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Rally speakers blast Democratic administration

Republicans lead charge for states’ rights, and also take opportunity to bash Democrats

State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook on Friday speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615, which urges the federal government to recognize state's rights. The hearing room was packed and numerous people had to stand in the hallway. The committee took no action on the measure.

State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook on Friday speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615, which urges the federal government to recognize state's rights. The hearing room was packed and numerous people had to stand in the hallway. The committee took no action on the measure.

January 15, 2010, 1:53 p.m. Updated January 15, 2010, 2:12 p.m.

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— What started on Friday as a show of support for a resolution denouncing the reach of the federal government in the current and previous administrations turned into an anti-Democratic Party rally.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, whipped up a crowd of about 100 people by blasting U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“It’s time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to get off your backs, get out of your business, and get out of your wallets,” Jenkins said at a rally at the Dillon House across the street from the Capitol. Jenkins represents the 2nd District, which includes west Lawrence.

State Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, and a candidate for the GOP nomination in the 1st U.S. House district, referred to a previous job held by President Barack Obama, saying “we don’t need a community organizer from Chicago” telling Kansans what to do.

Crowd at the Dillon House on Friday in Topeka listens to speakers. The all-Republican lineup of speakers denounced the Democratic administration. Earlier in the day, a committee hearing was held on a resolution telling the federal government to stop intruding in the business of states. No action was taken on the measure.

Crowd at the Dillon House on Friday in Topeka listens to speakers. The all-Republican lineup of speakers denounced the Democratic administration. Earlier in the day, a committee hearing was held on a resolution telling the federal government to stop intruding in the business of states. No action was taken on the measure.

And former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach, who is running for secretary of state, said Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress had embarked on a “radical agenda.”

The rally and an earlier hearing were sponsored by the Kansas Sovereignty Coalition, and backed by the Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and Political Chips, a “tea party” organization.

The all-Republican rally lineup of speakers denounced the pending health care reform bill, cap and trade proposals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, federal stimulus spending and other Democratic measures on the national and state level.

The events started when more than 100 people crowded the Statehouse to urge legislators to approve a resolution before the state Senate that calls on the federal government to stop intruding on the rights of states.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615 says that many federal laws violate the U.S. Constitution’s 10th amendment, which gives states power over areas not specifically designated to the federal government. If approved by Kansas legislators, the resolution would be forwarded to Obama, congressional leaders, and the Kansas congressional delegation.

About a dozen people spoke in favor of the resolution during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which took no action on the measure.

Most speakers at the hearing said the federal government has intruded too far into the business of the states, several specifically mentioned the health care reform bill pending in Congress.

State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, and the main proponent of the measure, said the proposal “says simply don’t tread on our freedom.” Later, Pilcher-Cook said the resolution represented the first step in an effort to get before Kansas voters, a constitutional amendment aimed at removing Kansas from the requirements of any federal health reform.

Several speakers at the committee hearing said the federal government has increased its power by making states abide by certain mandates to get federal funding. Paul Degener of Topeka said the federal government was “bribing us with our own money.”

But Rodney Wren, a teacher from Wichita, said the resolution was “naive at best, dangerous at worst.” Wren said the federal government has authority over state governments.

State Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, who did not attend the hearing, later dismissed the resolution as unnecessary. He said disputes over whether federal laws are constitutional are handled in the court system.

Later at the rally, the anti-Democratic Party rhetoric flowed.

Referring to the cap-and-trade bill, Jenkins said, “The only thing we should be capping is the hot air coming out of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.”

Other speakers at the rally included U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, state Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and state Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha.

Pyle compared the crowd to Paul Revere’s ride alerting American colonists of the British army. “You now come in the nick of time to warn patriots and prepare them for a just fight. You are today’s Paul Revere but you do not ride alone,” he said.

Comments

MyName 5 years, 5 months ago

Awesome, instead of trying to come up with real ideas on how to solve actual problems (like the deficit, or rising healthcare costs, or terrorism), let's have a pep rally!

