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The twisted mentality of a Johnson County liberal

Rod sullivan The United Way allows people to feel good about themselves. But let’s not confuse charity with justice. If you fight to lower your income tax rate, lower your tax rate on capital gains, lower the inheritance tax, hand tax dollars to private companies, decrease government regulation, stop consumer protection lawsuits, prevent people from unionizing, increase criminal penalties, segregate communities, limit voting, limit marriage rights, etc…then give $1000 to United Way?

Your $1000 in charity is no substitute for the real justice you oppose.

- Johnson County Supervisor Rod sullivan

Some people do use charities to feel better about themselves, that's not being denied here, but this is Rod's way of saying you're being a hypcrite, without using the word.  He thinks people can't justfiably call him on it because he didn't actually use the word.  And how about that broad party-line brush Sullivan is painting with huh?

That's the mentality of a liberal.  Throw out some irresponsible stereotyping and labels, make unsubstantiated claims such as, 'limit voting' and that successfully paints you as a hypocrite in a liberal mind.

Problem is, Sullivan's words are flawed. 

According to Sullivan,it's wrong of you to fight for lower taxes and more responsible government.  Shame on you for doing that and thinking a donation to the United Way absolves that *sin*!  My gosh, don't you know?  You're not supposed to demand government be fiscally responsible when liberals are in charge! 

Heck, you're not donating to the United Way out of the goodness of your heart or believe in the cause, you're only doing it because you think it will erase some kind of wrong you supposedly committed right?  Why, you evil union-thwarting thug you! 

Perhaps Sullivan assumes (wrongfully) you're donating with some kind of ulterior motive because that's how he operates?

How DARE you fight to keep more of your hard-earned money!  That's another *sin* in Sullivan's eyes.  After all, charitable giving shouldn't be up to you, it should be in the hands of government.  In the mental cave of a Sullivan liberal, all government crafted by a liberal is good, there's no fraud, waste, abuse, there are no unintended consequences and government doesn't take too much of our money.  Under the guise of 'for the greater good,' creating and achieving should be punished with higher taxation.  

Phillip garrido How DARE you ask for tougher criminal penalties!  Meanwhile, people like sex offender and parolee Phillip Garrido kidnapped and raped an 11-year-old girl.  Shame on you for wanting the Phillip Garridos of the world to have served a lot more time in jail, preventing a kidnapping and rape! 

And just who is limiting voting anyway? Sullivan made the claim, but completely failed to back it up.  Who is segregating communities? Conveniently, Sullivan didn't say.  In fact, Sullivan made a number of pretty serious charges without providing an ounce of substance to back them up.  Where's the honor in that?  How is that the stuff of a leader?   How is making a bunch of half-truth, omission ridden, misinforming charges a responsible thing to do?  It's undeniable that what Sullivan did was to imply that if you're of the conservative stripe on any given issue he listed, then your stance isn't justifiable, it's a stance in hypocrisy or a sin against *the people*.  

Does Sullivan think he's some kind of god?  If you fight for something you believe in but Sullivan disagrees with it - then somehow you sinned?  That's nothing short of a twisted mentality and it's right here in Johnson County, sitting in a Supervisor's chair.

Liberal leadership betrays us

"The people can never wilfully betray their own interests; but they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act." --Federalist No. 63

Trying to rush a 1,000 + page bill on healthcare through Congress in two weeks so nobody will have time to actually read the bill is an act of betrayal.  That's what the Nancy Pelosi (liberal - CA.) led U.S. House did before they went on summer recess.

Telling people that ObamaCare will not lead to rationed healthcare, that it will control costs and will not lead to more deficit spending is an act of betrayal.  But that's what King Obama and his liberal court is trying to feed us.  Their claims don't pass the smell test.  How can you add approximately 50 million people to the healthcare roles, NOT add doctors, nurses, specialists, but maintain the same level of care AND keep costs down?  You can't.

Liberal leadership isn't being upfront with us, they're talking down to us, they're conducting verbal assaults on people who are opposed to ObamaCare instead of debating the merits.  That's not leadership, it's flat out betrayal.  Where is the honor in playing political games with the American people?

