When she first ran for office Joni Ernst loved to point out her skill at castrating hogs. By her own account she was damned good it.
But the Republican senator from Iowa isn't nearly as candid when it comes to taking those pincers to the American public.
Ernst said out loud what Republican politicians usually only talk about in secret meetings with their billionaire donors: The GOP wants to cut our earned Social Security benefits—and they want to do it behind closed doors so that they don’t have to pay the political price.
At a recent town hall, Ernst stated that Congress needs to “sit down behind closed doors” to “address Social Security.” She vaguely asserted, “A lot of changes need to be made in this system going forward.” But, she complained, if these changes were proposed in public, she would be accused of pushing “granny over a cliff.” It is not hard to figure out what “changes” she has in mind.
There are many “changes” that should be made to strengthen Social Security and make it even better than it already is. But none of those have to be done secretly.Ernst went to Washington to balance the budget. First she voted for Trump's trillion dollar tax cut for the rich and now wants to go after the American people.