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Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan perpetuates racism

By Mike Thayer

"You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." ~ Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff for Barack Obama (2009-2010), former mayor of Chicago (2011-2019).

That's a liberal thing to do and it's the very thing Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan is attempting to do with his latest line of B.S. on his blog, Sullivan's Salvos:

*DID YOU KNOW?  There were about 750,000 slaves in the US as of the writing of the Constitution – 18% of the US population. Southern states, concerned with losing political power, created the Electoral College to ensure they maintained power without allowing slaves to vote. The Electoral College remains with us today.

There's SO much wrong with Sullivan's statement!

  1. The premise:  What Sullivan wrote is nothing short of a blatant attempt to perpetuate racism, he's not letting the current crisis of race relations and protest go to waste!  Under the guise of 'educating' readers in attacking the Electoral College, Sullivan is fanning the flames of ignorance.
  2. Sullivan lies and inflates numbers:  The approximate number of slaves in the U.S. as of the writing of the U.S. Constitution was 500,000, not the 750,000 Sullivan falsely threw out there for readers to consume.  But this is what liberal-minded people do, exaggerate the reality because the truth won't suffice. Note that Sullivan, as he usually does, fails to provide a source for his number. 
  3. Flat out manipulation/distortion/re-write of historySouthern states, concerned with losing political power, created the Electoral College to ensure they maintained power without allowing slaves to vote. Here's some REAL history that Sullivan would rather not have you know if you didn't already:

    Only the Southern states had large numbers of slaves. Counting them as part of the population would greatly increase the South’s political power, but it would also mean paying higher taxes. This was a price the Southern states were willing to pay. They argued in favor of counting slaves. Northern states disagreed. The delegates compromised. Each slave would count as three-fifths of a person.

    Following this compromise, another controversy erupted: What should be done about the slave trade, the importing of new slaves into the United States? Ten states had already outlawed it. Many delegates heatedly denounced it. But the three states that allowed it — Georgia and the two Carolinas — threatened to leave the convention if the trade were banned. A special committee worked out another compromise: Congress would have the power to ban the slave trade, but not until 1800. The convention voted to extend the date to 1808.  Source:  www.constitutionalrightsfoundation.com

  4. Sullivan needs a bad guy to push an agenda:  Look how he implies that the eeeeevvvviiiiilllll southern states created the Electoral College.  And again, note the lack of proper source and reference by Sullivan to support his (cough) statement.  Liberal-minded folks hate the Electoral College, they want a popular vote instead.  Think Al Gore and Hillary Clinton (shudder).  But the Framers were far smarter than people like Rod Sullivan, who is manipulating the current circumstances of protest, destruction and crime, to push the liberal agenda of getting rid of the Electoral College.  He is perpetuating racism, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." ~ Rahm Emanuel.   Here's some more history, debunking Sullivan's nonsense about the creation of the Electoral College, who created it and why: 

    Why Was The Electoral College Method Chosen?

    The electoral college synthesized two important philosophies established in the Constitution: (1) the maintenance of a republican, as opposed to a democratic, form of government (the explicit constitutional provisions on this issue, as well as the specific declarations of the Founders, will be examined later in this paper); and (2) the balancing of power between the smaller and the larger States and between the various diverse regions of the nation (this second point will be examined first).

    When establishing our federal government, smaller States like Rhode Island had feared they would have no voice, and therefore no protection, against the more populous States like New York or Massachusetts. Similarly, the sparsely populated agricultural regions feared an inability to protect their interests against the fishing and shipping industries dominant in the more populous coastal States. These concerns on how to preserve individual State voices and diverse regional interests caused the framers to establish a bi-cameral rather than a uni-cameral legislative system.  Source: Electoral College, Preserve or Abolish?

