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Strawn tells about Strong America Now

By Staff | Mar 11, 2011

Matt Strawn, Iowa Republican Party chair, speaking for Strong America Now, encouraged Estherville Rotarians Thursday to pressure Presidential candidates to pledge to reduce the federal debt. At Strawn’s left is Chad Steenhoek, Strong America Now District 2 director. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Estherville Rotarians Thursday heard a call to arms to help fight the burgeoning federal deficit from someone who had been dedicated toward that goal for quite some time.

Matt Strawn, chair of the Iowa Republican Party, of Strong America Now, along with Chad Steenhoek, District 2 director, told Rotarians about the organization founded by Mike George who created the Lean Six Sigma quality control method.

Strawn said when his daughter was born last August she came into a world already 37,000 in debt.

And that’s an legacy America can ill afford, Strawn said.

With the Iowa caucuses being first in the nation, Strawn said Iowans can pressure candidates to get serious about the federal debt. “This is the state that can set the debate for the next two years,” Strawn said.

With a $14 trillion federal deficit, Strawn said the federal government spends $330 million on its debt interest each year, an amount that could reach $800 billion.

With 14 million unemployed, Strawn said two-thirds of Iowa jobs are created by small business. Unfortunately, banks are afraid to lend businesses money. “There’s just a lot of economic uncertainty,” Strawn said.

Interestingly, it was two Republican and two Democratic Presidents – Reagan, Harding, Kennedy and Clinton – who cut taxes to pay down the nation’s debt and grow the economy, Strawn noted.

“This solution isn’t a partisan solution,” said Strawn.

Strawn said George wants to cut waste by $500 billion every year -something that should be a good start to trimming the federal debt. “Any Iowan should be for his waste-reduction policy,” he said.

While Mastercard and Visa allow for an error rate of one-tenth of 1 percent, according to Strawn, the Social Security Administration has an error rate of 8 to 10 percent. He said such laxness was why the federal government is in trouble.

Strawn offered as another example two Florida doctors who bilked Medicare out of $169 million, claiming they were seeing 800 patients a day.

It took Medicare five years to uncover that scheme.

Strawn said Rep. Tom Latham has drafted legislation to apply the Lean Six Sigma method to his own committees.