Local politician disses former Iowa Congressman


Recently local politician and Woodbury County supervisor Matthew Ung made a snarky remark and posted it on social media. The last time Mr. Ung made an off color remark posting it in on a Facebook page, it concerned those of the Jewish faith, and  he received a rebuke from a number of people. His was perplexed why people didn’t understand his sense of humor. Maybe Mr. Ung should leave the humor to the likes of Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert who spent years perfecting theirs.

This time his snarky remark was a tweet and appeared on the local paper’s website. It concerned a story about a tossed chicken.  Mr. Ung stated he thought former Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley had left Iowa in reference to a dispute between Mr. Braley and a neighbor in the Okoboji area.


But apparently Mr. Ung likes to attempt humor, but to what avail? As a young person, he apparently has no respect for those who have served their state honorably.

A recent reminder of those serving their party and getting rebuked occurred with a now former campaign aide to Wis. Gov. Scott Walker, who dissed the role of Iowa as first in the nation caucus. And she resigned.

While Mr. Ung may not like former Congressman Braley or his politics, Mr. Braley  served the people of Iowa for 8 years and helped a number of people including veterans who were not getting the attention or help they deserved. Mr. Braley deserves the respect of local politicians representing the people of Iowa in this county.

Not all of Mr. Ung’s Woodbury County constituents are conservative Republicans. Some may be moderate Republicans, or Democrats and Independents. He is serving all of those people as their supervisor, not just the far right, Evangelical, conservative Christian constituents.

Would an independent or Democrat or Independent voter feel comfortable in discussing an issue with Mr. Ung and believe they would be taken seriously or even mattered to him without thinking he might make some snarky remark about them and put them down just to be funny?

How mature and bi-partisan for Mr. Ung to act.  His remark might play well with his intimate friends and associates, but is it really appropriate for a local politician to diss on people in public?

Somehow it is hard to imagine that even Jesus would approve of Mr. Ung’s remark and lack of respect for someone who worked tirelessly for the people of Iowa.

Jesus seemed not one for cheap shots. He cared about all of his followers and those who were not. But possibly Mr. Ung is cut from a different cloth.

And if he doesn’t have respect for others,  he should not  expect others to turn their cheek for him.

Hillary Clinton to announce her candidacy

So many Hillary Clinton supporters will be happier with her imminent  announcement for her candidacy to run for the President of the United States. As opposed to previous announcements by Mrs. Clinton, this is going to be a quieter one according to the Washington Post.

The article states: “The low-key rollout — no big rallies or lengthy speeches — will end months of speculation surrounding the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination. Clinton intends to begin her second White House bid via social media, probably Twitter, and include a video that introduces her economic-centered campaign message before jetting to Iowa next week for public appearances, according to three Democrats with knowledge of her plans.”

ABC News lists seven ways that Mrs. Clinton has been gearing up toward her announcement to run.

Those not solidly behind Mrs. Clinton will wait to see if Elizabeth Warren,  Martin O’Malley or Bernie Sanders will toss their hats.

And to see if there will be a primary season with more than one candidate.

2015 Spring Fundraiser

The Woodbury County Democratic party will hold its spring fundraiser and reception Thursday,  April 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Vangarde Arts at 5th and Jackson streets.

Cost is $10 per person with checks payable to Woodbury County Democrats. Munchies provided with a cash bar. There will be a legislative update.

Iowa’s Rep. Steve King now the Tea Party Rep.

In a recent story published by The Hill concerning GOP conservatives   upset about “attacks” by allies of House Leader John Boehner, the paper refers to our Rep. Steve King as the Tea Party representative, not as Iowa’s representative.

The article states: Tea Party Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated the attack ads to GOP “cannibalism,” while his conservative colleague Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) called them a “stupid” tactic that would backfire.”

The article itself takes the conservatives to task for not compromising in getting anything done in Congress with the other side.

“American Action Network, a nonprofit whose board includes former Boehner chief of staff Barry Jackson, launched the $300,000 ad campaign earlier this month with TV spots depicting terrorists and accusing GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Tim Huelskamp (Kansas) and Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) of putting “our security at risk.”

The campaign also included national ads on conservative talk radio, including shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and on digital ads in the district of nine other House Republicans.

The non-election year ad buy was a shot across the bow to the newly formed House Freedom Caucus, a bloc of nearly 40 conservative rebels led by Jordan who refused to compromise on a DHS funding bill that didn’t include defunding of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.” 

Congressman King is again quoted: “It looks like cannibalism by leadership to me. I mean, when you go after your own people, what else would you call that?” said King, one of the most vocal advocates for defunding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

These are Republican resources. They’re being used against Republicans? And then he wants unity?” the Iowa Republican asked incredulously of Boehner.”

Who knows, maybe like Texas, particular Iowans will move to one or two counties and then ask to secede from the state to create their own Tea Party state with its own rules to micro manage everyone else’s lives.

Spread the word, Wisconsin Republicans to repeal the weekend

In a recently published story by the Los Angeles Times, columnist Michael Hiltzik writes about Wisconsin Republican legislators are looking at putting the common worker into an untenable position.