  5. Sullivan implies The Electoral College is a tool of racismThe Electoral College remains with us today.  This is perhaps what is most infuriating about Sullivan's statement.   He wants you to believe the Electoral College is based in evil and should be abolished.  Sullivan is perpetuating racism and does so with lies, distortions and manipulation.  The Electoral College is still with us today because it works, it represents votes, not race.  It wasn't a creation of the south, it was a creation of compromise at the Constitutional Convention, it was a choice arrived at after three other proposals to elect a president were debated and dismissed.  Here is some more history and analysis Sullivan doesn't want you to read: 

    While critics assert that the electoral college discourages minority participation. Curtis Gans, of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, explains why this assertion is inaccurate:

    The success of American democracy has rested, in part, on achieving a balance between the will and desires of the majority of Americans and recognizing the rights and needs of various minorities. The electoral college serves to protect the latter in national politics. To take the most obvious example, the number of farmers in the Unites States has dwindled so precipitously that nationally they are no longer a serious numerical factor in electoral outcomes—despite the fact that most of the food we have on our tables is due to their individual and collective effort. In a system of direct elections, their concerns could easily be ignored. But because their votes are critical to winning electoral votes in several mid-western and western States, their needs must be addressed, their views must be solicited, and their allegiances must be competed for. The needs and aspirations of America’s African-American population could easily be ignored in a direct election. They comprise perhaps 12 percent of the eligible electorate. But in several southern States, they account for nearly a majority of eligible citizens and they comprise a significant and, perhaps on occasions, pivotal minorities in several northern States. The electoral college insures, in national elections, that their views must be taken into account. Union members, Christian fundamentalists, Latinos, rural denizens are but a few of the significant minorities whose views and needs might be ignored if campaigns were totally nationalized.  Source:  Electoral College, Preserve or Abolish?

     

    Rod Sullivan wants to abolish something that is good for the country, for all people, and his push is based in lies. Rod Sullivan perpetuates racism, he is in fact, part of the problem.


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By Mike Thayer

F-fal pan setWhen the eggs you're frying up for breakfast stick to the 'non-stick' frying pan despite the ample dose of olive oil, you know it's time to replace it.  The cheap frying pan set I bought at Walmart about five years back when setting up my apartment post-divorce were all in need of replacement as a matter of fact.  While I do enjoy my fair share of eating out, I do prepare most of my meals at home, so that el cheapo Walmart frying pan set endured almost every day use.  For the $18 or so I shelled out for the el cheapo stuff, I'd say I got some pretty good mileage out of those pans.

A frying pan upgrade was needed and heavier/thicker gauge metal pans, something that can hold the heat better, where the non-stick coating will last longer was a must.  Oh, and having to occasionally get the screwdriver out to make sure the loose handle didn't fall off those el cheapo pans was a bit of a nuisance.

Enter T-fal

Shopping with my girlfriend in Costco one day and browsing the 'kitchen stuff' isle, I picked up a T-fal 3 pack,  which consists of an 8 inch pan, a 9.75 inch pan, and an 11.25 inch pan.  For my cooking needs, this was a winner.  The pans are Titanium non-stick, with riveted handles (no more screwdriver!) and these pans are even oven safe up to 350 degrees.  But the best thing about this pan set was the price, just $24.99!

These pans are a pleasure to cook with, hold heat much more consistently than that el cheapo stuff did and are SUPER easy to clean.  This was a nice upgrade without having to shell out a lot of cash.  With proper care, these pans are going to last me more than the five years I cooked with that "e.c." set from Walmart.  I'm giving the T-fal 3 pack frying pan set 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, the only thing this set is missing is a lid.  I'd pay a few more bucks for a lid for one of the pans.

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Fact checking Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan

Here's a repost from 2013.  Why?  Because Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan lacks character and integrity.

By Mike Thayer

Rod sullivanJohnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan recently posted a list of political pet peeves on his blog site, Sullivan's Salvos.  I used to get frustrated by his B.S. (Barbra Streisand), but anymore I just have to laugh because I know more and more people have come to realize the guy isn't capable of being straight forward in most things political, that he always operates with an agenda in mind.  His statements causing a reaction of laughter still need to be taken seriously however.  Be it county business or his love of Obama and all things Democrat, what Sullivan states always comes up short in the reality department. That's a problem.  He is in a position of authority and he needs to be held accountable for what he says and does.  Below are his supposed Political Pet Peeves in black, I've posted reality in red.  When you review, consider this:  If Sullivan can't be on the up-and-up on something like this, what else is he fabricating?  The guy is after all, a Johnson County Supervisor, making decisions using your money.

*Political Pet Peeves

I have several pet peeves around politics. Many of those pet peeves cut across political party and ideology. You’ll hear the same series of complaints, whether the President is a Democrat or Republican.

There's the first red flag, Sullivan may say the pet peeves cut across political party lines and they do, but he isn't really interested in that.  Being balanced isn't his thing, it's his guise, not a rule to abide by.  Remember that as we move along...

