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March 17th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Commie Tommie, Sarah Smackdown and Soreloseritis

Greetings, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. A well balanced Irishman has a chip on both shoulders.

I’ve got liberal bloggers, Democrat operatives, state legislators, RPI leadership, Paulistinians and Westboro Republicans complaining about this weekly column … Translation: I must be doing something right …

The Dems are whining that I sometimes refer to one of our U.S. senators as “CommieTommie Harkin … I’m sorry. Seriously. I thought that was his full name. My bad … Truth hurts, I guess … As much as I’d like to take credit for this apropos moniker, our friend Iowa Newz Liter deserves the credit … You think my columns are snarky? Check out his

Harkin is arguing that the minimum wage needs to be raised to $10.10 per hour. That’s a $2.85 increase from where it sits now, and a dollar more than our liberal president suggested … Gee, I wonder what employers will do to make up for that extra cost … That is, other than massive layoffs and enormous price increases at restaurants, grocery stores and every other place in America that employs low-skilled workers …  Of all the dumb ideas Commie Tommie has advocated, this is one of his worst …

Just think, Harkin’s handpicked successor, Bruce Braley, is even more liberal than him … Scary.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul is the winner of the annual CPAC Straw Poll. This isn’t really a surprise, but it serves as another sign that the Kentucky senator is the GOP presidential frontrunner at this moment … Paul garnered 25% of the vote. Marco Rubio finished a close second at 23%. Rick Santorum took third place, with 8%. Surprisingly, Chris Christie placed fourth, even though he was not invited to the event … Only 1,038 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucus, give or take …

palin big gulp

Just when you think Sarah Palin will disappear quietly into the night, the former VP nominee reemerges with a blistering, and hilarious, speech that shows why we liked her so much to begin with … Palin’s CPAC appearance was one of the highlights out of the 70+ politicos who took the stage over the past three days …

She capably mocked nanny-state Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Obama and Karl Rove, while scoring with this off-color gem about the Christmas presents she exchanged with her hubby: “He’s got the rifle, I’ve got the rack.”

John McCain apologized on Friday for calling Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Justin Amashwacko birds” … He then told them to cut their hair, pull their britches up and get off his lawn

The Iowa House successfully passed legislation that would provide a tax cut to  500,000 Iowans, as well as offer a tax credit from the $800,000 million surplus over-taxation currently sitting in the state coffers … The bill changes the Iowa tax code, offering an optional 4.5% flat tax …

Not surprisingly, every Democrat in the House voted against this bill … They’re not only opposed to giving you back the money you were over charged for, the Dems are opposed to having a tax code that allows you to keep more of you own money and opposed to a plan that would make Iowa a more business-friendly state … On the bright side, they’re in favor vital legislation such as a bill that would allow Iowans to own Bengal cats.

Gaymarriage

Rob Portman was one of the finalists to become Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential nominee … Last week, the Ohio senator came out in support of gay marriage. Portman’s son is a homosexual … Somehow, Romney is being blamed for all of this …

I would wager that over the last few years, I’ve probably heard more anti-gay marriage speeches from Iowa politicians than practically anyone. However, I don’t think Bob Vander Plaats, Steve King or anyone else has made as strong of a case against same-sex marriage as 11-year old Grace Evans did in front of the Minnesota legislature last week …

Ignore the liberally biased and totally inaccurate title of the YouTube video, and take a minute and a half to hear what young Miss Evans has to say. She makes some excellent points … The fact that the libs’ reaction is to completely distort what an 11-year old says shows her argument must be pretty strong …

A “pro-life” organization based in western Iowa is once again attacking Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley). They blanketed his House district with literature Saturday, attacking Windschitl for sponsoring HF 173 … What does this awful bill do? It bans web-cam abortions in Iowa. It saves lives and it is supported by every other pro-life organization in the state …

They also attack Rep. Windschitl for not supporting “their” personhood bill. Apparently it’s no longer Tom Shaw’s bill, but it belongs to Iowa Pro-Life Action … Of course, their propaganda never mentions that Rep. Windschitl has written and sponsored his own Life at Conception legislation …

These people are shameless and will accomplish the exact opposite of what they claim to support. Their tactics will not save one life as they make enemies of the exact people they should be working with … Makes. No. Sense.

A wise man once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” … Hawkeye wrestler Matt McDonough took those words to heart. McDonough apparently threw his Big 10 second place medal in the garbage … I realize second best is not good enough for Iowa wrestlers, but this also shows a bad case of soreloseritis.

Meanwhile, George St. Pierre is simply awesome. He tied the all-time record for most UFC wins, picking up #18 with a hard-fought victory over loudmouth Nick Diaz. GSP is the man. Whooooo!!!

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. It is a long road that has no turning.

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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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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