In giving the GOP response to the State of the Union, freshman Senator from Iowa Joni Ernst gave a small speech where she was supposed to be telling us why she can relate to us average people. Please read on so you can see how she screwed up.
“We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning,” Ernst said. “You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry. But I was never embarrassed, because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet. Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have.”
Ok, from someone who actually wore plastic bags on his feet, I can assure you it wasn’t to protect our “one good pair of shoes”. It was to keep our feet from getting wet, cold and developing frostbite.
Why poor kids actually use plastic bags on their feet is because their shoes/boots leak and they still have to work, walk to school, etc. in the wet and snow. So, the proper way to wear them is to put on a pair of socks, then a plastic bag, then another pair of socks and then your boots or shoes. The socks keep the bag from ripping, while the bag keeps the wet from your feet and inner, warmer pair of socks.
If her family put plastic bags on their feet to protect their shoes, their priorities were off. Not surprising seeing the rest of Ernst’s platform. At no point did we actual poor kids give a damn if our “one good pair of shoes” was kept pretty. We didn’t have one. We had one pair of shoes. Us farm kids had one pair of boots too, for work. The shoes/boots had holes in them or just plain weren’t waterproof and we wanted to keep our toes. We might need them later. When we’re running for office on false pretenses.