In this new year, I want to commend and thank our strong and principled leaders like Chuck Grassley, Tom Latham and Steve King for standing up for the people of Iowa and letting it be known that our country and state cannot afford the high taxes, massive spending, record debt, unbearable unemployment levels, job-killing cap and trade legislation and government takeover of health care being pushed on us by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama.
The Republican Party believes in real health care reform that does not raise taxes, does not ration care, does not cut medicare to the bone and does not put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor. Republicans believe we must stop this unsustainable level of spending and get serious about getting more of our friends and neighbors back into permanent sustainable private sector jobs. Republicans believe we must not raise taxes during these tough economic conditions unlike the Democrats in Des Moines and DC who are constantly on the hunt for more of our money to continue spending our kids and grandkids further into debt.
Grassley, Latham and King have served us well in Washington and I am thankful that they put their trust in the citizens and taxpayers of this state instead of allowing their votes to be bought with special backroom deals like we have seen with many members of the Democratic Party. They remain accountable to "We The People" and have kept their word to the people of this state that elected them. All Iowans should be appalled at the kinds of corruption and secret deals that have been struck by Democrats in Congress - all done in the dark of night without any transparency.
Thank you Chuck Grassley, Tom Latham and Steve King. Its time to put Republicans back in control in Des Moines and put an end to the incompetence and free spending by Governor Culver and legislative Democrats and its time to elect many more Republicans to Congress to aid as a check on the extreme agenda pushed by President Obama and his allies.
According to the Chinese, 2010 is the year of the tiger. In Iowa and across America, 2010 is going to be the year of the elephant.
Mark Vonderohe, Waukon, Iowa.