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GOP Candidate Pulls A Gun, Pledges To 'Unload' On Obamacare In Ad
Nothing is more conservative than guns and hating Obamacare, which might explain why multiple congressional candidates have now combined them in one of their campaign ads.
First was Will Brooke in Alabama. Now Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate race, has released her own version.
"Joni Ernst will take aim at wasteful spending. And once she sets her sights on Obamacare, Joni's gonna unload," the ad's narrator says while Ernst fires shots at a shooting range.
"Give me a shot," Ernst says to the camera as the ad concludes.
Her campaign declines to disclose to the Washington Post how much it would spend on the ad, but said it would air on broadcast and cable TV.
Ernst has a knack for provocative campaign ads: She also touted her history castrating pigs in a previous spot.
Ernst sang a song about "bread bag" as shoes in which she claims to come from an impoverished background. The real story, however, is that her background is one of privilege and corporate welfarism:
Joni Ernst's Family Got Hundreds Of Thousands In Farm Subsidies | Crooks and Liars (external - login to view)
I put Joni's SOTU response up there so you can listen to her little anecdote at the beginning again, but this time with a little more transparency and truth around her "bread bag" story.
Please be still, my beating heart, over the sacrifices she made for the family farm. She forgot to mention the teeny-tiny $460,000 in federal subsidies her family received via the farm subsidy program.
The District-Sentinel reports:
The truth about her family’s farm roots and living within one’s means, however, is more complex. Relatives of Ernst (née: Culver), based in Red Oak, Iowa (population: 5,56
have received over $460,000 in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009. Ernst’s father, Richard Culver, was given $14,705 in conservation payments and $23,690 in commodity subsidies by the federal government–with all but twelve dollars allocated for corn support. Richard’s brother, Dallas Culver, benefited from $367,141 in federal agricultural aid, with over $250,000 geared toward corn subsidies. And the brothers’ late grandfather Harold Culver received $57,479 from Washington—again, mostly corn subsidies—between 1995 and 2001. He passed away in January 2003.
The Sentinel cross-referenced the Environmental Working Group farm subsidy database with open source information to verify the Culvers’ interest in the Department of Agriculture’s crop support program.
Sen. Ernst’s family’s financial interest notably came up once during her campaign. In October, Salon reported that Richard’s construction company was awarded $215,665 in contracts from the Montgomery County government in 2009 and 2010, while Ernst was the body’s auditor. The bids won by Culver included Federal Emergency Management Agency projects worth $204,794.
Here's what infuriates me most about this. Joni Ernst stood there with a straight face and told every one of us who benefit from federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that not only did our new Republican overlords not give a damn, they were going to work overtime to make sure they were taken away. Subsidies for farms, but the rest of you can go jump off a cliff. That's the Republican way!
All the while she's pretending she's some kind of noble child living without an extra pair of shoes. Such cynicism.
No surprise when you think about it.