Phillbert 5 years, 5 months ago

No mention of No Child Left Behind? Or the various surveillance programs started by the previous administration? Or the Medicare prescription drug benefit? Or increases in farm subsidies?

Oh, I forgot, this was really just a Republican rally, so all of the above items - which would be lambasted by these self-proclaimed patriots if enacted under the Obama administration - get a pass since they were enacted under Bush.

1029 5 years, 5 months ago

This is why Kansas is the greatest state in the country. I can't imagine any state has as many brilliant minds as Kansas does. Pyle's quote is pure genius and really gets one motivated to band together with their fellow patriots and bring down the U.S. government. And Lynn Jenkins--what an eloquent speaker she is. She really gets people thinking deeply about the issues at hand. I wish I could have been in Topeka today to stand with fellow patriots as our leaders spoke. Makes me want to skip out of work early and toss some teabags into the Kaw.

Kansas first! Kansas first!

1029 5 years, 5 months ago

Nothing about this on CNN yet? Hopefully the national news outlets will pick up on this story and bring our state the recognition it deserves.

texburgh 5 years, 5 months ago

Lynn Jenkins, Tim Huelskamp, Mary Pilcher-Cook, Todd Tiahrt, Kris Kobach, Dennis Pyle, Ray Merrick - Wow, all those brownshirts at one rally!

The attendance of Derek Schmidt at this extremist rally sponsored by the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity should tell you plenty about his real politics. He wants you to believe he is a Republican in the mold of Kassebaum and Dole. In reality he is wholly owned by the extreme right. And he wants to be our Attorney General!

MyName 5 years, 5 months ago

@1029:

Are you sure you just didn't miss the headline: "Red state political leaders host pep rally while budget burns".

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 5 months ago

Did they burn their socialistic Medicare cards?

Didn't think so.

puddleglum 5 years, 5 months ago

boston, that was awesome!

geez, why does such a small group of people insist on trying to make Kansas look like a bunch of idiots? republican voters: please elect someone else next time, you can do better.

this pep rally was led by the great white hope!

Ignorant_Yokel 5 years, 5 months ago

"Referring to the cap-and-trade bill, Jenkins said, 'The only thing we should be capping is the hot air coming out of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.'"

Seriously?

Lynn Jenkins deserves to lose re-election solely based on this pun.

Centerville 5 years, 5 months ago

"Wren, a teacher from Wichita, said ...said the federal government has authority over state governments." No wonder we're graduating morons.

EXks 5 years, 5 months ago

Regressive evolution, Glen Beck tin foil hat syndrome and Dukes of Hazzard clones........

Darlene McBride (Take Back America) loves y'all!

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

Look at the specimens against the back wall in the picture.

They all look like they smell someone cooking broccoli.

From left to right: "Is that me?" "I didn't think I sharted." "Maybe no one will notice." "......" "I think I'm gonna hurl." "Skinny little B...h."

sinedie 5 years, 5 months ago

I have read every quote by every politician in this article and it seems like they said nothing. So was this just a pandering contest?

Phillbert 5 years, 5 months ago

Breaking news as to why Todd Tiahrt really wants to limit the power of the federal government...

http://www.rollcall.com/ Ethics Committee Investigates Tiahrt, Visclosky

The House ethics committee revealed Friday that it is reviewing unspecified allegations involving Reps. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) and Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), both of whom have previously been identified as subjects of an investigation into lawmakers’ ties to the PMA Group lobbying firm that was raided by the FBI in late 2008.

sfjayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Take a look at the photo of the event. Nothing but angry, scared old white people. This is the same way it looks at the national level - Colin Powell is correct when he speaks of the republican agenda appealing to a narrower and narrower segment of population.

MyName 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh I'm sorry Tom, it looked like a group meeting to get people feeling better about their team but which has no effect on the actual event they're all excited about.

