September 27, 2022

Grassley represents corporations, not Iowa

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 finally allows Medicare to begin negotiating with Big Pharma on the high cost of prescription drugs. It’s a huge win for Americans. That’s why the pharmaceutical industry and Republican Senators including Chuck Grassley hate it. Not one Senate Republican voted for the bill.

Grassley is living in a bygone era. His rigid policies that maintain the current status quo further gut the middle class, hurt American workers, worsen the effects of climate change, and undermine social progress.

Grassley foolishly said on Instagram: “This is the worst possible policy at the worst possible time.” I’ve watched his votes and read enough on Grassley to know that any legislation benefiting the middle class likely gives Grassley a migraine. His beloved big corporations and the wealthy will actually pay a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%.

But former treasury secretaries under Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama endorsed the legislation.

Additionally, economist and Nobel prize winner, Paul Krugman, said: “… if it does become law, it will be a very big deal”. He compared the legislation to President Eisenhower’s “National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956,″ “investing in the nation’s future.”

Our future must include clean energy such as electric cars, more energy efficient buildings. The bill proposes a 10-year extension of the homeowner credit for solar projects.

Grassley now only represents corporations. He no longer represents Iowa values.

Let’s come together to vote for Mike Franken in November.

Dave Bradley

West Liberty