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July 25th, 2012

Quick Hits: Possible VPs Visit, Obama’s Quote in Context, and Ron Paul’s Last Chance UPDATE: Audit the Fed passes

Although Mitt Romney begins a six-day overseas trip on Wednesday, his campaign will be in full force in Iowa. Calling it the “We Did Build This” tour, the Romney campaign holds press conferences in Iowa’s three biggest cities on Wednesday. Local business owners and entrepreneurs will lash out at Obama’s “You didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen” faux pas.

The press conferences are scheduled for 10:30 at the Scott County GOP office, 1 pm at the Urbandale Victory office, and 2:30 pm at the Cedar Rapids Victory office.

On Thursday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will visit Iowa to campaign on Romney’s behalf. Both men appear on most lists of potential vice-presidential picks. McDonnell will be on bus stops in Davenport and Coralville. Jindal will join him Coralville, then head to Newton and Des Moines. Times and places will be announced Wednesday.

Obama Believes in Government, Not Entrepreneurs

The Obama campaign is trying its hardest to do damage control and say his “You didn’t build that” remarks were taken out of context. The fact is, they weren’t. The full quote shows that Barack Obama believes it is government that builds businesses, not individual citizens:

“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

Obama’s quote shows the typical liberal ideology, that you have to rely on the government to accomplish anything. The truth is, government is more of an impediment than an aide for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Audit the Fed Bill Up for Vote Wednesday

Despite more than 22 years in Congress, Ron Paul’s list of legislative achievements is almost non-existant. Only one piece of legislation Paul sponsored was ever signed into law. That bill allowed the sale of an old courthouse to a local historical society. Paul has authored more than 620 bills. Only a handful ever reached the House floor. This is Ron Paul’s final year in Congress, and he one final chance to make a lasting mark.

One of Paul’s pet projects, auditing the Federal Reserve, is expected to come up for a vote Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill has 271 co-sponsors, including four dozen House Democrats. Every House Republican is expected to vote for it. The Audit the Fed bill needs two-thirds of the House to support it in order to pass, and it appears the votes are there.

GOP presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney also expressed his support of the bill. The Ron Paul-affiliated Campaign for Liberty organization has coordinated a massive effort to convince House members to support the legislation. Getting it passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate and signed by President Obama might prove more difficult.

UPDATE: The Audit the Fed bill passed the U.S. House Wednesday on a 327-98 vote. Only one Republican, Robert Turner of New York, voted against it. Democrats were split almost evenly.

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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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