Yesterday my travels took me to the Quad-Cities. While I was born and raised in rural Clinton County near the tiny town of Goose Lake, Davenport always seems like home to me. It was nice to see the river and have lunch with my brother.
Before lunch, I had the opportunity to sit down with Matt Strawn, Chairman of the Republican Party, he was in town to kickoff his “Job Security for Iowans” tour, and meet with a few activists and donors while in the area. Strawn said the purpose of the tour is to aggressively message to Iowans the devastating impact of the labor agenda and to also provide conservative alternatives.
One of the things we talked about was how these labor bills are like wild fires. They pop up unexpectedly, and if you do your job right they are extinguished quickly. It’s the ones that get out of control that end up doing a lot of damage.
Later in the day I attended his press conference. As I pulled into the parking lot I noticed a few guys getting out of a car with an Obama sticker on the trunk. Yes, Strawn was joined at his press conference by four union guys. If you are wondering, two of the three cars they came in had Illinois license plates.
Chairman Strawn was very cordial to the union representatives. He took time to let each of them talk about prevailing wage, fair share, and the workers’ compensation legislation. Apparently they union slogan for House File 530 is, Health vs. Wealth.
Personally, I find the union stance on the workers’ compensation issues to be very short sided. I don’t know a single employer who would ever withhold quality health care from an employee who was injured on the job. It’s not in the best interest of the employer, or the employee.
Tomorrow my travels bring me back to Des Moines. I plan on attending the Iowa Christian Alliance event, and the public hearing on House File 530. If I can find an internet connections in the House Chamber maybe I’ll try to twitter the public hearing.
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