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Swisher mayor makes Syrian refugee crisis political, throws national security and the security of Iowans out the window

Mike Thayer

President Obama has mocked Republicans for wanting to abide by federal law when it comes to properly vetting refugees from Syria.

Now local politicians are following his, um, lead (cough).

Mayor Christopher Taylor of Swisher has made a proclamation and issued a press release saying that despite Gov. Terry Branstad's caution in accepting refugees from Syria without proper vetting, the City of Swisher accepts all Syrian refugees with open arms, no questions asked.

Never mind that members of ISIS pretended to be refugees from Syria so they could get into France and attack Paris. 

Never mind that Gov. Terry Branstad and other Republicans are concerned about how President Obama wants to just willy-nilly resettle more than 10,000 Syrian refugees here in the U.S. by ignoring federal law established for people seeking asylum. 

Republicans are being cautious in considering national security.  Gov. Branstad is doing his job in considering the safety and security of Iowans.  Swisher Mayor Christopher Taylor it seems is putting politics over the safety and security of Iowans.  Talk about exploiting an issue!

Read the mayor's grandstanding press release and proclamation (talk about wasting taxpayer time and money), as if Gov. Branstad is a bad guy for wanting to consider the possible repercussions to throwing safety and security concerns and federal law out the window. 

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How is throwing caution to the wind an exercise in leadership?  What is bashing the party of opposition and a governor accomplishing, exactly?  Besides goals of driving a wedge and grandstanding that is.....  Implying the governor is prejudiced?  Really Christopher?  Christopher, hmmm, that's a Christian name isn't it?  How Christian of you to cast labels on the governor..... Oh the irony.....  It couldn't be possible at all to you that the governor is just wanting the refugee process to work as it's supposed to, especially given current events huh?  The governor didn't say no to refugees, he basically said, before we gladly take in some refugees, let's make sure we get it right.


More minimum wage hike horse manure from Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan

By Mike Thayer

Rod Sullivan has no shame.  He will say and do just about anything to further his agenda..... More government.

Here's his latest on the minimum wage hike county supervisors have forced upon communities, from his blog Sullivan's Salvos:

*More On The Minimum Wage
         I continue to get questions on the impact of the minimum wage, and I continue to tell people I believe it will be a good thing for the local economy. But I am already seeing several logical fallacies emerging in the arguments I get from opponents.
Because many folks clearly do not understand the difference between anecdotes and data, I’ll clear it up ahead of time. Let’s begin with this example: Some claim an increase in the wage will cost jobs. There are lots of studies out there that show this is NOT true. (But they will keep repeating the lies.) Here is what will happen:
         The minimum wage has not yet changed. Yet some businesses are closing, while others are opening. The same thing will happen after the minimum wage is increased. It is part of the normal churn of our economy. But THEN opponents will have a bogeyman – they can blame the wage increase! In reality, the anecdote of what happens in one business is just that – an anecdote. We will need to review the whole sample before we know if there was an effect on overall employment. (Again, studies show little effect.)

         Similarly, increased wages result in increased consumer demand, which leads to increased economic activity, which leads to increased hiring. So you’ll probably see ten North Liberty businesses hire two extra people each, and ten businesses hire one person each. Then a business will close, and 15 jobs will be lost. Critics will blame the wage increase. But what critics will not say is that there has been a net increase of 15 new jobs in town. Trust me – this line of attack will be starting soon.

Clearly, Rod Sullivan doesn't understand the difference between anecdotes and data, otherwise he would have used some actual data in his blog post to support his claim that "...increased wages result in increased consumer demand, which leads to increased economic activity, which leads to increased hiring."  That's all horse manure and Sullivan didn't cite ONE source!

But that's how Sullivan operates, you're supposed to take his horse manure at face value.  He is a county supervisor after all...  His rhetoric isn't factually based, it's emotionally charged.

Well here's some DATA, which debunks Sullivan's B.S.

