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March 30th, 2009

We Teach Our Chidren to Not Think This Way

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Written by: Craig Robinson

I truly wonder how some Iowa Legislators actually made it to adulthood safely. It seems there are those who have forgotten a very basic lesson they were taught as children.

Just because everybody else is doing something is NOT a reason for you to do it!

Easy stuff, right? Not for some in the Iowa Legislature.

Democrat leaders in the Iowa Legislature are attempting to eliminate the right of Iowans to deduct their federal taxes on their Iowa tax return. Eliminating Federal Deductibility would raise taxes and force all Iowans to pay a tax on a tax.

Clearly, that makes no sense, but some may call their logic for making this change child-like. I think that is an insult to most Iowa children.

The proponents of eliminating Federal Deductibility say, “Well, only three states still have Federal Deductibility, so Iowa should eliminate it as well.”

Iowans should ask these Legislators, “Now Jimmy Legislator, if all the other states were jumping off a bridge, should Iowa jump off a bridge?”


Instead, we should recognize that Iowa, and two other states, have been smart enough to maintain common sense fairness for the taxpayers of their states.

Iowa children won’t buy the tax hiking Legislative logic, neither should you.

Written by Ed Failor, Jr.
President, Iowans for Tax Relief

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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