But I guess an actual pep rally would include a short speech by the coach or one of the star players, instead of Lynn Jenkins. My bad.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

WOW our democratic posters are so touchy today. Why would they be surprised at the resentment over the left's direction of this country? If the present democratic leadership had just listened to the people and worked on the economy rather than this hideous health care proposal...none of these ralleys would be happening.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

Beobachter: Party of "NO", you must be kidding. If the health care bill was so good why then are so many saying "NO" to it and getting exemptions? Seems like the special interest groups on the left should be called the party of "NO". Oh that and over half the population of this country are the party of "NO".

MyName 5 years, 5 months ago

@leedavid:

The problem for me with this rally is simple: it's at the KS statehouse. The people who's policies they are protesting are all in DC. So please tell me how this is anything other than a pep rally?

Meanwhile the state legislature (which has been controlled by Republicans, including a healthy portion of the conservative variety, has a budget crisis to attend to.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

MyName....I called it a rally. Well I misspelled "rally". There are a lot of frustrated people out there with the direction of the country, and that is just what we see in this rally. We are going to see more of this with upcoming elections, but the backlash is against democrats at this point.

The Kansas legislature is republican, the person in charge is democrat, and has been for a while now.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

repaste (Anonymous) says…

Chubby on left, that's tommy

I think you mean right? And I am dyslexic. LOL!

Jason Bowers-Chaika 5 years, 5 months ago

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leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

Gayokay....I think we all know where the nutballs were during the last administration.....

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

Centerville (Anonymous) says… “Wren, a teacher from Wichita, said …said the federal government has authority over state governments.” No wonder we're graduating morons.

Exactly, and why was he in Topeka and a school day? Has he taken a cut in pay so Koch and his buddies don't have to pay taxes?

NedYates 5 years, 5 months ago

Folks, put your politics and your spite for the Republican Party aside for a brief moment. The Founders of this great nation designed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights a certain way for a specific reason. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, get off your soap boxes and re-read the Constitution like you probably have not done in years. What is going on in Washington today, yesterday, and for decades has got to stop. If anyone gives a damn about their children, grandchildren, etc. they had better start paying attention and look at the unfunded liabilities both parties have delivered to them!

NedYates 5 years, 5 months ago

What does this have to do with Kansas you ask? The healthcare bill in its current form is highly unconstitutional. I am a Kansas business owner. I am not paying taxes to help California or Nebraska. Period, zip, end of story!!!! Also, i am not paying any more payroll tax for the 17 or so emloyees that i provide jobs for.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm pretty sure federal taxes go to California and Nebraska.

Jason Bowers-Chaika 5 years, 5 months ago

This really wouldn't be in such a bind now would we if Bush wouldn't have had a Napoleon complex and a big azz chip on his shoulder? Mystery Yellow Cake, Fantasy WMD's, cooked intel with a dash of falsely connecting 9/11 to Iraq and little man syndrome=smothering debt.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

gayokay (Anonymous) says…

This really wouldn't be in such a bind now would we if Bush wouldn't have had a Napoleon complex and a big azz chip on his shoulder? Mystery Yellow Cake, Fantasy WMD's, cooked intel with a dash of falsely connecting 9/11 to Iraq and little man syndrome=smothering debt. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

That doesn't seem to come up much today. The dems are in trouble there is no doubt about it. And the far left just needs a crying towel.... They had the power, they blew it.

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

At least California and Nebraska are in the US. Bush had all our money going to Iraq. Where were these people when Bush was running up the debt on a useless war on one hand, and cutting taxes on the other. But they are against spending money on our own citizens? They don't sound too patriotic to me.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 5 months ago

Let's take a hypothetical.

Let's assume you have a person, late 50's, who has been relatively unsuccessful in running various businesses, forcing him to take bankruptcy. He doesn't own a home, and lives rent-free with a relative. He earns his living by selling so called "services" through the internet tax-free. He doesn't have a payroll or employees. His relative receives social security and medicare in amounts far more than which that relative had ever paid. These government programs provide important sources for the household's expenses.

Q: Exactly how is the tax burden of American government grinding him into the ground? A: It isn't He pays very little burden. In fact, he is a draw. Yet he whines.

