Joni Ernst: A Whole ‘Generation’ Relies ‘On The Government To Provide Absolutely Everything For Them’
Joni Ernst, pig testicle juggler, and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, said that a “generation of people” has been created that relies “on the government to provide absolutely everything for them” in an audio highlighted by Democrats on Thursday.
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Ernst just Mitt Romneyed her state’s voters by labeling them as takers and makers, just not quite as bluntly as the failed presidential candidate did in his ’47 percent’ moment.
In the audio, which was tagged by Talking Points Memo, Ernst said a “generation of people” has been created that relies “on the government to provide absolutely everything for them.”
Ernst continued to say that “it’s going to take a lot of education to get people out of that. It’s going to be very painful and we know that.”
She further claimed that the Affordable Care Act would exacerbate this problem. “We’re looking at Obamacare right now. Once we start with those benefits in January, how are we going to get people off of those?” she said. “It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs.”
The Washington Post reports:
In the audio, Ernst came out for a balanced budget amendment, said that would require “severe cuts,” reiterated her desire to eliminate the Department of Education, vowed a “good, hard look at entitlement programs,” and said electing a GOP Senate majority would be a key step towards all of this. She also said we are “encouraging people” to get on food stamps. And then she waxed philosophical:
“What we have to do a better job of is educating not only Iowans, but the American people that they can be self-sufficient. They don’t have to rely on the government to be the do-all, end-all for everything they need and desire, and that’s what we have fostered, is really a generation of people that rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them. It’s going to take a lot of education to get people out of that. It’s going to be very painful and we know that. So do we have the intestinal fortitude to do that?…
Those comments were made in 2013. Obamacare is here. The economy is healing. The Apocalypse didn’t happen. Neither did the death panels. [su_csky_ad]