By State Senator Paul McKinley – Iowa Senate Republican Leader
We get the government we vote for.
If you do not like your representation – it is your responsibility to work to change it.
Iowans overwhelmingly voted for Chet Culver and put in place a Democratic Iowa Senate and House four years ago. They campaigned as conservatives on taxes, property tax relief, spending, traditional values and support for job creators.
But as we have witnessed quite famously – they have done the opposite.
What’s the best way for a politician to cultivate cynicism amongst the citizens they are supposed to represent?
By saying one thing at home and then doing the opposite once they get to Des Moines or D.C.
This has been the case in Iowa.
In four years, we have seen unemployment jump to 6.8 percent – the highest level in nearly 25 years. We have had the four largest budgets, the most debt in state history and Iowa faces an anticipated $1 billion dollar deficit next year. Property tax increases have totaled $526.9 million and we have witnessed a spirited assault on Iowa’s job creators with the union boss agenda.
Their record reflects a complete neglect, abandonment and reversal of the promises made to voters.
Unfortunately, such behavior among the political class has become rampant. Trust in government is near an all-time low. Public opinion polls are registering record levels of disapproval.
That’s why now more than ever, citizens need to take the responsibility to get to know the candidates, their positions and if they are incumbents – their records.
We are at a serious tipping point and the future of our state and country hang in the balance.
Iowans are honest by nature and they just want their elected officials to say what they mean and then mean what they say.
So here’s what Republicans pledge to do if given again the opportunity to lead:
We will reign in the irresponsible and wasteful spending and cut out the rampant pork-barrel spending that has become the norm rather than the exception.
We will put the emphasis back on private sector job creation by encouraging – not punishing – small businesses, entrepreneurs and employers who actually create two out of every three new jobs.
We will work to put an end to the near constant increases in property taxes that simply are unsustainable and punish home owners, renters and job creators.
We will listen. Iowans want to be listened to – not talked at by their elected officials. We will remember that it is we the elected that work for the constituent and not the other way around.
In the coming weeks, as you take it upon yourself to learn more about each individual seeking your support, remember that every election has consequences.
For the sake of future generations, it is our sincere hope that you will take the awesome responsibility to ensure you are making informed decisions. Remember, we get the government we vote for.