To the Editor:
IOWA NEEDS A BIG CHANGE!
“Ads like Reynolds’ can never make Iowa a better place to live.” I agree with this editorial in the Des Moines Register. They hit the nail on the head.
Reynolds has used nastiness, untruths and inuendo to launch her cruel attacks. Again, to quote the Register, “The governor’s commercial is beyond the pale.”
Reynolds does a splendid job of pitting Iowans against each other. We don’t need that in our state or in our country. She is using language that divides Americans and makes it harder for us to work together to solve our problems. Her tone has worsened in the past 5-6 years. Reynolds has increasingly used the rhetoric of the disgraced, twice impeached former president. I think Iowans want to get beyond this.
Reynolds tries to make a big scandal of “people paid not to work.” She doesn’t seem to care that unemployment benefits- which workers have always paid into- are not the same as a handouts. People forced out of their jobs due to the pandemic had earned those benefits and should get them. Even the enhanced unemployment benefits related to the Covid pandemic were yanked from Iowans while other states let their workers use them.
There’s over one BILLION dollars in Reynolds Rainy Day Fund- much of it from our current federal government to help us recover from the effects of Covid. You’d think it was her personal checking account.
We desperately need this money in Iowa! Teachers need more pay and smaller classes. How do you think Iowa went from being first in education to now 20th on the list? Are we in a race to the bottom?
Our mental healthcare system is broken. There is so much “dark money” in Iowa Republicans’ coffers today. In case you’re interested, dark money is cash that candidates use but do not have to reveal where it came from. Nice! It’s more important for our governor and the current republican state legislators to remain in power than to address these needs. Where’s that money coming from? Big Pharma? Huge corporations? Other countries? The law does not require them to tell us.
What is Reynolds doing with that one billion? I’m not sure but less than a month ago, the Des Moines Register, on the front page, said, “TAX CUTS: CORPORATE TO PRECEDE INDIVIDUAL” Of course the cuts go first to the big money. Isn’t it time for a change?
Of Reynold’s campaign ad, the Register also said,” it’s embarrassing, it’s indefensible” and “ it should be beneath any Iowa elected official.” I agree with the register and Reynolds needs to go.
THEN THERE’S CHUCK GRASSLEY:
He’s been there TOO LONG. If he EVER cared about Iowans, he DOESN’T now. Last August Senator Grassley blocked an effort to cap insulin at $35.00 for people under 65 on private insurance. If you or your child has diabetes and you have hundreds of dollars in monthly medical bills you can thank our current senator. This is from a man who’s had VIP medical treatment for decades- on our dime, I might add.
Mr. Grassley also tried to block the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act. Senate rules differ for private vs government health care. His no vote was overridden. Due to all the Democrats voting for this, we of Social Security age, now have a cap of $35.00 on insulin, we have a cap of $2000. on our out of pocket prescription drugs and now medicare can negotiate for drug prices. The Republicans have said that if they win this fall this new legislation will be overturned.
Are you also aware that today’s Republican Party, if it regains power, is talking of cutting both Medicaid and Social Security? This is no joke! Leaders of the current Republican party are now saying that if they gain control after this election, they will “revisit” social security. They are actually talking of bringing it up for review every 1-5 years to see if it should continue! They want to lower benefits and increase the age for eligibility. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY ARE PUSHING!
Grassley always touted his support of the military. Then the Pact Act came along. This was to enhance the healthcare and help with disabilities for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits while in the military. Grassley was AGAINST helping these vets!. It was only after a huge, public outcry with veterans and their families refusing to leave the steps of the capitol until some government aid was given them that Grassley scrambled to support it. I guess the spectacle of our veterans with their oxygen tanks and wheelchairs needed due to these burn pit wounds, sitting in front of his office, didn’t look good on the evening news!
Grassley should know all about defending the police. I watched in horror on January 6,2021 as the capital police risked their own lives to hustle him to safety as Trump supporters tried to overthrow the 2020 election. Six people died, 141 members of those police were injured, some never able to return to work. One lost an eye. A Captain Mendoza said, “As an American and an Army veteran, it’s hard to see us attacked by our own citizens.” His face from a chemical spray is still healing. After initially being angry about the assault, Grassley later gave all kinds of excuses for not voting for a conviction of the man who set the insurrection in motion. These men and women saved his life! Apparently staying in power and needing money for his reelection bid was far more important.
NOW WE HAVE RANDY FEENSTRA
Shortly after the attempted insurrection Mr. Feenstra told radio station KCRG that, “a wonderful group” of peaceful protesters “got carried away” that day. Try telling that to the families of those who died that day.
Earlier this year Mr. Feenstra was another “no” vote to reduce the cost of insulin for people under 65 and a cap on their medical costs. Our working age Iowans can thank him for that. Let’s put a democrat in and get these medical costs down!
If you notice any repairs on infrastructure ,bridges being replaced or new roads being built around Iowa, you can’t thank Randy Feenstra for this either. He voted AGAINST it. Apparently he thinks Iowa doesn’t need it.
Iowans deserve better. We need a huge change. Let’s vote these three out!