Trump’s Sham Proposal Could Cripple Legal Immigration

President Trump’s latest immigration proposal appears to offer the 1.8 million Dreamers protection, but the rest of his proposal would severely restrict legal immigration. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused President Donald Trump of “using a proposed path for citizenship for young undocumented immigrants as cover for making sweeping — and damaging — changes to the legal immigration system.” Trump’s complete immigration proposal is a radical departure from traditional immigration policy. In addition to requiring $25 billion for a border wall, Trump’s immigration framework would end the visa lottery program and slash the number of family-based members allowed into the […]

Kim Reynolds and Iowa GOP’s Draconian Cuts Were Avoidable

Governor Kim Reynolds and the Republican-controlled legislature have chosen to slash essential funding for Iowa universities, courts, human services and the prisons. Why are they refusing to consider a reasonable, common sense alternative to these painful and unnecessary cuts? The state has over $600 million dollars sitting idle, unused and available in the combined Cash Reserve Fund and the Economic Emergency Fund. According to the Iowa Code, the purpose of this rainy day fund is to meet exactly these kinds of emergency budget shortfalls. The Iowa Code section 8.56 states: “Moneys in the cash reserve fund may be used for […]

Trump’s “America First” Will Actually Put America Last On World Stage

Throughout American history, the President of the United States has been recognized as the leader of the free world. Amazingly, in less than a year, President Trump’s “America first” policy has destroyed America’s leadership position among the nations of the world. A recent Gallup survey of 134 nations showed an approval of America’s role in the world dropped from 48% under President Obama to 30% after one year of President Trump. Trump’s world approval rating is at the lowest level Gallup has ever recorded since beginning its global leadership poll. Germany has now replaced the United States as the top-rated […]

An America Without Newspapers

If the falling circulation for the nation’s newspapers continues, that headline could become a reality. What would an America without newspapers mean to political understanding and awareness? Investigative journalists led by the New York Times and the Washington Post have exposed the Trump administration’s lies and their attempted cover-up. If America didn’t have newspaper journalists digging deep into the Trump Russian connection, the cover-up and the obstruction of justice Trump might have fired special counsel Robert Mueller long ago. A free press is the only barrier preventing authoritarian regimes like Trump’s from brainwashing the public with fake news. Newspapers are […]

The Top Two Of The Top Ten Things I Want In A President

Recently the Register ran a “Letter to the Editor” I wrote entitled “Ten Attributes We Need in a President.” They were in no particular order and were bi-partisan in nature. Here they are as listed: Be honest. Have empathy. Put your ego on hold. Do not engage in or support “Fake News” Respect the “Rule of Law” Work across both aisles in Congress Respect government employees, many who put their lives on the line for the country Work with other country’s to insure hunger and wars are high priorities to reduce and eliminate Pay attention to the big two issues […]

An Important History Lesson From Iowa’s Chief Justice

One of Iowa’s talented historians delivered an important lesson last week. But instead of standing in front of a school classroom, he was in the chamber of the Iowa House of Representatives. The teacher was Mark Cady. The subject of his lesson was a proud chapter in Iowa history and how events today are threatening one of our state’s claims to greatness. Cady’s day job is chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. It was in that role that he was in the Capitol last week to speak to members of the Iowa House and Senate, Gov. Kim Reynolds and […]

Budget Cuts, Medicaid Mess Preventing Real Progress This Year

The opening day ceremonies and speeches are over and the 2018 Iowa General Assembly is well underway. The most pressing issue facing the Legislature this year will be more budget cuts. In her Condition of the State Speech, Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed some $19 million dollars in cuts to Iowa’s universities, prisons and the Department of Human Services. Among other things, the cuts will probably mean higher tuition for Iowa students and their families. In a fairly short period of time, Iowa has gone from a budget surplus to a budget nightmare, despite a growing economy. An issue of particular interest to […]

A Must Read For Iowa Democrats: How To Talk To Rural Voters

The 2016 election losses in rural America were a shocking wakeup call to Democrats. It demonstrated that winning in urban areas alone isn’t sufficient to regain majority control in statehouses and Congress. Democrats must find an effective message that will resonate with rural and working class voters. Following President Donald Trump’s overwhelming wins in rural America and the devastating losses by Democrats, a number of projects were launched in an effort to craft that rural message. One survey was developed by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, our Democratic Illinois neighbor.  Her survey results are published in Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats […]

Republican Trade Policies Damaging Iowa Farm Economy, State Budget

Governor Reynolds’ growing budget crisis is a direct result of the Trump administration’s war on our agricultural trading partners. Trump campaigned on a promise to renegotiate our trade agreements, not destroy them. He bragged that he would bring his art-of-the-deal persuasion to the trade negotiating table.  He boasted that he would save American jobs and reverse trade imbalances. Instead, in his first year in office, he has insulted our trading partners, frightened our allies and opened the door to our (China) competitors. He’s threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which could destroy Iowa’s agricultural […]

A Dangerous And Irrational President Takes Us Close To Nuclear War

As Emeritus Chair of the Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations and former board member and officer of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, I have been privileged over many years to hear the best and the brightest experts talk extensively on U.S. foreign policy. It is not news to any readers of this editorial that America has been a steady leader in world affairs since WWII. When President Trump was elected, I worried about his bombastic speaking and how his approach to governance and world affairs might play out. I felt whatever he proposed in domestic policy, whether I […]