Here are just a few: 

Peeve: This President takes too many vacation days.
Response: This is easy to judge. Records are kept. Just compare the numbers.

Sullivan knows that the real contention here isn't so much the number of vacation days as it is the cost and the type of vacation.  Sullivan wants you to do a superficial comparison in the number of vacation days between presidents.  And in looking at that and only that, Sullivan 'wins the argument' if you will if only looking at Obama vs. Bush for example.  And while it's true Obama hasn't taken as many vacation days as his predecessor George W. Bush, Sullivan also knows but won't admit that simply counting the number of vacation days isn't an apples to apples comparison.  There's a difference between Bush's vacations at his ranch in Crawford, Texas where he almost always held meetings with world leaders and Obama taking a 17-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii, with his only political thing being a speech/photo op (taxpayer cost - $1.5 million).  George W. Bush stayed at Camp David near D.C. over Christmas so his staff could enjoy the holidays with their families, whereas Barack Obama took yet another vacation in Hawaii (taxpayer cost - $4 million).  Obama's trip with his family to Africa cost taxpayers about $100 million.  And I haven't even started talking about Obama's record number of rounds of golf, or date nights with Michelle in New York costing $240,000.  The guy spends more time away from his desk then at it.

Peeve: Presidential trips cost too much.
Response: Yeah. They cost too much whichever party is in power. And?

Sullivan's response.....  Flippant and disingenuous.  Change the party in power and he would be whining.  No reasonable person objects to the money spent on presidential travel, not even vacation travel so long as they are reasonable and in line with the President's rhetoric of sacrifice and hard times.  Obama's travel more often than not is campaign oriented rather than presidential and sending Michelle and the daughters off to Spain at taxpayer expense is not exactly a demonstration in sacrifice and dealing with hard times, leading by example.  In 2011 Obama's travel expenses were $1.4 billion.   To offer some perspective, the travel expenses for the royal family of England cost only $57.8 million that year.   President Ronald Reagan spent $1.3 million per year for travel and no, inflation hasn't gone up THAT much, not even close.

Peeve: This particular Presidential trip is political, not public business.
Response: Again – and?

What kind of response is that by Sullivan?  Flippant.  It's not even an attempt at being objective.  There is a difference between a campaign trip, and a presidential trip.  Obama has been labeled the Campaigner In Chief for good reason.  He doesn't conduct the people's business, he conducts a Democrat agenda in his travels.  Barack Obama has established an unprecedented pattern of pretending party fundraisers are official, presidential trips.  Traveling to Iowa City and making a speech about student loans wasn't official Presidential business, it was campaign business.  Does Sullivan think you're stupid and can't distinguish the difference between what is campaigning and what is presidential?  During election year 2012, the bulk of Obama's so-called "official" travels coincidentally took place in swing states. Obama visited Ohio 20 times, Florida 16 times, Pennsylvania 15 times, Michigan 11 times, and North Carolina 10 times.  Every reasonable person knows there wasn't that much official business in those states.  They were campaign stump speeches and those trips were paid for by the taxpayer, not the Obama campaign.   Remember, in 2011 Obama's travel expenses were $1.4 billion

Peeve: The other political party is taking our yard signs.
Response: They took 10% of yours. And you took 10% of theirs. Both parties lost most signs to drunks and mischievous teens.

This is Sullivan's non-answer answer to a very real and recurring problem in this county.  Again, his response is flippant.  He wants to appear balanced here, but doesn't really care about this one because his party isn't affected by this nearly as much as the Republican party is in this neck of the woods.  This is a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans almost 3-1, so while a few drunks or mischeivous teens no doubt play games with random signs here and there, Sullivan's response does NOT explain away a strategically planned taking of GOP signs placed on key corners of high traffic parcels of real estate.  The GOP/issue sign stealing happens every election year and especially when a candidate/issue is perceived as a real threat to the current Democrat status quo.  And note how Sullivan carefully characterized it, "The other political party is taking our yard signs," as if it happens equally to both sides.  That's simply not true.

Peeve: Hitler/Nazi references.
Response: Really? Because they are RARELY a good comparison!

