Didn’t know what I was going to write about until I saw the paper this morning. There are a few things I had thoughts on.
First, the Fog. it was bad enough outside my house this morning that I couldn’t see the Garage. It’s probably not even thirty feet from the back door. Driving in, I thought it was even worse. Couldn’t see signs or stoplights on the side of the road. Please be careful if you are headed to Des Moines for the State Wrestling Tournament.
So there was an article about how some Moderate Republicans will be skipping or at least limiting their time campaigning for the Iowa Caucuses this year. The point of the article is that a religious conservative will likely win. Rather than come to Iowa and get beat up for 30 weeks before the Caucuses, they’ll just move on to NH, talk about economic issues and end up winning the Nomination. Sound familiar? I think it’s probably true.
The reason I wanted to comment on the story though? The Comments FOR the story.
The first comment is from a guy who’s obviously never seen a Raygun t-shirt…
The second is from an Iowan who stepped to the State’s defense.
“Who cares about Iowa anyway they are an insignificant state. The only thing they produce is potatoes. Other than that they are so far out of touch with reality
quite frankly who cares what they think.”
Other readers responded to correct the comment…That’s IDAHO.
Here’s the comment from the IOWAN.
Iowans are well educated, a large percentage have college degrees and we have
very high literacy rates as well as low unemployment. Our economy is very good,
we are known for insurance as well as banking. We have low crime rates and low
cost of living. $250,000 will get you a home that would cost 1 million in
Chicago. Our schools are very good, people send their kids to our universities
from around the world. Over 50% of admissions at some of our universities pay
out of state tuition.
If you have never been to Des Moines you should come
visit and have breakfast at the Drake Diner, lunch at Luca’s, drinks and dancing
at The Garden (it gets wild), and dinner at Trostel’s Dish. Stay at the Savory
Hotel and go to a game at Principal Park or a concert at the Wells Fargo arena,
or how about a broadway show or the ballet at the Civic Center, all within a few
blocks of your hotel. Go play some pool at Raccoon River Brewery and have some
really good beer, then go to the El Bait House and get some tacos, then go bar
hopping on Court Ave, and at about 2am go to the Big Tomato and have gourmet
pizza by the slice served to you by some of the rudest people you will ever
meet. The next day you can go shopping in the East Village in the shadow of our
state capital which is the only state capital to have five domes, it’s
considered to be one of the most beautiful in the US. Come see for yourself how
little Des Moines, Iowa has grown up.
First of all, sign that guy up for the CVB Citizen of the year.
Second, I think there’s a lot of truth in the comment. I am from another state that prides itself on it’s politics (even though it’s more corrupt than most states). Illinois activists don’t hold a candle to the average Iowa voter.
Unless you’ve been here to cover one of these Caucus campaigns, unless you’ve been in living rooms when a Senior US Senator has to answer very direct questions from a voter, unless you have been there Caucus night and have seen the process unfold, you have no idea. Iowa has something special and it deserves a special place in the process.
I saw the article on the Governor’s pension today in the Register. I have some more questions.
My first and most important is, why is this wrong? He served the State as Governor and is entitled to a pension. Period. He is serving as Governor and deserves a salary, period!
I found it a little suspect that those quoted in the article were Union Reps who are battling with the Gov right now over salaries. Are those people really able to look at this issue with any kind of objectivity? I also found it interesting that the article, and those quoted failed to cite another example of the same kind of double dipping.
We have a County Sheriff who used to be police chief. He “retired” from the city and is now earning a salary as Sheriff. Is he collecting retirement benefits from the City? By the way, he’s a Democrat.
I have no problem with either man collecting salary or pension they’ve earned.
I do have a problem with someone who’s 62 “retiring” from their job for the state, then turning around and being hired full salary for essentially the same state position. That person is gaming the system in order to double their salary. Do you think Branstad ran because he wanted the salary? I don’t think so.
I hope you have a great day!