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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.


Cain sees nation in crisis, but not without hope

By Lynda Waddington | 05.20.11 | 9:00 am

CEDAR RAPIDS — America is facing some massive problems, said Herman Cain, and it’s time for politicians and elected officials to be honest about the magnitude of what is before the nation.

Cain highlighted seven separate areas that need to be addressed — a moral crisis, an economic crisis, an energy crisis, an entitlement spending crisis, an immigration crisis, a national security crisis and a deficiency of leadership crisis in Washington, D.C.

“Now, we have other problems, but those are our seven crises — and I stopped at seven because it has sort of a Biblical significance. I like Biblical significance,” he said.

“Those are the seven biggest crises that we face. But here’s the good news: We can face them, and they aren’t going to face themselves.”

While most presidential candidates attend Iowa events with a box of swag comprised of bumper stickers, pamphlets and sign-up sheets for supporters, Cain came to Cedar Rapids with two items — a small tri-fold brochure with a detachable and mailable card for those wanting to donate to his Presidential Exploratory Committee and a 20-page, full-color brochure that lists that contains mini white papers on each of the crisis areas he’s identified. Pages three through 17 of the document, which measures roughly 3 inches wide by six inches long, contains only one photograph amid page after page of text.

Many of the problems before America, he notes, have plenty of “low-hanging fruit” ideas that could begin a move in the correct direction.

“If you think about it, there are a lot of simple and good ideas that come to Washington, D.C. and die because of liberal ideology,” he said.

If elected president, Cain said one of his first self-imposed jobs would be to jump-start the economy — “the biggest thing that we have got to turn around.” Toward that end, he would lower the nation’s highest level of corporate taxes from 35 to 25 percent.

“We are the only country in the world that has not lowered its top corporate tax rate in 15 years,” he said. “How dumb is that?! … And we wonder why jobs are leaving this country. It is all about the tax structure, that’s why jobs are leaving this country.”

Tax rates for America’s highest individual earners, he said, should also be reduced, the Capital Gains tax rate should be taken to zero, and taxes on employers and employees should be taken to zero for a year.

“I know that the liberals are going to say, ‘All you want to do is give tax breaks to the rich.’ That’s their usual class-warfare rhetoric,” he said. “But, you know, when Herman Cain becomes President, I’m going to make a breaking news announcement to all of America: It’s OK to succeed in America.”

And, when the tone has change, Cain says he plans “to put a bow around it” by making his new lowered tax structure permanent.

“We have to get this uncertainty off of this economy,” he said. “I plan to get Congress to do this in the first 90 days of my administration.”

Other items of note in Cain’s brochure:

  • Labor Unions — “While labor unions once provided a representative body to lobby for fair wages and safe working conditions for employees, the now principally serve as a political mechanism for the Left. Forced unionization through the dishonesty named ‘Employee Free Choice Act,’ or ‘card check,’ would drive up the costs of goods and services, cause hundreds and thousands of jobs to be lost and ultimately, a more powerful system of liberal fundraising to be maintained.”

  • Entitlement Programs — “Though it might not be politically popular to modernize and eliminate some of our entitlement programs, responsible leaders should be willing to do it all the same. … We must return to free market-based solutions that empower our nation’s workers to take control over their professional and retirement futures.”

  • Ethanol & Other Energy Subsidies — “Subsidies on agricultural products, like ethanol-producing corn, have become a mechanism for the government to pick and choose industries it favors, while doing little to enhance our ability to harness real alternative energy resources. Instead, we must allow all forms of energy the ability to develop in a free market system.”

  • Immigration — “Illegal immigration has only exacerbated illegal activity, such as the horrendous crimes of drug smuggling and human trafficking. Illegal immigrants who are repeat offenders are harder to track, making it difficult for law enforcement to prevent crime. Further, weak borders have caused a compounding problem of terrorists assimilating with illegal immigrants, crossing the border with them and entering the U.S.”

  • Repeal of Health Care Reform — “Patient-centered free market health care reforms have already been developed and introduced in Congress, but they are stuck in committee and can’t get out. With the right leadership we can get them out and get them passed.”

  • Financial Reform — “We must repeal financial regulatory ‘deform.’ We must enact real reforms that protect the roots of our economic system. We must not compromise them with excessive regulation and the federal government’s ‘pay-to-play’ politics.”

