In order to be successful and continue to grow as a country, as a people, and as individuals there are four things we need. Dysfunction in even one makes success difficult and results in what Adam Smith in the 1700s called the “stationary state” – where an economy or country ceases to grow. This lack […]
Deborah Thornton currently consults as a public policy researcher, analyst, and writer under contract primarily with the Public Interest Institute, based in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Public Interest Institute (PII) is a non-profit, non-partisan, free-market, limited-government think-tank. She is an accomplished writer having her articles appear in over 100 newspapers She also is the current chairwoman for the Republican Party of Johnson County.
She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA degree from Indiana University with a double major in Political Science and Journalism. Deborah and her family have resided in Iowa City since 2003.
The favorite toy of many little (and big) boys is a shiny, new pick-up truck. Pick-up trucks are used for both work and play, by farmers, electricians, carpenters, and weekend warriors. A new 2013 Ford F-150 will run a big boy a minimum of $25,000, and as much as $50,000. Because of this, new registrations […]
Right-to-Work means employees do not have to be union members. Iowa has been a Right-to-Work state since 1948. Workers do not have to “join or pay dues…in order to keep your job, salary, benefits, or seniority.” This is true at a private company, a school district, city, county, or state government. Many people have fought […]
Attending the United States Air Force Academy 2013 commencement one realizes the quality training and character development that takes place with the cadets,
The Iowa Legislature and Governor Terry Branstad must say NO and keep saying NO to federal health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
Many state legislators want to pass financial literacy requirements for students, but it is evident by some of their fiscal decisions they need it as well.
The Iowa state budget currently has a surplus, a rather significant one. This means our taxes are too high. Not that the state does not spend enough, but we are paying too much. Every penny paid in taxes is a penny not being invested in new jobs or providing for our families. And if you […]
“Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.” President Ronald Reagan, April 29, 1982 Address to the Nation on the Fiscal Year 1983 Federal Budget State government budgets are finally recovering from the Great Recession, according to the most recent report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which met in Chicago in […]
The Libertarian movement, as evidenced by supporters of Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential bid, grew in strength during the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. According to the dictionary, a libertarian is one who “advocates for maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.” The Preamble of the Libertarian party platform makes the following statement: We […]
“Tomorrow, we vote.” – Gander, the goose, to his son in Animal Colony, by Thomas Rexroth and Mark Olsen, 2009 In the 1978 movie classic, Animal House, John Belushi (Bluto) and his misfit fraternity brothers ended up getting the best of the political establishment and politically correct college President and prestigious, elite “Omega” fraternity boys […]
Everyone is talking finances and bankruptcy these days. What debts can, and cannot, be included? Should student loans be able to be discharged in a bankruptcy? Taxes definitely cannot be discharged. What happens to homeowners who are foreclosed on? Should one just walk away? What about the federal government budget deficit? Or is it total […]
The flip side of the business property tax discussion is the homeowner or homestead property tax status. Managing the balance between the two is critical to the overall success of our citizens. If business taxes are too high, they will not open new facilities and hire new workers. If residential taxes are too high, families […]