Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen has a column in today’s paper about the state borrowing money to repair state and local highways, levees, and water treatment plants that were damaged by the floods. He argues that Iowa shouldn’t wait to fix these things. I agree, except for the part about borrowing the money to do it.
Now we all have read David’s articles about getting our states financial house in order, you know the ones that starts with, “pour yourself another cup of coffee.” What he wrote today shows how lazy he has become as a reporter. Iowa has about $600 million in its rainy day fund, but Yepsen ignores that and instead reads directly from Mike Gronstal’s playbook. There is a reason why we can’t use the Rainy Day fund, it’s because it doesn’t really exist it has already been accounted for. People need to know and understand this and political reporters like Yepsen are needed to pick the scab so that Iowans have a better understanding about the financial condition of our state.
Like always I’m sure he will give an moving speech, but while he is here for the photo op ask yourself did Senator Obama, a Senator from the heartland, and leader of his entire party do all he could to help the people of Iowa? Oh that’s right, he was too busy giving speeches in Berlin…
Words are not enough.