Grassley out of touch


To the editor:

The estate tax, which congressional Republicans are champing at the bit to abolish, applies to people who leave at least $5.49 million to their descendants (at least $10.98 million for a couple).

Republican Chuck Grassley, the senior senator from Iowa, declared that it’s perfectly reasonable to repeal that tax. He told a reporter for the Des Moines Register, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every damn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

Wow! So all you millions of folks who aren’t invested are using your $30,000 or $40,000 or $50,000 or $60,000 annual salary not to pay for your family’s rent or mortgage, food, clothing, and many other necessities, but on liquor, women or going to the movies.

Where are those millions of homeless, starving, buck naked people hiding, Sen. Grassley?

Miriam Helbok

Miriam Helbok


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Oh Ms Helbok, you poor thing. Suffering from TDS is a bad thing. Hopefully you get over it.

Grassley, who I'm not particularly fond of, was simply using an age old technique of taking a few liberties to make a punchy statement.

Do you really think he believes that everyone out there is boozing etc?

I don't.

I think his point was that this tax bill is going to reward the investing class and not moochers and he was using colorful language to explain it for a short sound bite. And I say "bring it on!!"

We're already seeing the positive effects of this tax bill with businesses raising their wages and giving large bonuses.

We see a reduction in payroll taxes that will benefit every American regardless of income.

We are seeing rapid reinvestment in American business.

We saw a repeal of the onerous and communistic "Obamacare mandate", which means Obamacare is dead (thank god I'll be able to afford insurance again!)

And we are seeing an incredibly high Small Business Optimism rating, which in reality is the true Presidential approval poll.

And not one Democrat voted for it!!

Ya'all better get cracking for 2018 and 2020 with a winnable candidate with a message of economic populism, because the days of people caving into your PC bullcrap about safe spaces, LGBTQ rights, protecting illegal immigrants and forcing people at gunpoint to buy insurance products are over. While you were believing the lies of a mainsteam media that has consistently lied to you about everything, the Progressive Libertarian right, the conservative movement,the Tea Party and the millions of people in the 9/11 truth movement were forging alliances and taking back the power. It's an unstoppable cultural zeitgeist change and the country is not going back.

Keep up with your dreams of a socialist utopia though if you want. Actually, I really want you to do that because that means you will never again regain power in this country.

Monday, January 15