Iowa Tax Group Shows Its True Colors
By James Newcomb
A little bit of research shows that Iowans for Tax Relief, the organization that has gained notoriety this past week because of its exclusion of Ron Paul in its June 30 presidential forum, is concerned with tax relief for interests other than the average, middle class Iowan worker.
Follow this link to the original source: "Meatheads for Tax Relief
When Ron Paul's campaign managers announced that their candidate was not invited to a presidential candidates forum hosted by a group called "Iowans for Tax Relief" earlier this week, I'm sure that most people who heard this news scratched their head and wondered, "What kind of tax relief organization would not invite Ron Paul, the champion of low taxes and small government, to its forum?"
It turns out that Iowans for Tax Relief are working to relieve taxes for big businesses, but not middle-class Iowans. Roth & Company reports:
It supports special interest carve-outs and corporate welfare tax subsidies that shrink the tax base and raise the rates on the rest of us. It also refuses to even consider eliminating the deduction for state income taxes in exchange for lower rates.
Iowa is listed as one of the ten worst tax environments for business in the nation. Iowa is also in the top ten of a list the Wall Street Journal calls "Meathead Economics" (named after Hollywood socialism activist Rob Reiner who played the role of "Meathead" in TV's All in the Family.) According to Roth, if it weren't for the actions of Iowans for Tax Relief, Iowa would be considerably better off when it comes to taxation.
Forget that the Executive Vice-President of IFTR is heavily involved in and has personally donated a considerable amount of money to John McCain's campaign. Forget the blacklisting of Ron Paul.
Iowans for Tax Relief simply abhors Paul's message. That is why he wasn't invited. It's not because he's not a credible candidate. (How many "Tommy Thompson Revolution" signs has anyone seen lately?)
In order to more accurately reflect their goals, perhaps they should rename their organization, "Iowans for Special Interest Loopholes and High Rates."