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“There is nothing more sacred than the right to vote.”
Recently I saw an interview with former Florida Governor, Charlie Christ. Years ago I would have called Mr. Christ a flip-flop or pancake, referring to his changing of parties so many times. But I believe that interview enlightened me in two ways:
#1 Mr. Christ is an unapologetic jerk. I believe he should have informed Mr. Romney of his change of endorsement in 2008 or at the very least displayed some form of regret for not doing so.
#2 It is tough to go Independent because of a lack of infrastructure like there is for the Democrats and the GOP. And that is the part of the interview I would like to touch on. The fact that in this country we have to choose between one party that is in bed with Corporate America and the other that is constantly climbing out of bed just long enough to convince the rest of America that they are here to help us. We need more political parties in America.
When the Republicans do something we don’t like we vote in the Democrats, then the Democrats proceed to do the same thing the Republicans were going to do. The reason is that both parties realize more than ever that we only have two choices (for the most part), and that if they lose this time they will always have a 50% percent chance of winning the next time.
Mr. Christ did go Independent for a short period of time. However, one of his biggest complaints was that there was no infrastructure for Independents, and that made it difficult to run as one. But there is one group that does have the infrastructure, the money, and the people to start a third party in this country: UNIONS. Most unions have political delegates at each local. They also have people who are experienced in campaigning. They also know how politics work on a local level and in Washington.
Now the problem. It is both sad and hard for me to face this fact, but unions are drawn to Democrats like a moth to a flame. They know they are going to get burnt, but they don’t care because their line of crap sounds oh so good. But if the Democrats had been defending Labor with the same vigor that the GOP has been destroying it, we would not be at less than 7% membership in the private sector.
It seems to me Organized Labor wants the Democrats to fight their fight. But one thing I have learned is no one is going to argue your points the way you are. It’s like Organized Labor has been sitting around and waiting for a Superman to come out of the Democratic Party when they really should have been creating their own Superman or Superwoman.
I do want to make one point as I do believe there have been pockets of real help from the Democrats. However the two-party system only works for the two parties, and workers will never get properly represented by a system that only focuses on perpetuating itself. This is not only a call for just a Labor party, we need closer to four or five different parties, but organized labor is the only group that I know of that could potentially start their own party and succeed. I think it is time for Organized Labor to stop depending on those who are there to serve the interests of others.
Finally, I will leave you with this. UAW President Bob King said at a conference the UAW has no future without the South. I respectfully disagree with Mr. King. I don’t think organized labor has a future with its continued dependence on the Democratic Party and without creating a political party of its own.
Hey, hey, – it is Academy Awards Sunday. Glitz, glitter, speeches that go nowhere. But who cares. Every woman that walks up the red carpet will be asked over and over “Who are you wearing?” I wish once someone would say “Kohl’s” or “Dollar Store” just to see the reaction.
And for the nth year in a row it will be a movie we haven’t seen. Movies got too pricey for us a while back. We figured we could afford to get a movie channel for the price of a movie. Now the price of a movie channel is too pricey. Seeing a show on commercial TV breaks it up so much I lose interest. So we are back to reading about them with fascination. No doubt with the new internets and the lack of net neutrality, that may even become too expensive. I guess if God wanted us to use the internets, we would have been born with USB ports.
The best news is that Ellen DeGeneris is the host. She.Is.Funny!
Were you paying attention?
1) After coming under fire for remarks she made about sexual assaults on campus, which university president revealed that she had been assaulted as a student?
2) Following an explosion at a local fracking well in Pennsylvania, Chevron tried to make amends with the locals by doing what?
3) Maybe all the noise was keeping Iowans awake? The Iowa House passed a bill to legalize what for guns?
4) What digital trading exchange unit had its value drop to near zero after one exchange went dark?
5) The nation waited in anticipation to see if which Arizona governor would sign the bill to legalize discrimination against gays and others in her state?
6) Two investigations in Wisconsin call this guy “John Doe.” What does the public know “John Doe” as?
7) When he left this life, this man left behind a million laughs. Who joined the ghosts he once busted this week?
8) While not in “the Sound of Music” this person who died last week was part of the family that inspired it. Who was the last of this family to die?
9) Can you remember how many Oscars “The Sound Of Music” received?