Labor Costs

An employer who has 20 employees making minimum wage will see a $10,000 annual increase in wage costs for every 25 cents the minimum pay is raised, according to the Employment Policies Institute. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website, small businesses are least able to absorb the thousands of dollars in additional labor costs that a minimum wage increase creates. Some solutions that small businesses can employ include reducing staff or cutting costs in other areas such as marketing.


The effects of the minimum wage on company bottom lines can cause a rise in consumer prices, according to the Balanced Politics website. The company profit margin is a financial indicator that is reported to share holders and used to determine the financial health of an organization. If small businesses are faced with an increase in the minimum wage, they will need to find a way to absorb those extra costs and preserve their profit margins by raising prices to the customers.

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Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony is complete horse manure

By Mike Thayer

No ifs, ands or buts, Hillary Clinton is a liar.  After monitoring her testimony today before the House Committee chaired by Trey Gowdy (R-SC), it is clear that she is guilty of attempting to cover up her ignorance and disregard for the Benghazi compound security and the safety of the Americans assigned to it.

The big take away from today's testimony is her forked tongue.  She told government officials one thing about the attack, but told the American people something completely different.

On the night Benghazi was hit and four Americans were killed, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the attack was the result of inflammatory material posted on the Internet, a protest that escalated out of control.  The official State Department position was to blame the murder and mayhem on a video.

But this is what she told her family that same night:  "Two officers were killed today in Benghazi by an Al Qaeda- like group."

Also on the night of the attack, Clinton had a call with the president of Libya. Here's what she said to him:  "Ansar al-Sharia is claiming responsibility."

And here's what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the next day, within 24 hours, in a conversation with the Egyptian prime minister:  She told him this, "We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest."

And yet what was the American public fed for days after the attack?  That a stupid video was to blame.

When the bodies were brought back to U.S. soil, what did Clinton tell the families and the American public?  That a stupid video was to blame.

And just weeks later, what did Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama do?  Produce and release an apology video, blaming a stupid video.  The Obama administration justice department even arrested the producer of the stupid video on trumped up charges.

Clinton's testimony is about cover-up, and a bad one.  It's a complete lack of courage for Hillary to fail to admit she screwed up, a big-time screw up that led directly to the death of four Americans.  Four totally preventable deaths.  Hillary Clinton is not fit to be dog catcher, let alone President of the United States.  Hillary Clinton is not only a liar, but a coward.


Why government grants are stupid

By Mike Thayer

What a process huh?  The city/county/state/fed want you to apply for money YOU sent them!  Think about how silly the government grant process really is, especially at the state and federal levels.  They don't know better than the communities how to spend that tax money, hence an application to provide them details on a project they know nothing about.  Plus, the application process creates a paper trail so they can say, "Look what we did for community 'X'!"  Does it make sense to send so much money to a state capital or Washington and then spend even more money and time filling out paperwork chasing money you sent them?  No, it makes no sense at all.   Community 'X' should be able to say, "Look what we did for ourselves!"  It makes far more sense to keep the bulk of tax dollars in the communities it comes from, no application-grant-processing necessary.


Questions voters need to ask Johnson County Supervisors regarding their proposal to raise the minimum wage

By Mike Thayer

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors wants to hurry up and pass an ordinance raising the minimum wage from the state mandate of $7.25 per hour to a county mandated $10.10 per hour.

What's the rush supes?

They need to answer some very basic questions before they go raising the hourly rate without public input.

Question One:  Why $10.10?  Sounds rather arbitrary.  How did supervisors 'arrive' at that figure?  It just happens to match Democrat talking points and President Obama's executive order giving federal contract workers that amount.  The cost of living in DC is much higher than it is here in Iowa.  Supervisors need to qualify their figure specific to the needs of Johnson County. 

Question Two:  Where is the evidence that raising the minimum wage stimulates the economy or miraculously lifts people out of poverty?  Supervisors haven't cited any because there is no such credible evidence.

