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Report: Kansas Republicans opposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but sought stimulus funding

Kansas Republicans, from left, Todd Tiahrt, Lynn Jenkins, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran and Sam Brownback.

Kansas Republicans, from left, Todd Tiahrt, Lynn Jenkins, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran and Sam Brownback.

October 18, 2010, 12:02 p.m. Updated October 18, 2010, 8:13 a.m.

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— Last year, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., criticized the federal economic stimulus bill as “an old-fashioned grab-bag spending bill.”

But that hasn’t stopped Brownback and his fellow Republicans who voted against the bill from working behind the scenes to secure funding under it.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity reported that scores of U.S. House and Senate members who opposed the bill, and voiced strong criticism of it, later tried to win approval of certain projects under the legislation.

Kansas’ Republican congressional delegation fits that description, lobbying for tens of millions of dollars in projects.

Brownback, who is now the Republican candidate for governor, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran, Todd Tiahrt and Lynn Jenkins all voted against the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but all wrote letters seeking government spending under the act, according to the report. The measure was essentially pushed through by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

In records rounded up by the Center for Public Integrity, Brownback wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seeking approval for a road project in Olathe. He also wrote the Energy Department for a grant proposal submitted by Victory Electric for an electric grid project.

Moran, R-Kan., who is now the GOP candidate for Senate, wrote to LaHood in support of a grant for the intermodal facility near Gardner. Moran also wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu to support a proposal from Exide Technologies for a grant for manufacturing advanced batteries. Exide, based in Georgia, has 1,000 employees in Kansas, according to Moran’s letter.

Jenkins, R-Kan., wrote LaHood in favor of a project to spend money on improving freight rail lines, saying it was needed to help the Kansas economy.

Roberts wrote the Commerce Department to offer his support for a grant application by Sunflower Broadband of Lawrence to provide telecommunications service in rural northeast Kansas.

The entire Kansas delegation signed a letter for a broadband grant for the Kansas Farm Bureau. Kansas congressional officials wrote several additional letters seeking broadband funding.

Brownback, Moran and Jenkins, who are all on the ballot Nov. 2, did not respond to a request for comment on the new report.

This isn’t the first time Brownback has been noted for his opposition to the stimulus bill while also seeking funding from it.

Last year, Brownback issued a news release applauding a $1.78 million federal grant to help build a rail spur in Hutchinson. The grant was made possible by the stimulus bill.

At the time, Democrats criticized Brownback, saying that if Brownback had had his way, the federal stimulus bill would have never passed.

Here is a link to the study http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2532/

Comments

overplayedhistory 3 years, 6 months ago

There is a common theme here. A river of lesser integrity, that runs through our entire culture. I suspect people on these threads as well.

There is a huge divide between ideologies that are expressed verses the way lives are lived. I believe the lack of self honesty to day is at an all time low.

There are brotherly love liberals who recycle cans, but get a new car every 3-5 years as if the math works, because the new car get 3 more miles to the gallon on the highway.

Then there are conservatives that say things and then try to get laid in a mens bathroom.

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George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

Sure a lot of ideologically ranting on here! Just exactly what are we ranting about - elected officials who opposed government largess but then passed it on to us when they failed to block it. Sounds rational and responsible to me!!

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BigAl 3 years, 6 months ago

I find it amazing that when the Republicans get caught with their hand in the cookie jar, they blame the so-called liberal media. It reminds me of the time when Sarah Palin couldn't handle an interview with Katie Couric, it somehow was Couric's fault.

Typical republican reaction: Hate, fear and division.

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pace 3 years, 6 months ago

ho ho ho, I won't read what people say, I will imagine it and then just call names Tea party?

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notajayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Ah, I'm so glad I came late to this one. I'm not going to bother reading all the posts, I scanned it enough to see that the usual BDS sufferers are foaming at the mouth whining about "blatant hypocrisy" and similar garbage.

