By Steve Rathje
I have no doubt that regardless of political affiliation; folks all across America are more than deeply concerned about the economic state of our nation. In situations such as these, where ‘hope’ appears slim, jobs are waning and families struggling to make ends meet, entire communities are responding with outcries of ‘No More!’
This is not the change the American people were promised, nor does it reflect the answers sought for the change proposed. For this administration and the majority in Congress it reflects nothing more than a blatant disregard for the Constitution and an attempt to redistribute the wealth as a means to equalize the social fabric of America. For this administration, it all began with “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”.
”The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”, according to the President and supported by Congress, was designed to provide relief and provide jobs that would stave off an economic collapse. As you now know that simply isn’t true, because it was designed to expand Government and your dependence upon it. It is nothing more than a socialist agenda that reduces civil liberties while introducing new layers of controls that literally permeate every area of our American way of life.
I agree that millions of jobs have been lost since the financial crisis exploded leaving millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet. But what Congress doesn’t seem to grasp is that the problems folks have are their “fixed monthly expenses” and no matter how much money you throw at them, they will still remain long after the money is gone. This bill does nothing to address that problem, because if it did, it would reflect long term sustainable jobs that would provide the much needed capital to pay our bills, grow our families and provide for a safer, stronger Iowa and America.
Democrat Congressmen all across America supported that bill, which includes Iowa’s Congressman Dave Loebsack. He has admitted never reading it, yet supports it nonetheless, proven by a statement he made on March 9, 2009, to ‘the Gather.com where he estimated 37,000 jobs would be saved and/or created with 7,000 of them being in his district alone. This statement is not only irresponsible, it’s unsubstantiated. First of all, where and how did he come up with those numbers and what kind of jobs will be saved and/or created? What industries will do the hiring and how long will it take? Anyone can make a statement like that, and because we all want it to happen so badly we tend to believe it’s the truth. If someone is going to promise that kind of employment they should have more then mere rhetoric to substantiate their claims. To be factual about it, unemployment according to state statistics has increased from 7% to more than 7.5% since the statement was even made, which doesn’t include the 7% to 8% that are underemployed, fallen off the roles, or just stopped looking for work.
Congress boasts that “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, HR1, contains $550 billion dollars in investment and $282 billion in tax cuts. Making a statement like that obviously proves they never read the Bill nor do they understand its contents. If they had, they wouldn’t make such a ridiculous claim. The Democrats, lead by President Obama and Speaker of the House Pelosi, rammed more than 1,000 pages of spending through the House of Representatives in twelve hours. Every single Congressman would have had to read more than 600 words per minute non stop during that entire time, without taking a break, to complete the Bill within that period of time. So as for their statements, they are either out right lies, or simply Democrat spin (one in the same). First of all the tax cuts they speak of aren’t enough to buy a loaf of bread for the average family. They will add no more than $13 to your weekly paycheck (that is if you have a job), and raise the price you pay for the goods you need due to the Obama tax increases on businesses that will be required to pay for the ‘so called’ tax cut you get. Businesses will simply pass that increase on to you, which will erase the $13 pay increase and will most likely put you into a higher tax bracket as well. So for the sake of mere pop machine money promised by the Democrats, you will more than likely end up owing the IRS at the end of the year.
As for greater investment, I agree it is needed, but the government’s responsibility begins and ends with infrastructure and defense. Everything else should be provided by the free market. Regardless of how you look at it, everything except infrastructure and defense is an earmark and more than 9,000 of them were in this Bill. In fact, our Senator Tom Harkin had an earmark for $1.7 million just to study a cure for hog odor. There was another for $200 million to re-sod the National Mall after the Obama inauguration destroyed it, and millions more to pay for abortions in foreign countries. It’s outrageous, and if you don’t believe me go to: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h1enr.pdf and read the Bill for yourself. Some may believe that a portion of the earmarks have merit, and if they do, they will have no problem passing in the House and Senate after honest and open debate. Those that don’t however, will fall to the way side. What Congress fails to understand is that we’re in a crisis that requires clear thinking, business minded, constitutionally based common sense solutions.
As for provisions to ensure that the money is being spent appropriately, I disagree, as the website the administration speaks of http://www.recovery.gov/ in no way gives any specifics as to how the money is spent or where it is going. The Obama Administration and the majority in Congress simply want us to believe that they know what’s best, that they can be trusted, and all your hard earned tax dollars will be ‘spent’ appropriately without being wasted. Complete transparency, I think not!
