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Adopt solutions that will empower the people

To Whom It May Concern:

Whether you choose to believe it or not necessity is, and always will be, the mother of invention.  Out of necessity for freedom, the United States of America was formed and has become the most powerful, industrialized, free nation on the face of the earth. We have the ability and technological might to design, engineer, and manufacture the most advanced military defense system known to man, the capability to transplant vital organs from one individual to another and to travel far into space or to the depths of the oceans. How then can you say we haven’t the ability, nor the technology, to economically design, engineer, and manufacture machinery necessary for harvesting fragile produce from our fields, vines and orchards, thus eliminating the ‘so-called’ need for illegal labor and creating good paying manufacturing jobs for millions of Americans in the process?  

In the same light, how can you in good conscience say that our United States hasn’t the ability, nor the technology, to safely and economically extract and use all of our own natural resources, including nuclear, while developing at the private unsubsidized level, alternatives like solar, wind, and bio fuels to not only become energy independent, but to empower the invisible hand of the free market with what is necessary for creating the millions of jobs that will ultimately turn our economy around. 

We have the technology, and we have the ability, and because of Capitalism, Free Markets, and the American Entrepreneurial Spirit we will design, we will engineer, and we will manufacture what is necessary to succeed and in doing so, we will create real jobs, the kind of jobs that build families and make for a safer, stronger, Iowa and America.  

We do not need or want socialist/Marxist policies! Nor do we need or want a progressive big government! What we require is leadership, real leadership, the kind of leadership that will embrace The Constitution of The United States, and adopt solutions that will empower the people, descendents of our founding fathers, with the promise to pursue, and live, the American dream! 

Steve Rathje
Conservative for Congress

There's no such thing as a perfect Republican Conservative, quit pretending there is and focus instead on Obama

"Could the people ostensibly on our side of things start focusing on Obama rather than trying to find the perfect Republican conservative?  I'm telling you: With his numbers eight points below Carter's, with half the country afraid to spend money on Christmas presents, with people out of their homes, no jobs and no outlook, would somebody please explain to me where it is automatic that the incumbent wins?" - Rush Limbaugh

President Obama just doesn't like Great Britain

The President screwed up when talking to the press today about the Iranian protesters who stormed the British Embassy in Tehran.  He called it "The English Embassy" instead of the British Embassy.  

This guy just doesn't like Great Britain, our greatist ally...   Obama  returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the Brits when he took office, gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown a DVD box set of movies as a diplomatic gift,  then he gave the Queen the *gift* of an iPod with his speeches loaded on it, and now this slap.....

Um, Mr. President, politically speaking here.....  England is a segment of Great Britain.  Scotland and Wales also make up part of that island.  And those territories are just part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.  Don't forget to have your staffers brief you about Northern Ireland and several other smaller islands that also make up Great Britain.    

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow feeds audience political baloney

Rachel Maddow of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, issued what is without question blatant misinformation on her show tonight.  It seems to be a nightly thing with Rachel.  So here's an open letter, sent to Rachel the baloney sandwich maker herself.
Why do you make stuff up?
Newt Gingrich didn't become the GOP front runner as a result of Herman Cain's scandal related drop in the polls.  And yet, that's what you claimed at the beginning of one of your show segments tonight.
Herman noticeably dropped after the sexual harassment scandal charges broke. You KNOW Gingrich's STEADY - not sudden - rise in the polls is as a result of his debate performances.
It was intellectually dishonest of you to frame things as you did for 'The Right Now Choice' segment.
Clever title, seriously, it's based in the truth.  But how you framed out the lead in, was not.   You pull that kind of stuff all the time which is rather disppointing.  Why can't you just deal with the truth?
I'm a Rick Santorum supporter so I'm not trying to defend Newt's baggage.  I just think how you decided to attack it was rather low road.
Deal with the facts, OK?  You want better ratings do you not?  So start being intellectually honest.
Mike Thayer
Publisher, Coralville Courier

