Archive for Monday, March 9, 2009

Jenkins takes aim at stimulus package, calls it ‘liberal wish list’

March 9, 2009


— U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on Monday described the new federal stimulus package as a “long, liberal, wish list.”

Speaking to Americans for Prosperity-Kansas, Jenkins, whose 2nd Congressional District includes west Lawrence, added, “The Democrats in Congress are on a reckless spending spree with your money, and it has got to stop.”

She said the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which she and all other House Republicans voted against, was loaded with pet projects.

She cited $8 billion for railroads, which “included funding a railroad between Las Vegas and Los Angeles so that Californians could gamble, which, ironically, is what got us into this trouble to begin with.”

She later accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., of making sure “that his railroad between Vegas and Los Angeles was included in there. Of course, that’s not the whole $8 billion, but his project is included in there.”

But such a project is not included in the bill. The $8 billion is for high-speed rail corridors and intercity passenger rail service. The bill makes no mention of specific routes, leaving much of the oversight to the secretary of transportation.


LiberalDude 9 years, 2 months ago

The liberals are looking out for the people. Jenkins is only looking out for herself. We must vote her out.

Jefferson_County 9 years, 2 months ago

What in the world is going on here? Is this reporter looking for a pink slip by calling out Ms. Jenkins lies? Actually a little refreshing for this paper, as this "railroad to Las Vegas" fiction begun by Kenneth the Page Jindal is well documented and has been called out everywhere else modest attempts at honest journalism are practiced. Quite obvious that Ms. Jenkins is a true Republican taking her marching orders right on cue. Even David Brooks today is calling out the Republican's call for a spending freeze during a recession/depression ridiculous. Why does Ms. Jenkins want America to fail?

LiberalDude 9 years, 2 months ago

Think about how much gas could be saved if there was a high speed railroad between LA and Vegas! We need projects like this. Good job Harry Reid. Jenkins and her buddy Rush Limbaugh just don't get it.

Boston_Corbett 9 years, 2 months ago

"Speaking to Americans for Prosperity......."

When you speak to the Kochs, you read from their newsletters.

How embarrassing.

And isn't their title even ironic today...

BigDog 9 years, 2 months ago

The high speed rail to Vegas is just another Big Dig or Bridge to Nowhere

Several analysts who have looked at it have said it would take a minimum of 10 years to build ...... after all the engineering and land issues are worked out

Economic stimulus ...when??

Kryptenx 9 years, 2 months ago

Not only that, but how did Californians gambling get us into this mess? She's trying to compare casino gambling to the banking/housing crisis?

gccs14r 9 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations, 2nd District, for giving up your voice in Congress for this woman. You could have had some representation had you re-elected Boyda. Now you get to start over from scratch, and your rep is in the minority party. Good luck getting anything passed.

Pete Kennamore 9 years, 2 months ago

The back and forth between supporters of the two parties on this board is laughable. Democrats (a.k.a. filthly liberals) are either the champion of the downtrodden or the destroyers of freedom. Republicans (a.k.a. facist neocons) are either the defenders of the 'founders' original vision or corporate lackeys. This is all just pointless noise. The sad truth is that neither party gives a rats bunghole about what is good or right for the nation. They are all about currying political favor, solidifying their power base and maintaining POWER at all costs. Their tactics may differ but the result is the same. You folks squeeling how 'my side is better' or 'your side did worse than me' are pathetic. Elrond

Chris Ogle 9 years, 2 months ago

Oh boy.... Jenkins really does stay on top of things doesn't she......

If she could just learn the difference between s***, and shine- ola

Alia Ahmed 9 years, 2 months ago


What do you suggest instead of our current system of government?

jasonc_22 9 years, 2 months ago




kmat 9 years, 2 months ago

I'm assuming that the right wing lovers of Jenkins on here have never driven I-15 bewteen L.A. and Vegas. Let me enlighten you as to why a high speed train between there is a great idea and would be stimulus.

Traffice gets really backed up between those two cities a lot. I have been stuck on I-15 for 6 hours trying to get from L.A. past Vegas. It should take about 2.5 hours for that drive. It is the only way to get to Vegas from southern CA. It's not all gamblers. Lots of people passing through and lots and lots of truckers making their way up I-15 to get to I-70. It's also the darned desert. Cars break down left and right from the heat. Lots of Highway Patrol are needed because of it. Eliminating a lot of the car traffic would be a huge help to S. Cali.

There are already rail tracks in place from when Amtrack used to have service. It's ridership sucked because it took longer to get their by train than it did to drive (before the highway got so backed up with truck traffic). Maybe they can use the existing tracks or modify them. If not, then new lines would need to be constructed. That would mean JOBS!

And people are complaining because it's only for gamblers from LA to get to their casinos. Lots of the business in Vegas comes from S. Cali and how many of you have ever taken a trip to Vegas? You want to trash people for vacationing?

