An estimated three thousand frustrated Iowans gathered outside of the State Capitol in Des Moines to participate in the national tea party protest movement that was held yesterday. In addition to the tea party at the State Capitol, rallies were also held in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Spencer, Mason City, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, and Davenport.
Iowans have been speaking out and holding rallies in Des Moines and across the state for almost a month now. The powder keg erupted a few weeks ago when the Speaker of the Iowa House ordered the state troopers to remove 500-600 Iowans who gathered in the Iowa House chamber during a public forum on House File 807, a bill that would be the largest tax increase in Iowa’s history.
Most of the tax day tea parties that were held all around the country focused on the people’s outrage towards the federal government. In Iowa however, people gathered to speak out against a state legislature and a governor who are out of sync with the majority of Iowans.
Most of the outrage over the past week and a half has dealt with the Iowa Supreme Court’s opinion that opened the door for same-sex marriages in Iowa. Before that, a huge contingent of people were outraged by the legislative agenda that focused on helping labor unions while increasing taxes on average Iowans and small business owners.
Despite public outrage, Governor Culver, Speaker Murphy, and Senate Majority Leader Gronstal continue to force their legislative agenda upon Iowans. Governor Culver and the legislative leaders’ agenda is so out of whack that they can’t even get their own Democrat members in the Iowa House to support it, despite a 56 to 44 seat majority.
With the legislative session about to end, Democrat leaders have yet to pass one significant piece of their legislative agenda.
Repeal of Federal Deductibility – They can’t find the votes in the Iowa House.
Fair Share – 66% of the people in the Register’s Iowa poll opposed it.
Collective Bargaining – Governor Culver vetoed it last year.
Prevailing Wage Legislation- – They can’t find the votes in the Iowa House.
Doctor Shopping Bill– They can’t find the votes in the Iowa House.
Culver’s $750 Million Bonding Proposal – 71% of the people in the Register’s Iowa poll opposed it.
While Culver and the Democrat leadership seem hell bent on shoving their agenda down the people’s throat, the one issue where Iowans are demanding action is on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Yet, Culver and the Democrat leaders have ignored them, and will not let legislators even vote on the issue. In fact, they are so adamant on not letting their members vote on a marriage amendment, a simple amendment defining marriage for tax purposes basically killed the federal deductibility bill.
Will thousands of Iowans rallying on bridges, in parks, and in the shadow of the state capitol get the attention of Culver, Murphy and Gronstal? Not likely, because they simply don’t care what the people think.
For proof that they simple don’t care, you just need to look at what the legislature is working on. The news coming out of the Capitol yesterday wasn’t in response to the angry people outside. It was that Democrats are considering bringing up two labor issues again, collective bargaining and doctor shopping.
So why won’t Culver, Murphy, and Gronstal listen to the people? Because they don’t care, and they don’t believe that the civil unrest will continue till the 2010 elections.
While these rallies have been an incredible sight, the real tea party is on November 2, 2010. It is on that day that the people’s voice can finally be heard. We can throw “leaders” like Governor Culver and Speaker Murphy out of office, and we can send Sen. Gronstal back to the minority by voting those people who support him out of office.
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