Archive for Saturday, June 3, 2006

Ryun says immigration is No. 1 issue

Republican congressman to seek sixth term

June 3, 2006


— U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a Republican from Lawrence, on Friday filed to seek re-election for a sixth term and said illegal immigration was the top issue on voters' minds.

"The No. 1 and No. 2 issues are immigration and immigration," said Ryun, who gained fame early in life as a record-breaking track star.

Ryun, 59, represents the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeast Kansas. The district also extends north to the Nebraska border.

At this point, only one other candidate has filed for the race: Democrat Nancy Boyda, 50, of Topeka, a former research manager for pharmaceutical companies who lost to Ryun in 2004.

Ryun defended the war in Iraq and said the U.S. was making progress.

He touted his work in the district, including the decision to return the Army's 1st Infantry Division to Fort Riley.

Ryun summed up his political beliefs, saying, "I represent smaller government, fewer taxes and family values."

He declined to talk about a possible rematch with Boyda, whom he defeated 56 percent to 41 percent in a contentious race.

Boyda has said the Iraq war was a mistake and has disagreed with Ryun's vote for an immigration bill approved in the House that would make felons out of people here illegally and those who may have provided humanitarian aid to them.

"People are ready for a change," Boyda said.

She said the U.S. must control its borders but asked, "Where has Jim Ryun been on this the past 10 years?"

Asked if there should be a chance for illegal immigrants to seek citizenship in the U.S., Ryun said: "If they will come out of the dark, identify who they are, if they want to get in line behind everyone else, go home first and get in line just like everyone else, then I think that's an appropriate path at this point."

Ryun also said voters in the district seem to be pretty content with how things are going.

"I feel the 2nd District is comfortable where they are at the moment," he said.

Boyda disagreed, saying voters are concerned about health care costs, the economy and gasoline prices.

"I spend a lot of my time pulling people off the ledge. They feel like this country is in trouble," she said.

Ryun recently sold his house in the country and now lives on Sagamore Court in Lawrence.

Recently, Democrats have hammered Ryun for campaign funds he received from indicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas and for a house in Washington, D.C., that Ryun bought from a nonprofit group connected to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ryun has defended the contributions and house purchase.


geekin_topekan 11 years, 11 months ago

yeahyeahyeah. immigration blahblahblah... abortion blahblahblah... gay marriage blahblahblah.... terror blahblahblah... How about free beer?huh?Nobody talks about that anymore.

paladin 11 years, 11 months ago

The "War" was a mistake? What kind of mistake? Political? Public relations? Bad investment? Stategric? How bout it was just wrong, in every sense of the word. Who is the U.S. at "war" with, exactly? Who is the enemy,specifically? Where are they to be located? How are they defined and identified? What do their uniforms look like? Do they even exist, as a clearly defined enemy? What is a "terrorist"? How can you tell a bad Muslim from a good one. You send your kids to a foriegn region to kill people, because that's what war is all about, and then you charge them with murder because they didn't kill the right people in nice way. That is wrong and also insane. People in insane situations, battling for survival, will behave in extreme ways.

erichaar 11 years, 11 months ago

Thank you, Congressman Ryun, for your good work for the people of Kansas!

ndnkorn 11 years, 11 months ago

Makes you feel like an Indian, huh Jimbo. The only record you need to set is to run your ass BACK where you came from and I don't mean Wichita beatch. Immigration? Now, THATS funny. You are the immigrant.

paladin 11 years, 11 months ago

And what, above all, is the primary, clearly defined, motivating, worthy, justifiable MISSION of the U.S. in Iraq?

coldandhot 11 years, 11 months ago

How sad that we have awoc as a citizen. Go Jim Go!

Liberty 11 years, 11 months ago

Jim Ryun was some of the finest that KU can produce and a fine representative of the people.

1 issue: Iraq War and proposed Iranian nuclear war

1 issue: Illegal Alien Invasion from Mexico

1 issue: NAIS (National Animal Identification Act) totally evil RFID government reporting system on your pets and farm animals

1 issue: Constant Gun Database and Confiscation Bills that are all clearly UNCONSTITUTIONAL and illegal.

1 issue: Microchiping the population for financial slavery and tracking and total control.

1 issue: The desertification treaty that the Senate gave a voice vote on approving the turn over of 70% of the land of the United States to United Nations control during a drought.

