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GOP front-runners focus on spending

July 25, 2010


Considered the forerunners among the nine candidates for the Republican nomination for 3rd District Congress, Patricia Lightner and Kevin Yoder each listed the economy, new health care legislation and cutting back federal government as the biggest issues in this election.

Lightner rates the economy and fiscal responsibility in government as the top issues of this campaign.

“We need to grow the economy by cutting taxes, and we need the government to quit spending money, because when the government spends money they take it from the private sector,” she said.

She cited the stimulus spending and funds for the new health care legislation as examples of wasteful spending. She also said Congress shouldn’t be able to operate without a budget and should be required to use zero-based budgeting.

“We need to put a balanced budget amendment in place; I think that would help with fiscal responsibility,” she said.

Health care concerns

Lightner is in favor of serious reforms for the recently-passed health care legislation, having signed pledges to defund and repeal it. She said it was not enough to go in and repeal certain portions of the legislation, as some other candidates have suggested.

She said for health care, she would support including free-market, open-competition principles that would allow people to purchase insurance across state lines and give them a tax deduction for buying health insurance. She said she would like to come up with a system that would allow small businesses to provide insurance with the same low rates larger businesses receive, and include portability, allowing people to take their health insurance with them when they lose their jobs.

Lightner also listed national security as one of the top issues at this time. She suggests finishing the border fence in Arizona, using electronic surveillance and increasing the National Guard’s presence along the border.

Spending for the military and for border security were the two exceptions Lightner said she would make — otherwise, she said reductions should be made to 2005 spending levels in all areas.

A final important area for Lightner is shrinking the federal government and respecting states’ rights.

“They’re getting into so many areas that are not what the Founding Fathers intended,” she said. “Those powers that aren’t specifically defined in the Constitution should be left to the states and their people to decide, and that includes health care, and that includes the government not owning car companies.”

Lightner said she thinks that if elected, there will be a good base of fellow congressional members to help her reach her goals, and she hopes elections in other states will only help.

“We should not only have a Republican majority, but we should have enough Republicans in that majority to get things undone,” she said.

Economic solutions

Yoder agreed the most critical issue currently is the economy. Unemployment, declining value of investments and general anxiety are all due to uncertainty about the future.

“In Washington I plan to put people back to work by cutting spending, cutting taxes and getting government out of the way of the small businesses that will push our economy to new heights,” he said.

Yoder said he would push for legislation that would create private-sector jobs and would encourage investment with targeted economic development initiatives, such as supporting the National Cancer Institute designation for the Kansas University Hospital.

Yoder also agreed the recently passed health care legislation should be defunded, saying Congress needs to go back to the drawing board.

“More government bureaucracy and control is not the solution, and we cannot continue to run up the deficit and spend money we don’t have,” he said.

Yoder said he would promote market-based health care reform that will empower consumers, reduce costs and improve quality.

Part of the solution to help shrink the federal government is addressing its larger programs, Yoder said. He said the majority of federal entitlement spending was tied up in Social Security and Medicare, and in the coming decades, the predicted growth in these services would be difficult to sustain.

“We can work to control the expansion of these programs by using market-based solutions to lower costs, and encouraging individual ownership of health care and retirement spending,” he said.

Yoder said he would oppose liberal economic policies currently found in Congress that seek to continue to expand and create new entitlement programs without the ability to pay for them.

“The best solution is twofold: We must control the costs of entitlement spending while promoting strong economic growth in the private sector,” he said.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

And neither of them mentions the giant elephant (make that a blue whale) in the fiscal room-- war spending and its attending massive corruption.

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

"“We need to grow the economy by cutting taxes, and we need the government to quit spending money"

So, to summarize, we balance the budget by:

A) Giving up hundreds of billions in revenue by cutting taxes more (additional deficits) B) Giving up hundreds of (additional) billions in revenue by not allowing past tax cuts to expire as planned (additional deficits) C) Cutting trillions of (additional) dollars in spending PLUS the sum "A" and "B"

Please list line by line exactly what spending is to be cut because these numbers won't add up.

We need neither of these candidates. Neither is serious and neither believes voters to be serious. We'd be better off with a third grader with basic math skills.

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

"Yoder said he would promote market-based health care reform that will empower consumers, reduce costs and improve quality."

I was under the impression that Mr. Yoder held a key position in the Legislature in additional to being a member of the Party controlling the Legislature yet I cannot recall the bill he proposed during his tenure that was a "market-based health care reform" that empowered consumers, reduced costs and improved quality.

Mr. Editor, would you please research this and publish for all readers Mr. Yoder's effort? Or failing that, publish an article noting that Mr. Yoder hadn't bothered to try?

Driver_611400 7 years, 10 months ago

Remember, Public Transportation is a common target of international terrorism. You should support public transportation. Every time you disrespect the T, the terrorists WIN. Why do you hate America?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Yoder has become a New World Order Reaganomics/Wreckanomics Grover Norquist thinker. Which is to say he has no idea what he is talking about.

This is what I mean:

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist "There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and were part of the Bush Jr. administration. Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt").

  2. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers "And, yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities."

  3. Only 3 major Financial Institutions Were at Risk In Spite of What Were Told ? "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America, Citigroup, those three were clearly in very weakened form. So, many of the other big banks were not.

  4. Privatizing Social Security Would Place the Nations Economy at Risk "Social Security privatization will raise the size of the government's deficit to nearly $700 billion per year for the next 20 years, almost tripling the size of the national debt. Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk--it would likely put the entire economy at risk."

  5. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = tax increases for the middleclass.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 10 months ago

merrill, do you get a nickle every time you post this same set of links? If so, you've got a lot of nickles.

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