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March 27th, 2009

Eagle Media and TIR Present: The General Assembly Musical

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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king-chetWith the legislature having overspent the Iowa budget by over $1 BILLION, the solution is simple for Iowa’s All-Star Cast. Watch the trailer for their new production, “General Assembly Musical.”

Immediately after gaining control of the legislature and Governor’s office, Chet Culver and the Democrats went on a binge spending spree and increased state spending by over a billion dollars, a 20% increase.

Now, Iowans are being asked to bail these politicians out by paying higher taxes. Just yesterday, Democrats announced they would eliminate the federal deductibility deduction, raising taxes by more than $600 million.

Both Governor Culver and Speaker Murphy say publically that we should not raise taxes during a recession. Privately, in the sanctuary of the Capitol, their story is much different.

They propose budgets that under-fund local governments and school districts, forcing them to either increase property taxes or fire teachers and other public service employees.

They eliminate federal deductibility, increasing taxes by $600 million.

They still need to find another half a billion of dollars to balance the 2010 budget, and trust us, they are looking at you Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer.

And maybe the funniest thing of all is that the same people who got us into this mess by going on a spending spree now want to borrow another $750 million so they can keep on spending. And being true to form, Governor Culver’s staff compiled a list of thousands of projects that he thinks should be included in his bonding proposal, but he refuses to disclose the price tags of the projects. In fact, we are told he didn’t ask for that information…

Governor Culver, and his all-star cast will have written, produced, and starred in this most recent comedy. We no longer can just sit back and enjoy the show. It is time to change the channel.

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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