“You’re hearing the same partisan rhetoric from the Republicans whether it’s their chairman or the Republican leaders. It’s doom. It’s gloom. It’s despair. The Democrats are the party of hope and opportunity.” Governor Chet Culver – May 29, 2009 on Iowa Press
It’s not doom and gloom Governor, it called reality.
GM and Chrysler are closing dealerships in Iowa.
Principal Financial Group is letting go 140 Iowans.
John Deere whacked 700 jobs, most of them in Ottumwa.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is making cuts.
The list could go on and on.
What have Governor Culver and the Democrats done to help these people? Nothing.
Culver borrowed $830 million; money that he believes will help pull the state out of this bad economy. All that Culver’s bonding plan will do is create some temporary construction jobs. I’m sure those who lost their jobs at UIHC and Principal are lining up to go work on the road crew this summer.
Culver also used the majority of the federal stimulus money to back fill his budget. That means all it really did was prevent the state of Iowa from cutting employees. So while big government stays fat and happy, the private sector worker is screwed.
Oh wait, I’m sorry. I did hear on the radio that people who file for unemployment benefits will see an increase of $13 to $16 in their weekly checks. That will make a difference; such an influx of money will allow them to buy two packs of cigs at the current rate.
Culver and the Democrats did nothing to help Iowa based employers this past legislative session. Small business is the engine that drives this state, so it comes as no surprise that when they struggle, even the big titans like Deere and Principal struggle in this economy.
Iowa Republicans are not playing partisan politics when they talk about our dire economy, they are simply talking about the reality that we are in today. It’s unfortunate that Culver has no grasp on reality.
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