Governor Chet Culver told Iowa reporters that he didn’t violate his 2008 pledge to “do whatever it takes” to preserve marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Culver says that, since the court said that a church can decide whether or not they want to marry same-sex couples, it’s all good.
Also yesterday, Governor Culver released the details of his plan that repeals Iowans’ ability to deduct the taxes they pay the federal government from their state taxes. Culver and the Democrats are out there shouting from the rooftops that they are cutting taxes, but they’re strangely silent about the fact that hundreds of thousands of Iowans will see their taxes go up. I guess, “Now is not the time raise taxes,” really means, “Now is the time to raise taxes on some people.”
What the hell?
While I share the outrage that Culver and the Democrats are out-of-whack with the majority of Iowans, I worry that many Iowans will fall for Culver’s weak a$$ attempt to have it both ways.
Culver did absolutely nothing to protect or defend traditional marriage. Do you realize that under his logic, we could have an all white church or an all male church? Now there are no such churches in Iowa, but I’m confident that if there was, we would see legal action taken against them. It is just a matter of time before a same-sex couple wants a Baptist or Catholic Church to marry them. When those churches refuse, there will be another round of court cases that will inevitably tell religious institutions that they cannot discriminate.
On taxes, Culver is positioning himself to be able to say something like, “despite a world-wide economic recession, I was able to cut taxes by $54 million for hard working Iowa families.” Folks, get used to that line because I believe it will be the center piece of Chet Culver’s reelection campaign.
This is what happens when you have weak reporters who take politicians at their word because they don’t want to spend the time looking at the details of this kind of legislation.
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