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April 22nd, 2013

Braley: Entitlement reform equals tax increases

Congressman Bruce Braley, the presumptive Democrat U.S. Senate nominee in 2014, told reporters on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press program that he believes entitlement reform is immoral.

A reporter asked Braley if he supported President Obama’s budget proposal that included cuts to Social Security benefits and to Medicare.  Braley responded by saying, “I think that a budget is a moral document, and I think it is immoral to say that we’re going to balance the budget by reducing payments to seniors for Social Security and to people with disabilities.”

Braley went on to say that there are “many other ways you can strengthen and preserve those programs without balancing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.”  Braley had little to offer when it came to the nation’s out of control spending problem and out of control national debt, but he did share one idea – a tax increase.

“The committee in the House that should be doing that is the Ways and Means Committee, and last I checked, they haven’t marked up a single bill dealing with Social Security and Medicare changes,” Braley told reporters.

So there you have it.

Despite the fact that federal entitlements are driving the government’s massive growth in spending, Braley turns a blind eye and would rather raise taxes on hard working Iowans to prop up existing spending.  The Heritage Foundation noted that entitlement spending has increased from being less than half of total federal outlays just 20 years ago to nearly 62 percent in 2012.  Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are growing faster than inflation, and that doesn’t even take into account the new spending that comes with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Braley doesn’t believe that the federal government just needs to print more money to meet its commitment either.  Instead, Braley believes that Iowans should pay more taxes to the federal government so that he can continue to spend money the federal government currently doesn’t have.

Taking more money from hard working Iowans is what’s immoral, especially when Democrats like Congressman Bruce Braley refuse to take any steps to balance the budget and reduce the national debt.

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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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