This rail line would be a great idea and would generate jobs to build it.

lwctown 9 years, 2 months ago

..and for the past 8 years we have had a conservative wish list.... War with Iraq. High priced oil Relaxed environmental regulation. Tax cuts for the rich.

Bob_Keeshan 9 years, 2 months ago

Lynn Jenkins apparently thinks $288 billion in tax cuts, $200 billion to replace the crumbling infrastructure that was responsible for the I-35 bridge collapse, and $150 billion in funding to keep states from making huge cuts in K-12 education spending is a "liberal wish list."

Gosh darnit, looks like I'm a liberal. I like tax cuts. I like K-12 education. I don't like it when bridges collapse.

I guess if I want to be more like Lynn I will have to not like tax cuts, not like K-12 education, and enjoy a good bridge collapse.

kmat 9 years, 2 months ago

I guess we should be impressed that she can get out from under McElhaney on occassion to make stupid remarks like these.

BigDog 9 years, 2 months ago


The infrastructure projects in the final bill only make up 5% of the stimulus bill .... not even close to the $200 billion that you stated above

BigDog 9 years, 2 months ago

farfle (Anonymous) says…

You voted out someone who stood up for Kansas and voted in someone who stands up for the Republican party.

I believe most people of her district does not support what was in the stimulus package .... now that people are getting a chance to find out what all was jammed in it without full and open debate

Rex Russell 9 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't much of a Boyda fan. She tried to please evryone and pleased no one. Had a backbone and message in the begining of her career but, the Democratic leadership yanked her chain and put her back on the porch. Jenkins is sounding like a Party mouthpiece and sounds stupid in the process. If the Democrats are smart enought to put someone good or smart up against her in the the next election ( they probably won't), Lyn Jenkins will be one and done.

preebo 9 years, 2 months ago

Representative Jenkins is obviously playing to her constituents back home. The reality is that if she had a viable alternative she should have it posted on her website or given an in-depth interview. She is simply pandering to Kansas' populist tradition.

Bob_Keeshan 9 years, 2 months ago

BigDog, the stimulus bill is a total of $789 billion. 5% of that would be $39.5 billion.

$39.5 billion for infrastructure? I'd love to see that analysis, as it would be easily discredited by a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

Just because you have a source that claims Kevin Bacon wasn't the star of Footloose doesn't make it true.

yankeelady 9 years, 2 months ago

Her constituents back home being Koch industries and their friends.

tallgrassconservative 9 years, 2 months ago

funny that someone with so-called conservative values is playing prolifers like fools while doing what she does.

Jenkins think lifting ban on stem cell research funding was a good thing? would be interesting to hear her response on record? is she trully prolife or is she a fiddle-player?

Bob Forer 9 years, 2 months ago

Republicans are funny. They stand with their leaders, always. The fundamentals of the economy are sound? Yeah, right.

Kirk Larson 9 years, 2 months ago

The top of my Liberal wish list? Jenkins is out in '10.

BigDog 9 years, 2 months ago


I happen to have a total breakdown of all of the spending .... i mean stimulus bill. An have sat through several presentations on this piece of legislation and what it means for the state and local governments..

You might go to the Council of State Governments or National Conference of State Legislators website for some information regarding what was in the bill.

And by the way ... you are correct the infrastucture spending is roughly $40 billion.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 2 months ago

Any time she opens her mouth she is an embarassment.

overthemoon 9 years, 2 months ago

Ms. Jenkins should read David Brooks' editorial in the NYT today. So should everyone else. Never recommended him before, but he's spot on this time. Too bad was he suggests will never happen. We need a strong two party system with competing ideas for moving ahead, not merely tit for tat squabbling and petty obstructionism.

overthemoon 9 years, 2 months ago

BTW, there is no train from LaLa land to Las Vegas in the stimulus package. From factcheck:

A number of congressional Republicans, including Reps. Patrick McHenry (N.C.), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), Candice Miller (Mich.), and Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Jim DeMint (S.C.), have accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, of inserting an $8 billion "earmark" into the stimulus bill for a levitating train from Disneyland to Las Vegas. That’s a major distortion. No money is specifically set aside for such a train.

What the bill contains is $8 billion in funding for unspecified high speed rail projects (skip to p. 237 for the relevant section). The money is to be allocated by the secretary of transportation. A DOT spokesperson told us that it is “premature to speculate” about what exactly will be funded. Even vigilant pork-busting budget watchdogs agree that the "levitating train earmark" charge is without merit: Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan group that scours legislation for earmarks, told us that there is "no way that this provision is an earmark for Sen. Reid."

Centerville 9 years, 2 months ago

No, Lynn, It isn't a Liberal Wish List, It's a Liberal Wish List with no money in sight to pay for it. Which, I guess, makes it the Perfect Liberal Wish List.

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