1 issue: FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) will destroy the United States of America - invites the international criminal court to supercede the US Supreme Court decisions and nullify our Constitution. Eliminates your country called the United States of America.

1 issue: CAFTA (Cental American Free Trade Agreement)

1 issue: NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)

1 issue: Outsourcing jobs

1 issue: No protective invasion guard on border to stop Mexican invasion (because they are all under Presidential dicatorial control in an illegal war in Iraq and Afghanistan) after allowing and watching years of illegal invaders enter the United States of America, and then wanting to let them stay here and take your jobs by inviting them to come for the next 6 years.

1 issue: H1B Visas - to take your jobs

1 issue: The (un)Patriot Act - Constitution Bill of Rights destroying legislation (and therefore illegal)

1 issue: Universal Service Act of 2006 - Military Draft (violates the Constitution of no involuntary servitude for men and women)

1 issue: The Federal Reserve Bank System - corrupt money system that allows foreign banker control and unlimited government spending

There are many more things to list...

1 answer: We don't want any of these things and Congress is pushing them all (democrats and Republicans alike; no difference). Now after all of this, don't you feel that Congress is still your representative government and is serving you well?

paladin 11 years, 11 months ago

Liberty-At last, the Truth. But, you will be seen as a Kook and a crazyperson by the Public. They do not want to deal with it. They do not want to know anything about the truth. Deny, deny, continue to deny, until they deny themselves into submission and slavery. Until they realize that what is most valuable to them, has been lost forever.

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 11 months ago

And as I see it Immigration is not the problem it is illegal immigration that is the problem so the heading or wording is kinda off. oh well.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 11 months ago

"Ryun recently sold his house in the country and now lives on Sagamore Court in Lawrence."

Yeah, I saw Ryun in Home Depot buying fence boards. It didnt click at the time, but I think he is building his own wall to keep out illegals (mexicans, blacks, moderates).

classclown 11 years, 11 months ago

Posted by ndnkorn (anonymous) on June 3, 2006 at 9:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Makes you feel like an Indian, huh Jimbo. The only record you need to set is to run your ass BACK where you came from and I don't mean Wichita beatch. Immigration? Now, THATS funny. You are the immigrant.

What country did he immigrate here from exactly?

Liberty 11 years, 11 months ago

An interesting movie to watch if you haven't: It is called "They Live". Not a high quality show, but has a very interesting perspective and analogy concerning our society as a whole. A good de-programing movie.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

The real problem with illegal immigration is the erosion of Laws, standards, and wages. Please read in full.

When you have an illegal alien come across the border and violate laws, that person then finds a job by getting hired illegally, with no documents. THis perosn also is desperate and will work for minimum wage and will be able to be coerced to work in dangerous environments, with less safety concerns, and will also report their work related illness less. There is a study out by a universituy in either Michigan or Minnesota that states that occupational accidents, injury, illness and death may be in all actuality 3 times the total number, because in the depression of forced non report of on the job injury.

SO, for all the pro illegal immigrants out there, "For the economic benefit" is at the expenbse of their humanity, they have become in all actuality "sub human" class. That is what the supporters of illegal immigrants are really doing, the problem is NOT jobs availible in America, it is the corruption and LACK of jobs in Mexico and other countries. Ant those countries are trying to tell us how we should treat people, when they treat people far worse. AND DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS are complicitious in this for allowing this discussion to evolve to the present set of proposals before congress now.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

Here is how the illegal aliens are causing us problems:

1.) Wage erosion. This myth that "they are doing work Americans won't do". Americans ARE doing that work, from agriculture to construction to landscaping and yes lawnmowing, Americans make up 60-78% of all those employees in those jobs that "Americans won't do. Source? US Labor Department. It is funny how the very same groud (Democrats) who came in on "wage protection" for Unions, and "Jobs for Americans", and "Living Wage", and "Minimum wage increase" are championing illegal alien employment. It is counterproductive and counterintuitive to that supposed "principal" the left once held (which I agreed with, I can no longer support their positions. They are nuts. I hope we stop this before your grandkids get into the world of employment if they can find an appropriate "living wage".

