Thirty-one percent of Iowans live at or below the poverty level. Thousands of children go to bed hungry at night. Iowa also has a fairly large population of senior citizens trying to survive on a fixed income. Here are some of the things Republicans have done to make life better for us:

• No raise in the minimum wage

• Cutbacks to the food stamp program

• Silencers are legal on center-fire high-powered rifles to kill deer

• Legalizing fireworks

Conservative billionaire industrialist Charles Koch in the next two years is willing to spend $400 million to keep the Republicans in the White House and Congress. He wants more tax cuts for the wealthy and an end to all unions and worker rights. He wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eliminated because they have fined him millions of dollars for polluting our air, water, and land.

He plans to spend an untold amount of money in Iowa to keep the governor’s office and Republican majority in the Legislature, guaranteeing that legislators he has bought and paid for in the past, remain in Des Moines.

When you see attack ads against the Democrats, they are mostly based on fabricated lies paid for by Koch and his allies. When I think of all the politicians that are now owned by Charles Koch and the lobbyists for companies that manufacture fireworks, Proverbs 17:23 comes to mind – “The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice.”

Merle Wilson

Jesup, Iowa