The Joni Ernst Watch 1/12/2014

Joni “Make ‘em squeal” Ernst is rarely without something to say.

Fellow Senator Lindsey Graham gave the newly installed junior Senator from Iowa a classy gift. Wait for it…a plaque with a hog castration tool mounted above the words “Make ‘Em Squeal, Joni!” Remember, these are the people who will make policy in the United States for the next couple of years.  Classy.

As Republicans take over committees formerly chaired by Democrats it’s time to take a look at some of the interesting juxtapositions of quotes relative to these new chairmanships. Ted Cruz is now the chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. Thus, a person who tried to defund NASA will now be in charge of overseeing the agency. Never mind some of these classic Ted Cruz statements about science:

“The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened.”

Or:

“You always have to be worried about something that is considered a so-called scientific theory that fits every scenario. Climate change, as they have defined it, can never be disproved, because whether it gets hotter or whether it gets colder, whatever happens, they’ll say, well, it’s changing, so it proves our theory.”

Remember, this guy is a leading candidate to run for President of the United States. Wow.

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