At such time as hypocrites like him takes his, and his households Socialistic Medicare cards out (and SSI too) and burns them will I pay him consideration in his whining.

And where in America do we teach people that every government policy we disagree with must obviously be "unconstitutional." It is stupidity. And about as compelling as a third grader saying: 'So's your mama."

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

Boston: Spoken like someone that has never ran, operated, or owned a business. Never been in management either. Because you would have known; the building the company owns, property, goods purchased, services or goods sold, payroll, merchandise on hand, assets, and profits are all taxed and taxed every year. That is how the tax burden drives them into the ground, especially if they get raised every year.

Oh and requiring people to purchase healthcare or be fined....is unconstitutional. If you can show me where in the constitution the government may require the people to purchase something, let me know and I will apologize.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

What short memories would be republicans have. Yes being led around by the likes of Grover Norquist,Newt Gingrich, Charles and David Koch and Turd Blossom(Karl Rove). Yes those Koch brothers are funding anti insurance reform tea baggers.... Funding the Tea Baggers in general.

The so called republicans are always making wallets smaller even though they come out against it. This is their favorite tool.....create the illusion while they rob us blind.

The Koch Brothers http://www.forbes.com/2001/01/04/0104faces.html http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

Grover Norquist ( GW Bush-Cheney advisor) http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

Who are the modern day teabaggers? From very conservative white collar industries. Employees and stockholders of the insurance companies and such.

Lynn Jenkins really is not all that smart.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Who is the republican party? The party who thinks global domination by our military is the USA at the expense of our sons and daughters.

"Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security) http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

Who are these thinkers? Elliott Abrams / Gary Bauer / William J. Bennett / Jeb Bush /

Dick Cheney / Eliot A. Cohen / Midge Decter / Paula Dobriansky / Steve Forbes /

Aaron Friedberg / Francis Fukuyama / Frank Gaffney / Fred C. Ikle /

Donald Kagan / Zalmay Khalilzad / I. Lewis Libby / Norman Podhoretz /

Dan Quayle / Peter W. Rodman / Stephen P. Rosen / Henry S. Rowen /

Donald Rumsfeld / Vin Weber / George Weigel / Paul Wolfowitz /

Behind the scene:

Newt Gingrich / George Herbert Walker Bush / James Baker / Vice Adm John Poindexter

saligon 5 years, 5 months ago

Let’s look at the Kansas situation now. You Republicans have always been in control. You might have a Democrat sprinkled-in on occasion as Governor. But your in control. Take control now in Kansas. Stop using federal stimulus money to help with our budget shortage. Cut taxes and cut state services across the board. Republican control caused the worst recession short of the great depression. Spend your political capital now to end deficit spending. Then if you gain control at the national level, this time spend your political capital to eliminate the deficit. Cut taxes and end government programs. Then get reelected.

p.s. Getting to bag on the Washington is just like the Bush administration and Republicans supporting two wars, cutting taxes to the richest one percent, restricting personal liberties. It’s about control of the political landscape. You are never able or willing to try to help anyone but yourselves. YOUR MAD AS HELL AND YOUR NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

I know poor Lynn Jenkins and the Kansas Republican party have such short memories however there are important points of interest that Kansas voters need to be reminded of:

The republican party are masters at putting millions upon millions upon millions of people out of work. AND stealing taxpayers retirement plans along the way.

Repubs do with a remarkable degree of consistency is wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

Is there a definite pattern? Absolutely!

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion and wreck the economy) http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.html

  5. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

  6. The "tea parties" BTW are part of the wreckanomics program funded by the Koch Brothers... well known oil billionaires. These thinkers back a tax payers bill of rights which is another scheme to reward the upper 1% which is designed to wreck local and state governments.

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

All of the above displays reckless economic behavior that which drains the cookie jars. Now the only way to get them revenues back is to take them back.

What do Reagan,Bush and Bush republicans plan for 2010. Start the typical repub character assassination campaign which in essence is a massive cover-up scheme for the financial disasters that illustrate how the repub are NOT financial giants of our time have screwed up USA economics for the past 30 years.

