Joni Ernst Wants To Cut Big Spender’s Balls Off

Iowan Joni Ernst—mother, soldier and conservative—wants to take her hog castration experience to the chambers of the U.S. Senate and clip, clip, clip the dreaded “pork,” so beloved be her political brethren.

“Washington is full of big spenders—let’s make them squeal,” Ernst offers. What a towering load of manure.

So-called conservatives freely spend the nation’s tax dollars on the military and thousands of other corporate welfare schemes. Every single day. So, the politics of this is poison. But not nearly as upsetting to me as the truth-jamming that goes on in this ad and others like it. The manipulation of reality for power is a crime, and the continual dripping of stupidity from the media faucet is torture.

What is so difficult about believing in infrastructure and healthy private-public partnerships to ensure it? Government investment is one of the fundamental backbones of marketplace growth. And this is the U.S.A in 2014—our roads, bridges, railways, parks, schools and healthcare must be the safest, most efficient and appealing in the world. How can anyone argue against this with a clear conscience? It simply defies all logic.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.