Letter: Is the swamp drained yet?

Newly elected Republican majorities in Washington and in Iowa got their jobs by promising to help hard working, middle class Americans. Let’s check in to see all the ways they are helping us so far.

Republicans in Washington are moving to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, make it legal to dump coal sludge into our waterways, drop the requirement that your financial adviser act in your interest rather than his own, and remove the protections that were put in place to prevent another Great Recession.

I don’t remember hard working Americans asking for these things, do you? It’s almost like Republicans are working for powerful special interests instead of for us. But that’s not possible, because they “drained the swamp,” right?

Here in Iowa, Republicans are busy trying to destroy labor unions, shut down women’s health care clinics, and make sure no city can raise it’s minimum wage above the extravagant state minimum of $7.25 per hour. Because that’s why Iowans voted for these guys, right? We were all hoping they would reduce access to health care while keeping our wages and benefits as low as possible. Maybe it’ll “trickle down” later?

So there are the top priorities of our Republican representatives in Washington and in Iowa. Can you see how any of these actions are going to make your life better or increase your paycheck? Yeah, me either. Maybe we should give them a call.

James McNeill III

Cedar Rapids

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