Question Three:  How many heads of household in Johnson County earn just minimum wage?  I've asked board member Rod Sullivan this very question and he refuses to answer.  Here was his tap dancing response, provided on the DePressed-Citizen comment board

I'm not concerned about ONLY those earning minimum wage. I am concerned about people earning $7.50, $8, $8.50, etc.  As for "head of household" - what does that mean? Women tend to earn less than men. You can see above that 56% work full time - isn't that a "head of household"? You can see that 84% are over 20 - isn't that a "head of household"? 26% have children - isn't that a "head of household"? They earn 54% of the family income - does that make them "heads of households"?

Sullivan knows full well what head of household means, he's playing games and throwing out a bunch of percentages doesn't answer my question.  Sullivan is afraid it seems to provide the raw number of heads of household in Johnson earning just minimum wage.  And if he doesn't know it, he's proposing a hike in the minimum wage anyway?  Huh?

Question four:  How many employers in Johnson County are hiring at just minimum wage? In looking at various classifieds, jobs boards and making some phone calls, most starting wages are already at the $10/hr level. So what is the point then, of Supervisors passing an ordinance for something that's largely, already happening?

Until these very basic four questions are properly addressed by the board, there is no reason to rush into a wage hike, especially since most employers in the area are already at the $10 an hour figure.  If it ain't broke, don't *fix* it.  There's no need for government to interfere with businesses already meeting a desired standard. 

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And never mind that the answer to a poorly paying job is to get a better one. 

The sad state of current affairs

By Mike Thayer

You can't take what the Obama administration says at face value, you just can't.  But when it comes to Iran, when they say "Death to America" you KNOW they mean it! 

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".

"I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that's his policy," he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

"But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it's very disturbing, it's very troubling," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were "180 degrees" opposed to Iran's, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

"Even after this deal our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change," Khamenei said.

John Kerry is an idiot and that deal made with Iran regarding their nuclear weapons program is worthless.

And to further demonstrate that the Obama Administration is inept:

.....during an interview with CNN, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted Iran might use some of their new money to fund "bad behavior," which is diplomatic code speech for terrorism.

"We should expect that some portion of that money would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we've seen in the region up until now," Rice said.

Our so-called leaders knew this stuff - that Iran can't be trusted, that Iran would probably use the new money resulting from a lifting of sanctions to fund more terrorism - and Obama makes this deal with Iran anyway?  

So here's the sad state of current affairs, we can't take what the Obama administration says at face value, but we can with Iran.


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Why I got rid of the ‘R’ - TheGazette

A Guest Column appearing in The Gazette, written by yours truly, Mike Thayer.....

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the greatest president of my lifetime:

I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the party left me.

The House vote on Tuesday to keep John “Establishment” Boehner as speaker was the last straw for me.


ObamaCare woes: Struggling Iowa health insurer taken over by state | Fox News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an Obamacare failure, but you won't see this story in the liberal press.  They won't acknowledge this reality in their so-called coverage of Obamacare, this story isn't a positive, so they won't run it.

A taxpayer-backed Iowa health insurer created under ObamaCare has been taken over by the state amid deep financial problems, sending policyholders in the Midwest scrambling for new coverage and raising questions about the status of similar outfits across the country. 

The Iowa Insurance Division announced Wednesday that Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart was taking over CoOpportunity Health, a struggling cooperative that sprouted out of the Affordable Care Act. 


Obama's talking points on immigration amounts to empty rhetoric, excuse making

By Mike Thayer

Tonight, Barack Obama is going to give an estimated five million illegal aliens the green light to stay in this country.

Talking points obtained by the Coralville Courier give us a look at what to expect tonight from Barack Obama and in the coming days from his Democrat cohorts on the issue of illegal immigration and Obama's abuse of Executive Order:

Talking point #1:  It’s not amnesty

Obama and the Democrats are going to claim that they'll conduct background checks on and collect taxes from illegal aliens and by doing those things, it means what Barack Obama is doing via Executive Order is not amnesty.    Don't believe that.   First of all, the immigration laws already on the books require the federal government to conduct background checks, so it's not like Obama is coming up with something new, in fact, Obama is only selectively fullfilling what is already required.  Secondly, Obama is blowing off deportation rules.  Most importantly, in considering all the illegal border crossings that have taken place at the U.S./Mexican border over the last year or so; how many criminals have crossed; how many sick people have crossed; how many unaccompanied children have crossed; how many background checks were NOT conducted and how much in taxes have NOT been collected from those illegals already here; how can we begin to believe that the federal government will actually do what Obama is promising?  He lies to us about virtually everything so make no mistake, this is a move of amnesty.

