Archive for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Statehouse Live: Otto to change directions in new video; Kansas GOP criticizes Moore over federal stimulus; governor on trade trip to Taiwan

October 21, 2009, 10:37 a.m. Updated October 21, 2009, 3:08 p.m.


7:20 p.m.

State Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, is switching hats, so to speak.

Otto, who drew criticism for a “RedNeck Rap” video that he put on You Tube that criticized President Barack Obama, said Wednesday he will post another video that says nice things about the president.

On the original video, Otto blasted Obama while wearing a hat that says “OPOSSUM the other Dark Meat.” Critics said the reference was racist, while Otto said he was referring to his own “hillbilly heritage.”

Otto said he would post a new video next week praising Obama for trying to help the elderly.

Otto had lunch Wednesday with activist Sonny Scroggins at a downtown cafe. Scroggins had been critical of Otto’s video. Otto said he won’t apologize for it.

3:10 p.m.

The Kansas Republican Party is taking aim at the federal stimulus plan and U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, for voting for it.

Despite the $787 billion package, the GOP said on Wednesday that Kansas still suffers with an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent.

State Republican Party Chair Amanda Adkins put out a statement, saying, “Kansans deserve more than empty promises from Dennis Moore about unemployment in our Great State.

“They understand that creating a pro-growth platform does not rest on government spending. Our economy will only grow when businesses become stronger which will happen by lowering the tax burden and setting policies that encourage innovation and entrepreneurism.”

Responding to the criticism, Moore, whose district includes east Lawrence, defended his vote, saying the economy would have been worse without passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“A year ago, we were facing one of the most severe economic situations our country has ever seen and I don't like to think where we would be now if our economy had been allowed to continue to plunge,” Moore said.

“Thanks to the ARRA, our country has saved one million jobs, including 250,000 education jobs, and that’s with only 50 percent of funds obligated so far.”

10:35 a.m.

Gov. Mark Parkinson was getting press coverage during his trade visit to Taiwan.

Parkinson opened the first Taiwan International Green Industry Show and said he hoped Taiwan and Kansas would work together to develop renewable energy, according to the Taiwan News.

The media outlet reported: The U.S. governor also suggested that Taiwan's engineers and researchers should work on improving the storage of electricity, an area in which the U.S. is being left behind.

“If someone can make a breakthrough in battery storage, that will revolutionize the use of wind power, making it much more prominent across the world,” Parkinson said.


Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 1 month ago

To be clear, Sen. Sam Brownback last month was trumpeting his support of a rail project that is funded with stimulus dollars.

I know, it is shocking that the GOP would be hypocritical.

63BC 8 years, 1 month ago

Kansas is down 45,000 jobs this year.

The country is down 2.7 million jobs.

Where on earth does this "saved one million jobs" come from?

ralphralph 8 years, 1 month ago

Dennis Moore = coward; wouldn't face constituents (or the truth)

texburgh 8 years, 1 month ago

Otto is a racist. It doesn't matter how many times he posts a phony video to appease critics; he is a racist.

The GOP opposes stimulating the economy. They fought W on his stimulus but it's even easier to fight Obama. They are happy that GM, Ford, and Chrysler go under and throw auto workers out of work. They have no problem with financial collapse that costs millions of middle income Americans their life savings. They don't have any interest in putting Americans to work rebuilding our national infrastructure thereby killing two birds with one stone (unemployment and infrastructure improvements). If it is good for working Americans, the GOP will oppose it. They don't want you to have a decent wage. They oppose getting you health care. They don't give a crap about your job being exported to China. The GOP is an owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Glaxo-Smith-Kline and other pharmaceuticals, and the Bernie Madoffs of the financial industry. Vote for these fascists at your own peril.

JHOK32 8 years, 1 month ago

The reds keep criticizing the dems over everything. Why don't they try to help Americans once instead of just whining all the time? When the reds were in control, the economy went straight into the toilet with Bush's blessings, wall street was screwing all of us (with the red's blessings), Bush did not protect us against terrorism (that little mistake has cost us a $Trillion dollar war and sent the economy into a tailspin - I didn't hear any reds whining about that little mistake!). What is so bad about putting the working class back to work? What is so bad about all Americans having healthcare, instead of just the congressmen and the rich?

Me2 8 years, 1 month ago

I heard on the news a few minutes ago that the big winners in the bailout are willing to blackmail the American public if the President does cut their paychecks. They are saying if they do not continue to get their big paychecks they will not be able to re-finanace the housing market saying this will further hurt the recovery. How CHILDISH! Saying I'll make you sorry if you try to make me do right.

getreal 8 years, 1 month ago

63BC asks: Where on earth does this “saved one million jobs” come from?

It comes from all the layoffs that would have happened when the states had no money to pay teachers at both K-12 and Universities and the ARRA funds filled the gap. It is all the jobs that would have been lost by contractors who had no work because the states were broke and could not complete road and highway projects without ARRA funds. It is police officers and firefighters who would have been cut had the ARRA fund filled the state budget holes.

Bush and the GOP gave us 8 years of failed policies and now the Democrats are supposed to clean up a mess in eight short months that the Republicans took 8 long years to create.

And isn't it great how Republican Sam Brownback can talk about how he voted against the stimulus, but then stand and take credit for projects that are underway with those same stimulus dollars. Speaking out of both sides of his mouth - that's what he's good at!

Amanda Adkins has some nerve as her employer Cerner has advocated for and may well even benefit from the stimulus dollars. She's no low level employee, she's an executive there. Hypocrit!

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