Think about it. In the past 30 years the repub party has been in involved two major home loan scandals that effectively took the USA economy down the tubes. One is too damn many but twice represents repub economic policy. Wreckanomics is a failed economic policy. In fact wreckanomics is beginning to smell like well planned crimes.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

At a time when we should be looking for more assistance and federal aid, we tell Washington to stick it.

Beautiful timing.

Politics before reason.

getreal 5 years, 5 months ago

Your tax dollars were spent on this rally for a NON-BINDING resolution. It has absolutely no power to do anything. This is what is wrong in Topeka, rather than spending their days working to solve the problems of Kansas they are using their time to try and get re-elected. These elected officials should be ashamed of themselves. Then they went home only to be paid for Saturday and Sunday which they don't work. Nice gig if you can get it.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

If anyone has doubts about why republicans should be in charge of Kansas; simply look at what democrats have done to this country this past year. Look at Obama, Peloski, and Reid, the lies, the buying of votes for a poorly written health care bill. Many say that bill is illegat, the courts will have to decide. Big unions, are running from the bill. Look at the lies, behind closed door work on the bill, secret from members of their own party.

Then look at the economy, democrats have controlled congress for over three years. To help you set the time of the take over in your mind, the first thing that happened was oil prices jumped to the highest we have ever seen. Obama said put air in your tires that would fix it.

The list of reasons, goes on and on. I don't know about you, but i was much better off under republicans than I am now. You decide for yourself.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 5 months ago

So one week into the legislative session, the GOP Legislature has come up with two solutions.

First - a 10 day "furlough" for legislators, estimated to save a whopping 0.5% of their overall budget, that was proposed at the beginning of the week and scrapped by the end of the week.

Second - a resolution letting Congress know Kansas no longer wants federal assistance for Medicare, Medicaid, Education, Transportation, disaster relief, etc. etc. etc.

Really makes you eager to get Sam Brownback elected so both the Legislature and the Governor's office are controlled by the Republicans, doesn't it? Just imagine the amazing solutions they will come up with!

BrianR 5 years, 5 months ago

Right-wing wackos, the pride of Kansas, the first of the rectangle states.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

Not to worry. Folks outside of Kansas are not surprised anymore by anything that goes on here.

Somebody needs to make a wax museum with all the dumb politicians we have produced in Kansas.

I am confident you would have a great tourist attraction and may even make some serious money on the admission price.

leedavid 5 years, 5 months ago

jayhawklawrence (Anonymous) says…

Not to worry. Folks outside of Kansas are not surprised anymore by anything that goes on here.

Somebody needs to make a wax museum with all the dumb politicians we have produced in Kansas.

I am confident you would have a great tourist attraction and may even make some serious money on the admission price. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I can see Sebelius shanking hands with Dr. Tiller in the front vestibule greeting all who enter.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

And I would certainly recommend a giant wall mural of religious fanatic murderer John Brown slaying those who don't agree with his politics.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

“It’s time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to get off your backs, get out of your business, and get out of your wallets,” Jenkins said

“we don’t need a community organizer from Chicago” telling Kansans what to do.

Jenkins said, “The only thing we should be capping is the hot air coming out of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.”

These comments seem like they are coming from the Appalachian mountains where settlers had an extreme distrust of government. Atleast those folks seemed sincere and proud. Can't say the same for this group. These are the same folks who support federally funded projects (not to mention their own salary) and at the same time rally against government...see below

Jenkins has submitted 23 projects totaling $70 million to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration. “If there are legitimate federal projects in the 2nd District that serve a federal purpose, then she believes that money might as well be spent in Kansas

marcdeveraux 5 years, 5 months ago

I live outside of kansass,I find it hard to comprehend the shallow minds in your state. I grew up in Lawrence, and saw the hate and intolerance shown by Kansans. I am so very happy to have left such a sorry place. Please dump the right wing and your state will improve. Otherwise ,the rest of the country,at least above the mason-dumb-ass line will leave you behind.