The best way to dig ourselves out of this mess is through hard work and old fashioned tried and true methods that include personal responsibility. Don’t forget, Capitalism works, in fact 5 % of the world’s population lives in the United States and…that 5% creates 70 % of the world’s wealth. What’s the connection? Our system works, and it has worked for more than 200 years. We’ve hit a huge bump in the road, but it’s a bump that we created by the mistakes an overreaching, oversized government has made. Reduce the size of government; put the money and the power into the hands of the American people where it belongs, and we’ll work our way out of this. No more Bailouts and no more “SPENDING BILLS!”
I believe the people of the America deserve the truth. So I encourage the President and Congress to step up, be honest, and explain the real facts regarding the economy, unemployment and a Bill that has saddled our children and grandchildren with insurmountable debt for generations to come.
DES MOINES, IA. -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today announced Governor Sarah Palin will be the Party’s special guest at the upcoming Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom.
“The Iowa GOP is pleased that Gov. Palin is traveling to Iowa to join the battle to return principled, conservative leadership to Iowa,” said Chairman Strawn. “Our economic and personal freedoms are under attack in Washington, DC and Des Moines. I know Iowa Republicans will be energized and motivated by Gov. Palin to stand up and fight for these principles all the way to Election Day and beyond.”
The Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom will take place the evening of Friday, September 17 in Des Moines. The exact time and location will be announced closer to the event. Tickets for the Reagan Dinner are $100 each, or $1,000 for a table of eight.
Strawn noted that while the former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee is popular among Iowans, the current economy is challenging for many Iowa families who may wish to attend. That is why the Iowa GOP is offering Iowans an opportunity to volunteer through any of its ten statewide Victory Centers in exchange for a ticket to the Ronald Reagan “Salute to Freedom” Dinner. For additional details regarding volunteer opportunities, Iowans should contact their local Iowa GOP Victory Center in: Ames, Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Urbandale.
Tickets can be reserved by emailing RSVP@IowaGOP.org or by calling 515-282-8105.
Media requesting credentials should email Danielle Plogmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I have long said I will debate if my opponent develops an issues based campaign. Clearly he has not and his most recent ‘fraternity prank’ at Western Iowa Tech Community College is conclusive. Any discussion in favor of a debate is therefore concluded. There will be no debate. I will continue to take my message to Iowans and make myself available to them for an honest and open exchange of opinions."
The following chart demonstrates without a doubt, that SPENDING is what contributes to our national budget woes, NOT tax cuts. IN fact, look at how the Bush tax cuts positively impacted the deficit once his tax policies picked up a full head of steam. The deficit went down after peaking in 2004 until 2008 because IRS tax *revenues* went up! It's unsustainable spending that shot things up in 2008. Can you say, "TARP I?" Don't believe those liberals who try to tell you that Bush tax cuts and the Iraq war are to blame for our deficit woes, that's simply NOT true!
It's domestic program spending, it's bailouts, it's Obama's failed stimulus, and more unnecessary excessive spending is coming with ObamaCare. It's the liberal Democrat/Obama agenda to get people dependent on government instead of on themselves that is to blame for the DRAMATIC rise in deficit spending the last two years..... Ask your liberal leaders why they can't be honest with you....
By Mike Thayer
President Obama is going to go on TV tonight to try and put a big fancy bow on his campaign promise to pull troops out of Iraq. Never mind that insurgent attacks are on the rise as a direct result of the premature withdrawal. Never mind that this is nothing but a political move, with the King trying to put his stamp on the Iraq war in a blatant act of appeasement extended to his progressive supporters. Never mind the objection from military leaders, who can’t publicly speak out against the Commander In Chief.
Enter the Congressional Budget Office. Their numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year plus war has cost less than Obama’s stimulus bull passed in 2009.
In its Budget and Economic Outlook report published this month, the CBO stated that the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities. The cost of the stimulus passed in February 2009, was $862 billion, with all spending projected to take place in a two year period. That means all of the $862 billion will be spent by the end of February 2011 for those of you who live in University Heights. And what do we have to show for it? A sour economy with no improvement in sight.