I'm reasonably sure this has already been said (at least I hope someone else had the common sense to say it already), but if the Democrats forced through a spending bill that Kansan's are going to have to pay for, it would have been dereliction of the worst sort NOT to try to get some of our money back. As a matter of fact, speaking of "blatant hypocrisy", I seem to recall many of those same kool-aid drinkers whining up a storm that the same Republicans named above should have voted for the stimulus precisely so that they could have gotten some money spent here.

But I expect that kind of hypocrisy from the Larryville libs. All they can do is whine, since they know nothing is going to stop any of the elected officials' offices from being filled by Republican after Republican for some time to come.

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pace 3 years, 6 months ago

The stimulus money kept this country from going into a depression. The stimulus money to bail wall street was mainly passed when President Bush was in power. The hypocrites have no problem spending billions to blame Obama for the economic crisis. Talk about spending money and not helping working families. Where does all the ad money come from? Special little groups. The saddest thing is people believe ads and lies and don't care enough to think. They feel so bad. No ads saying what they plan to do. They don't seem to have a problem claiming we don't have money to support education or health reform. There doesn't seem to be connection to cutting education to people (real stupid long range plan that) and how that is to translate to improving employment. The trickle down theory seems a bit dry.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

Goodness Gracious!!!

Leftist LJW neighbors have been really touchy the past several days and weeks. Agnostick, you've been particularly agitated the past couple of weeks and cyber-bullying is not the answer. We need to pull together and figure out how to all get along with a Republican congress and President Barack Hussein Obama, former community organizer, "arranged" senator and all around socialist regime lame duck. Can we do this?

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camper 3 years, 6 months ago

This article is like a snapshot of the times we are now living in. Very troubling. Almost like there is a touch of evil behind this blatant hypocrisy.

And politicians are not the only ones who do this. Some of the loudest hardliners I know are ones who rally against so-called Socialisim yet get right in line for a handout. From my retired uncle who has a vacation home in Florida and a six figure annual pension for the rest of his life.....who is now also collecting unemployment because he was laid off from his "retirement" job. Friends who collect disability and medicaid.....yet are staunchly agains "Obamacare".

How can I say how troubling this is if it is a reflection on us. I believe we are better than this. We can help one another, but also let good governance provide a fair safety net for our needs as a society.

This latest news is the most blatant form of hypocrisy I've seen in some time.

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George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

Amen. Once again I got to hold my nose.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 6 months ago

As an American citizen, we are supposed to vote.

It is going to be a very tough decision.

Voting for a Republican is liking being asked to drink my urine.

But I lean conservative on financial matters and unfortunately, there are not a lot of Conservative Democrats to vote for.

I knew somebody that always voted in such as way as to prevent one party from having too much power. He believed in using the system of checks and balances that is within our system to prevent the abuse of power. It did not matter what party. I think there is some wisdom in that idea, but as we have seen, our government is using power more and more that it is not supposed to be able to use. The system is being abused by politicians that are supposed to respect the law, but we have lawyers turning into politicians that don't hold that point of view anymore.

They are the type of pragmatists who believe in short term gains without realizing the long term consequences and consider themselves too clever for the rest of us.

The great thing about midwest values is that they are simple. Complicated does not mean better or smarter. We have to get back to simple values and ideals that have stood the test of time and once made people all over the world dream of coming to America.

That is what I believe.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

The photos of Repubs crammed in under the title reminds me of something you might see under a headline about a major drug cartel bust. lol!

God bless ya' Mr. Rothschild and LJW. I know two weeks from today is going to a bad day----and I understand. Nutballs like Alan Grayson (and Al Franken---hopefully) will be crying in the martini their favorite lobbyist buys them the night of November 2.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

Again, if I thought Rothschild had one scintilla of credibility as a fair reporter, this may have gained alot more mileage with me personally, but I feel he is a weasely KS Dem party shill and I'm shocked Simons actually keeps him in his employ. Is he in a relationship with a member of the Simons family or something? Unbelievable. But at least the liberal bias is alive and well and proving my assertions over and over and over right in my own back yard.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 6 months ago

Liars lie and politicians are liars.

