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July 8th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Obamanomics, Fire Fehrnstrom, and How the Tea Party Began

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.

I hope you all had a great week and an enjoyable 4th of July, or as Chris Rock calls it, “White People’s Day” … I personally spent the day reflecting on the greatness of this country and enjoyed a nice fireworks display with family … Then I got in my pickup truck, went to a country bar, played the banjo, and danced poorly.

In case there was any doubt about the disastrous impact of President Obama’s policies, the jobs report released Friday shows the U.S. having its worst quarter in two years. Unemployment remains at 8.2% and we added only 80,000 jobs last month … In contrast, 85,000 people filed for disability

Don’t worry, though. Barack showed he has a firm grasp on the issue by calling it “a step in the right direction” … One more step in this direction, and I think we go over the cliff

Even Obama’s liberal allies are finally admitting the obvious: His policies have been a complete failure and he has no clue how to turn the economy around … As former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich pointed out, “125,000 news jobs are needed just to keep up with the increase in the population of Americans who need jobs. That means the jobs situation continues to worsen.” … Reich also ripped Obama for his continual “Blame Bush” strategy.


The smartest thing Mitt Romney can do right now is fire Eric Fehrnstrom, one of his closest advisors. Ferhnstrom’s mouth started the Etch-a-Sketch debacle a few months ago … He followed up that gem by going back on MSDNC last week and saying ObamaTax is not a tax, totally counteracting the Supreme Court’s ruling and the GOP’s best weapon … This guy should never, ever be allowed near a microphone again.

Who is the odds-on favorite to win the special nominating convention in House District 37? Although Jim Robidoux was less than one percentage point (18 votes) from clinching the nomination, Matt DeVries is favored. That’s because DeVries’ fellow Ron Paul supporters made an organized effort to secure the spots on the Polk County central committee that will decide this election … BTW, my understanding is that even people who did not compete in this six-way primary can be nominated at the special convention on July 18.

So, how are all those Ron Paul supporters who became national delegates able to afford the expensive RNC convention in Tampa? How else: MONEYBOMB!! … Which is how Ron Paul invented the Tea Party, ya know. With a fundraiser. For himself. Ask any Paulistinian, they’ll tell you, this was the start of the Tea Party … Because, that’s what the Tea Party stands for: Giving money to politicians. Oh, you didn’t know? … Rick Santelli is the Godfather of the Tea Party. Ron Paul is its crazy uncle.

A helpful tip for any Paulistinians going to the RNC convention: You might want to steer clear of Clearwater, which is just west of Tampa. Clearwater, Florida is reportedly the “spiritual headquarters” of Scientology … The Cruisebots will surely be trying to recruit those who have already shown a disposition to cultism.

Is Chris Christie’s act wearing thin? I love the way the guy has smacked down liberals and MSM reporters (same thing). However, he’s going a little overboard, IMO. Calling a reporter “stupid” and “an idiot” for simply asking a question during a press conference, off-topic or not, makes Christie look like a bully … I admire the Jersey guv for his bluntness, but he needs to pick and choose his battles a little better.

A lot of attacks on Chris Christie stem from his fights with the teachers’ union, asking them to pay for a small portion of their healthcare benefits. Governor Branstad is now asking state employees to voluntarily cough up some dough to cover some of their own healthcare, instead of taxpayers footing the entire bill … Kudos to Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn and statewide officials for offering to pay 20% of their healthcare premiums each year …

Chances of Democrats following suit: Slim to none, and Slim just left town … Because asking state employees to save taxpayers a few bucks by voluntarily paying part of your own healthcare costs is apparently “bullying” … Welcome to Liberal Land, where logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead … Even the ultra-liberal Register editorial board thinks public employees should “have some skin in the game”.

More kudos to Branstad for standing firm against the ObamaTax expansion of Medicaid, which neither the federal nor state government can afford … The fight against this monstrosity is not over. ObamaTax can be defeated. But it’s going to take a lot of time and effort … And, oh yeah, electing a Republican president, Republican Senators and Republican House members.

Winning over the party faithful is going to take some time for Iowa GOP Chair A.J. Spiker. Former Polk County GOP Chair John Bloom had some choice words on Facebook last week in reaction to a press release from RPI trumpeting the latest voter registration numbers.  In particular, Bloom took issue with this line from  Spiker: “As the first Republican Chairman in six years to preside over a party that leads the Democrats in registration, I welcome new voters into the Republican Party of Iowa with open arms.” …

In response, Bloom wrote: “Thanks Matt Strawn for the leadership to get us to this point. What a self serving misuse of data for A.J. to claim credit for being the first Republican Chair in 6 years to have a Republican registration edge.”

Coolest Facebook Post of the Week Award goes to the Iowa State athletics department for this picture of Coach Paul Rhoads:

Finally, a fond farewell to Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter, who resigned his seat on Friday following a long, strange trip over the past year … McCotter made a futile, but entertaining, attempt at running for president, where the only impact he made was at the Straw Poll auction when he was a mystery bidder and the other campaigns almost walked out of the meeting in protest

McCotter was a safe bet to get reelected to his sixth term in Congress, but failed to qualify after “volunteers” apparently sabotaged his petition signatures … Only 244 of the 1,833 signatures were valid … Citing family issues after the calamitous year, McCotter decided to forego his final six months in office.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Photos by Dave Davidson,

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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