Letters to the Editor

Voters’ wishes

December 8, 2011


To the editor:

In response to Anna Slemmer’s letter of Dec. 2, Ms. Slemmer chastises the current Kansas congressional delegates for not representing those who sent them to Congress. I would submit that is exactly what they are doing. The majority of the voters in this state, not this town, sent these representatives to Congress to put an end to the spending.

The president himself was captured on camera laughing about the fact that “there weren’t as many shovel-ready jobs as we thought.” So please forgive me if I am skeptical when the president tells me his “Jobs Bill” will create all of these jobs on our national infrastructure. Fool me once, your fault. Fool me twice, my fault.

Every person reading this letter who has run a business or maintained a household understands the simple dynamics of basic economics. You cannot spend what you don’t have. If I were to use credit cards to pay my bills each month because my income is less than my expenditures, would I remain solvent? This is what our government does when it prints money. It borrows from future generations.

As intelligent as he is, President Obama was grossly unqualified for the job he was elected to. I too would love a fair society where everybody prospers. Socialism and communism have proved failures in our lifetime. A government’s first and foremost mission is to protect its citizenry, not determine outcomes.


Carol Bowen 2 years, 4 months ago

The bullying and name-calling at local levels trickles up. To be fair, this is what our representatives hear. If we really want bipartisan thinking and solutions, we had better start conveying that bipartisan message at home and to our representatives.


camper 2 years, 4 months ago

Simple economics? Our country advanced the way it did because of borrowing. This is how we start business, buy a house, build roads, defense.

Now borrowing under such huge defecits year after year is not so good. A simple economic formula told to me once was, raise taxes in good times, lower them in bad. Budget surplus in good times, budget defecits in bad. Things even out.

Problem is, no political wherewithall to be responsible in good times. This is our nature.


its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

"The biggest and saddest problem we have in politics in my opinion is the name calling and misinformation. When I was a kid this was called childish behavior." -jayhawklawrence

Until a leftist employs it, then it's rational discourse and critical dissent. Spare me.


grammaddy 2 years, 4 months ago

Vote Republican.Because the GOP didn't do enough damage last time.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 4 months ago

The biggest and saddest problem we have in politics in my opinion is the name calling and misinformation. When I was a kid this was called childish behavior. You never imagined that people would actually run for high office and make millions as journalists and award winning columnists and authors by doing the same thing.

Of all the plagues that could have been sent by God to punish America, this plague of dumb people is worse than any locusts or dustbowl.

It is true that the blame for the deficit is a shared one involving all the politicians from Reagan until now. But the biggest blame has to go to the Republicans who sign pledges and coddle the wealthy and their undertaxed corporations because they are in bed with lobbyists like Newt Gingrich.

They are working against the average American just as they did during the days of Herbert Hoover. They would rather be part of an aristocracy of privileged wealthy power brokers than care about the everyday lives of real working Americans.

The simple fact that Newt Gingich, a man who entered politics as a history teacher, is now a multi-millionaire with money made from selling influence on capital hill is a shameful indictment of the American political system today.

What we are seeing is the result of trying to find a Presidential quality candidate who actually believes the Tea Party and Right Wing conservative view of life. Nobody with intelligence and character will believe that stuff. So you get a professional con man like Gingrich to swindle you out of your votes.


its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

But, but, but......Republicans. Getting old leftist Obama worshipers. Better start seriously thinking about this coming election. People have had it up their eyeballs with our Flounderer in Chief. They may want to throw him out like rubbish by then. He can go on the speaking circuit and make millions, like Clinton, your former beloved and impeached Serial Groper and Liar in Chief did.


rockchalk1977 2 years, 4 months ago

Final vote results: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

The Democrats aren't serious about the debt and/or deficits. The Harry Reid Democrat controlled Senate hasn't passed a budget in over 1,000 days. It's clear who gets the blame.

Your share is $134K so get to work.


beatrice 2 years, 4 months ago

"Every person reading this letter who has run a business or maintained a household understands the simple dynamics of basic economics. You cannot spend what you don’t have."

So you paid cash for your house and cars? No, chances are you didn't. You went into debt by making a longterm investment. Same happens when businesses are opened or expanded or just kept afloat with a business loan.

While I can appreciate the sentiment of this letter, we have to remember that our government isn't a household or a simple business. It is far more complicated and the economics of it are equally complicated.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 4 months ago

What the American voters deserved and never got after the housing and banking collapse was an apology.

That is what makes listening to these same people so annoying.

They act like they didn't do anything wrong.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 4 months ago

I think it has been disproven that the Democrats are the spenders and the Republicans are the savers.

The strategy to increase government spending to offset the pending collapse of the US economy was probably a decision that anyone in office would have made. The lies related to this are perhaps the worst in American history.

Here is information from a website that uses the Consumer Price Index over the last 100 years or so.

