The Next Message: Take America Back

Guest post from Tim Urban Donald Trump captured the anxieties of middle America with the theme  MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN. America is already a great nation, but not for all Americans. President Obama and candidates Sanders and Clinton built their campaigns around minorities, immigrants, women and LGBT Americans. We assumed that these groups would outvote the shrinking White, male electorate....
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Donald Trump’s Jobs Lie From The Debate

During the Presidential debate, Donald Trump repeated his contention that massive job losses have been lost in Ohio and Michigan due to bad trade deals with Mexico and China. "Bigly" losses. His appeal to "working class white male voters" is premised on their displacement from work. Before the March primaries, Ohio Gov. John Kasich boasted that Ohio created 400,000 jobs in his state and would d...
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Terry Branstad’s War On Workers

Terry Branstad joined the Tea Party with his reelection. It is apparent that his relentless effort to scale back government has a hidden agenda—not to keep public spending under control, but to move state dollars from the pockets of state workers to big business. A recent Des Moines Editorial, “Corporate Welfare Run Amok,” cited a litany of egregious examples of state tax giveaways to com...
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Blum And Young Abuse Taxpayer Money To Promote Themselves

I received a mailer from Congressman David Young with a four-page description of potential frauds and scams that Iowans should avoid. It was very informative until I noticed that it was a “Public Document. Official Business” and not a campaign mailer. Congress has availed itself of many benefits at taxpayers expense including “franking” privileges. A Des Moines Register editorial on Apr...
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