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

leedavid (Anonymous) says… Boston: Spoken like someone that has never ran, operated, or owned a business. Never been in management either. Because you would have known; the building the company owns, property, goods purchased, services or goods sold, payroll, merchandise on hand, assets, and profits are all taxed and taxed every year. That is how the tax burden drives them into the ground, especially if they get raised every year.

Yet, taxes on business have been cut every year. Maybe you need to get a new accountant.

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

Ever since Graves decided to get rid of our surpluses by giving businesses tax cuts instead of saving it for rough times, Republicans have given even more tax cuts, including some last year in the midst of recession. They claim it will help attract business and create jobs, but I haven't seen businesses clamoring to relocate. And business owner like, leedavid, haven't even figured out they have gotten so many tax cuts. So he wouldn't create new jobs, because he thinks his taxes have gone up. He is either a poor business man, getting ripped off by his accountant or he is not truthful about being a business owner. Are you just spitting out what the Koch's teabaggers are feeding you? Or are you a Koch executive?

"Who Benefits from Tax Breaks for Business? January 26, 2007 12:36 PM | Permalink |
Advocates of tax breaks for business typically argue that such tax breaks will benefit workers as companies are more able to expand and invest. The latest study to call this into question comes from the University of Kentucky, which finds that tax breaks don't create as many jobs as previously hoped. The report concludes, "Based on our evidence showing that training incentives are positively related to economic activity in an area, and given that relatively little is spent on this program, the Legislature may want to consider increasing the amount spent on training incentives" rather than more tax breaks.

It's also doubtful that tax breaks are very important to the success of businesses themselves. Despite the fact that Kansas business owners named excessive taxation as their biggest concern for the fourth year in a row, nearly half of the businesses surveyed by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce weren't even aware that the Legislature had enacted a six-year, $632 million business tax cut last year. The bill eliminated the state's property tax on new capital investment in business equipment and machinery and went into effect last July. It's difficult to believe that tax breaks could be vital to economic expansion if they're not even noticed by the corporations that benefit most from them." http://www.ctj.org/taxjusticedigest/archive/state_tax_issues/kansas/

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 5 months ago

ComradeRedRooster (Anonymous) says…

Bob, Sounds like your teet at the government sow may dry up.


And yours too.

Oh wait, I bet you're one of those people who doesn't "need" the government. Right.

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 5 months ago

It has been a mistake to limit the 10th amendment, it has brought us to this day: Obumacare. Grow America with more freedom not less.

dinglesmith 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't recall any mention of farm subsidies in the constitution. Funny that no one mentioned them at the rally. Didn't mention Medicare or Social Security either. Wonder why not. There is also this thing in Article I of the Constitution called the Necessary and Proper clause. Didn't mention that either.

We are $400M in debt. Every state legislator who attended that rally was on the clock. You folks who blasted the school teacher who was there, why not blast the Republican legislators you paid to be there?

ronwell_dobbs 5 years, 5 months ago

Fat, old, white and stupid is no way to go through life.

If this is the new face of the Republican Party, I don't think the left has much to worry about for a generation or more.

Tom McCune 5 years, 5 months ago

I am indeed fat, old, and white. But I'm not stupid. For this reason, I recently recently changed my voter registration from Republican to something else. It was just to embarrassing...

ASBESTOS 5 years, 5 months ago

Boy we have some very stupid corruptocrats and lefties in the audience today!

Here is the tenth amendment with the wiki citation even though I do not like wiki that much:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

The rally for those that don't "get it", is because the State has the authority here, not the Feds, and this is going on in about 25 states now, so it is "not some little thing", it will change the way our Federal Goobermint is acting in the future.

And before any lefties lay a brass egg on this state looking out for it's citizens, don't think for one minute that you would not do the same darn thing if the boot was on the other fella. The Red Team will regain control of the Senate and House,federally, do you want the Red Team dictating to states????