Politically speaking, making Hitler/Nazi references is a bad move.  Just like when the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party compared Nikki Haley, that state's Republican governor, to Hitler mistress Eva Braun during the Democratic National Convention in 2012.  That same week, John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, accused Republican running mate Paul Ryan of using the "big lie" technique of Hitler propagandist Joseph Goebbels.  How about the countless times George W. Bush was compared to Hitler, or Ward Churchill’s famous “little Eichmanns” statement?  How about Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and his remarks made to purposely distort an important issue, Guantanamo Bay?  He made a speech on the Senate floor where he likened American treatment of prisoners to what "must have been done by Nazis... that had no concern for human beings."  How about former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi babbling unjustifiably about the Tea Party with, beware of astroturfers carrying swastikas.  Oh, and then there's Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) who suggested Republican rhetoric around health care is akin to the Nazi propaganda that fed anti-semitism during World War II.  Have some Republicans made some Nazi references?  Yes, but not near the volume that Democrats have, not even close. He wants you to think he was balanced with this pet peeve, but his omission tells the real story, omission by design is part of Sullivan's M.O.

Peeve: This President is stupid.
Response: He went to the Ivy League just like all the rest.

All the rest?  That's hardly accurate, Jimmy Carter didn't attend an Ivy League school, neither did Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower and many more on back.  For the record, how Obama handled the Syria situation was stupid.  And remember that phrasing is part of the Sullivan M.O.  It's his way of muddying the debate and/or getting you off the issue.  Coupled with omission, it's distraction by design.  The argument isn't "The President is stupid."  The argument is that the president thinks YOU are stupid.  Usurping the Constitution takes brains and the sheeple of the country to let him get away with it.  Obama knows this.  When he said he would fundamentally transform this country he meant it.  But just for kicks, let's take a look at some Obamaisms.....

"When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia..." -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011

"We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad." —Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011

"One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world -- Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard." –mispronouncing "Corpsman" (the "ps" is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010 (The Corpsman's name is also Christopher, not Christian)

"The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." --Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010

"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

"It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing." --confusing German for "Austrian," a language which does not exist, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009

"No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something." --making an off-hand joke during an appearance on "The Tonight Show", March 19, 2009

"I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis." --speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City,  Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008

"Let me introduce to you the next President -- the next Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden." --slipping up while introducing Joe Biden at their first joint campaign rally, Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2008

"Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain...administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change." --Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008

"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."

"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." --at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip)

Peeve: We need to impeach this President.
Response: How are his actions any different than those of any other President?

That's Sullivan's response?  Little Johnny next door did it so that makes it OK?  Bush 43 didn't run guns to Mexico or Syria.  Clinton may have abused the office for sexual pleasure (and lied to the American people and under oath about it), but he didn't buddy up with the Muslim Brotherhood to create strife and chaos in the Middle East.  No president before Obama (in my life time) has created an environment for the government takeover of the auto, banking, insurance and investment industries.   The Constitution doesn't say that the President can pick and choose to enforce some of the laws, or just the ones he likes.  ObamaCare anyone?  Giving waivers to certain organizations and not others....  Delaying provisions for some and not others....   The President doesn't have the authority to create new laws either.   Stopping the deportation of illegal aliens anyone?  Having the Department of Justice investigate reporters because you don't like them is performing and managing the duties and responsibilities of the Office of the President of the United States?   And then there's Obama's buddy Eric Holder, continuing to sue states over Voter ID laws, despite the Supreme Court coming down with a ruling saying he can't. 

Sullivan finalizes with:

There are many more, but you get the idea. These superficial arguments do not do anything but create more division. We have REAL issues about which we disagree. Let’s focus on those, and not this extraneous crap.

Translation:  If I say these are superficial arguments, you need to take that claim at face value and ignore the facts.  It is my intention to muddy the issues with false claims and half-truths in order to get you focused on the Democrat agenda, a.k.a. what we Democrats have labeled the REAL issues for window dressing purposes.

Indeed Sullivan, we do have some very real problems out there to be addressing, so why then does Obama play so much golf, live like a King rather than a president, campaign rather than be presidential?  Why does he focus on poo-pooing the GOP and driving wedges rather than create a better business environment for jobs? 

Make no mistake here, Sullivan's pet peeve piece is written with a mentality of Attacks against Obama and the Democrat party aren't fair......  But when Bush was in power, Sullivan was issuing many of these same "extraneous crap" attacks, so how on earth can these really be pet peeves of his?   For feeding you intentional vagueness, half-truth and his habitual disingenuousness, Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan gets three Sick Of Spin slaps on the back of the head.