10) The Iowa Policy Project put out a new report on the cost of living in Iowa. It shows that what is in no way keeping up with rising costs?
11) In Florida, a judge sent shock waves across the nation when he returned the weapon used in a “stand your ground” killing to the defendant after he was found not guilty. Why was everyone so shocked?
12) Governor Branstad declared what to be a “dying industry” in Iowa?
13) Many reasons have been floated as to why this happened, but one thing was really surprising last week. What dropped 43% among children over the past year?
14) In science, it was announced this week that in 88% of adults, which deadly disease has been thwarted by a patient’s own genetically altered immune system cells?
15) The first gay professional NBA player became a reality when who was signed by the Brooklyn Nets this week?
Xtra Credit) what did a California couple find in their backyard while walking their dog?
Well, now to pop up that pop corn, get a cold one and nestle in to a good spot on the couch. Is 8:30 too early to get ready to watch the Oscars?
Here are some answers. I trust you will accept them.
1) Sally Mason of the U of Iowa
2) certificates for free pizza
3) silencers. Boy that sure sounds like a crazy ALEC bill.
5) Jan Brewer
6) Governor Walker
7) Harold Ramis
8) Maria von Trapp (age 99)
10) the median wage in Iowa
11) because the defendant is blind
12) dog racing
14) adult leukemia
15) Jason Collins. remember he came out last year after the season.
XC) Gold coins buried in old cans in mint condition worth multi millions.
STRONG WORKFORCE BUILDS A STRONG ECONOMY
Senate Democrats want to put more Iowans back to work, strengthen our middle class and grow our state’s economy. Several proposals we’re working on would do just that.
1. Keep childcare affordable. Iowa is third in the nation when it comes to households with young children in which both parents work. That means Iowa families need good childcare, which can come at a high price. A federal child and dependent care tax credit allows working families to deduct 20 to 35 percent of eligible childcare expenses from their taxes. The maximum credit is $3,000 for one child and $6,000 for two or more.
SSB 3181 improves our state tax credit by allowing Iowans to claim a state credit of up to 93.75 percent of the federal credit, increasing income eligibility to $67,410 and indexing for inflation. Another bill, SF 2143, allows parents who work and take classes to count the hours for both in calculating eligibility for childcare assistance. This encourages Iowans to continue improving their prospects for a better career and higher salary.
2. Increase pay. A higher minimum wage would put more money in the pockets of hard-working families, making them more self-sufficient and able to spend at local businesses. SSB 3194 would gradually increase Iowa’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour by 2016. A full-time employee making $7.25 an hour lives below the poverty line, earning only $15,080 a year. In Iowa, 81 percent of those who’d benefit from a minimum wage increase are 20 and older. Many are raising children and may be the sole breadwinner for their family.
3. Ensure Iowans can get to work. Transportation should never be a barrier to employment. A new initiative (SF 2076) will offer grants to transit providers that help Iowans get to their jobs. Up to $150,000 would go to projects on a competitive basis and require a dollar-for-dollar match.
Transit providers might use the money to expand hours of service, create a ride-share program or offer shuttle service. Good transportation makes for reliable employees, and that’s always good for business.
4. Make sure workers get paid. Wage theft cheats Iowa workers out of $600 million annually. Failing to enforce wage laws means Iowans don’t get paid what they’ve earned, drives down wages and is unfair to businesses that play by the rules. SF 191 sets minimum standards to ensure Iowans get paid for the work they’ve done and allows wage investigators to more easily go after businesses that fail to pay what they owe.
Meeting With Catholics on Schools
On February 19, Kent Ferns and Dr. Lee Morrison of the Davenport Diocese talked with me about the contributions Iowa’s many Catholic schools have made to Iowa. One of the Iowa Catholic Conference’s top 2014 priorities is to increase state support for Catholic schools and other private schools. I’m strong supporter of all aspects of Iowa education. In the most recent fiscal year, more than $44 million in state and federal funds were used to increase services for Iowa students attending accredited, non-public K-12 schools. Those dollars helped pay for transportation, textbooks, shared-time students, and media and education services through Area Education Associations, school lunches and tuition tax credits. In state funding alone, Iowa invests more than $1,000 per year for each private school student.
