Our little station in northwest Iowa had a very interesting set of experiences to close out the year. Our little station continued at the top of the ratings and our listeners really were outspoken about a couple of topics. The folks who live in the tri-state area made it abundantly clear that they were particularly interested in politicians who would tell the truth.
The second big topic of interest was finding folks in the government who were as interested in good stewardship and accountability as they seem to be in getting re-elected. To say that our listeners are skeptical of the good intentions of those in government would be an understatement of monumental proportions.
Our listeners from Iowa are particularly engaged and are watching the goings-on in Des Moines with great interest. Though most of them voted for Republicans this past election, and we certainly did well in sending Republicans to the House and Senate, they are watching our Governor-elect very closely.
The general feeling is that the group being brought to Des Moines for this next administration appears to a group of Republican insiders, so the impression that we are about to see “business as usual” has a lot of folks very uneasy. I am not sure I would characterize the 2010 election as one focused on change, but I think a lot of listeners certainly thought we would see something different.
The Governor-elect has the discretion to assemble the administration he wants, but a lot of folks were looking for hard-nosed, hard working non-machine Republican loyalists who were beholding to no one and who would work for the people of Iowa first and the government second. There are a lot of positions left to fill, so maybe some of the concerns will be abated after inauguration.
What ought to concern all members of government is how much people distrust elected officials and non-elected bureaucrats. People want to know if we have a huge budget deficit to overcome. People want to know that all the agencies, boards and commissions are going to be run ethically and honestly. People want to know that all their tax dollars are being spent in the most effective manner possible. People want to know that their elected officials are going to have the courage to stand up to the public unions, make the budget cuts that have to be made and are willing to boot special interests out of the Capital Building once and for all. The people want to know that their representatives are going to shoot straight and do what is best for Iowa.
If this administration and the elected members of the Iowa House and Senate are going to regain the trust of all Iowans, they will have to behave in a manner that is worthy of that trust. Tell the truth. Hold agencies, boards and commissions accountable. Govern with courage. That’s not too much to expect or ask.
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