SickofspinSickofspinSickofspin



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How to stop the racism nonsense

By Mike Thayer

Until we ALL learn how to do this:  “An innocent black man was murdered by a corrupt white cop”….

Then a quip made famous by Mark Twain will continue to ring true:  “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

You want a color blind society?  Drop the frick'n labels, quit looking for an angle, quit pitting one group against another.


Clarence Leslie Thayer Obituary

Clarence ThayerClarence Leslie Thayer, 77, passed away surrounded by his family in Dallas Center on Saturday, June 6, 2020. He is finally at peace with his beloved wife, Catherine Ann. Private services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, June 12, 2020, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee. The service will be live-streamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 10:15 a.m. Friday and scroll to the bottom of Clarence’s obituary to click on the link to join the service. Burial will follow at Beaver Catholic Cemetery near Granger, Iowa.

Clarence was born June 19, 1942, in New Hampton, Iowa, to Merle and Florence (Wittenburg) Thayer. He married Catherine Ann Mellick on June 20, 1964 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Waukon, Iowa. They made their home in Cedar Rapids where their six children were born. Clarence was transferred to Des Moines and they raised their family in the Des Moines/Granger area. Clarence was a mechanic for the US Postal Service for 25 years, retiring in 2008. He was a past union president for the UAW in Cedar Rapids and a Union Steward for the US Postal Service in Des Moines.

Clarence enjoyed reading, fishing, bird watching, and traveling. He will be remembered for making people laugh and his orneriness.

Clarence is survived by his two sons, David (Noelle) Thayer of Des Moines, Iowa and James (Jacki) Thayer of Norwalk, Iowa; four daughters, Ann (Doug) Beavers of Dallas Center, Iowa, Mary (Dave) Steim of Ankeny, Iowa, Diane (Scott) Kruse of Dallas Center, Iowa, and Sue (Trevor) Wulf of Hudson, Iowa; 16 grandchildren, sister, Donna (Don) Tjaden of Iowa City, Iowa; and brother, Don (Su) Thayer of Iowa City, Iowa and his twin brother Clair Thayer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Catherine Ann and two brothers Merle "Bud" Thayer and William “Bill” Thayer.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 pm Thursday, June 11, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to MercyOne Hospice or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.

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Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan is a lying piece of excrement

By Mike Thayer

Rod Sullivan
Rod Sullivan, pathological liar

Rod Sullivan just can't help himself, he will and regularly does lie about anything, if he thinks it suits him.  I'm not sure he even knows how to tell the truth, the man is without honor.

Here's the latest from his blog, the 06/02/2020 edition of Sullivan's Salvos which is FULL of intentional misinformation, half-truth and outright lies!

Here's the blog post that caught my eye, I've put his words in gray, my responses are in italics:

*Joni Ernst Is Being Disingenuous!

         Senator Joni Ernst keeps saying something along these lines: “I know Iowans are hurting. That’s why I want to give them a payroll tax cut.” This is like a doctor prescribing sugar to a diabetic! The condition is going to get much, much worse! Let me go into some detail.

OK, so Rod is going after Joni Ernst, that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, she is a Republican and Rod hates anything Republican or conservative.  The character, the integrity of a person with an "R" affiliation, their record and having a history of doing the right thing be damned.  If you don't think like Rod, you suck.  In Rod's eyes, simply because Joni Ernst has an "R" next to her name, she can do no right and he WILL NOT admit it when she does.  Rod doesn't have the honor to acknowledge Senator Ernst's many accomplishments, such as securing $117 million in federal funding for Cedar Rapids flood mitigation, improving Veterans' access to quality health care, and opening up markets by pushing through new trade agreements such as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, helping to create a robust U.S. economy.  Oh and Rod has made gender arguments before when it comes to elections and political office, but note that it was the Republican party that sent the first woman from Iowa to Washington, NOT Democrats, Rod HATES that!  And Senator Ernst is a decorated war veteran, but she has a "R" next to her name!  Rod HATES that too!

And no, a payroll tax cut is NOT like a doctor prescribing sugar to a diabetic!  All Rod wants to do in saying that is get some of his readers to spew that same inflammatory nonsense and while claiming he'll go into detail, he really doesn't.  And let me preface my responses by saying that Rod conveniently forgets that the money PEOPLE earn, well that's THEIR money, not the government's.  I'll go into detail in a bit and unlike Rod, I actually will!

