IOWA FALLS, Iowa — What a difference eight years makes.
More than 100 Iowans on Tuesday packed into a small farm town community center by 7:45 a.m. to urge Sen. Chuck Grassley not to repeal Obamacare, and to air their opposition to President Donald Trump’s agenda, his Cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court pick.
It was here in Iowa in the summer of 2009 that Grassley faced cantankerous crowds — the nascent Tea Party — from the other end of the political spectrum. As he was negotiating with Democrats over legislation that would become the Affordable Care Act, protesters crashed his town hall meetings to decry “government-run” health care.
Within weeks of that onslaught, Grassley pulled out of the bipartisan talks. The ensuing partisanship surrounding Obamacare has never subsided.
Now Grassley has a central role in the repeal and replace debate as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. And like a smattering of GOP lawmakers across the country, he’s facing heat from constituents who are packing well-publicized town halls to try to deter Republicans from repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening portrayed the heated reception some Republican lawmakers are getting at their town halls as fiction, instead accusing liberal activists of ginning up negative headlines.
“The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” Trump tweeted.
GOP lawmakers on recess, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, are getting an earful in their home districts, with some constituents railing against Trump’s plans to repeal Obamacare, his controversial Cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court pick.
Hill Republicans have accused liberal mega-donors of bankrolling a tide of local protesters, but organizing groups have denied that their efforts are being fueled by notable donors such as George Soros.
Ci sono storie, diceva, che quando le racconti si consumano. Sono quelle in cui il pathos si appanna, e ogni versione suona più sciocca e vuota della precedente. Altre storie, invece, consumano te. Più le racconti, più acquisiscono forza. Quel tipo di storie non fa che ricordarti quanto sei stato stupido. Quanto lo sei ancora. E quanto la sarai ancora.
Books I’d like to see be made into a movie (or soon to be)
the catcher in the rye by j. d. salinger; invisible monsters by chuck palahniuk; kafka on the shore by haruki murakami; after dark by haruki murakami; ready player one by ernest cline; the night circus by erin morgensten