Kim Reynolds has much better things to do than hang around and govern Iowa. She is now a national leader. Seems like just the other day she was down on the border protecting Iowa from the scourge of immigration. Hey it was just the other day. She was down in Texas, protecting Iowa’s southern border.
While one would think that having a thousand plus Iowans getting sick with a pandemic illness that she refuses to take seriously would be something she might want to spend her time on. But Covid Kim has to burnish her credentials to become Border Guard Kim as she saves Iowa from a made up crisis that is only 1,000 miles from Iowa’s southern border. Feel safer, Keokuk?
Reynolds is just doing her part in the co-ordinated far right effort to equate Democrats with three election issues that they believe will bring Democrats down. Immigration is one of the three prongs. That is why Border Guard Kim is patrolling Iowa’s far, far southern border. That is why we spent $300,000 to send Iowa Highway Patrol members to the southern border this summer. Iowa doesn’t have any of its highways along the US southern border, but that didn’t stop Border Guard Kim.
While there she made some ridiculous statements to scare Iowans, to ratchet up the fear factor, without any citation for her statements:
Reynolds said Iowa is seeing an increase in fentanyl and methamphetamine coming from across the border, and she described increased border security measures as a way to protect the health and safety of Iowans.
“They are lacing pot, they are putting it in pills, and the purity of the fentanyl that is crossing the border and is making its way to the states is horrific,” she said.
As Reynolds plays border guard and ignores Iowa’s problems, the second part of the three pronged attack is to make it seem like the US withdrawal from Afghanistan was totally botched. While there were some glitches we are finally out of a forever war started by Republican George W. Bush in an insane attempt to supposedly apprehend Osama Bin Laden. Bin laden was killed by the Obama administration using special forces. Bush’s war sadly continued all through the Trump administration.
But Trump negotiated with the enemy behind closed doors and set up an impossible situation for us to withdraw. Republicans like Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley are pushing this second prong of the offensive against Biden with lie after lie.
Prong #3 of the Republican strategy for winning elections in 2022 and 2024 is to pull out the old canard the Democrats are “socialist.” They offer no definition nor any evidence of what this means. But it is supposed to be bad. Imagine citizens having health care or enough food to eat, or education that will help the country or a place to live. What could be worse?
The socialist prong for the coming election appears to be the bailiwick of Iowa’s congressional delegation right now. We have seen both Miller-Meeks and Hinson making non-congruent statements about socialism in interviews and appearances. As with immigration, this is supposed to inspire fear in Iowans. Imagine decent paying jobs? Un-American!
I might say that Iowans should be fearful here. The extreme right is close to ending Social Security and Medicare. Imagine what a disaster that would cause, especially in Iowa with an older population. Who wants to live with their parents at age 50? Vote Republican and you may find out what it is like whether you want to or not.
And now to answer the question at the top of the page. With Insurrectionist #1, Donny Trump coming to Des Moines tonight, I am guessing she will be on his podium without a mask. Since Covid Kim has done more than her share to promote chaos in this country, especially in the Covid area and now in immigration, expect Trump to lavish praise on Reynolds. She has been a good soldier in their quest.
Oh, the horror of icky harmful unwanted substances being sent from one place to another place that really, really doesn’t want the icky harmful unwanted substances. So awful. So unfair. Something really should be done.
That’s what I think every time I read stories about what Iowa’s farm pollution is doing to the Gulf fishing industry.