MSNBC's Ed Schultz guilty of yet another factual manipulation

Ed Shultz of the 'Ed Show' on MSNBC, made what I contend to be yet another intentional misstatement on his show tonight, he wasn't joking, he said it, he meant it, he let it hang out there for his audience to absorb. So here's an open letter, sent to Ed the manipulator himself.
Why do you manipulate the truth and fabricate so much?  On tonight's show you mentioned that Rush Limbaugh took the day off today, implying that in light of the Herman Cain affair scandal, Rush didn't want to be on air to talk about it.
Rush told his audience yesterday afternoon at the close of his show that he was taking today off to travel, that announcement came LONG before the news of the Cain/White affair broke.
If you knew he took the day off, then you (or your staff) also knew he announced it.  
That's just one fabrication of many you make.  I know you'll keep doing this low road crap, not caring what your staff feeds you, but I'll keep documenting it.  You're developing quite a thick record, Mr. "One of the least influential people in America!"
Gee, could your intentional manipulations and fabrications be a REASON for that?  Hmmmmm......
And Steve Deace was wrong, conservatives don't come on your show because of the above, not because they're afraid of intellectually honest debate.  There's no honor in much of what you spew and your audience reflects that. 
Mike Thayer
Publisher, Coralville Courier

Road Construction - S. Riverside Drive (near IC Airport)

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Weather permitting, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on December 1, 2011, southbound South Riverside Drive will be reduced to one lane of traffic near the entrance to the Iowa City Airport. This lane reduction is to facilitate water main work in the area. It is anticipated that normal access along South Riverside Drive will resume by the end of the day on December 2nd.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to allow extra travel time as delays may occur. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Blog For Iowa and George Lakoff are tired old dogs that can't learn new tricks

By Mike Thayer

Blog For Iowa, the state's faithful liberal propaganda machine is spewing at an increased rate with their latest posting:  George Lakoff: It’s Time To Occupy Elections

It's a piece trying to encourage members of the Occupy movement, to get in lock step with the Democrat party.  He also tries to convince you that any success a person enjoys is owed to the public, a false notion. And here's something any reasonable person can object to, Lakoff ineptly offers contrast and comparison between Occupy and what he grossly mischaracterizes to be a "Right Wing Morality."

Instead of actually trying to learn more about how conservative Republicans think, George Lakoff makes things up.  Blog For Iowa perpetuates the nonsense by posting the propaganda.  Lakoff and Blog For Iowa are two tired old dogs that can't learn new tricks.

The article is nutjob stuff straight out of the liberal Democrat playbook.  Instead of providing substance and example - MAKE STUFF UP!   This is all the liberals know how to do.  This is a party that gives us platitutes about a need for civility, tolerance and bi-partisanship....  This same party then spews complete horse manure about anyone holding a different point of view.

This guy Lakoff, he's a professor.  He TEACHES (shudder) the youth attending UC Berkeley.  He PRETENDS that the GOP uses language and the media to dominate public conversation.  Like Republicans have encypted speech and decoder rings or something....  The guy is a complete nut job and Blog For Iowa is a collection of nuts for spewing his crap.

Let me give you some examples, you'll laugh, while you pull your hair out.

George_lakoffLakoff:  "All the hundreds of the Occupiers’ legitimate complaints and important policy suggestions follow from a simple general moral principle: American democracy is about citizens caring about one another and acting responsibly on that care."

HUNDREDS of LEGITIMATE complaints?  That's not accurate at all!  And note that Lakoff didn't provide one example, not one complaint or policy suggestion was offered up to support/explain his claim.  Why?  Because it's complete horse manure, straight out of the liberal playbook.   He can't support what he claimed above.

The Occupy movement without question is disgruntled with how our government is "managing" things, their grunting though is by no means legitimate.  The key is defining "managing."  See the Occupy Wall Street page on the Coralville Courier for multiple examples of illegitimacy.   And the latter part of Lakoff's comments:  "American democracy is about citizens caring about one another and acting responsibly on that care."  More crap, it's feel good baloney, designed to tug on your emotions, not your common sense.  First off, we live in a Representative Republic, not a democracy.  Democracies always fail.  There is no such thing as American democracy, you've been fed a complete line of bull from a liberal professor and others like him.   A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. ~ Thomas Jefferson.  Our Founding Fathers were wise men, they avoided creating a democracy at all costs, crafting for us instead a Representative Republic.  And let me translate for you what the professor said and what the Occupy movement is really all about:  We don't want to work hard for anything in life, we want it given to us.