What is there to learn from this?

Tax dollars are like Heroin for politicians.

We have to figure out a way to take the drug away from them so they won't be tempted. Congress today is just a bunch of addicts looking for their next fix and they will rob you to get it.

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Agnostick 3 years, 6 months ago

This is your brain...

1 -- Fight the stimulus loudly

2 -- Vote against it, even if you're on the losing side

3 -- Once it passes, call a press conference. "I fought against it, but it passed anyway. Since the money is going to be spent anyway, I've decided to write Sec. Claptrap of the Dept. of Widgets and Thingamajigs and ask for a portion of whatever stimulus funds his department receives. As many of you know, the city of Springfield was on the verge of a new widget factory when the economy bottomed out in 2008. Now that the money is going to be spent, it seems like a good idea to..."

This is your brain on Hypocrisy...

1 -- Fight the stimulus loudly

2 -- Vote against it, even if you're on the losing side

3 -- Once it passes, write a secret letter to Sec. Claptrap of the Dept. of Widgets and Thingamajigs and ask for a portion of whatever stimulus funds his department receives.

4 -- Continue to speak out loudly against the stimulus, and those that voted for it.

5 -- Write another secret letter to Secretary Claptrap.

6 -- Continue to speak out against the stimulus, focusing your remarks on your opponent in the upcoming primary.

7 -- Write a third secret letter to Secretary Claptrap.

8 -- Continue to speak out against the stimulus, focusing your remarks on your opponent in the upcoming general election, taking particular care to note that your opponent never spoke out publicly against the stimulus (even if, in fact, your opponent voted against it).

Sample letters: http://www.publicintegrity.org/assets/pdf/TX_-_Sessions.pdf

Got any questions?

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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beatrice 3 years, 6 months ago

I love to see all the defenders of blatant hypocrisy. More anti-American statements from the party over country bunch. Sad and pathetic.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 6 months ago

Relax and have a popsicle, nightie. A cool and fruity treat will help you get over the midterm disaster that's about to swamp the followers of the current regime.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 6 months ago

The GOP hypocrisy is not that they voted against the stimulus but are now lining up at the trough.

The hypocrisy is that they lie about the stimulus by saying it does not create jobs and help the economy and then say the exact opposite in their entreaties for stimulus money.

Which is it, Rep. Jenkins et al.? Is the stimulus a waste of money that does not help the economy, or is it an economic boon? Which is the lie you are telling?

That is the hypocrisy.

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George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

overthemoon (anonymous) says…

OK. I have missed the GOP "talking point" that the stimulus has created no jobs. We know that it at least saved jobs - even if temporarily. My points are.

It will take a while to sort the contribution of the stimulus. We all know it did not solve the unemployment problem - yet. It may have avoided worse or it may even have contributed to the problem. Time will tell. My understanding if the GOP side reflects the point that the stimulus did not reverse the unemployment (at least not yet) not that it created/saved no jobs

The issue of seeking goodies for Kansas and the point you are making about jobs are two different things IMHO. You are mixing them and IMHO the purpose is political advantage and not civic enlightment. The stimulus as marketed by the administration is to help people. The GOP did not believe it was worth the cost and fought it. Thay lost. Now they are allowing it to help Kansans. That is bad???

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 6 months ago

If Uncle Sugar is handing out free $, why not ask for some?

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overthemoon 3 years, 6 months ago

Maybe this will clarify the issue. Its not standard issue hypocrisy, its a convoluted argument that denies and proclaims simultaneously. From the Washington Monthly.

"GOP lawmakers, all of whom rejected and tried to kill the Recovery Act, continue to tell the media and Tea Party zealots that government spending is a disaster. The Republican line is (a) stimulus spending didn't work; and (b) stimulus spending is literally incapable of working.

But when several dozen congressional Republicans plead for additional government spending -- in order to help the economy -- the whole argument falls apart.

I'm well aware of the standard Republican reply to all of this -- the funds were going to be spent anyway, so these members figured they might as well seek some resources for their own constituents.

