food-donationJason Clayworth of The Des Moines Register is perplexed.  I can understand this the progressive media usually are.  Because of this I’m not surprised that his progressive slant showed through on his blog post title about Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds promotion of the Food Bank Association of Iowa’s food drive at the Administration’s press conference yesterday.  The title of his blog post reads “Lt. Gov promotes food drive despite veto that stripped $500K from the effort.”  The story published for the online and print versions which is the same story verbatim has this headline – “Veto of food bank appropriations defended.”

It was almost as if Clayworth was saying, “I can’t believe her nerve for promoting this after Governor Terry Branstad vetoed the allocation!  She doesn’t care about the poor food insecure!”  Perhaps he thought she should be ashamed by the decision because He “yanked,” “Yanked!” the allocation.  Clayworth also alluded to what he evidently thought was cowardice on the part of Governor Branstad when he wrote, “Branstad did not attend the event, leaving questions to Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.”

How dare he not defend his decision!

I believe Lt. Governor Reynolds clearly stated a conservative common sense position as it relates to allocations of this nature. 

She said private donations are the best way to support the Food Bank. “It really needs to be driven by the private sector. Sometimes when the government takes over and starts putting in place an appropriation, other people kind of step back and think the need is not there to continue to help and support the effort,” Reynolds said.

I can attest to that having worked for a nonprofit organization that received several federal grants.  When the grants came in private funding went down.  It’s part of the two-edged sword of government funding.  Also to help clear things up for Jason you can still support an effort privately without believing it should receive government funds.  It’s called donating your own money instead of being generous with taxpayer money.  I know that is confusing for you Jason, but trust me many, many organizations are funded this way.

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