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May 2010

One Year After I-JOBS Signature, Unemployment Still Rising

Strawn: How much more evidence does Culver need?

DES MOINES, IA. -- The Republican Party of Iowa today points to the latest unemployment increase as another sign that Governor Chet Culver’s signature I-JOBS program has failed Iowans. Unemployment increased to 6.9% in April 2010. The latest increase follows a trend of climbing unemployment in Iowa. 

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said, “How much more evidence does Governor Culver need that his big-government, big-spending style of leadership is an absolute failure? He took us $1.6 billion into debt for his I-JOBS program and has no long-term, good paying jobs to show for it. 

“How can Culver travel to places today like Wapello County, where unemployment has gone up more than two percent over the last year, and tell them that I-JOBS has been a success? On the campaign trail this week, Iowans are hearing Governor Culver pitch I-JOBS as a flood recovery program in an effort to distract from his failure. The bottom line is that he sold I-JOBS as a job creation program, and it has fallen flat.

“We need a governor who puts job creation above all else. Job creation doesn’t come from government spending. Job creation comes when we create an environment where a small business owner can add workers without fearing job-killing legislation in Des Moines. The first step to choosing a better Iowa is choosing a better governor,” Strawn concluded.

An emotionally shaped public

"We have a massively, emotionally shaped public. In part, that's what led to Obama's victory.  Because for every one of you who are informed and enlightened and smart, there are the ignorant. Remember, they can make a difference, too -- and when they do, it ain't good." - Rush Limbaugh

More government inappropriateness

A press release from the city of Iowa City, use of taxpayer funds to provide employee payroll/time spent on this, supplies, service, other resources....

Notice of Agenda - Historic Preservation Commission

Posted by: Boards/Commissions

Mailing List: Agendas - Boards, Commissions & Committees

Originally Posted 5/7/2010 5:00:33 PM

A new agenda has been posted for the upcoming meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday, May 13, 2010. The meeting will begin at 6 PM ( Emma Harvat Hall, City Hall ).

View the agenda for this meeting

View map of meeting location

Slaves to an out-of-control government

"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves." -- John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, 1775

More liberal lunacy from Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan

In a recent edition of Sullivan's Salvo's, County Supervisor and bonehead Rod "F*&^ You" Sullivan made the following bogus comparison regarding the reconstruction of the local bridge to nowhere - the Sutliff Bridge:

What is history worth? What is ANYTHING worth? If we get rid of an old bridge because it does not function the way it used to, should we apply that logic across the board? Should we quit spending tax dollars on senior citizens, many of whom no longer function the way they used to?  ~ County Supervisor Rod Sullivan


Johnson County Supervisors (all Democrats) just don't get it

By Mike Thayer

Wish list item (not a true need):  Dubuque Street Trail

Estimated cost for phase two of trail construction according to the county:  $470,000 which the board is pushing to have completed by this fall.

Money the county has on hand in its trails fund: $427,000 (Did you know the county has taken that much taxpayer money - your money - for trails?)

Budget shortfall:  $43,000

Below is some email correspondence from Supervisor Sally Stutsman, who apparently doesn't see the inherent problem in spending money the county (the taxpayer) doesn't have, taking money from a fund not for trail making, never mind the money being taken away from other capital projects... (When does this kind of nonsense ever stop with these so-called leaders?):

From: Sally Stutsman <>
To: Mike Thayer <>
Sent: Mon, May 3, 2010 11:04:45 AM
Subject: RE: Dubuque Street Trail


Sally_stutsman The Board decided that there is enough benefit to the community to complete the trail this fall. We have crews working out there on the second phase of the Dubuque Street trail so economically it will be better to just finish it while the construction people are already there. Design work for the entire trail has already been done. North Liberty will have their section completed and the community will not understand why they can’t walk or bike on a completed trail from North Liberty to Iowa City. The money for the project will come from capitol expenditures fund.



Robbing Peter to pay Paul.......  Damn the true county needs!.......  Sally wants that bike trail!....  No matter what. 

And like there's no other place to walk or ride a bike!  Stutsman is even insulting the good people of this community by implying they're spoiled, as if people wouldn't understand that a budget shortfall means the construction stops until such time the money is raised to complete the trail.  My goodness!  It's called common sense and communication Sally!

Here's my response:

My wife and I decided that there is enough benefit to our family to complete our backyard outdoor kitchen this fall.  We have our boys out there cutting the grass and pulling weeds already, so the extra work is no big deal and never mind the time taken away from maintenance projects in the front yard or the contruction costs and/or budget shortfalls that may be incurred as a result of the kitchen commitment.  Design work has already been done and the wife and kids will not understand why they can't have steak when we should probably only have cheeseburgers right now.  The money will come from our credit card.