Mob rule.  See Occupy Oakland

More nut job rhetoric:  "The Public has been what has made Americans free - and has underwritten American wealth. No one makes it on his or her own. Private success depends on a robust Public."

Lackeeoff couldn't BE more wrong.  Does this guy even CARE to know American history?   Individuals made this country great and a free people.   It wasn't a Borg Collective  that crafted the country, it was hard working men, women, inventors, farmers, entrepreneurs, soldiers and craftsmen working towards the same goals that made this country the greatist nation on earth.   Private success doesn't depend on a robust "Public," it depends on FREEDOM.  

More Professor Lakoff *teachings*:  "The rationale for the Occupy movement is that all of this has been under successful attack by the right wing, which has an opposing principle, that democracy is about citizens only taking care of themselves, about personal and not social responsibility. According to right-wing morality, the successful are by definition the moral; the one percent are taken to be the most moral. The country and the world should be ruled by such a “moral” hierarchy. Except for national security, the Public should disappear through lack of funding. The nation and the world should be ruled for private profit alone – and by force."

The notion that the Occupy movement is only about people taking care of other people should be rejected outright.  And no reasonable person objects to true need social responsibility.  The professor is trying to put new window dressing on the bogus liberal Republicans want toxic air, dirty water and have old ladies eating dog food" argument.  And there's some irony here.  If the professor was right in how the Occupy movement is about public *caring*, then why have there been rapes, shootings, drug overdoses and numerous assaults in the tent cities?   If the professor was right, then why do members of the Occupy Movement kick the homeless out of the parks they're in?  The Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Zucotti Park for example were feasting on organic chicken, smoke salmon, spaghetti Bolognese, roasted beet, sheep's milk-cheese salad and wild heirloom potatoes....  Word got out and the homeless tried to blend in for the good eats.  They got kicked out and the menu suddenly changed to peanut butter sandwiches to turn the homeless off.  In Occupy Salt Lake City, protesters got the homeless booted out.  A freeloader is a freeloader.  Occupy can put up tents, but the homeless can't?

And then there's Lakoff's version of morality.  Noting the ironic lack of it by Occupy protesters in their treatment of the homeless, Lackoff defines "Right Wing Morality" as, "the successful are by definition the moral; the one percent are taken to be the most moral. The country and the world should be ruled by such a “moral” hierarchy. Except for national security, the Public should disappear through lack of funding. The nation and the world should be ruled for private profit alone – and by force."

That's COMPLETE crap!  Not only is this guy wrong, he watches too many Hollywood movies and obviously doesn't even try let alone care to learn the truth before he spews.  And it's not "Right Wing Morality."  Like "American democracy,"  there's no such thing.  The man is making reference to conservative Republicans.  The TRUTH is, the morality part of it is, conservatives believe in the ability of an individual to create and achieve.  And if individuals have the freedom to create, achieve and be successful it transcends to the family.  Hard working successful men and women can provide for their families much better than the government can.  Strong families aren't in need of government assistance, they're independent of it and that's a GOOD thing!  It's the basis of this country.  Strong families are in a position to offer help to their extended family if needed and neighbors as well.   Strong families contribute to churches and community organizations.  Regular readers have seen the following:  If you need help, go to your family.  If your immediate family can't help, go to your relatives.  If your relatives can't help, turn to your neighbors.  If your neighbors can't help, ask your church or a community organization.  That's how this country is SUPPOSED to work, government is an absolute last resort!  THAT's what conservatives stand for, STRONG, independent families that HAVE NO NEED for government handouts.  Dependency is a bad thing so the more STRONG families we have the better!  And Lakoff's notion that "Right Wing Morality" means "the PUBLIC should disappear for lack of funding" and "the nation and world should be ruled for private profit alone - and by force," is nothing but emotionally charged b.s. (Barbra Streisand).  No conservative has said that, let alone believes such garbage.  You would think a PROFESSOR would provide an example to support his claim, but Lakoff didn't.    Hmmmmmm.....

The ONLY thing that Lakoff got right was that there are two opposing principles at play here.  Everything else he wrote was complete garbage.