Hiltzik’s column begins: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading aspirant for the Republican nomination for president, made his state the 25th “right-to-work” state in the nation on March 9 when he signed a measure passed by the Republican-controlled legislature.

He may soon get another crack at a worker-unfriendly law: Legislators have introduced a bill to abolish employees’ legal right to at least one day off per week.”

He continues, “The new measure tracks one last year that was introduced too late in the legislative session to reach a vote. As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported at the time, it came directly from the wish list of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s biggest business lobbying group. According to the newspaper, the measure’s sponsors at first “said they had heard from businesses with employees who want to work the additional time.” Under questioning, one sponsor, Republican state Rep. Mark Born, acknowledged that he had met only with representatives of the business lobbying group.

Tell your Republican friends in Iowa, that Walker is not friendly to the working man and woman, Democrat, Republican or Independent. He is just anti-worker.

Prepare yourself, House Republicans come up with a proposed budget

The New York Times today ran an article about the House Republicans and their new budget proposal, which basically does what Republicans always like, hurts those that need help and benefits those who truly don’t need it but come to expect it.

The article states: “ House Republicans called it streamlining, empowering states or “achieving sustainability.” They couched deep spending reductions in any number of gauzy euphemisms.

What they would not do on Tuesday was call their budget plan, which slashes spending by $5.5 trillion over 10 years, a “cut.”

The 10-year blueprint for taxes and spending they formally unveiled would balance the federal budget, even promising a surplus by 2024, but only with the sort of sleights of hand that Republicans have so often derided.

The budget — the first since Republicans regained control of Congress this year —largely reflects the four previous versions written by Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin when he was chairman of the Budget Committee. But this plan may fare better than Mr. Ryan’s since Senate Republicans will be under pressure to reach an accord.”

It continues: “

Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the committee’s ranking Democrat, saw it differently: “This takes budget quackery to a new level.”

Without relying on tax increases, budget writers were forced into contortions to bring the budget into balance while placating defense hawks clamoring for increased military spending. They added nearly $40 billion in “emergency” war funding to the defense budget for next year, raising military spending without technically breaking strict caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

The plan contains more than $1 trillion in savings from unspecified cuts to programs like food stamps and welfare. To make matters more complicated, the budget demands the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, including the tax increases that finance the health care law. But the plan assumes the same level of federal revenue over the next 10 years that the Congressional Budget Office foresees with those tax increases in place — essentially counting $1 trillion of taxes that the same budget swears to forgo.

And still, it achieves balance only by counting $147 billion in “dynamic” economic growth spurred by the policies of the budget itself. In 2024, the budget would produce a $13 billion surplus, thanks in part to $53 billion in a projected “macroeconomic impact” generated by Republican policies. That surplus would grow to $33 billion in 2025, and so would the macroeconomic impact, to $83 billion.

“I don’t know anyone who believes we’re going to balance the budget in 10 years,” said Representative Ken Buck, Republican of Colorado. “It’s all hooey.”

The prescribed cuts would be deep, but Republicans cast them as positive. The budget does not cut popular Pell Grants for higher education; it “makes the Pell Grant program permanently sustainable,” the document says. Spending on Medicaid may fall $913 billion over a decade once the health program is turned to block grants to the states, but House Republicans preferred to say in the plan, “Our budget realigns the relationship the federal government has with states and local communities by respecting and restoring the principle of federalism.”

The plan would cut billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, but that was not exactly how the budget phrased the reductions.

“This budget converts SNAP to a State Flexibility Fund so state governments have the power to administer the program in ways that best fit the needs of their communities with greater incentives to achieve better results,” the document says.

Domestic programs would be cut $519 billion below the already restrictive caps set in 2011. White House officials estimated that between the Affordable Care Act repeal and the cuts to Medicaid, 37 million people would lose health insurance, more than doubling the ranks of the uninsured.

Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, called it “long on rhetoric and short on solution.”

 One wonders when the Republicans will declare a war on those without means and build more prisons for debtors so they can feel good about themselves. Then putting people to work by renting them out to service their debt.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker hire is now fired, or gone

In a Washington Post story recently a new hire by Team Walker came under fire by Iowan Republican leadership for saying disparaging things about Iowa.

The article states:” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s new digital strategist Liz Mair came under fire Monday evening, just hours after CNN reported she had been hired, after journalists and critics noted several provocative statements on her Twitter feed — including remarks critical of voters in first-in-the-nation caucus state, which prompted the Des Moines Register to publish a story with the headline, “Scott Walker’s digital chief has taken swipes at Iowa.”

And today stories are afloat that this strategist is now looking for new work somewhere else according to a Des Moines Register story.

Social media and its digital components can be a great help to campaigns as Pres. Obama made know through his two elections. But these same digital components can also be detrimental to a campaign as evidence in the above stories.

And as in the Politico story of an Illinois Congressman who recently retired for questionable billing for travel as well as taking trips and redecorating his office, and then bragging about online. Nice work if you can get.

All candidates should remember that, that their actions have consequences. If only the supporters wake up and realize these people are accountable to us.

Woodbury County Democrats, promoting democratic ideals and greater participation.