  • Government Regulation — “We pay for regulations with every bite of food we eat, with every drop of gasoline we put in our cars and with every good or service we obtain. … Alleviating the burdens of cumbersome regulations would be an immediate boost for our weakened economy. It would signal to businesses and investors that the government intends to improve conditions that allow for them to thrive, not to bog them down with additional costs they must inevitably pass on to consumers.”

  • Education — “A critical component of improving education in our country is to decentralize the federal government’s control over it. … Another way we can put kids first is to offer school choice as a real option for educational competition. This means expanding school vouchers and charter schools.”

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  • Anonymous

     Soooo…..if an employer cuts safety at their company, the government shouldn’t step in with regulations even if employees are injured or die, the employees can’t unionize to fight for a fair standard of work, and the employer should get tax cuts for being more successful at the expense of employees’ health and lives?  Yeah, that makes sense.  Hey, let’s reward man-eating sharks for succeeding by throwing them a baby!

    At least the lawyers who represent injured employees will make tons of money and get tax breaks.  Oh, wait, that’s not a good thing either.

    • Anonymous

      He is against cumbersome regulations not all regulations.  He is against forced unionization not unionization.  

      • Corey

         Don’t expect the haters to be too great at reading and comprehension, he knows what he has read, but he is trolling on purpose…. he’s an Obama-bot that realizes Obama’s days in the White House are numbered.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, ask NAM which are the cumbersome ones, see what answers you get. American regulations are substandard compared to most of the industrialized world, and manufacturers still complain about the enormous burden they face.

        It’s true, some regulations result in an increased cost on the product. The alternative is the societal burden that falls upon the employee, their family, and their community when they get sick or injured. I’ve heard people counter that to compete with China or India we need to reduce our regulations. That’s fine….as long as you’re comfortable to reducing the working class to the low quality of life seen in China or India.

  • Anonymous

     How would he create more jobs for the middle class?  I think the best way would be to free up a lot of Federal Tax dollars. 25% average is much too much to pay for a family in just Federal alone.

    It seems his solutions to pay down the deficit are only small chips.

    The solution is pulling our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and relying on technology intelligence instead.  This will save billions.

    Big one… close most of the 750 military bases overseas.  This will save hundreds of billions.

    Let states decide if they want to prohibit drugs…this will save hundreds of billions.  Use some of the savings for more prevention and health treatment much like alcoholism.  

    Add it all up and it is over a trillion dollars a year.  Use some to pay down the debt, some to pad the existing safety net of unemployment and rebate the rest to the people who pay these taxes, mainly the middle class.

    The rich arent that affected by a federal income tax increase because most of their income is from stock and bond increases and dividends.

    This would help the middle class tremendously.  What’s negative about that?

  • l davis

    Go Herman. The President of the United States is the CEO of the world’s largest economy. Time for us to get the children out and a serious, successful businessman in.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s address these issues: a moral crisis – The Ryan budget plan would under cut the elderly, an economic crisis - The Ryan budget plan would under cut the elderly, the energy crisis – The GOP/TEA party’s would allow BIG OIL to continue to get subsidized while gouging the American public., an entitlement spending crisis – The GOP/TEA party will continue the preferential tax treatment of the top 2%. Corporate tax rates have sunk steadily since 1949.
    Individual tax rates have declined for the top 2% since 1955 with loop holes and
    subsidies and accounting maneuvering. Our IRS reports that the average taxpayer
    pays 22% on average. The richest 2% pay 16.6%. “Taxes is what we pay for
    civilization”, an immigration crisis - The Democratic party had the “Dream Act” awaiting passage only to be stymied by the GOP last session.(the 111th Congress) IT WAS NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO SHOT DOWN THE DREAM ACT, IT WAS THE GOP! The GOP would throw the lower and middle class under the bus as well as immigrants of Latino/Hispanic decent. Every union member from this and other industries are and have seen the Republican response, and will in the future will carefully select who will represent him. It’s going to be a great Republican primary season! President Obama’s poll numbers are looking good now, but the continued lip-lashing from Brush Himoff, Spawned Insannity and FOX chafe at not being able to change the numbers their way., a national security crisis – Maybe he hasn’t heard that President Obama allowed our SEAL Team 6 executed a brilliant plan and executed OBL in his own home in Pakistan and a deficiency of leadership crisis in Washington, D.C. – The GOP/TEA party leadership fighting amongst themselves on the national debt and who gets to lose to President Obama! That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

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