Iowa’s incumbent 1st District Congressman Rod Blum does not want to answer for his record or, rather, his lack of a record on any issues of substance during his two terms in Congress.
As a member of the arch conservative House Freedom Caucus, Blum has been a rubber stamp for some of the worst impulses of the modern right wing in America.
Tax cuts that bankrupt the Treasury, but enrich the wealthiest Americans? Check.
Attempting to repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act without offering anything in the way of a replacement that would protect average Americans? Check.
Allowing corruption to run rampant through his own caucus with nary a word of protest? Check.
Providing no oversight or investigations into the corrupt and unethical Trump administration because a notionally Republican president is a good thing for their own agenda? Check.
Well, what do you expect from a member of Congress embroiled in his own ethical scandal who trots out the well-worn Trump line that any investigation into a Republican is a “witch hunt?”
Furthermore, Rod Blum will not answer to his own constituents about these and many more issues. In the past two weeks I have contacted his office on ten separate occasions regarding questions of revocation of U.S. citizens passports, general corruption in the Trump administration, breaches of security protocols at all levels of government, and unethical behavior on the part of the president without a single response beyond a form email acknowledging my contact.
It is time for Rod Blum to do something for the people of Iowa and walk away. I am sure that the money he secured for himself by cutting his own tax bill will provide enough succor on those cold winter nights in Dubuque.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized
Tagged Congress, corruption, Donald Trump, emails, emoluments, hearings, House Freedom Caucus, hypocrisy, impeach, investigations, Rod Blum, security
In 2016 Rod Blum was very concerned about the state of security around Hilary Clinton’s emails. During a hearing, in which the technical expertise of Clinton was roundly mocked, Blum noted, “This would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.”
I am very happy to see that Rod Blum is concerned about the serious nature of security lapses in a presidential administration. Surely, he has called for hearings or investigations into similar lapses by the Trump administration?
The sound you hear is crickets coming from the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. For all of the fire and fury around emails when Barack Obama there has been no outcry over the many security lapses of the Trump administration.
Starting this week I have sent an email per day on the subject of the lack of investigations and/or hearings into the many issues surrounding the current presidential administration. At the end of this post you can see the sample text that I have been sending.
Here is what Rod Blum’s office sent in reply to pointed questions about hearings or investigations of security lapses under the Trump administration:
That is right. I have heard nothing in response to many inquiries. Why? Republicans in Congress do not give a shit about what Trump does as long as he keeps delivering on their corrupt agenda.
The general thrust is that Republicans could give a shit what Trump does as long as he cuts taxes, installs compliant activist judges, and generally does the bidding of the kleptocrat class without making them look too bad. He has succeeded on the first two, but Trump is a miserable freaking failure when it comes to not being an embarrassment.
Republicans in Congress have the power to convene hearings and conduct investigations into the corrupt practices of the Trump administration. You can rest assured that as long as Republicans control Congress that this power will be kept under lock and key.
What say you Rod Blum?
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Tagged Congress, corruption, Donald Trump, emails, emoluments, hearings, hypocrisy, impeach, investigations, Rod Blum, security