Talking point #2:  The president’s legal authority and Congress’ role

No president has ever willfully violated the constitutional process regarding immigration......  Until now.  Barack Obama claims the immigration system is broken, but the reality is he has been failing to faithfully and properly uphold and enforce the laws already on the books.    Barack Obama, does NOT have the authority to ignore federal law, nor does he have the authority to create a new law.  Obama will claim that what he's doing with his Executive Order is not any different than what Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush did with immigration in the 1980's.  That argument is blatantly false.  Obama is lying to you - AGAIN.  What Ronald Reagan and George Bush did was backed by 1986 legislation passed by Congress.  Reagan and Bush worked within Constitutional guidelines and in concert with Congress.  Barack Obama is ignoring both.     

Talking point #3Who to deport

The Obama/Democrat talking points misleadingly claim, “prioritize deporting felons.”   Obama and Democrats will add, We need to focus on deporting felons, not families.   That's a disgusting play on your emotions.  Know that CURRENT federal law already requires a priority to deport criminals!  Hence the requirement that background checks be conducted.....  The background checks that are only selectively being done, the background checks and deportations of illegal alien criminals that Obama is failing to faithfully enforce.

Talking point #4:  What to say to Republican threats on funding

Again, playing on your emotions, rather than be honest with you, Obama and the Democrats will falsely claim something along these lines....  Republicans are proposing to block funding to conduct background checks, and, Republicans are threatening another government shutdown over the collection of taxes from undocumented immigrants.  Note the use of flag words, 'threatening' 'block funding' and 'government shutdown.'    Instead of listening to you, instead of reaching out to a newly elected Congress, Barack Obama has chosen to use inflammatory language and play on people's fears.  Know that Obama's words are fabrication and manipulation, not words based in logic and reason.  No Republican wants to hurt families or make the immigration system even worse than what Obama has allowed it to become.  What Republicans want to do is stop a blatant abuse of power by Barack Obama, who seems to think he's a King, because he sure isn't acting like a president.  

Obama has allowed our immigration system to decay during his six years in office and all of a sudden he can't wait two months to get something done with the new Congress elected by the people?

Barack Obama isn't working to strengthen and improve immigration policy, he's working to WEAKEN it!

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Snippet:  In 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials freed 193 people who had been convicted of homicide, 426 of sexual assault, 303 of kidnapping and more than 16,000 with drunken-driving records.

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Here's what going to happen as a result of Obama delaying deportation of illegal aliens

By Mike Thayer

Regular readers know the following to be one of my most used sayings:

Only three things happen when the government gets involved in things like this:

  1. The cost goes up
  2. The wait gets longer
  3. The quality goes down

Here's what going to happen as a direct result of Barack Obama's abuse of Executive Order tonight:

  1. The cost goes up -  Members of Congress and Governors will now be forced to appropriate even more funds to provide government services and benefits.  In addition, illegal immigration along our southern border will increase.
  2. The wait gets longer - This action doesn't fix immigration problems, it makes matters worse and those immigrants playing by the rules trying to get to the U.S. (and their families here sponsoring them) will suffer for it.  The enforcement of immigration laws already on the books are being ignored by Obama.
  3. The quality goes down - Unemployment goes up, the quality of life gets watered down for many.  The pending increase of illegal border crossings compounds the problems of illegal immigration.  More trafficking, more crime, more border patrol, more ICE, overwhelmed charitable/private services at the local level and overwhelmed government services departments at all levels, local, state, federal.  This action by Obama doesn't clean things up, it muddies things up and it's by design.

Barack Obama, by abuse of Executive Order, will have failed to faithfully uphold and enforce federal laws, will have exceeded presidential authority, will have ignored and circumvented the Constitution, will have lied - again - to the American people.