By Tom Quiner
By and large, Iowans are sensible and frugal.
Yes, Des Moines and Iowa City have their fair share of big-spending liberals. But most Iowans have been blessed with some common sense.
That leads me to Central Iowa’s Congressman, Leonard Boswell. I think Mr. Boswell is a good guy. Having said that, I disagree with him on most major political issues.
I spent some time on The National Republican’s Trust website, and they produced an interesting index. It’s called The Pelosi Index. Here’s what the site says about it:
“THE PELOSI INDEX, analyzes and tracks every member of Congress’ true voting record and details how often these self proclaimed moderates vote to support Pelosi’s radical transformation of America.” It tracks the votes cast on 12 key Pelosi legislative initiatives.
Get more details here: http://nationalrepublicantrust.com/PelosiIndex/index.php
Congressman Boswell, a Democrat, earned a perfect score of 100 percent. So did other Iowa Democrats, Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsback.
By contrast, Republicans Steve King and Tom Latham earned a zero rating. I commend them for voting against these bills. The legislation included in The Pelosi Index tripled the Bush deficits in one year.
America cannot sustain that much spending without creating financial instability and prolonged economic hardship.
This November, we have a golden opportunity to do something about our deficits: elect a Republican Congress. According to the late, great economist, Milton Friedman, spending declines most when we have a Democrat in the White House and a Republican controlled Congress.
Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich were a dream team in some respects. Let’s give Congressman Boswell a much deserved retirement. We need fiscal restraint, and Congressman Boswell has demonstrated he’s not about to provide it.