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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Revisionist history watch: Branstad budget edition

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The editors of the conservative Fort Dodge Messenger are ecstatic
about Terry Branstad's gubernatorial campaign, and they got a little
carried away in this Sunday editorial ... Who are they kidding?
Branstad's sleight of hand on the budget was so notorious that as a
three-term incumbent, he almost lost the 1994 GOP primary to Fred
Grandy. That campaign centered on "the Mastercard governor" and his
record of fiscal mismanagement, including keeping two sets of books to
hide deficits. As State Representative Chris Rants has noted, Branstad
likes to take credit for budget reforms that were not his idea and
were intended to prevent future governors from repeating his mistakes.
That's to be expected from a politician, but I expect more
reality-based commentary from newspaper editors.

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