November 23rd, 2009

Democrats Show Just How Out of Touch they Really Are

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Written by: Craig Robinson

democrat-logoFor months, Democrats nationwide have criticized Republicans for being the party of “no.” In his speech in Des Moines on Saturday night, Vice President Joe Biden continued that line of attack when he said, “I know what Republicans are against, but I honestly don’t know what they are for. What would they have done?”

While I’m sure than most of the Democrats at the Jefferson Jackson dinner nodded their heads in agreement with Biden, Republicans have offered ideas. It’s just that Biden and the Democrats refuse to entertain any ideas but their own. In regards to the healthcare debate, Republicans wanted to let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines. Republicans also offered ideas that would have ended junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order, not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

I find it ironic that with Democrats in Iowa and Washington in control every aspect of our government, their main talking point is that Republican are not offering solutions. But let’s be honest, they don’t want to consider the Republican ideas. Vice President Biden made that very clear on Saturday night when he said Democrats are not interested in incremental change or moving the margins. Instead, they want make monumental changes in the size and scope of government, just like President Johnson implemented with his Great Society initiatives. What is even more disturbing is that Democrats don’t even want to listen to the cries of the American people who oppose their leftward lurch.

The other thing that I learned from listening to Iowa Democrats and Vice President Biden on Saturday night was that everything that is wrong with this country was caused by President George W. Bush. Vice President Biden even said that Iowa’s fiscal mess was created by the Bush Administration, not the spending spree that Governor Culver and Iowa Democrats went on after taking over control of the state government. Unbelievable.

I’m proud that Republicans in Congress have said no to cap and trade, no to government run health care, and opposed a stimulus plan that did nothing but prop-up bloated state governments. I’m proud that Iowa Republicans stood in objection to Governor Culver and the Democrats’ proposals to raise taxes by eliminating federal deductibility and eliminate Iowa’s right-to-work status.

Vice President Biden and Iowa Democrats showed just how out-of-touch they are with the people of Iowa. While they continue to Bush-bash, label the Republicans as the party of no, and celebrate President Obama’s caucus and general election victory again, the people of Iowa are hurting, and all they have to offer is a more intrusive government.

Maybe they will wake up after next year’s elections.

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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