Joni Ernst and her plastic bag shoes are no laughing matter

plastic bag shoes
Last night Senator Joni Ernst gave the GOP response to the president’s State of the Union address. She shared some of her background and she mentioned that as a child she had only one good pair of shoes. She said on rainy days her mother would make her put plastic bags on her shoes to protect them. To some this might seem funny, but to others it shows how one can move beyond their circumstances and achieve great things. This morning on The View Rosie O’Donnell was stunned by this story because Ernst is not an old woman, but this is a modern day problem. Poverty still exist in this country. Poor working people live here, and even if you don’t see them every day you need to know that they are out here trying to make it. So the plastic shoes might sound like something from the I Love Lucy era know that poverty is alive and well in the age of Obama.

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  • RS  On January 23, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Rosie O’Donnell has come a long way in her insanity. Years ago when she was young and actually entertaining she did an interview. It was not long after she adopted her first child, Parker. She stated that Parker had over 100 pairs of socks that were matching pairs, because she never had a matching pair of socks growing up. Does she forget that she grew up poor? She might not have had to put bread bags over her shoes, but how is the fact she did not have a good pair of socks different?

    Let’s not forget, Joni Ernst grew up in a RURAL area. Operative word, RURAL. Meaning no sidewalks, meaning when it rained there was mud. So yes, a rural mom would do that to protect shoes. My husband grew up like that, not a whole lot of money, but a hot meal on the table everynight and a warm bed to sleep in at night. They woke up at the crack of dawn for their chores which had to be complete before the school bus came. They had one pair of shoes for school and church and a pair of work boots for the farm. He would not trade his childhood for anything. He was taught the value of hard work and living simply.

    Rosie O’Donnell is out of touch and has forgotten her roots.

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