2.) A more dangerous workplace. Multiple studies have shown that employer enforcement of safety violations have gone down, while emergency room reports of work related injuries (and even death) are skyrocketing. OSHA and DOL is getting to be just about as bad as FEMA and KDHE. Makes me wonder how far behind the KDOL is on this. The illegally employed alies is NOT paying for this, the employer is paying cash under the table to keep it off the radar and not report. This erodes ALL laws because everyone is winking and nodding that it is happening, but the erosion of effectiveness of the guarntee of a safe workplace is dead and gone. Workplace deaths for all Americans is 4.6 per 1000 careers, Latinos it is 5.6 per 1000 and those are the reported ones. The latinos could be as high as 15 per 1000 careers. Do the math and an average of 25-35% of the illegal aliens who are illegally employed are becominging injured and 5-8% are DYING! But it is good for our economy right?

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

  1. Illegal Aliens are good for the Economy. NOt by a long shot. Economists are all setting aroundthe table suggesting that a decrease inillegal immigration will scuttle the economy, (which is as reasonable a bunch of alcholics arguing over which martini to order). No it won't, because a Shift in the past from Slave labor to child labor, did not scuttle the economy, nor did the shift from child labor to adult labor scuttle the economy. EVEY POLITICIAN THAT TALKS ABOUT THISS ISSUE INTERMS OF ECONOMY IS SIMPLY WRONG. An economy is based on it's productivity within "social norms". Our social norms was a legal and safe workplace and workers were not "temporary nor expendable". The pro illegal immigration crowd is actually supporting erosion of economy by this activity. Workers become expendable and prices go down. The Republican pukes pushing this stuff will increase our population by 20 million most all of those at the low end of the tax brackets and will not be paying in enough tax to pay for entitlements, roads, schools, etc. The Republican oukes like Brownback, and Spector are giving away your Childrens Future safe workplace and economic opportunity for a chort term gain of 20-30 million votes they may or may not get. Let them know.

It is amazing who much money you can make when you "exploit" people. These "Business wizards" that think that they are doing good things should be banished and held in ridicule. For starters: the construction and asbestos abatement industry. Current Federal and State law require that asbestos abatement workers get training and "certification" without fraudulently getting that. This State does license workers...does our state check the social security number and initial training certificate before they let these people remove asbestos in our public buildings??? Do they hold the employers accountable???? Probably not, because they can not even get a leaking UST story straight.

GOPConservative 11 years, 11 months ago

It is a mystery how anyone can support a socialist like Jim Ryun. This faker claims to be a "conservative" but has done everything he can to increase the size of government, destroy our constitutional rights and promote fiscal liberalism.

Ryun also claims to be a Christian, but is in love with the atheists in China. Ryun has been supporting policies that have allowed China to get away with siphoning off hundreds of billions in American equity each year through a trade deficit that is directly related to China's unfair currency policies. Ryun and the other "conservatives" in Congress have refused to force China to significantly change those policies.

Why? The answer is even more contrary to conservative principles. They are allowing China to rip us off because they need to borrow money back from their atheist buddies to cover their fiscal liberalism.

As "conservative" budget deficits continue to cause interest rates to rise, more and more of our taxes will end up going to China to pay interest on the money Ryun and the other commie-lovers in Congress borrowed from them.

Even worse, all those tax dollars will be only for the interest. Given the refusal of "conservatives" like Ryun to pay down the National Debt. Ryun's legacy of America paying China interest to China will last from now until forever. If we don't get rid of these idiots, we will owe China more year after year.

I am fed up with these dishonest and crooked fakers claiming to be Christians and Conservatives when their actions reflect just the opposite.

Morality should be based on one's character, honesty, ethics and good deeds, not simply on how much hate they can stir up against hispanics and homosexuals.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

4.) Standards erosion. Yes we used to have people come to uor houses and would install a door or a window right. However our "third world" laborers skill set is not very high. How can you expect someone who came from a place where they had no floor to install a granite one correctly? How can you pay some one to put in a pre hung door, where they cannot read the installation instructions nor have they even seen a door, jamb, and threshold all as one package. The guys that did my door had no clue, they put in the prehung door without putting in a threshold board. It cost me a couple of months arguing with the COntractor (Why would he be responsible, after all this whole thing started with him hiring illegal aliens? If he started illegal, do you think he will fix my door?)

He did after I told him that I would send his name into ICE. Now we the consumer has a barganing chip, the use of ICE on thes unscrupulous contractors. ANd yes, those that hire illegals are unscrupulous. If they are not going to obey employment law, they are not going to observe the Building Codes, the employee safety laws, the environmental laws, the inxurance requirements......

