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April 2nd, 2012

Vilsack’s Values: Government Solves Everything

She spent months traveling and repeated the same question hundreds of times,  but Christie Vilsack still has not figured out which “Iowa values” are important to the people of the 4th Congressional District. Despite being told repeatedly that Iowans care about protecting life, reducing the deficit and lowering taxes, Vilsack stuck with what she knows best: spending more taxpayer dollars on federal programs.

Her education and energy proposals clearly show that Vilsack believes more government is the solution to everything. Although she hopes to represent a conservative district, the carpetbagging Vilsack’s liberal leanings remain clear. She revealed some of them while campaigning last week and touting her new education plan.

‘The federal government’s job is to ensure that anybody who wants an opportunity at some sort of higher education should be able to get it,” she told a crowd in Ft. Dodge last week. Vilsack did not point out where this “job” is outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Iowa’s former First Lady also wants to impose the federal flop “Race to the Top” program on Iowa’s rural school districts, rebranding it the “Rural Reach to the Top”. As is usually the case when the federal government is involved, the Obama administration wasted billions of dollars on “Race to the Top”. The bulk of the $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars went to states that excelled at grant writing, not reforming.

The reforms that Vilsack advocates would remove local control from Iowa’s rural school districts and place them in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. After all, “experts” sitting in offices 2,000 miles away certainly know what’s better for Mason City children than their parents and the local school board.

Vilsack’s energy plan proposes creating even more federal bureaucracy. Her idea for lowering gas prices is to create an unelected panel called the National Energy Council. She somehow believes that a panel appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate would “take the politics out of energy policy”.

To believe that such a process would take the politics out of it shows Vilsack’s extreme naïveté regards to how Washington works. That is odd, since she has lived in D.C. the past three years and her husband is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Vilsack’s recent attacks on Congressman Steve King have been equally laughable. In a fundraising email sent Saturday, Vilsack said, “While I was visiting communities across the district discussing my education plan, he was in Washington voting.” Perhaps Mrs. Vilsack is unaware that a major part of her job as a representative in Congress requires being in Washington for votes.

Of course, in Vilsack World, government solutions are positives only when they involve spending more taxpayer dollars or creating more bureaucracy. Almost every email blasted out by the Vilsack campaign rips Steve King for “voting to end Medicare as we know it”. This is the Democrat playbook for 2012. They want to scare seniors into believing Republicans will take away their Medicare. The House Republicans’ plan does nothing of the sort. It attempts to save Medicare.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the present Medicare plan will run out of money in nine years. Steve King voted for a plan that can fix the problem. Our country faces a massive deficit that country’s to spiral out of control. Bold changes need to be made. Christie Vilsack supports doing nothing, while attacking those who hope to save Medicare.

It is clear where Christie Vilsack’s values lie. If it involves more taxpayer dollars and more government bureaucracy, she is for it. If it involves finding solutions to America’s problems without adding to the deficit and burdening taxpayers, she is against it. Vilsack is a liberal in every sense of the word.

About the Author

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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