May 17, 2022

Who are the hardworking, middle-class voices

In the Sunday newspaper, April 24, the Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party has a guest column regarding the Iowa Caucus. In his rambling, he suggests concern that the Iowa Democratic Party is “snubbing the voice of millions of hardworking, and middle-class voices that are the backbone of this country” and the Democratic Party is giving the “middle finger to rural blue-collar America.”

Who are these “hardworking, middle-class voices” that the Chairman is concerned about? Could it be the “hardworking” women who the Republican legislature and Republican Governor has restricted their right to make their own decisions regarding their health? Or, is it the “hardworking” Iowa State employees that the Republican legislature and Republican Governor has restricted their collective bargaining rights to have a voice to assure a better life for them and their families? Or, is it the “hardworking” public school teachers who have to dip into their own pockets to purchase school material because the Republican legislature and Republican Governor refuse to adequately fund public school? Or, maybe it is the “hardworking” voters in Iowa that the Republican legislature and Republican Governor has restricted their constitutional rights to vote in a free and fair election?

And lastly, could the Chairman also have concern for unemployed Iowans because the Republicans want to slash their unemployment benefits? You know, when someone is down, give them a good kick!

If these are the ‘”hardworking voices” the Chairman is referencing, then I submit he should speak to those Republicans in power. If not, then stop pretending that he cares.

Max E. Tipton

Newton