This was setup by Democratic assault on states rights by pushing a bad health care bill and the corruption that was the conrhusker bailout, and the BCBS and Mutual of Omaha Insurance bailouts that only occur in Nebraska.

Now they are exempting only labor union Cadillac plans and and leaving all the rest of the great unwashed (even if most of them are hard working democrats) to pay the full price for those bribes.

There is now another $60 billion that will be foisted onto the States.

Business as usual in the Federal Government is now over, and that is what the "pep Rally" was about.

And Scotty Rothschild is an idiot for a POS article with little of the backstory and very little command of constitutional issues. Big Zero on constitutional understanding there Scotty!

mellyandthejets 5 years, 5 months ago

Great example of journalistic integrity. The message Friday was not anti-democratic, since most every supporter of State Sovereignty is just as disgusted with the republican party too. The message is simple and was articulated plainly; which is that people are fed up with the federal government abusing authority given to it by the States and ultimately by the people. Interestly enough, we're also tired of the liberal media skewing the truth and calling it news.

brent flanders 5 years, 5 months ago

why is it when facts are stated (and backed up by tons of reference documentation) that liberals are skewing the truth. I think, that all democrats/liberals every want from anyone is for them to understand the facts and think for themselves, not be to swayed, brainwashed by the tribe. That's it, that's all...review the facts and think for yourself.

kansaspachyderm 5 years, 5 months ago

Leave it to Mr. Rothchild to slant this into an "anti-democrat" affair. The 10th amendment states that those powers not assigned to the federal government by the Constitution shall be powers held by the states and people. The States' 10th amendment rights have been eroding for decades and, finally, the federal government is overstepping so egregiously that people are paying attention and taking steps to put a stop to it. Calling people names and insulting their intelligence is a poor way to thank them for trying to protect the freedoms of every Kansan.

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

Why not answer the questions. How is health care for everyone against the constitution, but farm subsidies aren't? Could it be that these people can't make as much money off health care as they do off corporate farming? Are you going to turn down your medicare when it comes time? I doubt it.

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

porch_person (Anonymous) says…

"Of course the United States government is authorized through the General Welfare clause to take care of problems."

If the general welfare clause were to be interpreted so loosely, buffoon, it would be constitutional to take away internet access from trolls like you.

"I don't think making sure I can see a doctor is that much of an egregious overstepping of whatever."

You can see a doctor any time you want, troll. Try paying for it instead of continuing to be such a worthless leech.

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

porch_person (Anonymous) says…

"someone who lost his wings over a refused drug screen"

Too bad there isn't a breathalyzer interlock on pooch-head's keyboard.

Hey, pooch - what was the military experience of the current weasel-in-chief, again?

How 'bout Harry Reid, pooch? Lots of wars since he was born. What was his military service, again?

ASBESTOS 5 years, 5 months ago

Something the idiots that want the goobermint to interfere in state and individual liberties might want to watch.

This is even too much for Mass. Liberals:

Video: “Massachusetts Miracle”

And a little something from the Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704586504574654602781512842.html?mod=djemEditorialPage

Sulla 5 years, 5 months ago

It's usually the party out-of-power that digs up State's Rights tripe( yep you too Democruds ..remember when Cheney was in charge and so many of you wanted Democratic Governors to refuse federal requests to deploy state Nat'l Guard units to Iraq,though the request was perfectly legal??.) Republikans love the Big Federal government quite fine when one of their own sits in the White House and/or the GOP has the Senate's reigns.

Obama a "radical".LTFOL! He's the best Wall Street Democrat since the last one, Billy Bob Clinton. He may be a culturalbolshevik, but a stooge of the globalist network nevertheless. The difference between these two parties is apples and oranges: Democruds are cultural bolsheviks, Republikans are kristian-korporation bolsheviks.

And at the end of all pep rallies, they all drink and boink the same groupies with one another.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 5 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says…"Where is the declaration of war demanded by the constitution?"


Silly Marion, it's in the desk drawer labeled "Korea, Panama, Vietnam, First Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Second Gulf War."

And it is in George Bush's handwriting.

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