indebtweb Iowa Governor Chet Culver launched a “Demand an Answer Campaign” asking why former Governor Terry Branstad is against Lucas County and Ringgold County because of his opposition to I-JOBS  When you compare for these two counties the total of monies received for projects vs. the debt that they now have because of I-JOBS, however, you have to ask who is really against these counties?

I-JOBS debt:             $1,700,000,000

Iowa Population:   3,007,856 (US Census Bureau, 2009)

Per person I-JOBS debt:  $565.18

Governor Culver touts that Lucas County received $563,311.54 in I-JOBS funding, but when you compare that money received to the total debt that Lucas C0unty now faces…

Lucas County Population:  9,179 (US Census Bureau, 2009)

$565.18 x 9,179 = $5,187,787.22 (approximately $5.2 million over the next 23 years)

Well you have to decide who is really against Lucas County?  Governor Culver also pointed out that Ringgold County $17,655 in I-JOBS funding.  Applying the same math to Ringgold County…

Ringgold County Population:  4,944 (US Census Bureau, 2009)

$565.18 x 4,944 = $2,794,249.92 (approximately $2.8 million over the next 23 years)

Branstad/Reynolds 2010 campaign manager, Jeff Boeyink responded to Governor Culver’s press releases, “This is a continuing pattern of deception and misinformation in which this administration continues to engage. Lobbing press releases and debt from Des Moines is not real leadership.”

I agree.  When you look at these figures any rational person could conclude that while there may be some short-term benefit for Lucas and Ringgold Counties, in the long term it is Governor Culver who is against the long-term prosperity of the residents of those counties.  For instance how can any reasonable person claim that being sacked with $2.8 million in debt is worth $17,655 in I-JOBS funding given to Ringgold County?

But yet it appears this is the cornerstone of the Culver Campaign, point to a failed program that has created few jobs accomplishing only to burden our children and grandchildren with debt.

Good luck with that.

Census Figures HT:  Branstad/Reynolds 2010 Communications Director, Tim Albrecht

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