But that's not only wrong; it misses the point. The correspondence these Republicans sent to the Obama administration makes the entire GOP talking point look demonstrably ridiculous precisely because they explicitly argue that the requested stimulus funds would create jobs.

In other words, Republicans have argued that the Recovery Act can't create jobs, won't create jobs, hasn't created jobs, will create jobs, and has created jobs -- all at the same time.

If these GOP officials believed their own rhetoric, this would be impossible, suggesting they couldn't possibly mean what they say. Indeed, we have the written requests for stimulus funds to prove that even Republicans think the stimulus is good policy."

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George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

Interesting propaganda piece. A while back I had a conversation with one of our elected officials in this group. The topic was “ear marks”. The individual was philosophically opposed to them but faced the dilemma that they were going to happen. Should their constituents be denied a piece of the inevitable or should one stand on principle? I wonder how many of you caterwauling about the stimulus which IMHO is in many ways just a bid set of “ear marks” would address such a moral dilemma.

Didn’t the left just bash the USCOC because they accept money from multi-nationals and therefore in the definition of the left they are accepting foreign donations. Then comes the SEIU who also gets financial inputs from people who are not US citizens. We did not hear much about that. We will never get to civility with double standards.

Of course the flip side of this is that I guess Democrats believe in “ear marks” for their favored constituencies such as teachers and unions. Must be their form of trickle down. If we keep teachers the local tax payers can not afford they will be spending that largess to create jobs for the “little people” who are not deemed worthy of direct support or maybe even a reduction in their taxes so they can spend it and create jobs.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 6 months ago

Look at the headline. Now look at me. Look at the headline. Now look at me. This is my shocked face.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 6 months ago

"Once the bill was passed they might as well try to help their people back home...that's a no brainer!"

Unless those republican voters back home wanted these not economic giants of our time to vote no and did not want those valuable tax dollars spent in their communities.

Maybe those repubs back home don't want jobs for the BUSHCO 11 million unemployed?

The repub no votes made zero sense considering the state of the economy by BUSHCO.

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rlsd 3 years, 6 months ago

Once the bill was passed they might as well try to help their people back home...that's a no brainer!

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 6 months ago

Why are republican so opposed to creating new jobs for the BUSHCO 11 million unemployed?

Do they not understand that jobs would get the economy going again? Or is this what they are afraid of?

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act = jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs to help sustain American families.

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parrotuya 3 years, 6 months ago

You don't like the cake? Don't eat it, then! This is typical hypocritical behavior on the part of the Repugs. They have no principles at all. Just more and BIGGER TAX CUTS for their wealthy PUPPET-MASTERS!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 6 months ago

Repubs bitch about the high cost of medicare yet forgot to prosecute one of their own so conveniently.

What sends medicare expenses through the roof sometimes?

Flag waving Republican criminals such as the Sen Bill Frist family = HCA Inc defrauds Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare (the federal program that covers the military and their families)

"What did HCA do? It inflated its expenses and billed the government for the overrun; it billed the government for services ineligible for reimbursement (like advertising and marketing costs). HCA violated both law and medical ethics when, as Forbes put it, "the company increased Medicare billings by exaggerating the seriousness of the illnesses they were treating.

It also granted doctors partnerships in a company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors' referring patients to HCA. In addition, it gave doctors 'loans' that were never expected to be paid back, free rent, free office furniture -- and free drugs from hospital pharmacies."

This is the ethical climate that reigned in the Frist family's money machine. In an unguarded moment, Senator Frist told the Boston Globe that conversations with his doctor father about the family calling were like "benign versions of the Godfather and Michael Corleone."

Apparently the senator considers defrauding the government "benign." So too does the Bush White House, which dictated the Justice Department deal with HCA that let the crooks escape jail just as Frist was being anointed the Senate's majority leader. A pure coincidence in timing, of course."

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=17490

http://www.laweekly.com/2003-01-16/news/the-bad-doctor/

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 6 months ago

Same with pork barrel spending across the board. Repubs constantly bitch about taxes yet spend them without batting an eye.

