If you’re going to tell the world a sob story about how poor you were that you needed to slip Wonder Bread bags over your feet to keep them dry in the rain, you might want to be you’re your poverty was for real.
But a reality check never got in the way of Joni Ernst, the Republican senator from Iowa. She gave the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last week and shared the woe-is-me tale of her Wonder booties. Then, of course, it was on to insulting the Democrats for their “wasteful spending.” And that, commendably, she wanted to be working in a country where “you don’t need to come from wealth or privilege to make a difference.”
“You just need the freedom to dream big, and a whole lot of hard work,” she continued.
Except that Joni somehow forgot all the farm subsidies her family has gotten over the years. Lots and lots of federal farm subsidies. Iowa farmers are ranked second only to Texas farmers in the amount of federal subsidies they are paid.
Now I think farmers work harder than anyone and deserve the help they need.
Is Joni going to tell all her constituents that their subsidies are “wasteful spending?”
That would be a whole new kind of Wonder.