A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics and Religion

by Tom Quiner

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

by Tom Quiner

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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What is the truth?

By Tom Quiner | April 20, 2010

As seen in the Des Moines Register April 18, 2010 Is truth absolute or relative? Americans disagree.  The question needs a healthy airing in light of an upcoming nomination battle this summer to select a new member of the Supreme Court.  After all, our Justices have to determine what is the truth from a legal point of view.  Their decisions have had a profound affect on the fabric of our nation. The most obvious example: before 1973, forty-six states said it was illegal to kill a baby in the womb.  After 1973, those laws were considered to be wrong.  The…

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My Tea Party Introduction

By Tom Quiner | April 19, 2010

I attended the Tea Party rally at the State Capital in Des Moines last Friday, my first.  I had three specific things I was looking for: What is the single biggest issue of concern to this movement? How many people would show up? Are the people in this movement normal? Let me answer these questions in reverse order.  Yes, the people in attendance were normal.  I wanted to see for myself, because Speaker Pelosi and President Obama suggest otherwise. It is true that they recited the Pledge of Allegiance without flinching.  And they belted out a heartfelt rendition of the…

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ELTON JOHN VISITS IOWA

By Tom Quiner | April 19, 2010

ELTON JOHN AT THE IOWA EVENT CENTER April 16, 2010 I had the pleasure of attending my seventh Elton John concert last Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Read more about it on the music page.

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