Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been a politician employed in one elected office or another since before the vast majority of the citizens of his home state were even born.
Still, the 87-year-old senator felt the need to project a more working-class image to his rural constituents in Iowa when sending out his annual Labor Day message on social media yesterday.
Grassley tried to earn his blue-collar bona-fides by hearkening back to his early twenties when he was just another assembly line worker, feeding his family by risking repetitive stress injuries in a job without much in the way of intellectual stimulation.
2day we celebrate our workforce Labor Day reminds us of the beauty of American spirit 2use ur brains/brawn to pursue job best for u. 2feed my young family of 5 I worked at Waterloo Register at end of assembly line putting screw holes in product using a small punch press
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 6, 2021
If Grassley expected admiration from the cynical denizens of social media for his Labor Day reverie, he must have been sorely disappointed by the replies that his tweet received.
“I haven’t been in government my whole life; just 3/4 of it!”
– Chuck Grassley
— Chris Friedrich (@cjmonchfred) September 7, 2021
They didn't even have Labor Day in 1841!! pic.twitter.com/FxyllM9U9u
— #Harvestwatch2021! #Cornwatch2021 (@CornWatch2021) September 6, 2021
Not exactly an outpouring of support for the superannuated Iowa senator!
The only shock that can be derived from the responses to his tweet is that no one made the obvious comment that Senator Grassley’s prior experience in preparing products for a good screwing was the perfect training for a way-too-long career in the United States Senate.
Perhaps Senator Grassley should put more effort into ensuring that today’s workers in America could support a family of five on an assembly-line worker’s salary than engaging in nostalgic remembrances of things past as his critics so eloquently express to him in their responses.
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