By Stephen D. Foster Jr. | 18 October 2014
The Iowa Senate race is one of the closest in the nation so it stands to reason that insulting and attacking a large portion of the population would be a stupid move. But that’s what Republican candidate Joni Ernst has been doing.
During a Q&A session with reporters, Ernst called for repealing Obamacare, abolishing the Department of Education, and slashing food stamps at the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club in 2013. Her solution to healthcare and not starving if she succeeds in doing so? Forcing people to rely on the church for help.
We have to take a good, hard look at entitlement programs. We’re looking at Obamacare right now. Once we start with those benefits in January, how are we going to get people off of those? It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs. We have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do. They used to have wonderful food pantries. They used to provide clothing for those that really needed it, but we have gotten away from that. Now we’re at a point where the government will just give away anything. We have to stop that.
You can listen to the audio via Iowa Public Radio by clicking here.
In addition, Ernst claimed that a “whole generation of people rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them,” which mirrors Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” claim from 2012. “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,” Ernst added.
As you’ll recall, this frivolous claim largely cost Romney the election that year, and it should cost Ernst her own election this year. Sure, families could seek charity, but private organizations and churches are not hospitals and as most of us know, healthcare is costly. That why we have health insurance, which is now more accessible thanks to Obamacare. Telling the poor to seek medical help from a church is inadequate and cruel. Most churches and private charities just do not have the resources to care for so many. People would end up being turned away.
Also, people don’t use food stamps because they want to, they use them because they have no other choice. Again, charities and churches are not equipped to deal with the number of people in this country who are hungry. But the government is. Furthermore, if Ernst really wants to reduce the number of people who seek government aid, the best solution would be to raise the minimum wage in order to lift millions of Americans out of poverty, but Ernst opposes that idea, even though it would mean people could actually afford to purchase their own healthcare and buy their own food without government assistance.
The fact is, Joni Ernst is heartless like her fellow conservatives. They are obsessed with taking healthcare, food, and education away from people, which will only cause more problems rather than solving them. It’s a backwards path that is bad for Americans and for Iowans.
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