Here’s a nice little nugget of information, according to the CBO, the U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion. That compares to a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, the year of the surge in which the total cost of Iraq operations that year was $140 billion. The surge was successful, so will Obama give credit where credit is due and thank President Bush for approving it in his speech tonight? Doubtful.
Here’s another nice little nugget, according to an analysis by the American Thinker, the cost of the Iraq war from 2003-2008 - when Bush was in office - was $20 billion less than the cost of education spending (what do we have to show for it?) and less than a quarter of the cost of Medicare spending (which Obama wants to replace with more expensive ObamaCare) during that same period.
Why mention those two nuggets? Because liberal arguments that the Iraq war and the Bush tax cuts are the main contributors to our deficit woes are bogus, that’s why.
Listen to President Obama’s speech tonight, and question what he says with boldness.
We are free to choose the life we want to live. We are not however, free to choose the consequences of the life we have chosen. Here in lies the value of the knowledge we obtain prior to making that decision. ~ Steve Rathje
By Mike Thayer
So because the federal government isn't doing its job of arresting and deporting illegal aliens according to the law, the state of Arizona passed (after virtually begging the feds to do their job) legislation mirroring federal law, allowing its law enforcement at the state level to get the job done.
How does the federal government respond? They don't start doing their job like they're supposed to.... No, no, no.... They don't work with Arizona and iron things out. No, no, no..... They don't keep things in the family..... No, no, no.... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, liberals, file a grievance with the United Nations.
That's right, on August 20, the Obama administration submitted a 29-page "Universal Periodic Review" (UPR) to the UN Human Rights Council. Basically, they called Arizona's S.B. 1070 in that *review* a violation of human rights.
Where's the upside in filing a human rights violation report on one of your own? Never mind there's been no violation.....
It's your liberal *leadership* at work. You fail to do your job, the state starts doing it for you, and what do you do? Go whine to the United Nations.
The United Nations will now review Barack & Hillary's paperwork, which will generate a United Nations "plan of action" to be issued approximately 90 days from now. A panel of UN bureaucrats from France, Japan and Cameroon will be telling a state of the United States, what to do.
IOWA CITY, IA - The economic impact of a seven-game home game schedule of the University of Iowa football program on Johnson County exceeds $100 million, according to a pilot study under the direction of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The CVB collaborated last fall with students enrolled in a University of Iowa graduate class under the direction of Dr. Michael Lomax, associate professor of leisure studies in the UI's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The data collected produced the following results:
• The projected economic impact of one Iowa football game on Johnson County is more than $14.5 million
• The projected economic impact of one seven-game season on Johnson County is more than $100.1 million
• The average game attracts more than 51,000 visitors to Johnson County
• The average size of a travel party is 3.7 persons
• On average, a travel party that indicated they stayed in a local hotel spent $944 during their stay
• On average, a travel party that indicated they didn't stay in a local hotel spent $273 each game weekend
• 13 percent of visitors to the Iowa City/Coralville area for Iowa's home game against Northwestern indicated they didn't have a game ticket but instead planned to participate in pre-game and post-game activities and/or shop in the area while those who they travelled with attended the game
"It's nice to have a number to attach to what fans of the Hawkeyes and, more importantly, businesses and tax payers of the greater Iowa City community have always known: The Hawkeyes offer a significant financial boost to our local economy in addition to the fun and excitement and sense of school and community spirit," said Gary Barta, the UI's director of athletics.
"It's also great to validate the hard work of hundreds of people who bring these games to life. Certainly, our coaches, staff, and student-athletes work year round on these games. But, beyond that group, investments are being made by city, county, and other local officials both in financial resources and in time that are both critical and irreplaceable.
"Obviously, our local businesses gear up for these seven weekends each fall," Barta continued. "In the end, this study truly demonstrates the financial return on investment for all these groups and, specifically, the positive financial impact these events have on Johnson County."
The survey-based study was conducted on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, 2009 when fans of the UI's nationally ranked football team visited the Iowa City/Coralville community for the Hawkeyes' game against Northwestern. A total of 572 surveys were completed by randomly selected fans assembled near Kinnick Stadium, aboard the Hawkeye Express, and in the lobby of five area hotels. 465 of the surveys were determined to be completed correctly and included in the study.
The CVB indicates that surveying will be conducting during the weekend of Iowa's home games against Ball State and Ohio State this season.