1913 through 2007 Average Deficit Spending with a... ■Democratic President in Office: 75.7 billion dollars average per year ■Republican President in Office: 158.5 billion dollars average per year

1977 though 2007 Average Deficit Spending with a... ■Democratic President in Office: 44.4 billion dollars average per year ■Republican President in Office: 310.6 billion dollars average per yea ■Democratic Controlled House/Senate: 167.6 billion dollars per year ■Republican Controlled House/Senate: 297.3 billion dollars per year ■Neutral* Controlled House/Senate: 203.7 billion dollars per year

  • One branch controlled by Democrats, the Other by Republicans

This is just one site with this kind of information but there is much information available for anyone who wants to step out from under the trees and get themselves a little better educated.

As far as I can tell, the Republicans have blamed Obama for everything except Herpes from the day he was sworn in.

The propaganda is getting as kooky as the folks running for President.


usnsnp 2 years, 4 months ago

My comment is. If a politician wins an election by 60% of the vote is he only responsible to the wishes of that 60% or is he required to take into consideration the 40% that did not vote for him. Should he not represent the 100%. Should the politician not push his own beliefs, but those of all he represents. From most of what I see is that politicians do what they want, even if it is not what the people they represent want, they just hope only the people that agree with them come out to vote. They lie by not telling the whole truth in a situation, only the part that will agree with what they believe, they will do anything to stay in power and on the government gravy train.


its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

Grand slam, Mr. Burkhart. The Kool-Aid drinking left simply can not come to terms with the cold hard truth. If Obama, Pelosi and Reid's arrogance had not completely consumed them after obviously huge gains in power, maybe we would not be having this discussion.

I heard Bill O'Reilly say the other night he didn't really think Obama was a socialist at his core. I do, from time to time, disagree with O'Reilly. I think those 20 years Barack and Michelle were soaking up Reverend Wrights' feiry and racist and hateful rhetoric like a thirsty sponge is a very good illustration of how this fraud thinks. And that what Obama is; a fraud. The corrupt media exalted him, refused to properly perform the vetting process (unlike the current crop of GOP candidates) and look where we're at now? A big stinking mess.


cato_the_elder 2 years, 4 months ago

Excellent letter. Obama's recent speech in Osawatomie (which, by the way, is in Kansas, not Texas) showcased his overtly Marxist traits quite clearly.


Ken Lassman 2 years, 4 months ago

I am so tired of the finger pointing, with the Dems blaming the Repubs and vice versa. You know, to vote your party line really isn't displaying the leadership qualities I think it is going to take to get us through the bipartisan mess our country is in at all.

We citizens should be starting a simple new movement something along the following lines:

Dear Senator/Representative: I am looking for the leadership skills that I feel are virtually absent in today's Congress, and if you cannot find these qualities within yourself, then I am going to do everything I can do to replace you.

It is a kind of intellectual laziness to blindly follow the party line. We have seen where that leads us over and over and over again. The kind of leadership I am looking for entails finding a person on the other side of the aisle, searching for and finding common ground, and building on that shared value. It entails going against the grain and not only finding shared values with those on the "other side," it also includes shepherding those common purposes past the guard dogs present in both parties, bringing those hard to find forged common ground projects into legislative fruition and signed into law. It means placing your country before your party or your ideologically based pledges.

This is a much harder task to attempt than pushing the red or the blue button over and over again. This is also our only real hope. If you don't have the pragmatism of a Bob Dole or of a Tip O'Neill to accomplish this, then please step aside and make room for someone willing to exercise these abilities that our country so desparately needs today and into the forseeable future.


jayhawxrok 2 years, 4 months ago

The GOP didn't mind when Bush got us into two wars and didn't once budget for either. The GOP didn't mind when he shoved NCLB on America and didn't budget for it. The GOP didn't mind when he gave the prescription Rx plan gift to Big Pharma and didn't budget for it. The GOP didn't mind when he let $800 billion in pork slide by without ever using the veto pen on a spending bill. The GOP didn't mind when Bush took more than a year of vacation. The GOP didn't mind when Bush's team lost billions of our cash in Iraq. The GOP didn't mind when Bush's tax cut to the wealthiest Americans added $2 Trillion to our deficit and FAILED to stimulate the economy or create jobs. The GOP didn't mind when Bush lied about "the fundamentals of the economy are strong", right up to the day he handed out bailouts with no strings attached - no accounting required, no payback required. The GOP loyalty to Norquist, a lobbyist that nobody voted for, over the citizenry of this country is disgusting. The President is right, trickle down has NEVER worked. Just as Reagan deregulating S & L's in the 80's led to foxes guarding those hen houses and the subsequent collapse of the industry and federal takeover of more than 740 institutions, so too did Paulson's successful lobbying of the Bush admin to deregulate banking in nonsensical ways led to the overleveraged of those banks and abuse that damn near brought down the whole economy. But now, oh well now we're supposed to believe they're all about fiscal conservancy? Sure, and I got a bridge to sell ya.


Linda and Bill Houghton 2 years, 4 months ago

You would see a lot better results from President Obama if the Republicans were not trying so hard to make him a one-term president. Much of what they are doing to make him look bad is hurting our country. This is not his fault. He has his hands tied and little progress can be made as long as the Republicans are acting this way.


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