STUDENT POVERTY INCREASES CLASSROOM NEEDS
The number of Iowa kids growing up in poverty is at a 50-year high, and our state’s childhood poverty rate is climbing faster than the national average. In fact, 41 percent of students in Iowa schools live in poverty and are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.
Education is considered a great equalizer, capable of helping less advantaged kids improve their chances for success in life. But history has shown that children from affluent families tend to do better in school. While the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap in student achievement between well-off and low-income students is growing.
Schools with lots of students from low-income families send fewer graduates to college than schools with high-income families, according to a new study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Schools with more than half of their students in poverty had lower rates of college enrollment and saw more of their students drop out of college than did higher-income schools.
We must do more to help students from low-income families. One idea is to provide schools with an extra $250 for each student who qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches (SSB 3160). That amounts to less than 10 percent additional funding for these Iowa students. The national average is an additional 29 percent. Schools use the money to boost student achievement among low-income students, through before and after-school education programs, summer school, intensive tutoring, mentoring and more.
Our students could benefit from these extra dollars now more than ever. Iowa is more than $1,500 below the national average in terms of how much we invest in each student. In recent years, we’ve fallen to 37th in the nation when it comes to per-pupil spending. With our state budget in excellent shape, it’s a trend we need to reverse.
Sally Gaer of Des Moines spoke at a Statehouse news conference advocating for access to medical cannabis to help her daughter Margaret, who has a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent violent seizures. Gaer appeared with several Democratic Senators when we announced we were unable to convince a single Republican member of the Iowa Legislature to support legalization of the medical use of cannabis.
PROTECTING SENIORS FROM ABUSE & EXPLOITATION
Thousands of older Americans are abused, neglected and exploited every year in the U.S. Many victims are particularly vulnerable, depending on others to help them with the most basic activities of daily living.
In 2001, Iowa implemented an Elder Abuse Initiative in 22 counties to focus on prevention, intervention, detection and reporting of elder abuse.
Between 2007 and 2011, the initiative received almost 12,000 referrals of potential elder abuse. Of these, 44 percent concerned financial exploitation.
With the demonstrated need, we must strengthen efforts to help vulnerable seniors throughout the state. SF 2117 creates an Elder Abuse Resource & Referral Program to work with area agencies on aging to increase awareness of elder abuse and to provide help.
Another bill will specifically address financial exploitation of Iowa seniors, which often occurs at the hands of family members or caretakers. Many seniors give a “power of attorney” to someone they trust so that person can make financial decisions on their behalf, including managing their money, paying their bills and purchasing necessities.
Power of attorney is exercised responsibly among most Iowans. Unfortunately, there is growing evidence of unethical people who prey on vulnerable seniors, stealing from them and abusing their power. Based on recommendations of Iowa’s Elder Abuse Task Force, the Senate Judiciary Committee developed an “Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act” to address the problem. SF 2168 will help prevent and detect power of attorney abuse.
Our seniors deserve respect and dignity. These are two steps toward protecting some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens.
Latino Legislative Day
February 18th was Latino Legislative Day. I met with members of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa. We are working together to build stronger Iowa families by raising the minimum wage and increasing opportunities for all Iowans to improve their skills.
HELPING VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Human trafficking is a form of slavery that often involves making money off the sexual exploitation of children. These atrocities take place right here in Iowa.
Human trafficking is thought to be the fastest growing and one of the most lucrative endeavors of organized crime. According to the Polaris Project, the total number of human trafficking victims in the United States reaches into the hundreds of thousands each year. Many of the victims are run-away teenage girls, who are forced into prostitution.
In response, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SSB 3169, which aims to help law enforcement combat human trafficking and to provide assistance to victims. The legislation imposes a $1,000 criminal surcharge on anyone who purchases or offers to purchase the services of a prostitute, those who lure or force others into prostitution, and those convicted of human trafficking. The money will go toward efforts to combat human trafficking, including resources for victims and educating Iowans about this horrific crime.
In addition, the bill gives law enforcement new tools to fight human trafficking by:
• Extending the statute of limitations for sexual exploitation of minors from three years to 10 years.
• Giving authority to the Iowa’s Attorney General to request a court order to intercept communications relating to felony human trafficking.
• Clarifying that enticing a minor can be done through any medium, including all forms of communication.
