Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate, is the gift that keeps on giving. If you thought Michele Bachmann was a lot of fun then you are going to love Joni Ernst. I’ve already written about cutting the nuts of pigs as a qualification for Senate, but now Joni Ernst has taken it one step further in showing where her loyalties lie.
The candidate does not feel that there is a need for the federal government to set a floor on the wages that employers can pay their employees:
The minimum wage is a safety net. For the federal government to set the minimum wage for all 50 states is ridiculous. The standard of living in Iowa is different than it is in New York or California or Texas. One size does not fit all.
Well, that’s some flaccid logic. Here’s the deal Joni, employers would collude to pay the lowest possible wages. Don’t believe that employers would collude to depress wages? Shall we cite the recent examples of companies in Silicon Valley doing just that? Didn’t think we needed to go into the corrupt practices of American companies.
The real kicker came from a recent conference sponsored by everyone’s favorite billionaires the Koch Brothers—who are beginning to sound like the super villains from an episode of Scooby Doo. Some great journalists, most prominently Lauren Windsor, teased out information and transcripts from this closed door meeting of the GOP’s brain trust and money bags.
Joni Ernst stepped to the podium delivered this doozy:
The first time I was introduced to this group was a year ago, August, in New Mexico, and I was not known at that time. A little known state senator from a very rural part of Iowa, uh, known through my National Guard service and some circles in Iowa. But the exposure to this group and to this network and the opportunity to meet so many of you, that really started my trajectory.
In essence, Joni Ernst owes everything to the hard core right wing of the GOP and the money of the Koch Brothers. Any attempt to paint her candidacy as anything other than a referendum on what the radical right wants to do in America is misleading.
Just remember, Joni Ernst is not running to the dog catcher of Montgomery County. She is running to be one of two US Senators from the state of Iowa.