Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Truth About Joni Ernst

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. (photo: AP)
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. (photo: AP)

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

24 January 15
ell, this was predictable.

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: 5,568) 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.

Somebody should have gotten to my new friend Senator Joni and hipped her to this kind of thing. First of all, the SOTU response is inevitably a disaster, no matter who gives it. Second, if you're going to go heavy on the Little House on the Prairie stuff, it's best that the country already know, at least in part, that your family needed Uncle Sugar to stop on by and help with the bills. And, third, damn, $450G's buys a lot of Wonder Bread. She wasn't bad the other night. She was just silly.


+70 # WBoardman 2015-01-24 15:28
No, she was bad.

Maudlin, phony, dishonest, empty of content,
full of platitudes (meaning nothing).

+40 # PeacefulGarden 2015-01-24 18:38
Oh, snap, snap, snappity, snap, snap! Tis' the bread bag lady!

+4 # Barbara K 2015-01-25 10:18
Geez, another republican making tracks to the trough at our expense. They cut food stamps and unemployment for the poor, trying to cut Social Security for the seniors, etc., but they can dish it out to themselves by the big pig trough.


+36 # cymricmorty 2015-01-24 18:54
She's the GOP's denatured version of Moonbeam McSwine.

+27 # T4D 2015-01-24 20:00
Iowa also has a 1st Dist. Congressperson who was raised in a house with chickens in the attic, and dirt floors. Being first in the Nation with this kind of stuff is not fun!

-9 # rradiof 2015-01-24 23:02
Call Joe Genereus, and the Grinnell crew: Barry Zigas, John Chambers, Henry Cornell, Kenneth Adelman, Tom Cole (the only Indian), look it up motherfuckers, OMG, I went to Grinnell with all the aforementioned. Good night.

-14 # BobboMax 2015-01-24 23:10
Sorry- While I think Ms. Ernst is a simple-minded, two-faced, lying hypocritical Republican, I think this is a non-issue.

$460,000 over something like 15 years is a little over $30K a year, divided among any number of shirt-tail relatives. Any farmer who can't pull down $30K a year in federal subsidies is too dumb to be in the business. Non-issue.

+64 # speedboy 2015-01-24 23:17
We finally got rid of Palin---we're getting rid of Bachman---and along comes this pain in the ass! Where do they keep finding these unrelated women with the same DNA?

+32 # Billy Bob 2015-01-25 00:00
Believe me, there's an endless supply.

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