To learn more about human trafficking, go to www.polarisproject.org.
ELIMINATE TEXTING WHILE DRIVING TO MAKE ROADS SAFER
Drivers who text endanger all road users and pedestrians.
In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving. However, Iowa’s texting while driving law is a secondary offense, meaning a driver can only be cited if they are stopped for another violation, such as a broken tail light or speeding. Police say that makes Iowa’s texting while driving law difficult to enforce.
A new bipartisan proposal (SSB 3191) would make texting while driving a primary offense, giving officers the authority to pull over a driver specifically for texting. Why do we need to take this step? Research shows that texting is the most dangerous form of driver distraction because it takes our mind off driving, our eyes off the road and at least one hand off the steering wheel.
National Occupant Protection Use Survey show that, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. And at least 28 percent of vehicle crashes are caused by texting and cell phone use, according to the National Safety Council.
Teens have been the focus of most distracted driving outreach and laws. Texting results in car crashes that kill an average of 11 teens each day.
However, they aren’t the only ones practicing this dangerous behavior. A recent report from AAA indicates that drivers between the ages of 25 and 39 are the most distracted by their cellphones.
Mick Mulhern of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau travels the state to talk with Iowa teens about the dangers of distracted driving. He’s learned that parents don’t always set the best example. When he asks students if their parents text while driving, half the hands in the room go up.
BEWARE OF IDENTITY THEFT DURING TAX SEASON
The Iowa Department of Revenue is warning Iowans to beware of phony calls or e-mail scams regarding state taxes. If somebody calls asking for personal information, such as a Social Security number, or contacts you via e-mail, it may be fraudulent. The Iowa Department of Revenue does not initiate contact with taxpayers via e-mail to request personal or financial information.
If you have any doubts about providing information, don’t do it. Contact the Iowa Department of Revenue directly to confirm if the call or e-mail
you received was official. The department can be reached at email@example.com or by calling the Taxpayer Services line at 515-281-3114. For more information, go to www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/ID.html.
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I am getting old and cranky. At least that’s what I am thinking as I look about some of the local political news and yawn. I wonder how much more voters can stand of a Republican Party that refuses to act as a true representative of American citizens. How much longer will the citizens continue to vote for a party that specifically represents the richer, the richer and the most wealthy?
Here in Iowa we had one minor surprise when Boob Vander Plaats refused yet one more attempt to exalt himself. That will probably take a lot of the fun out of this year’s elections. I was so hoping BVP would be running for senate against Bruce Braley. I doubt Vander Plaats (is he ever referred to as just Plaats?) could keep his hate for gay people out of the media. One member of the blog-o-sphere was planning on having fun with his hypocrisy and justifications. I could have seen Plaats worth at least a few posts.
But not to totally disappoint us, Mariannette Meeks is back to delight us, with her couched Republican talking points and her burnished reputation, from a stint in the Branstad administration. That is if she takes her opponent out in the primary. Her opponent is a really pitiful Mark Lofgren. Lofgren mainly represents the rich in Muscatine and little else.
So most likely we will have another race during which Ms. Meeks will speak in the couched language that tells us nothing about what she will really do if elected. There are a few clues in what she says, on purpose. If you have become familiar with some of the misleading language of tea party speak these days, you would know what certain phrases mean. “Selling insurance across state lines” means every insurance company registers in the state with the least regulations – probably Texas. Then when you go to make a claim, good luck – the low regulated policy you bought doesn’t cover anything.
Health is supposed to be Meeks strong point, yet the misleading language she uses will result in her being one of the zombie horde of tea party Republicans who will once more engage in a series of “NO” votes on implemented legislation that will have no value but to waste the valuable time of our national government in an attempt to make one guy look bad. Meeks offers no real alternative. Thus on her signature policy, she fails miserably. Her policy is to essentially turn us back 10 years, only with adding a big boost for insurance companies of moving to the state of least regulation.
On other policies she mouths the usual tea party line of taking away from the poor and giving to the rich. Seems like she has learned one thing in her years away – she has a base to appease. I would like to think that Iowa-02 is a district that thinks, a district that believes in fairness for all and a district that understands that the country must move forward into the future, not backwards. Were she elected, Meeks would be little more than another tea partier voting the tea party line that is gumming up the works badly already. We already have way too many in Washington.