Earmarks are awful yet republicans never turn them away which makes them phoney.

Repubs constantly bitch about taxes yet never give up their big government check that which will follow them after retirement = tax dollar moochers till death do they part.

Campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths. Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.

Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/

Demand a change on the next ballot because you know our legislators will NOT change the corrupt campaign finance process.

The big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests due to the very long nature of campaigns. How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do?

We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/

In Addition:

Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Ralph Nader says 90%. I say 95%!

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HedleyLamarrr 3 years, 6 months ago

answer this, what kind of 'republican' would actively campaign for TWO consecutive tax increases?

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bobberboy 3 years, 6 months ago

the only one in the group that's not a retard is Sen. Roberts.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 6 months ago

The Rep. Jenkins item bears repeating:

"U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, wrote LaHood in favor of a project to spend money on improving freight rail lines, saying it was needed to help the Kansas economy."

Get that last part? Help the Kansas economy? From what Rep. Jenkins has told us, the stimulus does not help the economy. Please Rep. Jenkins, clear this matter up for us.

The hypocrisy is not that those opposed to the stimulus sought funds from it. The ongoing hyppocrisy is that they lie and demagogue about the stimulus still, all the while having a nice pull off of the federal teat.

Jenkins, Moran, Brownback, Roberts, Tiahrt. Suckling from the federal teat AND hypocrits about it.

Tsk tsk tsk.

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fundamental 3 years, 6 months ago

What the heck is wrong with opposing a bill that is going to cost your constituents billions of dollars, but then making sure those same constituents benefit in some way from the inevitable passage of such a bill? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

Think of it this way. Let's say you are part of a committee planning an event, which will cost all attendees $5. Virtually everyone on the committee agrees that food should be served at the event. You recommend the committee purchase pizza to feed everyone, since you believe that will be the most cost-effective way to provide food for everyone who comes to the event. In addition, you've heard from several attendees that pizza is what they would prefer. Well, a majority of the members of the party committee think they should serve Chick-Fil-A instead. Now, everyone agrees that Chick-Fil-A is tasty, but it's much more expensive, and would not accomplish the goal of the food (that is, satisfying the attendees' hunger) any better than would the pizza. But, seeing you are outnumbered on the committee, you are faced with a couple of options.

  1. You could, based on your principled opposition to what you see as an unnecessary expenditure, refuse to accept any food on behalf of you or a proportional number of attendees. Thus, assuming a 60/40 split on the committee, 40% of the attendees would get no food, though all have paid the same admission fee.

  2. While still opposing the unnecessary expenditure, you lobby for both chicken nugget and chicken sandwich options, so as to make sure that all attendees are fed to their liking.

Now, between options 1 and 2, it seems perfectly reasonable that, finding one's self outnumbered, one would still seek to make sure all attendees receive at least some food for their admission fee. This is exactly what Moran, Tiahrt, Brownback, etc. have done. To have done otherwise would be the same as denying fee-paying even attendees food for which they have all paid.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

Ms. Whitney Mathews,

Could we change the forum to indicate who flagged a post that is being removed? What do you think? The reason I ask is because I feel fairly certain a handful of users flag posts that have nothing to do with them, they are not mentioned in or involved in the discussion, but they want them taken down for censorship reasons. I feel we could isolate those doing this and ban their accounts after so much undue interference on the forum. I suspect, due to some members appearing, and the ensuing post removals, that this is but a few users doing this. And also, I'd like to have it stated if you alone decided to remove a post that another user has not flagged.

Thank You, Tom Shewmon

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overthemoon 3 years, 6 months ago

For everyone who thinks this is news, Rachel Maddow has been reporting on this for months. Not the sort of info you'd expect from fox news, of course, so many of you may have not heard about it.

