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Monday, February 23, 2009

Battleground Iowa: Reality check needed at the Statehouse

Excerpted from this post at Battleground Iowa

You know the old saying, "Give 'em an inch, they'll take a yard?" I can't help but think about that when I think about the Democrat-controlled Iowa legislature this year. The Dems have had a firm grasp on the reigns of power for quite a while now here in Iowa, and it's almost as if they think they are invincible... that their power can never be taken away. And because of that, I think they might be getting a little careless. Take, for example, the gas tax. I don't know anyone (outside of the Legislature), Democrat or Republican, who is an average, non-political "Joe" who thinks the gas tax is a good idea. A lot of people I know are hurting financially, and the idea of paying more for gas right now really angers them. Yes, I'm seeing actual anger. Then you've got the prevailing wage legislation. Sure, it sounds great... let's pay the little guys more. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over... until you get your next property tax bill and/or increased assessment, which has gone up drastically so that your local governments can fund their now-much-more-expensive infrastructure projects.

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