For governor, once more we get a Branstad candidacy. This ain’t your father’s Branstad, which was not a prime model to begin with. This is a much more right wing Branstad with an updated hate for unions and the poor. He would probably be against gay marriage had that issue not been decided before his most recent re-incarnation. His policy is starve the schools, starve the poor and kiss the business butt. But he will be portrayed as grandfatherly by the media which will not look at his record very hard and thus find little to criticize. Iowa will plod along despite Branstad.
We would do much better as a state with Jack Hatch and his fresh, forward looking ideas. Just for the sake of change I would like to see what Jack Hatch could do. One thing is for sure – he can’t do much worse than Branstad.
And then there is the US senate seat Tom Harkin is vacating. Republicans are in a monumental struggle to decide which will mouth the tea party platitudes against Bruce Braley. Without Vander Plaats and his religiosity, they are pretty much a nameless faceless group. But it matters little since whoever wins will not be running as an individual, but as the one standing for the party. They are interchangeable parts.
So it is same old same old on the tea party side. Yet on the Democratic side there is a good, very forward looking Bruce Braley. His candidacy excites me. I believe Braley truly represents what Iowa is – he is hard working. He has worked in actual blue collar jobs including the family farm, so he knows work. His mother is a devoted teacher. He grew up an Iowan with all the values that entails.
Sending Loebsack back to congress excites me also. The Congressman has been a solid steady voice for progress, often working across the aisle to accomplish progress for the second district. His background of growing up poor, working his way through college to a full professorship is the kind of story that is basic Iowa. Loebsack learned much during those years and uses that knowledge to inform his decisions. He doesn’t forget his roots, working hard to make sure that the ladder he climbed is still there for the next Iowan that needs it.
And Jack Hatch. Simply the thought of a governor who is forthright and open excites me.
So maybe it isn’t the same old, same old on both sides. The Republican Party is putting up tea party approved candidates who work for the rich and are for the most part interchangeable. Yet the Democrats give us some hope that government is a force for good in this country. A force for the good of the people, by the people and for the people.
DES MOINES— Yesterday the Iowa House of Representatives passed HF 2381, a bill that adds a section to existing Iowa Code that provides “any person, trust, corporation or other entity may possess a firearm suppressor if the firearm suppressor is registered and possessed in compliance with federal law and regulations.” The vote was 83-16.
“Another bill I am working on is to allow Iowans the opportunity to own a firearm suppressor,” said Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley) in a newsletter. “As I have said before, law abiding citizens are just that, law abiding. We should be allowing Iowans to exercise their rights to the greatest degree possible and not be imposing burdensome restrictions on their Constitutional rights.”
“We’ll take a look at that but it’s my plan not to take up any firearm legislation this year,” said State Senator Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids), chairman of the senate judiciary committee, in response to news of the bill’s passing.
So is the cycle in a divided legislature. One chamber proposes, and the other moderates. Here is how house members voted.
In honor of Rick Perry’s presence in the Hawkeye state this week, let’s all sign and share this letter to Rick Perry for Wendy Davis!
Rick Perry rubs elbows with the billionaire Koch brothers and their special interest friends, rather than working for Texas families. He appointed an executive from a predatory lending company to the Finance Commission of Texas in charge of cracking down on predatory lenders. He cut billions in education.
Rick Perry is an embarrassment. He has put his own political gain ahead.
Wendy Davis is a leader that will work to make the great state of Texas even greater. Sign up below to stand with Wendy Davis and defeat Perry’s cronyism.
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you? There is no fight more important than the one between regular Iowans and corporate hog factories. Iowans are battling this intrusion every day in a heroic struggle to preserve our daily quality of life. The encroachment of CAFOs in Iowa has already had devastating impact on our land, water and quality of living. It’s time for this trend to reverse.
February 25, 2014
Fight continues against proposed Davis County hog farms
By Wanda Moeller, Courier Editor
OTTUMWA — Land owners in northwest Davis County are continuing to apply pressure of an Illinois agribusiness owner not to build confinement hog farms in their neighborhood.
