Doubles Down on Her Embrace of Sarah Palin and Her Tea Party Ideas
Des Moines – When asked how she feels being compared to Sarah Palin, Ernst told the New York Times:
“Well, I am flattered because she is a strong leader…She is the kind of politician I admire because she speaks her mind.”
Of course Joni Ernst is flattered, because there is no Senate candidate in the country more in line with Sarah Palin’s Tea Party agenda. On everything from supporting the privatization of Social Security, to cutting taxes for millionaires, to rejecting a minimum wage increase, and calling for impeachment of the President, Joni Ernst is the poster child for the Sarah Palin-Tea Party agenda.
“Iowans have come to know Joni Ernst as the ‘Sarah Palin of Iowa’ because Ernst admires Palin’s Tea Party leadership that is simply wrong for Iowa,” said Iowa Democratic Party spokesperson Christina Freundlich. “From privatizing Social Security, to cutting taxes for millionaires, to rejecting a minimum wage increase, there’s simply no daylight between Joni Ernst and Sarah Palin’s Tea Party agenda that would hurt Iowa. You betcha Joni Ernst is flattered.”
After Sarah Palin came to Iowa to endorse Ernst in March, the Senate candidate’s close ties with Palin were on full display earlier this summer when they both expressed their shared belief that impeachment of the President should be on the table. But Ernst’s Tea Party views don’t stop with her statements on impeachment. On nearly every issue that matters to Iowa families, Ernst is out-of-step with Iowans and in-step with Palin. From privatizing Social Security and transforming Medicare, to cutting taxes for millionaires, to rejecting an increase in the minimum wage, Ernst’s fringe and “remarkably far right” views consistently put her on the wrong side of Iowa’s middle class families.
Iowa Alliance Of Retired Americans Described Ernst’s Plan As Similar To Bush’s Plan To Privatize Social Security. In July 2014, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported, “Giertz and Jan Laue, president of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, who was also on the call, described Ernst’s plan as one similar to the one proposed by President George W. Bush in the mid-2000s that was not well-received by Americans. ‘Our Social Security system is the one retirement plan we can count on. It’s a promise to every generation: You … pay while you’re working and you get your benefits when you need it,’ Laue said.” [WCF Courier, 7/1/14]
Palin Endorsed Ryan Plan Of Privatizing Social Security. In a December 2010 op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, Sarah Palin wrote: “In my view, a better plan is the Roadmap for America’s Future produced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.). The Roadmap offers a reliable path to long-term solvency for our entitlement programs, and it does so by encouraging personal responsibility and independence … On Social Security, as with Medicare, the Roadmap honors our commitments to those who are already receiving benefits by guaranteeing all existing rights to people over the age of 55. Those below that age are offered a choice: They can remain in the traditional government-run system or direct a portion of their payroll taxes to personal accounts, owned by them, managed by the Social Security Administration and guaranteed by the federal government.” [Wall Street Journal, op-ed, 12/10/10]
Ernst Said She Opposed Minimum Wage Increase, Said Government Should Not “Be Stepping In And Telling [Businesses] This Is What You Will Do.” “State Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, said in an interview Thursday she is opposed to an [minimum wage] increase. ‘I believe that businesses will do what is best for their business,’ she said. ‘I don’t know that the government needs to be stepping in and telling them this is what you will do.’ She acknowledged government already requires businesses to pay $7.25 an hour, but adds, ‘we shouldn’t take it even further.’” [Quad-City Times, 1/11/14]
Palin Came Out Against Minimum Wage Increase: Minimum Wage Jobs Are “Not Lifetime Gigs They’re Stepping Stones.” In August 2014, MSNBC reported, “after footage of Warren voicing support for workers striking against minimum wages at fast food jobs, Palin goes completely off the rails, mumbling for 30 seconds about how much she thinks liberals hate fast food.” MSNBC continued, ‘dunno why are you even worried about fast food wages because,’ she said her voice trailing off. Palin, seemingly remembering that she’s being videotaped, returns to her actual point, which is that minimum wage jobs are ‘not lifetime gigs they’re stepping stones.’” [MSNBC, 8/11/14]
At GOP Forum, Ernst Described Obama As A “Dictator” And Said His Overreach Was Grounds For “Impeachment.” In January 2014, The Iowa Republican reported, “Five of the six candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate were in Red Oak for a five-county candidate forum on Wednesday night … Ernst seemed very comfortable debating in her home county. She was calm, cool, and collected throughout the debate. The one controversial thing that Ernst said came when she answered a question about President Obama’s use of executive orders and his willingness to bypass Congress on a number of issues. Ernst stated that the President had become a “dictator” and expressed frustration that our elected leaders are not standing up to the administration. She then suggested that Obama’s overreach is grounds for ‘impeachment.’” [The Iowa Republican, 1/16/14]
Palin: “The Many Impeachable Offenses Of Barack Obama Can No Longer Be Ignored.” In July 2014, Sarah Palin wrote for Breitbart.com: “Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.’ … It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment. The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.” [Breitbart.com, 7/8/14]
Tax Cuts For Millionaires
Palin Endorsed Ryan Plan Of Cutting Taxes For Millionaires. In a December 2010 op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, Sarah Palin wrote: “In my view, a better plan is the Roadmap for America’s Future produced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.). The Roadmap offers a reliable path to long-term solvency for our entitlement programs, and it does so by encouraging personal responsibility and independence … The Roadmap would also replace our high and anticompetitive corporate income tax with a business consumption tax of just 8.5%. The overall tax burden would be limited to 19% of GDP (compared to 21% under the deficit commission’s proposals). [Wall Street Journal, op-ed, 12/10/10]
2013: Ernst Said She Supports The Fair Tax. Conway: “All right, so we’ve got you onto the dark side of the Fair Tax?” Ernst: “Yes, the dark side of the Fair Tax.” [Simon Conway Show, 7/23/13] (Audio)
- Factcheck.org on the Fair Tax: Those Over $200,000 Would Benefit, While Those Between $15,000 and $200,000 Would See Tax Burden Rise. According the Treasury Department, under the Fair Tax (with a prebate program), everybody earning between $15,000 and $200,000 per year pays more tax. The poorest Americans are paying less under the Fair Tax plan. Those earning more than $200,000 would see their share of the overall tax burden decrease. However, this analysis only factors in elimination of the income tax. Another analysis by Americans for Fair Taxation that includes all the taxes that the Fair Tax would replace (income, payroll, corporate and estate taxes, found that those earning less than $24,156 per year would benefit. Those earning more than $200,000 would see their share of the overall tax burden decrease. Finally, “…those earning between $40[thousand] and $100,000” would see their percentage of the tax burden rise. [Factcheck.org, “Unspinning the Fair Tax,” 5/31/07]