         There are basically four different taxes that are “payroll taxes”. This means your employer (or you, if self-employed) must remove this money from the pay that is owed, and submit it to the government. So when you get your pay stub, you see an amount of taxes that were withheld.

The four taxes that are withheld are federal income, Social Security, Medicare, and federal unemployment. What would a cut to any of these mean?

Well, in 2017, the Republicans (including Joni Ernst) passed the largest federal income tax cut in history. Almost everything went to the richest people in the world. Meanwhile, as quality jobs disappear, regular Americans have been pushed into public benefits like Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps). So she had her income tax cut. I’m certain she’d love to give rich donors another income tax cut at our expense, but that’s not what she’s talking about here.

More B.S. from Rod.   Note how Rod mentioned an income tax cut, NOT a payroll tax cut, two very different things.  This is Rod's M.O., muddy the water of argument.   Payroll taxes consist of Social Security and Medicare taxes.  This is an employer-employee tax, meaning both employer and employees contribute to it, each payday.   Income taxes, well that's just you, your income, also known as Federal withholding, State withholding and in some areas, even Local Withholding.  Most folks (not employers) deal with income taxes just once a year, when filing that annual tax return.  And about Rod's bogus claim:  The Trump INCOME tax cut did NOT, in Rod's poisoned words do the following: "Almost everything went to the richest people in the world."  That's complete horse manure from Rod.  The guy is a liar.  What Trump did was push through the largest income tax overhaul (not to be confused with payroll taxes) made in the last 30 years, to include lowering the U.S. Corporate tax rate as well as drop rates for individual filers like you and me.  Trump dropped the effective corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.  That doesn't mean "everything went to the richest people" as Rod intentionally, wrongfully and misleadingly states, what it means is corporations have to pay less in taxes, taxes on the money the corporations earn, money that can get re-invested in companies instead of going to the government, generating growth and creating jobs and that's exactly what happened.  Rod ignores the reality that the government isn't out there making widgets and EARNING a living.  Job growth is a very good thing.   Until the virus crap hit, the country experienced record low unemployment as a result, the lowest in 50 years.  Jus say'n.   But Rod said quality jobs disappeared.  Another lie.  Median household income surged reaching $65,976 – an all-time high!  Rod, you're a liar!   And in terms of lowering individual income tax rates, here's an example of what Trump did:  A married couple whose total income minus deductions is $250,000, for instance, had a tax rate of up to 33% in 2017.  In 2018, 2019 and beyond, their highest tax rate is just 24%. That led to a fairly significant difference in take-home pay.  Imagine that, people getting to keep MORE of their hard earned money!  Here's another example:  A single person making $39,000 in taxable income in 2017 saw a rate of 25%. In 2018, 2019 and beyond, that rate dropped to 12%.  And here's something Rod Sullivan won't tell you: Charitable giving went up in 2018.   Hmmmm, a 5% increase in disposable personal income and 5.2% growth in the nation's economy results in MORE charitable giving!  Rod HATES that, because these aren't government run programs....  You MUST become dependent on the government and if you don't, then you MUST fund those programs being Rod's mentality. 

And about the payroll tax, which Rod hasn't even addressed yet thus far.......  And I'll tell you why he doesn't break it down like I do here.  Because if he spells it out, it hurts his argument.  And never mind that he thinks you're too stupid to comprehend.  

Each payday, 7.65% of your wages gets subtracted from your paycheck to help fund Social Security and Medicare (6.2% for Social Security; 1.45% for Medicare).   No reasonable person has an objection to paying these taxes, many folks however have issues with how these government run programs are mismanaged, to include yours truly, but that's an argument for another day.  Back to payroll taxes....  After you contribute to Social Security and Medicare, your employer then pays an equivalent amount of tax.   What's not clear in the payroll tax cut proposals made by Senator Ernst or President Trump, is if it's going to be a 100% cut (no tax is taken out of your paycheck at all) or just a partial cut omitting the employee contribution.  If it's a 100% cut, then Social Security and Medicare don't get funded.  If it's a partial cut, then employers are still funding Social Security and Medicare, but employees get to take more of their hard-earned money home and more money in people's pockets means LESS need for government assistance.  Rod HATES THAT!  If I was a betting man, I would bet a partial cut is what's on the negotiating table, but Rod wants to instill panic in you, he uses shear speculation and fear to do so.  Just look at his whole argument, it's one of playing class warfare, "Rich vs. Poor" and it's TOTAL B.S.!  To repeat, before this virus hit, the country was enjoying record low unemployment, record high median income and to squash another Rod Sullivan implied lie, the number of Americans getting "pushed" into food stamps did NOT go up, it went DOWN, from 40 million in 2018 to 38 million in 2019.