Ron Thomas of Unionville is selling property to Parks Finishing of Oakwood, Ill., to construct hog confinement structures at three different locations. Two of the confinements will be built on Alfalfa and Clay avenues in Marion Township and the third in Fox River Township on Arbor Blvd. The proposed hog confinement facilities owned by Parks Finishing continue to be a topic of heated debate in northwest Davis County.
Under Iowa code, a hog confinement cannot be built within 1,250 feet of the nearest residence. The proposed Parks Finishing facilities will be built within 1,400 feet of its nearest neighbors.
Tuesday morning land owners from Davis County, as well as anti-hog factory hog farm supporters from Wapello, Appanoose and Van Buren counties visited the Park Finishing office in Ottumwa. They were met outside by a local representative, who listened to their concerns.
Neighbors, like Jim Ealy, aren’t giving up their fight to stop the hog confinement facilities from being built on the Thomas’ property.
“One of the confinements will be about a half mile from my house and the other a mile and a quarter away. Plus, we’ll be downwind from the third one. All three of these confinements will be upstream from the Soap Creek Watershed, Soap Creek and Lake Wapello,” said Ealy. “We don’t want them there. I don’t think my quality of life should suffer because of 7,500 hogs.
Since a January meeting with the Department of Natural Resources representatives in Unionville, the neighboring land owners and local members of the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) have met with legislators at the state capitol to continue to fight against the three proposed hog confinements.
The fight against hog confinements is not contained to Davis County. ICCI Farm and Environment Organizer David Goodner says the organization plans to escalate protests and expand them, not just in southern Iowa but in other offices across Iowa. Planned protests are scheduled to be conducted in Audubon, Ellsworth and Newell next month.
Joint Statement by Senator Rob Hogg and Representative Bobby Kaufmann on Keystone XL Pipeline:
BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO KEYSTONE PIPELINE IN IOWA BECAUSE OF EXPECTED USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN
DES MOINES– Two Iowa state legislators– Senator Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) and Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton)– joined today to call on Congress to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline because of the expected use of eminent domain in the development of the project.
“I urge you to stand with those land-owners who do not want this pipeline running through their property,” wrote Rep. Kaufmann in a letter to Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s Second Congressional District. “The interests in oil profits should not supersede the rights of property owners.”
“It is not in America’s national interests to allow a foreign oil company to condemn American farms and ranches to take foreign oil to the Gulf Coast for sale on the global market,” wrote Sen. Hogg in a letter to Congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa’s First Congressional District. “The Keystone pipeline threatens America’s land, water, and wildlife– Congress should say no, the State Department should say no, and President Obama should say no.”
Senator Hogg and Representative Kaufmann’s letters were also submitted to the U.S. State Department in advance of the March 7 deadline for public comments on the Environmental Impact Statement on the proposal. The public can submit comments at the following web address: http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/
Download PDF of Senator Hogg’s letter to Rep. Bruce Braley here.
Download PDF of Rep. Kaufmann’s letter to Rep. Dave Loebsack here.
Rick Perry will be in Iowa this week, February 27-28, with four stated objectives.
(1) To help his “great friend” Governor Branstad with his re-election campaign;
(2) To meet with business leaders;
(3) To “make some shows” (aka Rick Perry presidential campaign videos, corn dog anyone?)
(4) To make a pitch to send some of Iowa’s jobs to Texas.
Really? That last one was a little odd. You wouldn’t think a presidential candidate coming to Iowa would want to alert the caucus goers that that is his plan, to steal Iowa jobs… But that is what he said on the TV. So, what was up with that?
How political lying works
The part he said about making a pitch to Gov. Branstad about taking Iowa jobs back to Texas? He wasn’t really saying that so the Iowa crowd could hear. He was directing that particular lie to the Texas crowd and the Iowa crowd was just supposed to cover our ears and hum during that part, which to be honest, Americans in general are really pretty good at. We have to be or it would be just too damn hard to function on a daily basis so lost in despair for our country we would be.
But I digress. The simple truth is, he’s not actually here on a job-stealing junket for Texas, so everyone can chill. He was in fact just saying that (lying) for cover, so that disgruntled Texas constituents who happened to be watching Morning Joe, would at least now have the story, if implausible, that their governor is here in Iowa conducting official gubernatorial business for the benefit of the great state of Texas. And what does he care really, because zero Texas Republicans even watch Morning Joe.
Yes, America, it is really that easy to lie and get away with it.