Miller-Meeks: Obama’s State of the Union Shows Importance of Trust, What Happens When it’s Lost

January 28, 2010

OTTUMWA – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech “demonstrates more than ever how important it is for elected officials to keep their word and what happens when they don’t,” Republican congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks said this morning.

“He didn’t intend to be that way, but the important lesson about the President’s speech last night is that governing is about trust – and he’s lost the trust of many Americans because he hasn’t kept his word,” said Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist. “As a doctor who cares for patients, I’ve always understood that nothing can take the place of a trusting relationship. I know how important it is to say what you mean and, most importantly, mean what you say. That’s an invaluable asset that I will apply every day to represent the people of Iowa’s Second Congressional District.”

Miller-Meeks noted Obama’s pledges to lower the national debt and deficit conflict with higher and higher government spending.

“Actions speak louder than words and his actions on the budget show that he has not been fiscally responsible. He’s using the bank bailout money as a political slush fund and increasing the budget at an unsustainable rate when he should be cutting it. The problem is that our current congressman, David Loebsack, just keeps going along with all that,” Miller-Meeks said. “Both President Obama and David Loebsack said they were going to Washington to change the culture of partisan politics but we sure haven’t seen that. My advice to both of them is to start working with Republicans to get the budget under control. Instead of saying you’re going to create a transparent budget process and get rid of earmarks, how about actually doing it? That’s what people want – and that’s what I’m dedicated to delivering.”

Miller-Meeks has been an outspoken critic of the “Obamacare” legislation because it will reduce average Americans’ access to quality health care while increasing the price they pay.

“We need to replace David Loebsack with someone who actually understands health care and can lead intelligent reform,” Miller-Meeks said. “We can’t afford to have someone who’s going to go along to get along with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama at our expense.”

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Miller-Meeks: GOP Victory in Massachusetts Proves ‘ObamaCare’ Backer Loebsack is Vulnerable This Fall

January 19, 2010

OTTUMWA – Massachusetts voters’ selection of a Republican state senator to succeed the late Democratic icon Edward Kennedy in a special election signals a critical change in the national electorate’s mood that will be felt in this year’s House races in Iowa, GOP congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks said tonight.

“No one should take anything away from Scott Brown. He worked hard and he and his advisers have great political instincts. But there’s a much larger lesson to be learned from his victory, and it is that voters are fed up with Congress, the Democrat-led effort to dismantle our private health-care system and they’re going to reject candidates who have supported it,” Miller-Meeks said.

Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist, has been an outspoken critic of the “Obamacare” legislation that will reduce average Americans’ access to quality health care while increasing the price they pay. She noted that legislation approved by the Senate last month “will benefit insurance companies at the cost of the taxpayer and ordinary working, middle-income Iowans and Americans.”

“It doesn’t bend the cost curve down. It doesn’t control costs. It does not provide universal coverage or portability for individuals so they can keep their insurance coverage as they go from one job to another or one state to another. What it does do is put a tremendous financial burden on the backs of working Americans,” she said. “The voters of Massachusetts could see all that and they voted to put a stop to it. There is no louder or clearer message than to give the Senate seat held by Teddy Kennedy, the father of the entire government-run health care movement, to a Republican who opposes the scheme being proposed by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.”

Rep. David Loebsack, a Mount Vernon Democrat, voted for the Pelosi-backed House version that will be the basis for negotiations with the Senate.

“David Loebsack is on the wrong side of the health-care issue. He hasn’t listened to his constituents yet but he just might get the message tonight,” Miller-Meeks said. “If a Republican victory in Massachusetts doesn’t convince him to do the right thing and vote against government-run health care, you can bet Iowans will replace him with someone who will. I give you my word I’ll represent the best interests of this district.”

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Vander Plaats Financial Report: Campaign Raises $657,740 in 2009

January 19, 2010

DES MOINES – The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats today submitted its financial disclosure report to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, showing it raised $657,740 during 2009, had more than $203,000 cash on hand on Dec. 31 and that it collected the most money after former Governor Terry Branstad announced he would formally enter the race.

“By all accounts, we had a great year,” Vander Plaats said. “The fact is, we received the strongest financial support after Terry Branstad said in September that he was likely to get into the race. The financial backing this campaign has received is a clear indication that people see the GOP primary as a two-man contest and that a solid number of Iowans want a new face to lead the Republican Party forward.”

The campaign reported cash contributions of $595,740.13 and in-kind contributions of $61,999.87 for a total of $657,740.00 in contributions. It reported expenditures totaling $392,630.67 during 12 months in operation. Its cash on hand was $203,109.46 at year’s end.

Vander Plaats said the campaign report shows more than 1,200 individual contributions, indicating a broad and solid supporter base as the primary campaign enters its most active phase.

“Credible public polls have shown we’re locked in a very tight, very competitive race with Terry Branstad. We’ve received a number of very influential endorsements in recent months that are giving us a powerful grassroots network and will expand our fundraising base significantly during this critical phase of the primary election and into the fall as we take on Chet Culver,” Vander Plaats said. “We’re positioned to win on June 8 and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

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Vander Plaats: ‘Culver’s the One Confused About the Condition of the State’

January 12, 2010

DES MOINES – Gov. Chet Culver’s Condition of the State speech today was a “desperate defense of a failed administration rather than a vision for a vibrant future,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats said today.

“If Chet Culver was right about one thing it is that Iowans are ‘looking forward not back.’ Iowans are looking forward to new leadership that faces up to the reality, grows our economy and puts his mismanagement behind us,” Vander Plaats said. “This speech was vintage Chet Culver: spend our reserves, soak property taxpayers some more and hope to buy himself a second term with our tax dollars. He needs to quit reading what his speechwriters gave him and have a one-on-one talk with State Auditor David Vaudt.”

Vander Plaats continued, “Chet Culver is not fully funding obligations school boards must absorb. Instead, he’s trying to control school districts by forcing them to spend down cash reserves. Our school boards are solid local leaders who know what is best for their own districts. Local control, not more intervention from Chet Culver or the federal government, is the answer.”

Vander Plaats noted that Culver “continues to hide behind the fig leaf of the temporary state’s bond rating instead of facing the reality that his emptying of the state’s coffers is going to hurt us for a long, long time.” He also took aim at Culver’s claim that critics of the first-term governor are confused about the state’s budget crisis.

“If anyone’s confused about the budget it is Chet Culver. He claims the budget is balanced even as legislators in his own party acknowledge they’re forced to cut $500 million to $1 billion in the coming year. That’s a direct result of his indiscriminate spending and hiring of more bureaucrats during the first two years of his term,” Vander Plaats said. “The way to get Iowa going again is to cut taxes, cut government spending and regulation and open Iowa for business.”

Vander Plaats said Culver continues to “overpromise and under-deliver” with his costly I-Jobs program and is “tying our hands to the back of gambling to fund that ill-conceived initiative.”

“Borrowing our way out a self-created government disaster is not the answer. Neither is increasing our reliance on gambling,” Vander Plaats said. “Gambling should have never been signed into law and to increase our dependency on it lacks of leadership Iowans can trust.”

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