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Iowa’s Small Towns and Rural Communities Will Be Hit Hardest By Trumpcare


(202) 224-3121

Why Does Iowa GOP Love Trump More Than Iowa?

Action Alert from Iowa Democratic Party

Well President Trump’s event in Cedar Rapids went as expected.

 The President took the stage and spent the entire event bragging about problems he hasn’t solved, policy he has no knowledge of, and results that he hasn’t achieved.

 President Trump doesn’t understand what the people of Iowa need. He hasn’t spent any time in the fields behind the wheel of a combine or in a classroom teaching children math and science. He doesn’t know what it is like to work from sunrise to sunset to earn an honest paycheck.

 He proved it to us tonight. His comments on the reckless withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord show his lack of understanding on how vital clean energy is to Iowa. He mocked wind energy in the state with the 2nd highest wind energy production in the country.

 Even more, Trump claimed, “The two parties should come together and come up with a great deal on healthcare.” That is coming from the highest office holder in a party holding secret, partisan negotiations on healthcare reform that will put 1.3 million Iowans at risk of losing their coverage. This is not a good example of “coming together”.

 And what’s worse? Iowa GOP leaders are standing right there with Trump. Iowans need leaders who will represent Iowa values and not stand by while President Trump destroys all the progress we have made.

Commit to call our elected officials and tell them to start standing up for Iowa values.

Rod Blum: (202) 225-2911
Joni Ernst: (202) 224-3254
Chuck Grassley: (202) 224-3744
David Young: (202) 225-5476

  • Nearly 1.3 million Iowans could be denied health coverage in House bill
  • House bill would devastate health care in rural Iowa
  • Tens of millions of dollars cut in funding for Iowa students and teachers.
  • $100 million cut from programs that support rural Iowa

PBS Airing RW Sponsored School Privatization Propaganda

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Thanks to an alert from the Thom Hartman radio program ( 11AM to 2PM daily) we were able to find an article at Media Matters that detailed the story of these privatization propaganda.

So let’s go to Media Matters for the story:

“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department have pushed for an expansion of privatized school choice programs in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, particularly in the form of private school vouchers. Now a propagandistic three-part documentary series called School Inc. will help DeVos in her efforts to gain public support for expanded private school choice options. The series has already aired on PBS stations in some markets and will be shown on more this month.”

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In addition to School Inc.’s roots in the radical, libertarian Cato Institute, education historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch found that the film was funded by a number of arch-conservative foundations with ties to the “dark money ATM” DonorsTrust and the Ayn Rand Institute. Ravitch has prescreened School Inc. and provided this scathing review to The Washington Post:

This program is paid propaganda. It does not search for the truth. It does not present opposing points of view. It is an advertisement for the demolition of public education and for an unregulated free market in education. PBS might have aired a program that debates these issues, but “School Inc.” does not.

Why would a public broadcast channel air a documentary that is produced by a right-wing think tank and funded by ultra-conservative donors, and that presents a single point of view without meaningful critique, all the while denigrating public education? PBS responded in part with a statement to the Post, saying, “PBS and local member stations aim to offer programs that reflect diverse viewpoints and promote civic dialogue on important topics affecting local communities.”

However, as Ravitch notes, when a documentary fails to objectively present information about a topic that may not be well understood by the general public, the result is unlikely to “promote civic dialogue.” And when major media outlets uncritically provide a platform to right-wing ideologues, they further misinform and polarize the debate around important issues such as public education.”

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PBS is looked to as a trusted brand. One of their calling cards is their supposed objectivity. Airing a series of programs that are little more than propaganda for a single point of view badly damages that trust with the public.

Why The Republicans Deny Climate Change (Global Warming)

Click here to read The Powell Memo.

Trump “Cabinet Meeting” Was Fake To The Nth Degree

Here’s what the media said about Trump’s “cabinet meeting” where they went around the room making up huge lies about how awesome Trump is, etc.

“weird” CNN

“pathetic, shameful, unAmerican”  Twitter

“awkward” CNBC

“embarassing” Axelrod

“strokefest” Colbert

“sick” Morning Joe

“really weird” Newsweek

The sole purpose of  this display was not as everyone in the media claims, to make Donald feel more secure because he is a narcissist, which he is, but that’s not why they did this.  Watch the clip again.  The comments seem scripted and rehearsed and contain effective but fake messages to voters like how much Trump cares about workers. This was an info-mercial designed to reassure the brainwashed Trump voters that might be waivering in their loyalty, that there is no need to waiver in their support of Trump, despite the Russia investigation closing in because hey, just look at all these rich important powerful white guys sitting in the White House, agreeing with you and praising King Trump! The liberal media is lying! Only listen to Trump because he is the only one telling you the truth. 

This was tax-payer funded FAKE NEWS.  And as usual, the media fell for it.

Quick Observations On Senate Intelligence Hearings

Ever wonder why the Constitution enshrined civilian control over the military? Watching Admiral Rogers Wednesday and hearing the exploits of General Flynn over the past several months makes it pretty clear. With guys like these on our side we are lucky the military hasn’t turned on us.

