A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics and Religion

by Tom Quiner

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

by Tom Quiner

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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Does Obamacare require you to pay for abortions?

By Tom Quiner | April 26, 2010

Yes. Despite the furious debate between President Obama and a few conscientious Democrats, like Bart Stupak, you and I are required by force of law to pay taxes that will abort babies. Despite an Executive Order to the contrary, the long anticipated dream of the Democratic Party has been realized.  Tax-payer funded abortions are here. I will point out how the Executive Order is circumvented in a moment.  First, let us review the three philosophies affected by the new abortion entitlement. Group One The first was clearly articulated in a letter to the editor in yesterday’s Des Moines Register (in…

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Why the Tea Party Movement exists

By Tom Quiner | April 23, 2010

One simple chart from the Congressional Budget Office explains why a Tea Party Movement exists. Look at the last bar on the right.  Deficit spending hasn’t inched up, it hasn’t even exploded.  The operative verb is hemorrhaging.  Our budget is hemorrhaging because of spending imposed on America by the Democratic Party. These are partisan deficits. Democrats were justly (if insincerely) critical of excessive government spending during the Bush years.  Heck, rank and file Republicans were critical.  Why do you think so many stayed home in 2006 and ceded Congress to the Democrats? Republicans got what they deserved. And now America…

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Political Correctness vs. Common Sense

By Tom Quiner | April 20, 2010

Imagine you attend a public university. You form a group that stands for something.  It might stand for Jesus. Maybe it’s equal rights or gay marriage or Israel’s right to exist. It doesn’t matter what it is.  You seek members who embrace the same philosophical underpinnings as stated in your group’s charter. You ask the university for the same resources it provides to every other group on campus, such as use of bulletin boards, meeting spaces, even access to funding. They tell you no. Why?  Because you refuse to allow voting members who don’t agree with your group’s charter. Follow…

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