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Our Scary New Congress: Meet 5 Tea Party Extremists Taking Office This Month

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Republicans, Conservatives, wingnuts, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, jody hice, glenn grothman, mark walker, Tea Party, GOP, The Right, Politics News )

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These five hard-right Republicans promise to make the 114th Congress a spectacularly awful one.


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Kay M (46)
Friday January 2, 2015, 8:11 pm
Good Evening and thank you for this article- which I read and noted- OH BOY - what did we expect from these tea party REPUGS --- they lie and FOX NEWS swears to the lie- America voted - so America is getting what they deserve=- A CROP OF LOONY BIRDS straight off the nut farm -and they are running our country and making our laws ---GOD HELP US ALL Sincerely Kay M.

Judy C (91)
Friday January 2, 2015, 9:56 pm
These five will carry the torch of bigotry as people like Michelle Bachman leave office. Joni Ernst comes from Iowa, and I live on the Nebraska side of the border with that state. Her political ads ran ad nauseam on our local media. She spouts about taking Iowa values to Washington. The Washington Post ran a story about her political ads, pointing out this:

The narrator of the ad says Ernst, a state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, "carries more than just lipstick in her purse." The commercial portrays her riding a motorcycle to a shooting range where she takes target practice.

"Joni Ernst will take aim at wasteful spending. And once she sets her sights on Obamacare, Joni's gonna unload," the narrator continues. Next, Ernst starts firing a handgun at a target.

"Oh, and one more thing," adds the narrator as the dispersal of her shots on the target come into view. "Joni doesn't miss much."

".... In March, Ernst released an ad saying that she grew up "castrating hogs" and wants to go to Washington to "make 'em squeal."

Here's a link to the Washington Post article, which includes a video of one of her crazy campaign ads:

GOP Senate hopeful Ernst fires gun in ad vowing to ‘unload’ on Obamacare


Judy C (91)
Friday January 2, 2015, 10:07 pm
That link appears not to work. I actually clicked on it from a link in an article from Huffington Post. Try this:

Joni Ernst: My Gun Will Defend Me If Government Decides 'My Rights Are No Longer Important'


Carrie B (306)
Friday January 2, 2015, 11:15 pm
May God help us because those fools certainly want to hurt us!

Ben O (128)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 5:27 am
Holy crap!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 10:31 am
Yes. I saw all of these coming and more. I don't know whether to hope I make it through 2015, or to hope I don't. I hope Obama's veto pens hold out.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 1:16 pm
Where was I when this country went wacko?!
Who votes for these people? And don't get me started on Joni.
Thank you Judy. Nightmares tonight.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 2:06 pm
I don't think it is scary at all. The American people overwhelmingly voted in November 2014 to have a republican congress. They certainly weren't afraid to elect republicans who belong to The Tea Party. The House now has 56.6% of the seats. The Senate has 54% of the seats. Personally, I wouldn't let 5 republicans who belong to The Tea Party worry you. The American people gave Obama a pure shellacking in November and sent a very strong message across our country.

My hope is that we can turn the corner in 2015 and get Americans back to work and off massive food stamps and welfare. We also need to turn to our small businesses, long neglected over the past 7 years, with tax relief and hiring incentives. We have a completely chaotic foreign affairs situation and heightened terrorism with IS dominating the Middle East. There's a great deal of damage control our country needs to address. There's plenty of work to do between now and 2017. My hope is that we can, indeed, turn our country around. It is long overdue. Worrying about 5 Tea Party affiliated republicans somehow seems a bit silly to me. Far more important challenges face our country today.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 2:07 pm

JL A (281)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 2:33 pm
Unfortunate this isn't a Halloween article as all five have demonstrated ignorance of the constitution and of the duties required of the offices they were elected to hold as public servants (not ideologues). Thanks Judy

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 2:42 pm
The overwhelming majority of the American people (democrats and republicans) voted for them. The Tea Party wants to protect our Constitution. You might want to read their bios when you have time.

The American people wanted the above 5 people in and the democrats out. That's America talking to you...and me!

David C (75)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 3:54 pm
the late night comedians will be kept busy........

remember that NONE OF THESE WAS VOTED IN BY 'THE AMERICAN PEOPLE', they were all voted in by individual areas of the to say they represent the majority of Americans would be inaccurate....

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 3:59 pm
Individual Americans cast their own votes in their own states. The votes were counted in each state and an overwhelming majority of the votes from those states cast by individual Americans gave the republicans the House and the Senate. That, to me, is more than accurate.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 8:03 pm
Only 5?

Well if the Corporations would pay their employees a "living wage" then you'd see how quickly the people would go off the food stamp rolls. As for welfare there is a lot less of that since Bill Clinton signed in the Welfare Reform Act and it isn't like those who are on it getting rich. The monthly income ranges from $216 a month to $638 a month. I hardly think that is crashing the budget.

Perhaps you should check to see how much is going into the military to fight wars of Lies or supporting others in their wars.

At the same time these Corporations pay so low that people qualify for poverty programs the CEO's are being way overpaid and many Corporations are not paying taxes or very little taxes due to the loopholes and such. I also want to point out that the Wealthy Welfare programs are well funded but is easy to forget about those as it is so much easier to pick on the already poor and downtrodden, let's just kick them a bit more.

Louise D (44)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 12:05 am
This is what happens when people can't be bothered to vote only 36.4% of eligible voters voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The lack of political engagement combined with vested interests pumping money into the more extreme elements of the Republican party has resulted in this type of opportunistic parasitic politicians who will only be looking after their own interests, rather doing the business at hand. If anything this is the result of an idealogical conflict that has been going on for more than 20 years now. When they claim they are defending the Constitution they are merely saying they will defend the parts they like but don't really understand when they support many blatantly unconstitutional pieces of legislation. Still, when 63.6% of voters don't vote this is very much the result.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 3:03 am
I believe you might be generalizing too much. 53% of Americans work for small businesses and receive good salaries and many benefits. The ACA will impact these businesses and that, alone, will impact the employees in terms of reduced hours and jobs being shed. I don't have a problem with the minimum wage being raised but it is a moot point if people don't have jobs. Some businesses will raise the minimum wage and reduce their staff to offset the additional payroll outlay.

Lots of moving parts to this issue.

Jason R (67)
Monday January 5, 2015, 3:33 pm
Diane, can I correct you without you running to Care2 to whine that I'm attacking you, to get me banned again? Good! Read and learn…
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