How Cap and Tax will Hurt Iowa

By Todd Hollenbeck

Iowa_state_flag In our continuing, daily, state by state, look at the financial impact of the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Tax Bill, we will show you the projected losses in Gross State Product, Personal Income, and Non- Farm Jobs in Iowa.
Detailed information on this and other energy taxes can be found in the Americans for Tax Reform Energy Tax Analysis, May 2009
According to a study by Karen Campbell, Ph.D. and David Kreutzer, Ph.D. at the Heritage Foundation, Iowa will suffer the following losses in 2012 as a result of Cap and Tax: 
  • A decline in Gross State Product of –$1,482,790,000
  • Total Personal Income Loss of –$1,872,170,000
  • Non-Farm Job losses of 17888 
An update to the Heritage Foundation’s study further shows an: 
  • Increase in Electricity Prices from 2012-2035 of $555.20 per household.
  • Increase in Gas Prices from 2012-2035 of $0.68 per gallon. 
Contact your Senators today and tell them to VOTE NO on the Waxman-Markey Energy Tax.
Senator Chuck Grassley: (202) 224-3744
Senator Tom Harkin: (202) 224-3254 

10 Reasons Consumer-Driven Health Care Works

By Greg Scandlen

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA. -- The Consumer-Driven Health-Care revolution involves Americans reclaiming their right to buy services that they decide are useful. “They are shrugging off control by politicians, insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms, hospitals, federal agencies, and employers, all of whom are fighting to get the money Americans spend on health care,” said Greg Scandlen, Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, a project of The Heartland Institute in Illinois.

This revolution began six years ago, when consumers were able to redirect health-care money into deposits such as health savings accounts (HSA), flexible spending accounts, and insurance policies with low premiums and high deductibles.  Empowered by control over their own money, consumers increasingly demanded the information needed to make good decisions about health care. This changes the delivery system to make health care more efficient, more accountable, more convenient, and more affordable. Recent studies find that consumer-driven health-care plans are being used by 20 percent of privately insured people.  This is an astonishing rate of growth for an idea that began just six years ago. 

What happens in Consumer-Driven Health Care? When consumers have more control? Premiums are dramatically reduced, as is the rate of premium increase from year to year. Consumers can use the savings to fund their health savings accounts, and the money in those accounts is tax advantaged, saving even more. Consumers may choose their own provider and services.  People with consumer-driven plans change their behavior, get more value, become better informed, and are increasingly satisfied with their coverage.

Consumer-driven care enables consumers to refocus the health-care system to do what is most essential: provide consumers with care. But to get there, consumers must first control the money. Then we can force the needed changes. “The answer is self-reliance and the freedom to choose for ourselves how our money will be spent,” said Scandlen.

“10 Reasons Consumer-Driven Health Care Works,” from Public Interest Institute’s IOWA ECONOMIC SCORECARD, is available at

Climate Change Bill Gets Mixed Reviews

Since the flurry of activity surrounding its passage by the House in late June, little has been heard about the historic climate change bill aimed at curbing global warming. But the Senate will be tackling the controversial measure when it returns to Washington next week. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that public sentiment on the bill, which opponents claim will have a negative overall impact on the U.S. economy, is largely unchanged over the last two months. 

University of Iowa Children's Hospital studying H1N1 flu vaccine

University of Iowa Children's Hospital begins participating today in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine for 2009 H1N1 (swine-origin) flu along with the seasonal influenza vaccine in children.

St. Louis University is the lead site for this pediatric study, which involves a total of six institutions and an expected 650 participants total. At UI Children's Hospital, the study will enroll approximately 100 participants.

The study will examine safety and measure the body's immune response to the investigational H1N1 flu vaccine. In addition, the research will help determine how and when the H1N1 flu shot should be given with the seasonal flu shot to make it most effective. It also will analyze potential problems of giving the vaccines together, such as whether one vaccine will undermine the protective power of the other.

"We need to know how the H1N1 flu and seasonal flu vaccines impact each other because both types of flu may be circulating this year," said Patricia Winokur, M.D., principal investigator for the UI Children's Hospital site and a professor of internal medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Specifically, the investigational H1N1 influenza vaccine will be administered at the same time, before or after the seasonal influenza vaccine is given to different participants.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently recommended all people ages 6 months to 24 years receive the H1N1 influenza vaccine when it is available. In making its recommendations, the group considered current disease patterns and current trends that showed populations most at risk of serious illness, among other factors.

The panel recommended vaccinating children ages 6 months to 18 because of the high number of cases of H1N1 influenza infection already seen in that age group. In addition, because children frequently are in school and day care, they are in close contact with each other, which makes it easier to spread disease.

The pediatric study is among several NIH-sponsored H1N1 studies that will collectively involve thousands of volunteers from all age groups nationwide. University of Iowa Health Care began participating in one of the adult H1N1 studies on Aug. 11.

