Archive for Monday, June 22, 2009

Kansas Congressman wants to rid government of auto company holdings within a year

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran addressed the Lawrence Rotary Club on Monday.

June 22, 2009


U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran would like to see the federal government get rid of its ownership in private companies within the next year.

“The idea that this can just last forever, for one, is troublesome financially,” said Moran, who was in Lawrence Monday. “… But two, business will make better decisions than some group of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., deciding how the market should operate.”

The Hays Republican and Kansas University graduate who represents most of western and central Kansas in the U.S. House addressed the Lawrence Rotary Club at the Lawrence Holidome.

During an interview, Moran said that in the wake of the current economic crisis, Congress should craft a plan that is fair to taxpayers while ridding government of its holdings in bankrupt auto giants General Motors and Chrysler and other major companies.

“Kansans generally believe that we need greater fiscal responsibility, and this is not a Republican-Democrat thing,” Moran said.

The Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress are seeking major health-care reform. Moran said a recent Congressional Budget Office estimate likely would take the plan off the fast track. The estimate put its cost at $1 trillion over 10 years, but only about one-third of people currently without health insurance would gain coverage.

Moran said he would be wary of any public health insurance option that would compete with private insurers. Rather, Congress should focus on reducing the overall cost of health care by, for example, encouraging efficiencies in the industry.

“Make sure that rural health care providers and rural patients don’t get forgotten,” Moran said.

Moran, who was scheduled to visit Fort Leavenworth Monday afternoon, said President Obama needed to craft a plan addressing what to do with terrorist suspects held in Guantanamo Bay before closing the facility in Cuba. Kansas political leaders have strongly opposed moving any detainees to Fort Leavenworth.

“Everything I know about Fort Leavenworth suggests that that would be a terrible mistake,” he said.

Moran is seeking a U.S. Senate seat in 2010, facing Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, in the primary.


jmadison 8 years, 11 months ago

Spin off the U. S. government's stock holdings to the private citizens who pay taxes. Do it within a year and we would all know if the government is serious about getting out of the car business.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 11 months ago

How about "oepn dialouge" there Beo?

Or do you want the United States Government in the aumotive business and the tacpayers taking risks?

Oh, wait, I forgot, you need to consult with the DailyKos or MediaMatters to find out what your opinin is.

Why on earth would you disagree with Moran, it is exactly what President Obama wants, to get out of the aumotive business as quickly as possible.

So if a Republican says the same thing President Obama says, it is stupid and he/she should just "STFU", however OTOH, if President Obama says this exact same thing, it is "Brilliant" and "cool".

Selective praise, and selective outrage, eh Beo?

penguin 8 years, 11 months ago

wow beo you just show how little you know about Jerry Moran through your post. This is the same guy who voted against Medicare Part D and NCLB, but he just toes the party line. Also this is the same guy that Denny Hastert wanted to get out of Congress some years back because he would not just go with the flow. I agree with your feelings on Brownback and Tiahart, but Jerry is not in their group. He has to move a bit right for the primary challenge he has, but do not assume he is just the same old Republican...cause he is not.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 11 months ago

"No asbestos, I simply have no use for a mindless person toeing the party line." Dude! He is toeing the President Obama line:

""Our goal is to help GM get back on its feet ... and get out quickly," Obama said. "

From the news channel you obviously do not listen to:,2933,523859,00.html

You are just showing your GOP and conservative hating bias...

even when it disagrees with President Obama.

swunruh 8 years, 11 months ago

Obviously Jerry doesn't remember Amtrak? The Government was only going to fund them for a year too. We'll be running the Auto companies for a long time......

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 11 months ago

Neither of the auto makers were too big to fail as the liars in Washington would have us think. The purpose of the auto bailout was to protect the UAW, one of the demorats main partners in crime. Yes, crime, our constitution and the political system have been hijacked by Obama and Co. Say bye bye to what few freedoms we have left. Fading to black.......

ASBESTOS 8 years, 11 months ago

"The purpose of the auto bailout was to protect the UAW, one of the demorats main partners in crime. Yes, crime, our constitution and the political system have been hijacked by Obama and Co."

I agree with you, however this was not started under the Obama Administration.

People here know I am a conserative (not necessarily a Republican, especially as I am not affiliated with the Kansas Christian Talibahn), TBS;

President George Bush and some of the neocons in congress and mainly the idiots in the Senate in both parties pooped their britches, and all voted to fund the auto bailout.

This is not on only President Obama. He idid make it more about the UAw and politics, but so did George Bush with the financials guys and the other power brokers.

Nobody is Washington D.C. is for the average American Citizen. It is all about special interest groups and lobbyists.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 11 months ago

It is just political rhetoric. Nothing more. This automobile matter cannot be resolved in a year. Are we stupid? The USA government needs to be fiscally responsible in this bail out matter after sooooo many many years of reckless spending by the republican party.

The republicans have yet to make government smaller only larger by the Patriot Act,Homeland Security,Occupation of the middle east, setting up 52 USA bases in Iraq, allowing the banks to steal from the taxpayers by way of the home loan tax dollar theft. Neither Reagan/Bush nor Bush/Quale made government smaller.

Why elect Moran? He's been there wayyyyyyyyyy too long.

Perhaps the problem is re-electing the same faces time after time after soooooooooo many complain about how bad government is?

Why do sooooooooo many do it time after time? The special interests love incumbents which is why incumbents receive sooooooo much special interest money and media attention. The media is a special interest because they receive soooooooo much money from incumbents.

Do you ever wonder about legislators and their Wall Street investments? Then how did they come by those investments?

Why do sooooooooo many ignore new democrats or practical green thinkers?

The real problem is the voters! Politicians are treated like rock stars and movie stars sickening and yuck.

Any PNAC facist repub is a loss because they are not true republicans. The party only funds PNAC facist repubs. They are the most wasteful and big spending of all political parties. AND they steal your money.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 11 months ago

Moran loves his tax dollar funded medical care but ONLY certain people should have access. Everybody else must pay for their own plus his and 500 others on capitol hill. Between him and other city,state and federal employees taxpayers shell out $1.2 trillion which = 60% of those insured. What a gravy train for the med insurance industry.

For that same $1.2 trillion med insurance tax dollars HR 676 could cover all of us. According to the CBO HR 676 saves $350,000,000 annually.

We need fiscally responsible spenders of which Moran is not.

mdrndgtl 8 years, 11 months ago

It sounds like Rep. Moran stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night... Or not...

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