How can anyone support this level of erosion of our American Values and not be enflamed?? How can anyone with cognitive reasoning skills and a base intelligence not see the inherent damage long term that the illegal aliens foist on our society?

  1. This is USA's fault. We hear things like the "laws are bad", or "people wouldn't hire them if they didn't need them", "our enomomy needs them", ad naesum. NO this is MEXICO's and all the OTHER LATIN AMERICAN nations problems. They are the ones not giving their people basic freedoms and jobs, and a good living. These countries think that is not their JOB, it is the USA's. We hell with them. We signed trade treaties with these yahoos and they pocketed the money and gave their people no relief that was supposed to come out of the treaty. NO sports fans, this is not an American problem.

Our only problem is that the people of American ar being attacked not by the illegal aliens, but the Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

Turn in all Construction contractors, developers, and Asbestos Abatement removers into ICE and other labor enforcement and safety agencies. Let's see if they will do their job or if they will run to the shelter of the political correctedness.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

If you want the job done right, hire a contractor that does not hire illegal aliens. Make them submitt an SOQ to that effect. ANd don't believe them for one moment that it will drive up the cost of the project. These guys may be CHARGING you the prevailing rate, but they are PAYING the illegal alien far less and pocketing the rest, and we know it. The real reason, is these guys have found a great "windfall" in "LABOR EXPLOITATION".

I thought the LEFT (Democrats) did not stand for that thing? I thought the RIGHT (Republicans) wanted to develope and protect the middle American "working class". Both Parties have got to go!

compmd 11 years, 11 months ago

Asbestos, I am in agreement with your five points. Well said.

Scott Tichenor 11 years, 11 months ago

Jim Ryun is morally bankrupt.

Immigration is just the most current hot button Kool-Aid issue he knows his constituents are ready to drink.

For starters Ryun needs to ask his God what he thinks of the house and campaign financing Jack Abramoff has provided. Does Jim get down on his knees every night and thank Jack for that? I bet he does. I bet he does.

monkeyhawk 11 years, 11 months ago

asbestos, may I add numbers 6 and 7?

  1. With the uncontrolled flow of our friends to the south, many are not really wanting to live here, no assimilation, mearly seeking to suck off our economy and social welfare benefits, how long before we experience the same conditions as the countries of their origin? The ones who would like to live here, would also like to have their 23 kids and all of the tios and tias come to live with them in the US as well (maybe even in the same house, right next door to you).

The mexicanization of america is already underway.

  1. They are already a protected class with rights that you and I don't have. If I stole someone's identity and/or failed to pay taxes, I don't beleive I would be forgiven.

Mr. Ryun is correct in thinking that the #1 issue is, and should be illegal immigration.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

RealityCheck, you need to have yourself LOL!

The Republicans are making this an issue now, and are not payuing attention to their base, but then neither are the Democrats. Check out what the average African American is thinking about the folks from south of the border. If African Americans are upset about the Republicans of the past taking away the entitlements (I know this is sterotyping, but thaat is EXACTLY the way both parties play this demographic of our citizens) they will loose big. The dems are letting the illegals take up the place poor citizens in HUD homes, they are also displacing this portion of the citizenry in food assistance, jobs, training. I am afraid that this is the unreported point of the illegal immigration debate, how it disproportionately disenfranchizes the African American citizenry and other minorities that ARE citizens.

What do the libs have to say about that one. Forget the blooming WAR, this thing(Illegal immigration) is another "Cold War", an invasion by another country so the country does not have to pay for their citizens opportunities, medical care, jobs, etc.

Linking this to either an "I hate Bush" or an "I hate Clinton (Gore)" argument is following political dogma, and neither side in looking out for AMERICAN CITZENS!!

The bozos gotta go! This is what happens when we allow the mentally challanged yahoos we call congressman to polarize the American Citizen base so they can collect votes.

That is the reality, neither party is looking out for US or the US.

xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago


Do what other sensible Republicans are doing: join us. We stand for fiscal conservatism and social moderation. We are the New Liberal Democratic Party, and we will change America, and the world.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 11 months ago

I would not bang the drum so loudly for EITHER party, the NEW Republicans or the NEW Democrats. The whole reason they are "NEW" is that people finally understand what the really stand for which is division and polarization. If the underlying core principals of either party were so wonderful, Why is there a need for a change?

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