The bottom line. Republican Congresspeople voted as a block against all stimulus measures. Then they proudly display their 'hard work' in bringing home jobs. They think no one will notice that they have tried to keep their 'principles' while taking credit for what the President and the democratic congress has put their bu tts on the line. Its cheap. Its transparently hypocritical. It would be so terrific if they would just get with the program, get their hands dirty and do whats needed to get our economy moving. Instead, they stay safely behind their worn out talking points and let the rest suffer the consequences of making unpopular but necessary decisions.

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monheim 3 years, 6 months ago

We're well into "play to your base" territory in politics right now. It doesn't matter what side we're talking about. Politicians are framing everything in black and white terms for their bases now, so they can get elected again. If they can galvanize their base by demonizing the spending bill, then you can bet that's exactly what they'll do. I agree it's hipocritical but hey...it is NOT unique to either party. It's easy to oppose something, take advantage of it anyway and use post-hoc justifications like the ones posted here to get away with it. That's how it is. It's politics.

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bd 3 years, 6 months ago

I am getting a little tired of this one sided liberal rag!

Tea anyone??????

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Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

like Lemmings too the sea...LoL...!

pork is good with bbq sauce

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toe 3 years, 6 months ago

Since Kansans are on the hook to repay this pork, they may as well apply.

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JustNoticed 3 years, 6 months ago

Here we go again, gang. Something else to distract and divide us. Hey, look over here ... er, there ... no, there! Immigration, abortion, politicians at the trough! Terrorists! Voter fraud! Socialism! Never mind that the Kansas definition of Socialism includes only the USSR (oh god, don't let them look at Scandinavia).

By all means, let's all get our shorts in a twist over this crap and completely ignore how broken our system is. BROKEN, as in they all campaign in such a way as to divide us and get elected and then govern as their owners see fit. Their OWNERS, the Oligarchs who paid for them.

Can't you see them up there laughing at us being a bunch of snotty kids in the sandbox? No, wait, I don't think they'd be interested. They'd have a hired gun paying attention to make sure we stay on task.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 6 months ago

Republicans are being duplicitous in saying on the one hand the stimulus spending isn't and wasn't good and then turning around and saying; "by the way give us a piece of it."

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 6 months ago

Eh oh Beatrice,

Fascism is socialism you rube. You really should look up National Socialism.

OMG, Too funny. I'm tearing up I'm laughing at you so hard. Almost as good as the other rube who used the term "groundbreaking expose" the other day. This is so entertaining. It is better than any sitcom.

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beatrice 3 years, 6 months ago

Republicans all across the country are doing this. If they are currently in office, they are including Stimulus funded programs as their major accomplishments while at the same time badmouthing the Stimulus package. It is hypocrisy, pure and simple.

I also have no doubt Democrats would do the same exact thing if the shoe was on the other foot. Politics is an ugly game.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

YWN, in two weeks, you're socialist congress is history.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 6 months ago

"U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, wrote LaHood in favor of a project to spend money on improving freight rail lines, saying it was needed to help the Kansas economy."

Wait. I thought that stimulus spending did not help the economy. I'm so confused! Please, Rep. Jenkins, clear it up for us.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 6 months ago

Tom just hates accurate information, that is why he hates the papers and the media.

And why his heroes Joe Wilson, Christine O'Donnell, and Sharron Angle spend full-time hiding from the media. .......Because if you run for a 6-year term as one of 100 US Senators, you really should not have to answer questions about your background or qualifications to the public, and instead depend upon millions of dollars from unknown sources to buy your way.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 6 months ago

In Minnesota, where the Palin-like congresswoman Melissa Bachman serves, and rails about Obama and socialism continuously, almost the exact script of Tom's, the local papers have found she requested stimulus funds Seven times.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/local/105192159.html

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

And I don't think this is a story even NBC will carry....could be wrong but afterall, it's KS----they have much bigger fish to fry, like the 10 or so states Obama, Pelosi and Reid are in a panic about. The major leftist networks are giving that a ton of coverage. The corrupt liberal media has too much on their plate to try and pull this out of the ditch for Dems to worry about Topeka. And they'll be even busier after two weeks from now.