The Occupy movement represents not having to work for anything, rudderless demanding, chanting, jazz hands, chaos and the coming mob rule.    Say, did you see the story about the lady that pepper sprayed other shoppers on Black Friday to get what she wanted?   

Here's a little  story that says it all...... 

I think my neighbor's little daughter...may be a Republican. I recently asked my friend's little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?"

She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her parents beamed with pride.

"Wow...what a worthy goal." I told her. "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my driveway, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party." Her parents still aren't speaking to me.

What does it look like when an economy collapses?

Europe's financial crisis has now reached a point where many economists worry the continent's economy could collapse in weeks, if not days, unless political leaders can agree on a bailout package for economies groaning under unmanageable debt loads.

But what would an economic crash look like when the crash is only metaphorical, so there's no actual rubble or twisted metal strewn about? And how much time would pass before we knew it happened?

Paul_weller"There would be immediate financial chaos," said Paul Weller, a professor of finance at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. "Europe would be plunged into a deep recession and the real economic effects would come into play quite quickly."

Most worst-case scenarios that have been playing out in recent days involve a default by Italy's government on its sovereign debt, a scenario Weller believes is unlikely, but "is more likely than it was a few weeks ago." The country would need billions of Euros from the European Central Bank to relieve its staggering $2.5 trillion debt, but leaders in other Eurozone countries are balking at such a large amount. They want Italy, Greece, and other struggling countries to put more effort into reforming their economies first, and there's political resistance in Germany because the country's still-strong economy would likely bear most of the costs of any bailout.

Weller said the triggering event of an all-out economic collapse would be an announcement that "Italy has begun an orderly debt restructuring, which is really a euphemism for default."

After that, he says the first immediate visible sign that the economy has collapsed would be runs on banks, leading to long lines at banks and ATMs and people spending lots of time online trying to get their money out of failing banks. This would begin on the day of the default in Italy if not earlier, then quickly spread to the so-called PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain), other Eurozone countries with massive debt and fragile economies that are also in danger of default. Eventually, he said banks in other parts of Europe, in particular France and Germany, would feel the effects, and then banks in other countries.

With no cash, many banks go out of business and those that survive stop lending. Credit dries up, leaving even healthy businesses with no cash to pay their bills or short-term debt and no choice but to close their doors. Workers are laid off within weeks and unemployment shoots up. A default also likely leads to the break-up of the Eurozone and the collapse of the European Union as an economic entity, leading to more economic and political chaos.

Governments fall and in a matter of months, Europe is in a deep recession with high unemployment and unstable, austerity-wrecked governments unable to provide assistance or stimulus.

Weller says the U.S. economy would take a hit because American banks own huge amounts of European debt and credit default swaps written on that debt. With Europe's economy plunging off a cliff, those banks are forced to swallow a loss on most if not all of that debt.

He says the current European scenario is similar to what happened when the bankrupt investment bank Lehman Bros. collapsed in 2008, causing a credit freeze among other lenders and investment banks that sent the U.S. economy into recession within a quarter. The damage was so sudden and so traumatic that the Federal Reserve immediately took action to minimize the fallout and spent billions of dollars to prop up other weakened financial services companies, while Congress passed the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Weller said the EU scenario is similar, with Italy in the role of Lehman Bros. and the European Central Bank as the Fed. But he is cautiously optimistic that the collapse that would have occurred in 2008 without Fed intervention won't play out because he thinks Europe's political leaders will eventually agree on a bailout plan for Italy and other beleaguered eurozone economies. It might not happen until the eleventh hour, but Weller said a collapse would be so catastrophic that politicians, especially in Germany, will do all within their power to sell a bailout to voters as a least-bad option.

"When people stare into the abyss, they often decide other options are worth pursuing," he says.

Reelection Misery Index: Obama job approval rating lower than Carter's

After serving 1,041 days in office, President Obama's job approval rating is lower than that of Jimmy Carter after his first 1,041 days in office.   In fact, Obama's rating at this point in a term is lower than any president since that time.  The following is taken from Gallup Poll data and presidential job approval history.

President Approval Rating
Jimmy Carter 51%
Ronald Reagan 54%
George H.W. Bush 52%
Bill Clinton 51%
George W. Bush 55%
Barack Obama 43%