April 1st, 2009

Bill Dix: Don’t Be Fooled By the Democrats Pump-Fake

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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bill-dixYesterday, when I heard that former State Representative Bill Dix was on the list of speakers for the public forum on federal deductibility, I sent him a note to see if we could catch up before or after the forum. Bill is one of my favorite people I’ve gotten to know since being involved in Iowa Politics.

I’ve known Bill and his family since 2001 when he was one of my first fundraising clients. For over six years I helped set up donor meeting and fundraising events for the various campaigns that Bill was involved in. In 2001, he was busy raising money for the Republican effort in the Iowa House, and by 2005 he was raising money for his campaign for Congress. All along the way Bill was a class act and a good friend.

While our schedules didn’t allow us to meet in person yesterday, the State Troopers removed me for the House chamber, I was able to talk to bill on the phone before public hearing. In typical Bill Dix fashion, he asked if I would listen to his remarks and let him know what I thought. It was a great message, and one that needed to be told. Unfortunately, Bill wasn’t allowed to give his remarks while the public was in the chamber. Speaker of the House Pat Murphy cleared the chamber right before Bill was to speak.

I asked Bill if I could get a copy of his remarks so I could post them on The Iowa Republican. The following is the type of statements that people from all walks of life were giving last night before Speaker Murphy ordered the people removed from the Iowa House of Representatives. These are the stories Pat Murphy is trying to silence.

Thank you Chairman Shomshor,

My name is Bill Dix. I am a farmer from Shell Rock and former State Representative, serving 10 years from 1997 – 2006. I operate a diversified farm business, growing row crops, beef cattle and we market cantaloupe, watermelon, squash and pumpkins through more than 100 retail supermarkets all across eastern and central Iowa.

Since 2007, Iowa’s state budget expenditures have ballooned by nearly one billion dollars, eclipsing the amount government expenditures grew for the entire decade which preceded, 1997 – 2006.

Furthermore and perhaps even more troubling is during 2007 – 2008, more than half of the increased tax collections came from tax rate increases brought to us by this same legislature.

The unquenchable thirst of this legislature to spend our money growing government and rewarding political cronies with appropriations gleaned from hard working Iowans is disgraceful.

For anyone to even so much as hint that HF807 is designed to be revenue neutral is an insult to all of us as citizens of our state.
As college basketball’s March Madness comes to a close, we now have learned a new madness of sorts has manifested itself in the halls of our State Capitol.

For you see, all of us as basketball spectators marvel at the skill by which today’s players outmaneuver and camouflage their skills and abilities to score. My fellow Iowans, we must not be pump-faked into believing that this madness is anything but skillful maneuvering by liberals to camouflage yet another $600 million dollar tax increase.

Considering our state government has already taken actions resulting in 10s of millions of dollars of property tax increases, coupled with job losses, cuts in employee pay and/or benefits. Clearly this is not the time (as the Governor stated in his Condition of the State speech) to take even more of hard working Iowans’ money to grow government.

Taxing money which the Federal government has already taken from us has always been and will continue to be an OUTRAGE, an outrage…out of step with my values and the values of all hard working Iowans.

Thank you.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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