May a partial god, bless.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

If anyone who reads LJW think they are getting fair and balanced reporting from this leftist "reporter", think again. Rothschilds is free advertisment for Dems. Hey Scottie, how about you write a little report about Dem candidates avoiding Obama like the plague.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

63bc: Based on your logic about Kansas getting it's stimulus money back, you ought to be happy about the money returning to Kansas (Ft. Riley) from soldiers returning from Dubya's misguided wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Being a Viet Vet, it is apparent to me that those "wars" were trumped-up to satisfy Cheney's Haliburton monetary greed; dummy Dubya just followed along. Blood money to me!

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ferrislives 3 years, 6 months ago

How's TomShewmon to defend this one? I best it's Obama's fault. Their hypocrisy has been busted.

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 6 months ago

Eh oh Scott Rothschild,

That was a "groundbreaking expose" on stimulus funding. Wow. Great story....

NPR had a segment on this:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

This will never get old. No tubby custard for you (you know who you are)

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George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

Just why should we be precluded from obtaing stimulus funds because some of our leaders did not want to spend money we do not have when we can not meet our current obligations. Once the bill past I do not consdier it a problem to seek projects since we are going to pay for it anyway (higher taxes, inflation, cuts in benefits, etc.). This sounds like a politically motivated tract and a bunch of you are falling for it.

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bobberboy 3 years, 6 months ago

that's why you could say that kansas republicans are just chicken s)(*s.

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63BC 3 years, 6 months ago

(1) It was a bad idea. Our folks voted no. Good.

(2) The Democratic majority did it anyway, taking tax dollars FROM Kansas to do it.

(3) At that point, shouldn't the Kansas delegation try to get some of our money back?

Perfectly reasonable.

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Agnostick 3 years, 6 months ago

For those that might enjoy a bit of musical accompaniment while reading the report:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jChqf7syif0

[No real intent to exclude "Madame Speaker" on this one, of course! ;) ]

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Ray Parker 3 years, 6 months ago

We all want our federal tax money back that went for a useless stimulus bill, whisking away billions of our money, and we can't tell where. We didn't get any private sector jobs, that's for sure.

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Agnostick 3 years, 6 months ago

NPR had a segment on this:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130602175

In Kansas it's easy to say "Republican hypocrisy" because, well, that's about all we send to Washington--but that's not the whole story.

From the study's report (link at the end of the above story):

"Many Democratic leaders who had boasted they prevented lawmakers from inserting special spending requests in the stimulus law when it passed also engaged in the behind-the-scenes letter writing to secure funding afterwards, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 6 months ago

Yup, what would you think? These greasy politicians are the most hypocritical jerks on the planet. Their political ads attack candidates in the Democratic party for supporting the stimulus from the federal government, they make it look like every Republican Terrorist Party candidate is running against the Speaker of the House and the current president. Yeah, they should have let GM close down and AIG fail. That would have been a great Republican Terrorist idea! Then you would really see what national dysfunction would have been all about.

Frankly, I hope they all get their candidates elected, and then sit and watch as the economy rockets up, the trade imbalance is reversed, jobs bloom like spring flowers, and everyone gets unimagined prosperity. Isn't that what the Republican Terrorist Party is telling us?? Well, get out and vote for these miracle workers, I am ready to see a huge turn-around in the national fortune and our ascendance into the land of milk and honey!!!!!!!! GOP will take us there!! (Well, isn't that what they are saying???????)

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BrianR 3 years, 6 months ago

Say one thing and do the exact opposite. Sounds pretty senatorial to me.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like typical Republican hypocrisy. They were against it until they were for it. Weak, like the minds of anyone who'd vote for these career politicians.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

Two faced Repubs. just trying to hide from the voters; but at the front of the slop trough line when the hogs are fed. The real meaning of "pork barrel". All will claim "look what I've done for Kansas" while bellyaching about the stimulus vote!

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Shardwurm 3 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a good idea to me. Just because you oppose its passing doesn't mean you want to cut your nose off to spite your face.

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