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January 28th, 2010

Miller-Meeks: State of the Union Shows Importance of Trust, What Happens When it’s Lost

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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millermeeksPresident Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech “demonstrates more than ever how important it is for elected officials to keep their word and what happens when they don’t,” Republican congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks said this morning.

“He didn’t intend to be that way, but the important lesson about the President’s speech last night is that governing is about trust – and he’s lost the trust of many Americans because he hasn’t kept his word,” said Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist. “As a doctor who cares for patients, I’ve always understood that nothing can take the place of a trusting relationship. I know how important it is to say what you mean and, most importantly, mean what you say. That’s an invaluable asset that I will apply every day to represent the people of Iowa’s Second Congressional District.”

Miller-Meeks noted Obama’s pledges to lower the national debt and deficit conflict with higher and higher government spending.

“Actions speak louder than words and his actions on the budget show that he has not been fiscally responsible. He’s using the bank bailout money as a political slush fund and increasing the budget at an unsustainable rate when he should be cutting it. The problem is that our current congressman, David Loebsack, just keeps going along with all that,” Miller-Meeks said. “Both President Obama and David Loebsack said they were going to Washington to change the culture of partisan politics but we sure haven’t seen that. My advice to both of them is to start working with Republicans to get the budget under control. Instead of saying you’re going to create a transparent budget process and get rid of earmarks, how about actually doing it? That’s what people want – and that’s what I’m dedicated to delivering.”

Miller-Meeks has been an outspoken critic of the “Obamacare” legislation because it will reduce average Americans’ access to quality health care while increasing the price they pay.

“We need to replace David Loebsack with someone who actually understands health care and can lead intelligent reform,” Miller-Meeks said. “We can’t afford to have someone who’s going to go along to get along with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama at our expense.”

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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