H.L. Mencken wrote a line that seems to encapsulate the mind-set of many conservative members of the Iowa Legislature. They have “the haunting fear that someone some place may be happy.” Probably many Iowans were happier before we had a budget crisis of our own making, putting local school and university funding at risk. Before collective bargaining was gutted and pension benefits threatened. Before services for the mentally ill and health care for low income Iowans were tampered with. Before gun control laws were weakened and the right of communities to establish minimum wage was abolished.
If conservatives in the Iowa Legislature are allowed to continue their activities and advocate for trickle-down economics, Iowa will soon be in the same economic turmoil as Kansas and Oklahoma. Adopting policies from out of state political organizations and giving unneeded tax breaks to out of state, large corporations is a recipe for collective unhappiness in Iowa. Conservative politicians should be able to come up with at least one proposal that does not hurt people.
Robert J. Boes