compensation?

    They want all our possessions and want to pay us slave wages – the corps and the Republicans.

  20. She’s the perfect embodiment of the dead-souled, compassionless, narcissistic, self-absorbed, “I got mine,” “not my brother’s keeper,” anti-social-compact, cheapfuck, objectivist, racist, Christian-caricaturing conservatism that represents the Tea Party base. There’s really only one issue that government needs to address in order to make those people happy: ensuring that dark-skinned freeloaders are not benefiting from their caucasian tax dollars; manage that and it’s all good.

    At some point, we have acknowledge that we,in 2014, no longer are dealing with people who hold opinions that differ from ours; rather, we are dealing with genuinely bad people. With these people governing, a once-great civilization will be replaced by aggregations of barbarians living in physical proximity, that whole Biblical notion of social compact be damned.

  21. “…We have to take a good, hard look at entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, Obamacare, and Medicare) and figure out how to get people off of those. It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs.”

    Social Security, M/Aid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, ACA and Medicare…are NOT “entitlements. E.g., I have paid into S.S., M/Care and still pay into M/Care. I, and others, also pay taxes – so why should those who put money into these programs not collect? According to and in accordance with the Constitution, it’s the purpose of income tax. It’s the 1% who are storing their $$ outside the USA that are cheating the government and the people.

  22. If those brutes down the road have more than one pig I bet you hear when the feed bucket comes round too. Pigs are very vocal. Here is the thing, uncastrated meat animals do not have as good feed to weight gain ratios as castrated ones. They also fight & hurt each other. Castrated animals suffer less stress from humans & each other overall. Lastly boar meat has a distinctive flavor most Americans do not like.

    Farmers don’t castrate because they enjoy it – it is a horrible,time consuming & often dangerous job. They do it because it affects both the cost of producing food for America’s tables & the flavor & texture of the meat Americans want to eat, lean & tender not dry & stringy. This is why I get more at auction for steers (castrated male bovines) than I do for heifers (young females)Bulls fetch the least because they are pretty much only good for hamburger.

    Meat does not grow on plastic trays on the farm. Every bite was once a living animal as was…

  23. There’s a popular old retort when some ones location is inquired about..They went o take a sh(t and the Hogs ate them!..I’m hoping Joni’s location is that after Nov.4th…Oh well she went to take a sh(t and the hogs ate her…revenge yes but to the hogs I dare say Joni will not be ..sweet.

  24. Yes Larrt St Croix you are correct, but Joni has on several occasions said that she “enjoyed” helping with the castration of the hogs. That in itself is telling of her personality. Almost every serial killer or brutalizer of humans started out with animal cruelty because they “enjoyed” it. Joni is a cold heartless harpy that should never be in public office.

  25. No, they were not farmers, and this was neither a piglet (the usual stage at which meat hogs are cut) nor a farm animal. This was a full grown little Vietnamese potbelly boar, their pet. I used to see him hanging around these people. One day they took a notion to do this to him. After his last agonized squeal, I heard him sobbing like a betrayed child. A pet, dammit, deserves a real vet and anesthetic.

  26. I know what you mean James and Samantha, I live in Ohio and we are sometimes seen as a “redneck” red state but I can attest that that is not so much the case and it is turning blue in spite of the Reich Wing Zealots that hold sway now. There are pockets of sanity here as well.

  27. I have the same problem here in North Carolina. Four years ago we were taken over by the teaparty and rightwingers. They are doing their best to make us the next Kansas. Its very disappointing to see our wonderful state go though this Koch agenda. Our Gov and G.A. or hurting our middle class and ruining our economy. Please vote blue in Nov. we have to get rid of these idiots and take back our states.

  28. Not the solution…..JOBS<<<JOBS<<<<JOBS<<<<<<with decent wages. Not part time, but full time. GOP pass the minimum wage increase. Do a day'S work for your entitlement wAGES, FREE MEDICAL insurance, retirement pensions, and lobbyists donations to fatten your wallet..

    She sounds like one of the most dangerous candidates I’ve ever heard. God help us all if she gets elected!

  30. The fact is the Koch brothers are worthless traitors to America, and her people! They are cowards of the highest order, and should be stripped of their company, their wealth. They should have their entire families lined up beside them, and they should be shot!!!!!!!

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