She could be talking about foregoing the Social Security tax. And from her perspective, that would make sense. She wants to see Social Security weakened, so that when she comes for it, it is less popular with the public.

Wow, Rod, you really are a piece of excrement.  How do you know what the Senator's motivations are?  You don't.  No politician wants to see the demise of Social Security, nobody is proposing such a thing.  It would be political suicide for ANY politician to try to kill the program, it's NOT going to happen.  That you say "when she comes for it" is complete nonsense, more liberal agenda fear mongering.  Where is your supporting link/evidence that the Senator wants to see the program weakened?  You don't provide it because it doesn't exist. What Senator Ernst has discussed when it comes to Social Security is how to strengthen the program, not weaken it.  On the table of discussion on how to do that are the possibilities of raising the full retirement age, increasing payroll taxes and starting to tax wages earned over $400,000. Currently, only wages up to $132,900 are taxed.

She could be talking about foregoing the Medicare tax. And from her perspective, that would make sense. She wants to see Medicare weakened, so that when she comes for it, it is less popular with the public.

Again Rod, you don't know what Senator Ernst's motives are, you spew nonsense and never mind that you don't provide a shred of evidence that the Senator wants to weaken the program.  Where's the link supporting your claim? 

She could be talking about foregoing the unemployment tax. And from her perspective, that would make sense. She wants to see unemployment weakened, so that when she comes for it, it is less popular with the public.

Another Rod Sullivan fabrication.  See the class warfare thing Sullivan is trying to generate here?  He implies Senator Ernst is inherently evil.  She supposedly wants to get rid of Social Security, wants to get rid of Medicare, wants to get rid of unemployment assistance.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Sullivan is full of crap and he doesn't even KNOW (to mean, understand) the Senator's perspective.  He doesn't even want to TRY and understand, he just wants to poo-poo.

         There is almost NOTHING Americans need right now more than strong systems of Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment. Don’t let Ernst fool you with her talk of a “tax cut”. This would be devastating to needy Americans!

So did you notice? Rod Sullivan did NOT provide ANY details on how a payroll tax cut would be like a doctor prescribing sugar to a diabetic.  Nothing, nada, zip, ziltch, zippo.......

If you actually care about people, these cuts make no sense. I honestly don’t know if she is stupid or devious. I guess it doesn’t matter. In either case, vote for the Democratic candidate for US Senate this year!

More emotional claptrap from Rod Sullivan.  He hasn't provided you any substance, all he's provided you is a crap sandwich!  Does he promote a potential Democrat Senate candidate, ideals?  Nope, all he can do is poo-poo Senator Ernst.....  attempt to tear something down, RATHER than build something up. 

Putting a payroll tax cut on the negotiating table - putting more money in people's pockets - is far more like a dentist fixing a cavity, rather than the sugar nonsense Sullivan spewed.

Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan is a liar and a fabricator, period.

Why would you vote for such a guy?  He doesn't know how to tell you the truth.


Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan believes in bigger, more intrusive government, more dependency

This is a repost from November 2013.  Why the repost?  Because it points to Sullivan's lack of character, integrity and inability to believe in you and what you can achieve.  Why would a leader WANT to have more people dependent on government?  That's not how this country is supposed to work folks and no, these government programs are NOT NEARLY as successful as Rod wants you to believe.  They are all programs rife with fraud, waste and abuse.

From his blog, Sullivan's Salvos, his own words:

Rod Sullivan"Most of the best anti-poverty programs are federal. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, school lunches, Section 8 housing and many other federal programs are proven to be effective anti-poverty measures. Sure, each of these programs has had its problems, but the successes number in the hundreds of millions! The national media likes to pretend these programs do not work. Nothing could be further from the truth. We should support these programs – not just their maintenance, but their expansion."

Rod Sullivan, a man who has forgotten what the world is like outside his little realm of government, wants more people on Medicare, more people on Medicaid, more folks on Food Stamps, on *Free* and Reduced School Lunches and on Section 8 housing assistance.