Last night's House of Representatives public hearing on possibly eliminating federal deductibility was a great show in solidarity for the Iowa taxpayer. We're estimating that roughly 600 people showed up and apparently things got animated. We're not talking slanderous outbursts, but the occasional applause and some 'boos' were heard after speakers stated their views. Well, it was enough for the House Speaker to get upset, flex his political power muscle and kick everyone out of the House Gallery. After state troopers forced the audience to leave the hearing went on and all scheduled speakers were able to talk.
But c'mon, House Democrats can't handle a little applause from an animated crowd? I'm sure they hear much worse at their political forums - at least that's what we guess from the pile of bad bills they bring up over there. Last night's public hearing wasn't legislative procedure. It was public and open - there's no specific decorum for that so the fact that everyone was unnecessarily kicked out of the House Gallery really stings. I'm sure taxpayers will get their revenge on election day.
Here's what Senator David Johnson had to say about it this morning: