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State lawmakers praise Bush’s stand on terror, fuel alternatives in speech

February 1, 2006

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— Kansas' mostly Republican lawmakers in Congress praised President Bush on Tuesday night for his strong stand against global terrorism and his commitment to reduce dependence on foreign oil with alternative fuels.

In his annual State of the Union speech, the president projected an upbeat vision for America despite the lingering conflict in Iraq, skyrocketing oil prices and massive budget deficits.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts said Bush was right to defend his administration's domestic spying program to monitor phone calls made to suspected terrorists abroad.

"He needs to use every constitutional tool at his disposal to find and capture or kill the enemies of this nation," said Roberts, who serves as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Reducing oil addiction

Republican Sen. Sam Brownback said he appreciated the president's strong response to the hard-line regime in Iran and its moves toward obtaining nuclear weapons.

Brownback also cheered the focus on increased federal research into alternative fuels such as ethanol. The president said the nation "is addicted to oil" and touted technology as the best way to break the habit.

In November, Brownback was part of a bipartisan group of senators who backed legislation that would save 2.5 million barrels of oil a day within a decade and 10 million barrels a day by 2031.

"We must be more energy independent and I support the president in efforts to make current tax cuts permanent and improve primary math and science education, all of which will help us continue to grow our economy," Brownback said.

'Number one issue'

Bush also urged the government to confront the rising cost of care and help people afford the insurance coverage they need, an issue Republican Rep. Jerry Moran, of Hays, calls "the number one issue we face in this country."

"I've been saying for several years that we really should get the policy makers in Washington to focus on what we can do to improve health care," Moran said. "We need to get to the underlying issue of why health care costs seem to escalate every year."

Rep. Dennis Moore of Lenexa - the only Democrat in the Kansas delegation - said he was glad Bush focused on improving the health care system.

"But I'm disappointed he didn't address, in detail, the problems with the new Medicare prescription drug program," Moore said.

Kansas and other states have been dealing with massive confusion this year over the Medicare Part D drug benefit that allows Medicare recipients to obtain insurance coverage for drug purchases. Some states have had to pay to help cover drug costs until the federal government works out problems with the new system.

Tiahrt's work cited

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Goddard Republican, said Bush mentioned many of the items Tiahrt has been highlighting over the past three years in his effort to make the nation competitive with emerging economies in Asia and India.

White House officials contacted Tiahrt last week and again Tuesday to discuss his work as co-chairman of two economic competitiveness groups. Tiahrt said he was pleased Bush focused attention on health care costs, the need for focused research and development, improving education in math science and technology and the burden taxes place on the economy.

"The White House actually called my office last week and asked for some of the stuff I had been working on the last few years and he actually put it into his speech," Tiahrt said.

'More stability'

Republican Rep. Jim Ryun, of Lawrence, said he found the president's remarks on health savings accounts encouraging.

"The ability for workers to control their own health care will give more stability to Kansas families during times of need," Ryun said.

Comments

rabb 8 years, 2 months ago

Almost forgot. The deduction, set to expire, was of course, not only extended, but the deduction amount was INCREASED. To us "Oil Junkies", the loophole is not unlike telling Robert Downey Jr. that the first hit is on the house.

Oh yeah, you now get a deduction for buying a hybrid. I think it's about 10% as much as the deduction for buying a Hummer. Wait, I'm sorry. It's much less than 10%.

http://www.hybridcenter.org/hybrid-vs-hummer.html

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rabb 8 years, 2 months ago

How's this for an idea? Give "Small Business" a tax credit for buying 6000 lb SUVs. That way, every self-employed realtor in Lawrence can take the lead in weaning America off of its "addiction to oil". After all, you can't show a house to a client while driving an Accord, much less a Mini Cooper or, heaven forbid, a Prius. That's just ludicrous.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2002-12-18-suv-tax-break_x.htm

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Arminius 8 years, 2 months ago

MyName:

"The point I made was that the reason why MPG didn't continue to decrease in the 90s, like it had since Carter, was that the price of oil (relative to inflation) actually decreased under Clinton. Making those light trucks more economical. A point that you seem to agree with judging by your response."

I think you're lost. CAFE standards continued to drop under Reagan even as oil prices dropped. Therefore, there was no reason for Clinton's lack of leadership during the 1990s. We are all now paying for Clinton's broken promise.

"I also pointed out that it's a little moronic to blame Clinton for anything, since we've had over 10 years of good solid Republican 'leadership' in Congress. I'm sure there's someone there who could have passed the legislation you're whining about. If they were so inclined."

Clinton's promise was made in 1992. Democrats controlled Congress until January 1995. Shouldn't ending our addiction to foreign oil have been a higher priority than gays in the military, socialized medicine, and the Brady bill?

"Though, I think it'd have been nice for Bush to give Clinton some credit after ripping off one of his ideas."

Clinton never attempted to implement "his idea." If a "child" is abandoned, we should applaud the man who adopts her.

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MyName 8 years, 2 months ago

Oil was also cheaper when Clinton made his promise in 1992. The fact that he broke that promise cannot be blamed on Bush or anyone else.

Right, that statement doesn't even make sense, at least in the context of my earlier post.

The point I made was that the reason why MPG didn't continue to decrease in the 90s, like it had since Carter, was that the price of oil (relative to inflation) actually decreased under Clinton. Making those light trucks more economical. A point that you seem to agree with judging by your response.

But hey, if you think that all of our problems can be solved by legislation, instead of through the free market, then go ahead and blame Clinton. Of course, I think you'll have to turn in your conservative Talking Points secret decoder ring or something.

I also pointed out that it's a little moronic to blame Clinton for anything, since we've had over 10 years of good solid Republican "leadership" in Congress. I'm sure there's someone there who could have passed the legislation you're whining about. If they were so inclined.

And I don't recall "blaming" Bush for anything. I'm not in the politics of blame. Though, I think it'd have been nice for Bush to give Clinton some credit after ripping off one of his ideas.

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Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Bush is good with terror. The longer he keeps us in the mideast the more terror is generated.

IMO Bush is also an economic terrorist because he likes voodoo economics...borrow and spend, borrow and spend,borrow and spend....

Then he becomes a Social Security Terrorist: http://www.dollarsandsense.org/0505orr.html

Fraud is bleeding the healthcare system but he cannot do anything about that because Sen. Bill Frist is up to his knees in that mess. He and his family members took in billions. No one went to jail.

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Arminius 8 years, 2 months ago

usaschools:

Of course, Reagan saved Central America (with no help from traitors such as Kerry, Dodd and Leahy). Were you rooting for the Sandinistas? Now there were some REAL terrorists.

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usaschools 8 years, 2 months ago

Arminuius, Obviously I don't actually think those guilty of sponsoring terror from the USA will ever be arrested or tried, that was tongue in cheek. However, I am not the one in need of a prescription. Sponsoring death squads, which the USA DID DO, and about which there is no doubt, was sponsoring terrorism. We organized them, funded them, trained them. We were at times the actual and at times the defacto sponsors of terror. The rest of the world hasn't forgotten this. We look like hypocrites now.

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Arminius 8 years, 2 months ago

MyName:

"I'm glad to see you're still blaming everything on Clinton. Those fleet MPG statistics you mentioned wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the price of oil under Clinton was roughly half of what it is today?"

Oil was also cheaper when Clinton made his promise in 1992. The fact that he broke that promise cannot be blamed on Bush or anyone else.

BTW, it's you lefties who always broach the Monica thing.

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observer 8 years, 2 months ago

MyName By now you should know, every screwup since the beginning of time is Bill's fault. Kevin will prove it at retronutcase.com or whatever the BS name is. and yes, I noted Kevin left out Bill's bj. surer that was oversight in his posting.

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MyName 8 years, 2 months ago

Arminius:

I'm glad to see you're still blaming everything on Clinton. Those fleet MPG statistics you mentioned wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the price of oil under Clinton was roughly half of what it is today? Nah, that would be too obvious. And if it was, then it must be Clinton's flault that oil was so low back then? Right?

Oh, and you left out the most important part: Clinton got a BJ!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

You know, the extinction of the human race that BushCo is racing towards won't be all that bad. It'll mean that quasi-human automatons like Kevin will no longer plague the planet.

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Arminius 8 years, 2 months ago

usaschools:

Refill your prescription.

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usaschools 8 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if Bush will round up Americans who have a proven record of supporting terrorists around the globe? Specifically, I'd like to see George H. Bush, Elliot Abrahms, Oliver North, and the rest of the Iran-Contra criminals jailed in Guantanamo for their crimes against humanity. Together with Reagan, they are all guilty of (illegally, but that is beside the point) organizing and funding terrorist death squads in El Salvador and Nicaragua. They are terrorists and supporters of terror. Since the Patriot Act goes after those who knowingly contribute money to groups that sponsor terror, virtually all literate US taxpayers who paid taxes between 1984 and 1989 or so should also be arrested. After all, we knew our government sponsored terrorist groups, but we just looked the other way and paid our taxes. The arrest of these criminal terrorist evildoers is long overdue.

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Arminius 8 years, 2 months ago

During his State of the Union address, President Bush said, "America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology."

We have heard this "addiction" rhetoric before. In 1992, Bill Clinton and Al "Earth in the Balance" Gore wrote in Putting People First, "Instead of coddling special interests whose fortunes depend on America's addiction to foreign oil, our national energy policy will promote national security, energy diversity, economic prosperity, and environmental protection."

Clinton and Gore promised then to increase the current corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards from 27.5 miles per gallon (mpg) to 40 mpg by 2000 and 45 mpg by 2015.

Unfortunately, Clinton and Gore made no attempt to keep their promise and the CAFE standards were never increased. Total fleet fuel economy, which peaked in 1987 when light trucks made up just 28.1 percent of the market, fell dramatically during the Clinton-Gore years. By 2001, light trucks made up nearly 50 percent of the economy and total fleet fuel economy fell to its lowest level since 1980.

As a consequence, during the Clinton-Gore years we became far more addicted to foreign oil and, as a result, we became much less secure.

We can't afford to waste another decade. Let's all make sure this president keeps his promise to work towards weaning America from oil.

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Steve Jacob 8 years, 2 months ago

I will start by saying I am a dem. But if we can't build oil refineries, how can be build nuclear power plants. (And if nuclear power plants are so good, why don't we allow some countries to build them :). We have outsoursed pollution to other countries. They will have the problems we suffered down the road.

And I am not worried about other countries withholding oil. We gave Iraq weapons to kill Iranians and supported a coup attempt in Venezaula and they still take our money.

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noise 8 years, 2 months ago

Of course they do. Blind morons.

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Kontum1972 8 years, 2 months ago

.....hmmmmm.....

addicted to OIL.....now this coming from a texas oil man sounds pretty stupid, esp since oil money was used to elect & re-elect this guy...addicted to OIL...addicted to OIL should read "ADDICTED TO FOREIGN OIL"

kind of left out the business in lousianna too....and hurricane season is just around the corner again.....

and actually how much is spent on technology to prevent the oil dependency...anywhere close to what the war has cost us?

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