Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Iowa Native And Great Friend Diane Grant Reacts To Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley's Patronizing And Disdainful Remarks About Ending The Estate Tax

     Here's what Grassley said:  "I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it's on booze or women or movies,"

     Here's Diane's reply:  Despite the fact that Iowa is often characterized as backwards and full of country bumpkins, and that I haven't lived there for more than 40 years, I have always been proud that I am a native Iowan. The state consistently ranks in the top ten for education, it has a healthy two-party system where one's vote counts for something, and the general quality of life is high. But Mr. Grassley, you have diminished my pride. I have refrained from commenting on recent political actions, but this time I could not stay silent.
My father considered you his friend. He campaigned for you. He entertained you in his home a few times. He had the highest regard for you, and since I respected my father's opinion, I also held you in high esteem, even though I did not concur with you on many issues. My father passed away almost a year ago, and I can't help but wonder how he would view you now.
Mr. Grassley, would you please define for me just exactly who those people are "just spending every darn penny they have, whether it's on booze or women or movies?" Many of us would like to know. Please explain to me how you can justify your vote for a tax bill that truly only benefits the top 1%, that essentially raises taxes for the lower and middle classes, that takes away medical coverage for 13 million people, and increases the deficit by more than 1.4 trillion dollars. Who are you really serving? In my view, it is not your constituents; it's not the majority of the American populace. Is it the narcissist who currently occupies the Oval Office?
You are not alone - I am just as disgusted and disappointed in the South Dakota senators who also put party ties, class and nepotism ahead of conscience and what they know is morally right. I am utterly discouraged by the current divisive partisan politics. However, I am a believer in karma - what goes around, comes around. Eventually - and I hope sooner than later - a reckoning will come.
- Diane Rasdal Grant


  1. "And a hard rain is gonna fall..."

  2. "I strongly support reforming our tax code to provide relief to hardworking Americans and make the tax code more oriented toward the growth of our economy."

    Sure you do, but that will only be temporary for the hard working Americans but permanent for the 1%. Apparently you didn’t read the email that I sent you and watch the video, where multibillionaire Nick Hanauer, an entrepreneur, who has created many jobs with start up companies, says that tax cuts for the wealthy as a job creator is a myth. The only tax cuts that create jobs are those for the poor and the middle class, who will spend the tax cuts on more goods and services, thus creating jobs.

    "It would also reduce the corporate tax rate, which is currently the highest in the industrialized world, and reduce the tax rate on pass-through businesses."

    What good does it do to reduce the corporate tax rate? So many of them have moved their headquarters offshore and pay no taxes to the US. Others such as General Electric get a tax rebate, even though they haven’t even paid any taxes in, and they profit from all the wars that are fought, by making the weapons that are used to fight those wars.

    For the US to cut taxes again when we are already 20 trillion dollars in debt is unconscionable and about as un-Republican as you can get. The US Congress and the President should be ashamed of yourselves for trotting out this “job creating" theory, at a time when unemployment is at historic lows and the Congress is thoroughly unable or unwilling to solve the undocumented worker crisis so that we can get those jobs filled.

    Lanny Stricherz

  3. That was my response to the two points in quotes from Senator Thune. I also sent it to Senator Rounds.

  4. I keep trying to come up with a decent answer to this and I keep being reduced to profanity instead. All my answers keep falling back into four letter remarks.

    But I'll try once more. How about we rewrite Grassley's comment instead? "I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it's on housing, health care, child or elder care, or helping put their children through college or pay off their own student loans...."

    1. Well done Dark Star!!!