You Can’t Make Me Join a Union!


The old Groucho Marx line, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members,” holds true when we talk about union membership. The more a union wants me to join, the less I’m interested. Fortunately, in Iowa I don’t have to. People in […]

Almost All of Us Used to Earn the Minimum Wage

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Liberals decry the fact that the minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, and talk about “income inequality” and “fairness.”  So how much is the minimum wage, who earns it, and why? The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, before overtime.  When first established in 1938 it was 25 cents.  In 1979, when the […]

How Much of Our Money Does State Government Really Need?


The FY 2013 year-end report on Iowa General Fund revenues shows that state government taxing and spending is at an all-time record high, and it keeps going up. The FY 2013 net appropriations were $6.413 billion, up over $450 million from FY 2012.  The budget has grown from $4.8 billion since 2005, as Graph 1 […]

Iowans Want School Choice!


Options are a good thing.  An important part of the capitalist society is having options and the ability to choose them.  However, most Iowans do not have options for educating their children – but they want them! Iowa government schools have been considered good and have strong support from taxpayers.  However, achievement has been stagnant […]

The Size (and Price) of the Toy


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: If You Want Out, Get Out!


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 […]

Iowans, How Much Do You Pay in Property Taxes?


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 […]