Ever wonder why Freedom of The Press is the very first enumerated freedom in the Bill of Rights? Were it not for the free press you can fairly well bet there would be no hearings on what continues to smell of treasonous actions during the last election.

As a subset of that, since much of our major media has been subsumed by corporations over the past 40 years and has thus been neutered in their main job of being watchdogs on government. Thinking of that we become quite aware of why closing down the one truly free media where citizen journalists can expose government shenanigans – the internet – is so crucial to those who have power.

Much of the information that we have concerning what has transpired has come to us through blogs and independent journalists. The current FCC and its leader Ajit Pai desperately want toe top that in its tracks.

I have come to the conclusion that Donald Trump has no concept of right and wrong. there is no moral compass at all. Right is what a person can get away with and wrong is those who try to stop him.

Kamala Harris – keep it up!

Finally, John McCain – please retire and quit embarrassing the country and your state.

Carlin Told Us What Was Coming Years Ago

In this clip, George Carlin pretty well sums up what was happening to Americans at the time (2006). Unfortunately, America stepped into a much worse situation in November (about 4 minutes):

With the election of the vulture known as Donald Trump there is no longer any pretense that Republicans run the government at the behest of the rich. The Republican congress is in the process of taking away most everything that labor and progressives have fought for since the Roosevelt Administration – the Teddy Roosevelt Administration!

And they have to work fast because at sometime, despite the cover from the corporate media, Americans will wake up and realize they are being robbed blind.

Right now they are working on killing Dodd-Franks – the lone firewall between a sane financial system and the rampant casino that spun out of control under George W. Bush just a decade back.

But that isn’t all. Mining regulations are going or gone. Workplace safety rules are being relaxed. Public education is on the chopping block to be replaced by a system of corporate or church schools with little public oversight.

Of course there are the threats of making access to health care prohibitive to the sick and poor. To do this the rich through their representatives the Republicans will repeal the ACA including most of Medicaid. This will be a major kick in the crotch to the poor and middle aged. Then after some sanctimonious utterances, they will go after Medicare with a vengeance. Tough, old folks!

After taking money for health care for the old and poor to fund huge tax cuts for the wealthy, look for them to go after the BIG prize – Social Security! Boy won’t their buddies on Wall Street have fun gambling with your retirement money! PARTEEE!

But all is not doom and gloom. Cracks are appearing in the downward plunge of the American lifestyle. As reported here last week, California is taking early steps in establishing a state single payer health care system.

There is also good news from states not as progressive as California.
The Nevada legislature last week approved a bill that would allow those without health insurance to buy into the Medicaid system. This is approach is sort of a twist on the Medicare buy in that some have offered as an alternative. has a discussion of some of the pros and cons of the idea. Right now the decision rests on the pen of Nevada’s Republican governor Brian Sandoval.

Another really surprising crack in the wall of Republican solidarity showed up this week in Kansas. As many of you may recall Kansas has been hard hit by a disaster named Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback’s extreme right wing trickle down, cut all taxes policies have left the state government a financial shambles. Iowa appears to be poised to follow Kansas down this rabbit hole.

At long last the heavily Republican state legislature in Kansas has had enough of the closed schools and other services not performed. Earlier this week they overrode a Brownback veto in order to raise taxes. Brownback had made Kansas into the nation’s “tax cuts bring prosperity” laboratory and it failed miserably. Iowa’s version seems to be off to a quite bumpy start.

We have a friend who always wonders how much Americans will have to lose before they finally rise up. Based on the cracks showing up around the country plus the amount of pressure that the public is putting on Congress concerning health care it looks like the sleeping giant is waking up and is mad as hell.

The Iowa Right Wing Cult Machine

The right wing propaganda/cult machine is driving Iowa politics.  Find your local station in the list below.  These Iowa stations broadcast multiple hours every day of right wing propaganda over the publicly owned airwaves.  Call/write your local station. Tell them to stop broadcasting hate speech.

In Iowa, at least 700 hours a week of right-wing propaganda is being broadcast on the AM dial.

The following list has been updated as of December 25, 2016.

Iowa commercial radio stations that broadcast multiple hours a day of conservative talk:

KCPS Burlington 12 hrs/day,

KBUR Burlington6 hrs,

KXEL Waterloo-CF12 hrs,

WOC Quad Cities11 1/2 hrs,

WHO Des Moines 11 1/2 hrs,

KSJC Sioux City13 hrs,

WMT Cedar Rapids 8 hrs,

WDBQ Dubuque, 6 hrs,

KILR Estherville15 hrs,

KGLO Mason City9 hrs,

KFJB Marshalltown, 3 hrs,

KASI Ames, 6 hrs, and

KICD Spencer, 5-6 hrs.



Fox, Right Wing Media Not Reporting Trump-Russia Investigation

How can people continue to support Trump, you ask?  Here’s how.  Watch the entire 12 minute 44 sec. video.  It goes all the way back to the Powell Memo of 1971.


Trump Has Met Criteria For Impeachment By Every Measure

John Nichols lays it out – why Trump can and should be impeached and the dangers of delay.