After two years of Trumpisms from the Tweeter in Chief, decent Americans are so weary of outrage that the meter’s arrow has moved past the point of no return, beyond the red zone. Yet, after casually reading the news today, I discovered a new contestant for engendering outrage. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley put himself on the list of most egregious “representatives” of the people.
Senator Grassley serves on the Senate Finance Committee, and he, too, is weary. But, unlike most Americans who are tired from working, he’s tired of having to pretend to care about constituents, about the middle class, about working people, about Americans and America.
In fact, Grassley’s honesty lays bare the entire GOP philosophy.
In complaining about the negative response to legislation that gives away everything to the wealthiest Americans, Grassley made his case:
“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing — as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies,” Grassley told the Des Moines newspaper, the Register. The middle class, that Grassley disparages, apparently does not have money to invest like Grassley and his colleagues in the Senate and House because those awful working people are spending their money on booze, women, and movies. Not exactly. Grassley and his “esteemed” colleagues in the Senate and House of “Representatives” do not give the peons in the middle class even enough to spend their hard-earned dollars in all three categories.
Note the “or” between the nouns in Grassley’s listing. According to Grassley, middle class men only have enough to spend their money on either booze or women or movies, not all three. If you’re wondering what middle class women spend their money on, keep a record because the sexist, racist, deceptive, and undemocratic oligarch class in Congress does not even acknowledge their existence, except as whores or prostitutes on whom Middle Class men spend their money.
This is where we are America. Stop and take stock of your Republican “representatives.”
Nancy Avery Dafoe