A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics and Religion

by Tom Quiner

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

by Tom Quiner

A Tale of Two Protests

By Tom Quiner | May 7, 2010

Riots broke out in Greece as their lawmakers approved austerity cuts for their profligate government. Who are their rioters?  Tens of thousands of civil servants.  They turned violent in the face of cuts that will affect their pocket books.  These government workers live well.  After 35 years of government service, they can retire at 80 percent of their highest salary.  They enjoy Cadillac health plans, vacations, and other perks that their private sector counterparts, who foot the bill, don’t. Greece was forced to make cuts in order to receive a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.  Greek was on the…

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Is new banking regulation a good idea?

By Tom Quiner | May 5, 2010

Wall Street is bad. New government regulation of large financial institutions is good. Right? Not so fast.  Government’s expanded reach into our financial lives has consequences, and some of them are bad.  Before we increase the power of government even more over our economic lives, I encourage you to read the guest column that follows by my son, Mark Quiner.  He is a reporter in the energy industry.

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Wall Street Greed: The True Consumer Advocate

By Tom Quiner | May 5, 2010

By Mark Quiner Public outrage at Wall Street Banks has been apparent for more than a year. Democrats are capitalizing on this opportunity as they seek to pass a financial reform bill that increases regulations on large financial institutions. One of these key provisions being debated is to ban banks from having their own financial derivatives trading desks. This is no time to stifle financial innovation. This is the time for Congress to reduce regulation and enact policies that foster innovation in new financial derivatives and support Wall Street profitability. It’s in the interest of the country. The argument goes…

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Iowa needs tax relief

By Tom Quiner | May 3, 2010

As seen in the Des Moines Register March 21, 2010 I’ve enjoyed a life long love affair with Iowa. I think it’s the best place in America to live. From the beauty of our land to the down-to-earth  people with good values and common sense, Iowa offers me what I want out of life. We’re faced with some problems, though. I’ve had the pleasure of having my oldest son in town on a visit in March. Unfortunately, he decided to leave Iowa upon his graduation from the University of Iowa a few years ago.  Opportunity first led him to Alaska…

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Grassley knows how to create jobs. Obama doesn’t.

By Tom Quiner | April 29, 2010

When President Obama was sworn in as President, America’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.  Fifteen months later, it had climbed to 10.2 percent. When President Obama was sworn in as President, Iowa’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.  Fifteen months later, it had climbed to 7.4 percent. The President’s economic initiatives aren’t producing jobs. I wrote the piece that follows for the Des Moines Register last December.  It appeared on December 13th, 2009.  The piece was based on a telephone interview I had with Senator Charles Grassley.  Senator Grassley presented a proven path to job creation:  an expansion of free trade. …

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How to create more jobs for America

By Tom Quiner | April 29, 2010

As seen in the Des Moines Register on December 13, 2009 America needs more jobs.  Unemployment is killing us. I know of so many people who have lost their job and many of those still employed feel insecure. The President held a “jobs summit” to look for solutions. I don’t trust the President’s judgment when it comes to creating jobs.  He’s never run a business or even worked in the business sector. In fact, he is openly adversarial to the private sector. What does he believe in?  Higher taxes on oil companies.  Higher taxes on capital gains.  Higher income taxes…

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