A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics and Religion

by Tom Quiner

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

by Tom Quiner

THE NATIONAL CREED IS UNDER ATTACK

By Tom Quiner | April 17, 2010

What is the glue that holds this great nation together? Think about it.  The foundation of any family or nation is its shared value system. America has stood united throughout its history because, despite differences in political beliefs, race and religion, we have a shared set of values.  The belief system was stated beautifully by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence in what became known as the “National Creed.”  It states what America stands for, that each person enjoys God-given rights.  These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The National Creed is the bedrock of the…

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FEDERAL SPENDING FOR DUMMIES, Part One

By Tom Quiner | April 17, 2010

As seen in the Des Moines Register, January 24, 2010 “I am confident we can get government off our backs and out of our pockets …” Ronald Reagan, November 3, 1980 “Read my lips, no new taxes.” George H. W. Bush, August 18, 1988 “The era of big government is over.” William Jefferson Clinton, January 27, 1996 “We must balance the federal budget.” George W. Bush, January 23, 2007 “That’s why today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.” Barack Obama, February 23, 2009 Three Republican Presidents and…

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FEDERAL SPENDING FOR DUMMIES, Part 2

By Tom Quiner | April 14, 2010

As seen in the Des Moines Register, February 21, 2010 “Federal deficits were caused by Bush’s tax cuts for the rich.” That was a typical response I got to last month’s column, “Federal Spending for Dummies.” It struck me as a legitimate reaction.  After all, President Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress cut income tax rates for all workers in 2001.  Specifically, they reduced the top marginal income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. Additional tax-reduction legislation was passed in the ensuing years which lowered various tax rates for America’s most productive workers. The suggestion was that government revenues…

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