All the studies are funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH and involve eight NIAID Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units, including the unit at the UI.

42% Strongly Disapprove of Obama's performance

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove. That's the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President and it gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.

U.S. Rep. King: Makes decision on governor’s race

Statement from Congressman Steve King

Steve_king Iowa is drowning in a pool of nearly a billion dollars of red ink. Seven activist supreme court judges have defied the will of Iowans while our state’s taxes and regulations swallow so much production Iowa is at a competitive disadvantage in the Midwest and nationally. We are a rich state with poor leadership. Iowa needs a competent governor who will stick to principle and put us back on a prosperous and family friendly path.

Our nation is in even worse condition. Seven hundred billion in TARP funding, $787 billion in stimulus spending, the nationalization of three large investment banks, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Chrysler and General Motors all swallow up part of the free market system. All of which I have opposed and all of which could be reversed by the signature of the next president. But the passage in the House of “Cap and Trade” followed by a strong Obama effort to pass a national healthcare act while faced with the likelihood of an attempt to pass a comprehensive amnesty bill, all are permanent decisions that, in my estimation, can never be effectively reversed. America is on the brink of permanent transformation into the abyss far to the left of liberalism.

It is always a profound honor to serve Iowans in any capacity. A sense of duty and of urgency is calling many leaders into public service. Good candidates are stepping up to the governor’s race while I find myself well positioned to continue to effectively oppose the hard leftward lurch of the Pelosi Congress while working to refurbish the pillars of American Exceptionalism. I have decided I can be of better service as a Member of Congress than as a candidate for governor and, barring unforeseeable and dramatic events, I will not be a candidate for governor in 2010.

King was re-elected to the 5th District for a fourth term in Congress last fall, winning all 32 counties and with a landslide margin of 60 percent of the vote in a three way race. King has emerged on the national stage as a vocal conservative leader, ranked by the U.S. News and World Report in the top five in the nation as an effective critic of President Obama’s policies. He is the Chairman of the Conservative Opportunity Society, an organization formed by Newt Gingrich and others credited with producing the core ideals that won the majority for Republicans in the House in 1994. King serves on the Agriculture, Small Business, and Judiciary Committees.

Vander Plaats Campaign: Vander Plaats: Culver's efficiency firm plan shows he's in over his head by another $300,000

SIOUX CITY, IA. -- Governor Chet Culver's decision to spend another $300,000 in taxpayer money to hire a Pennsylvania efficiency firm in hopes of closing his $1 billion budget gap is further proof that he is "in over his head, sinking fast and frantically clawing to save his political life," leading GOP challenger Bob Vander Plaats said today.

"The Democrats are always fond of saying you can't run government like a business and then Chet Culver runs out and hires an out-of-state business to tell him how to run Iowa's state government. The truth is Chet Culver wants someone else to make the tough decisions for him and this latest move proves it once again," Vander Plaats said. "Chet Culver is in over his head with almost $1 billion in excessive spending and he's just added another $300,000 to it. Iowans elect a governor, not a company, to make those decisions. It's time to man up, Governor."

The Sioux City businessman added, "I'm willing to make tough decisions to balance our budget using the core principles of less government, lower taxes and higher quality. And that's why Iowans will reject Chet Culver next year and put a real leader in the governor's office again so we can straighten out his budget mess."

Vander Plaats, whose experience as a chief executive officer includes the turnaround of a struggling non-profit health-care provider, said Culver's decision to pay the outside firm shows "he doesn't know what he's doing and he doesn't trust state agency directors to get us out of the problems caused by his overspending."

"At a time when Iowans are losing their jobs and being asked to take pay cuts or freezes, Chet Culver has increased state spending by roughly 20 percent and the size of state government by 2,500 employees. He doesn't need to pay a Pennsylvania company $300,000 to figure out the problem. I'll give him the advice for free, 'When you're in a hole, quit digging. And when you're as deep in debt as you've driven the state of Iowa, quit spending so much money,'" Vander Plaats said.

Liberal Congressman asks to see ID of questioner

At a recent town hall meeting held by liberal Congressman Moran of Virginia, the Congressman had the gall to make one of his own consituents show him is ID.  These liberals can't stand to be questioned ladies and gentlemen, their arrogance is amazing! 

Side Note:  Democrats refuse to pass laws requiring a person to present a valid ID before being able to cast a vote in a presidential election, but they DO require you to show a valid ID before you can ask a question at a town hall meeting. 

We need to change the power base from the politicians back to the people.  Moran's behavior is unacceptable.