“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” – Joe Biden, said during comments made on John McCain’s policies during the 2008 presidential campaign
It’s been a long time since I’ve been so blistering, seething angry. Usually, that kind of hot anger is left for my beautiful, talented, but sassy youngest daughter. This anger is directed squarely at Des Moines.
At first, I deleted this. It’s been a long day all ready in a long week, and I don’t know how much more bullshit I can take. I was up late when our legislature buzz sawed through the a woman’s constitutional right to make choices for her own body. It showed the majority’s true colors in that they are not a pro-choice party, they are a pro-birth party. Everyone can have a baby, but if you are poor or down on your luck, well, you are pretty much out of luck because someone needs that funding.
Why do I say this? Because next comes our “tax reform bill”, a bill our governor touted last Friday for the “hard working people of Iowa” but it wasn’t written, and only released yesterday. The so called debate, will take place simultaneously in the House and Senate on Saturday, with the victory lap on Saturday afternoon. This bill will cut $2.7 billion dollars out of our budget. $100 million dollars will be cut in 2019 and by 2023, that number leaps to $400 million. If revenue targets are hit, this number goes to $643 million dollars! All this come from Iowa Policy Project:
The Iowa Policy Project (IPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 to produce research and analysis to engage Iowans in state policy decisions. IPP focuses on tax and budget issues, economic opportunity and family prosperity, and energy and environmental policy.
They do an awesome job of breaking down the real numbers and putting them into terms shmucks like me can understand. Iowan for Prosperity, a Koch brothers funded organization, would prefer that the revenue targets are lowered, because they want our state to look EXACTLY like Kansas. Google Kansas Experiment and see how that turned out.
46% of this “tax cut” will got to those who make more than $250,000. If we drop it down to those who make $100,000, the “tax cut” goes to 74% of our Iowans. So those who make less than $100,000, they get 26% of the money cut. So, a focus on the middle class, I think not.
And how will this $2.7 billion dollars be filled into our budget? Unicorn poop and rainbows.
This money will be filled in when growth happens, because you know, trickle down economics! We all know that when tax cuts happen, that economy just springs to life.
If the bill’s backers are counting on growth to come to the rescue, they are willfully ignoring all evidence to the contrary. The last major income tax cuts in Iowa, in 1997-98, not only failed to stimulate growth, but likely contributed to the subsequent slowing of the state’s economy. The tax cuts in Kansas led to slower growth.
Iowa Senate GOP acknowledged tonight they are using rare procedure Saturday to prevent Democratic amendments to tax bill (SF2417)
Two strike-and-replace amendments in a row, knocking any other amendments “out of order”
So, not only is our Republican majority planning on passing this monstroty, they are planning on doing it in a way where there is NO public input and in a way that allows Democrats ZERO avenue to question them on their decision making process.
When the bill is passed, old white men and women will stand and pat themselves on the back, congratulating themselves on a job well done. They’ve managed to make Iowa a hugely regressive state, creating a hostile atmosphere for women, a place where social services, where college education is for those who can afford it, and where the opinions of others really don’t matter.
UPDATE: The “tax reform” bill was passed on Saturday and the legislative session was done, 8 days beyond the scheduled finishing time.
This blog was started Friday, updated Saturday, but not published. I’m not, by nature, a political person, all though my daughter tells me that my FB page is way too much so. 🙂 I was/am hesitant in publishing this post because it’s not what I want this blog to become. However, I have a voice, and I’ve found it here with the help of those who read my Slice of Life. Thank you for assisting me in finding that courage to press publish and to feel like my voice can make a difference.
May 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm
oh, boy! When we saw the news from Iowa, we worried for you and all our friends there. It’s only a matter of time before this crazy wave sweeps up us all. It’s hard to watch even from afar. I never thought we’d be in this place. Vent away my friend. What can you do to stem the tide?
May 8, 2018 at 3:13 pm
That’s the question, what can I do? I’m not sure there’s much I can do which is depressing in it of itself. My bigger problem, when the pendulum swings (and it will), what stupid policies will be put into place, creating ANOTHER pendulum swing? Ugh.
May 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm
I just don’t get why they think this is a good plan? We are in a downward spiral and I fear the bottom. This is your space to express, continue to do so, please!
May 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm
The thing about the bottom, there’s only one place to go from there. 🙂
May 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm
May 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm
I am continually in awe of the power of writing and how the process of getting thoughts recorded allows us to figure things out and to discover what we think and feel. “The courage to press publish” is a powerful statement that resonates with me. I don’t think that I would ever have had that courage had it not been for the SOL community.
May 8, 2018 at 6:06 pm
I would agree. The power comes from a community willing to welcome all, and that is incredible. Thank you for being part of that community! 🙂
May 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm
I live in a bubble, I know, as a US citizen living outside the US, I look on in shock and horror as the country I call “home” becomes less and less welcoming. Thank you for reflecting on the hard and horrible things going on politically in Iowa. I have to remain hopeful that the bottom will soon be reached so that change is really going to happen.
May 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm
Ugh. This isn’t the Iowa I grew up in, the one that I moved back to 19 years ago to raise a family. A middle has to be found or this general feeling of “shock and horror” will only get worse.
May 9, 2018 at 6:37 am
Politics have become SO frustrating and it feels like our hands are tied. The politicians can do whatever they please. It seems like we are quickly moving toward a 2 class society. And there are so many that don’t want to ‘make decisions’ … are we moving toward a dictatorship in this country? Not an easy book to read but everyone should read “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis. 😦 Hope your weekend is a bit more uplifting.
May 9, 2018 at 8:23 am
I’ve thought about entering politics before, but the scrutiny, the picking at every single mistake you’ve made, the awful things that people say anymore via social media have pushed me away from that completely. I’m a good worker bee and will happily help with a campaign, I just don’t want to be the campaign! 🙂 Not even worried about the weekend, we’ll make it! 🙂
May 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm
Sadly, I think that is what prevents some good, honest people from walking down the political
path…my husband included.
May 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm
If their policies are so great, why do they always have to cheat to get what they want? Infuriating.
May 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm
Pretty dang much. I don’t mind (well, I do, but that’s not the point) that all three branches are controlled by one party. But what I do mind is that these stupid little tricks are used to control the debate. If the bill passes, it should stand up to any and all cross-examination! Ugh!