I was convinced that, this week, I was going to write a response to certain political goings-on that have been (predictably) rampant of late, but there has been something weighing heavily with my family and myself, that I just feel I needed to add
I have something important to tell you: Stop saying “I can’t.” Yes, you can. Why am I on this rant? I came across a study that says 64 percent of millennials don’t think they’ll ever reach $1 million in retirement savings.
Retirement or debt? Dear Dave, Do you think I should lower the amount I’m contributing to my 401(k) so I can pay off my house and my truck? Jamie Dear Jamie,
There is a pervasive myth in our American capitalist society that: work = worth. The more we work, the more our self-satisfaction and, by some extension, superiority, is elevated.
 The issue of “birthright citizenship” goes back 150 years to the post-Civil War “reconstruction period.” It’s a complex issue, but nevertheless we laymen are asked to develop our own opinions about it.
Disclaimer: This one is serious and solemn.

Opinions

This week was the first week after the funnel.   That first week results in an enormous amount of floor debate.  The House begins sending over bills to the Senate and Senate bills to the House.  The vast majority of bills passed this week were very non-controversial.  There were a lot of clean up...
This month marked the 207th anniversary of the birth of America’s 16th president. School kids across Iowa can tell you that Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Many also will know he learned the value of hard work splitting rails and performing other farm chores before becoming a lawyer and...
The Iowa Legislative session is about half over with the completion of funnel week. It is a busy time when many are studying bills at all hours of the day and night before attending committee meetings to decide which ideas will advance to debate on the floor.  In between these intense moments, I...
Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy debate or be in a position to call congressional hearings. This is one of those times. Over the last few weeks,...
The first week of February started with Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation caucus.  I was not aware most other states do not go through the process of speeches for candidates on caucus night and I am again impressed with how diligent we are at really knowing the candidates.  Iowa is not a state “driven by...
Happy New Year! The 2016 Legislative Session started on January 11 with all of the usual pomp and circumstance.  I am honored to be able to represent the people of Senate District 4 in the Iowa Legislature. The second day of session Governor Branstad delivered his Condition of the State address,...
For the last few years, the Obama Administration had been pursuing a national rating system for colleges and universities. The complexities of implementing such a system led them to abandon the effort, but some of the data that would have been used for constructing the system is now available...
Facing a populist surge, a candidate finds unity to win the White House. Partisan gridlock in Washington, the two parties at each other’s throats.  The economy wracked by disruptive new technologies and jostled by rising foreign competition.  A growing concern that the divide between the rich and...

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