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February 22nd, 2015

Kevin’s Korner: Gas Tax Reflux, Spiker Casting Stones and Singing ‘Kumbaya’ with ISIS

Gas Tax

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously.

It’s hard to see how Iowa Republican officials can emerge from this gas tax debate looking good. Speaker Kraig Paulsen’s last minute committee shuffling to allow the tax increase to move forward was a poor political play from a usually savvy politician. Conservatives are justifiably outraged  …

Paulsen has now hamstrung his caucus permanently. There is no longer any excuse for not passing conservative bills out of committee. House Republicans can never again blame the failure of pro-life legislation, tax cuts, gay marriage bans or anything else on committees failing to act  …

What is House Republican leadership going to say? “Oh, sorry, we couldn’t get that late term abortion ban passed out of committee, but look how easily we can rearrange committee assignments to make sure a tax increase passes!”


Apart from killing the gas tax increase or finding a tax cut to offset it (like a reduction in the state income tax), I don’t know how Republicans can fix the damage done by these heavy-handed actions … Additionally, unless they change the formula for how the Road Use Tax Fund is dispersed, just increasing the gas tax will not solve the problem of the crumbling roads and bridges in Iowa’s rural areas and we’ll be having this same discussion again in a few years …

Perhaps the only ones who come out of this looking good are Rep. Jake Highfill (R-Johnston) and Rep. Zach Nunn (R-Bondurant) because they stood strong against the tax increase. It improves their standing amongst conservatives and any anti-tax constituents. It’s a shame the two young reps were placed in this position to begin with … Meanwhile, the Democrats are loving all of this and winning the political battle.

Spiker and Rand Paul

In his neverending quest to reshape his lousy legacy as Republican Party of Iowa chairman, A.J. Spiker criticized current RPI leadership for not speaking out against the proposed gas tax increase. Big mistake by the Big Liberty pawn …

Current RPI Chair Jeff Kaufmann laid the smack down on Spiker and his Paulistinian cohorts who ran the party into the ground. The Register captured the verbal bodyslam

“What’s ironic is this crew that was in control of the party is now talking about what they would have done,” he said. “And as a person who has had to clean up their mess, clean up their immature tactics, clean up their reckless spending of our money, and clean up literally the physical mess that they left here, I find it rather ironic that they would have the gall to talk about what they would have done.”

He continued: “If they want to talk about the Republican Party and the health of the Republican Party and they want to put blame on the Republican Party, I would suggest they get a mirror and look right at it and then they can begin their criticism.”

Kaufmann wasn’t holding a microphone as he made the comments, but one suspects that if he had been, he would’ve dropped it.”

Spiker really shouldn’t remind people about his time as RPI chairman. He hurts Rand Paul every time he brings up that disastrous tenure. A.J. forgot one of the golden rules: You do not throw rocks at a man who’s got a machine gun.

Sorenson Endorsement

Speaking of hurting Rand Paul, former Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson is still squealing to the feds about the bribery scandal concocted by Big Liberty. My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me the feds are aiming much higher than Sorenson, so the Dorr brothers might skate by, but some of Ron and Rand’s closest advisors could be in deep doo doo.

A federal judge has given U.S. Senate Republicans all the cover they need to stand strong on defunding President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty … Democrats are desperate to pin defunding the Department of Homeland Security on Republicans, but as long as they stand strong, DHS will get funded and Senate Dems will be forced to fold. It is time for Mitch McConnell to show some testicular fortitude and reward voters for the landslide victories they gave the GOP in November.

marie harf

Much ado was made of the idiotic statements by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf saying the way to get rid of ISIS is by giving them jobs. Her comments show the warped and weak liberal mindset that pervades the Obama administration, in various ways. They believe every problem can be solved by throwing taxpayer money at it. Libs also hold onto the pathetically weak ideology that if we just start singing ‘Kumbaya’, terrorists will join in the chorus …

The root cause of ISIS is radical Islam, not lack of jobs. Say it! “R-A-D-I-C-A-L I-S-L-A-M!!!” 

Oh yeah, those brilliant military strategists in the Obama administration are also advertising their plan of attack months in advance. This is about as idiotic as it gets … You could harness electricity for an entire nation from the friction created by Sun Tzu spinning in his grave.

Rudy Giuliani is taking a lot of heat from Obama’s allies in the liberal media for saying he doesn’t think Obama loves America. This is the height of hypocrisy. It’s ok for Obama to question then-President George W. Bush’s patriotism for adding $4 trillion to the national debt. Obama has added over $7 trillion, but if you dare criticize Barack, the media starts shouting “RACISM!” at the top of their lungs …

Exit question: If you love something, aren’t you also really proud of it? Hmmm

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Make the right choices for the right reasons and the right things will happen.

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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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