Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kansas’ congressional delegation reacts to Obama’s jobs plan

September 8, 2011, 7:48 p.m. Updated September 8, 2011, 8:31 p.m.


— Kansas’ all-Republican congressional delegation saw little to like Thursday in President Barack Obama’s $447 billion plan that he said will produce thousands of jobs and put more money in the pockets of American workers.

“It will provide a jolt to an economy that is stalled,” Obama said.

The Democrat urged Congress to put aside political differences and help Americans as quickly as possible.

“You should pass this right away,” he said several times.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., opposed the extra spending.

“Creating jobs doesn’t have to cost our country a dime,” Roberts said. “Instead, we need to pass the pending trade agreements, reduce tax rates and cut back the amount of regulations that are burdening our nation’s businesses and stifling growth and job creation. Those simple measures will do more for job stimulation than any other stimulus package the president will ever introduce.”

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., put out a news release describing Obama’s proposal as “more of the same.” Moran added, “I had hoped to hear the President outline a different approach to get our economy back on sound footing — rather than more of the same failed policies.”

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, whose district includes western Douglas County, said there was agreement on both sides of the aisle to approve the trade agreements and reform the tax code.

She said she rejected more spending to create jobs, but added, “the most important development of the night was that all of Washington seems to finally agree that the top priority of the federal government needs to be addressing this job crisis in order to get our economy moving again.”

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, whose district covers eastern Douglas County, said he was disappointed that Obama “decided to double down on more stimulus spending and greater government growth.”

But Yoder said he appreciated Obama’s emphasis on small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

“Both Republicans and Democrats have placed job-creation proposals on the table that merit consideration. I look forward to joining members of both parties as we work together to support policies that rebuild America and restore our economic prosperity,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, criticized Obama’s plan, saying, “Spending money we do not have on programs that do not work is no solution.”

Huelskamp called Obama’s proposal another stimulus plan.

“The White House should throw out the copier: Obama Stimulus One failed, and so would Stimulus Two,” he said. In 2009, Congress approved an $825 billion stimulus plan.

But Huelskamp recited several of the items that Obama said were needed to help the economy recover. Those included passage of trade agreements, simplifying the tax code and making more spending cuts.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce said Obama should reduce taxes, repeal the federal health reform law, end union control of the National Labor Relations Board and “reverse the government’s addiction to over-regulation.”

Obama’s proposal calls for cutting payroll taxes that workers pay from 4.2 percent to 3.1 percent and from 6.2 percent to 3.1 percent for businesses. Businesses would also get a tax break for hiring new workers.

His plan also would spend $25 billion to modernize 35,000 schools, and $35 billion to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers.

He said he would pay for the plan through more spending cuts, reforming the tax code so that the wealthiest Americans “pay their fair share,” and making adjustments to Medicare and Medicaid.


UNIKU 6 years, 2 months ago

Jenkins has no friggin' clue what she's doing! She's about as dumb as Pelosi and Bachmann -- combined!

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 2 months ago


Exhibit A: "the most important development of the night was that all of Washington seems to finally agree that the top priority of the federal government needs to be addressing this job crisis, in order to get our economy moving again."

Come again? What did I miss? Job creation has been top priority for both democans and republicrats all along. I believe the parties have been fighting over HOW to create the jobs.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

Ummm No, Crazy_Larry, the Republican's top priority is to see the Mr. Obama is a one term president.

The Republican party has no clue on how to create jobs or invest in the economy. Take the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Where are the jobs?

The de-regulated the banking sector - contributing the the 2008 melt down. Where are the jobs?

We have the lowest tax rate since the 1950s. Where are the jobs?

Perhaps it is time for a CCC type program of direct investment in jobs.

Last time we got a bunch of nice parks, bridges, literature, paintings and roads. Maybe this time we can get more of the same.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 2 months ago

"Republican's top priority is to see the Mr. Obama is a one term president." Good point. But, if the economy doesn't improve drastically between now and November 2012; I'm not so sure the republicrats will want the presidency. I'm convinced that they purposely threw the last election away (by having McCain run with a no-name doofus from Alaska) because the economy and country were in the midst of collapse due to their unfunded wars.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

They ran McCain because he was the least looney and the most likely to win.

If Republican strategies for economic growth actually worked (they don't) the economy would have been roaring and Mr. Obama would likely be sitting in the Senate.

This time it will be Mitt Romney because all of the rest of the potential candidates are flipping nuts.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 2 months ago

I can tell you their reaction without even looking at the article. "No, no, no and" Wouldn't want to give the man they have all vowed to be a "one termer" even an inch at possibly doing something good for the country y'know.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Porkulus Part Deux coming to a failing administration near you.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

Uh, yeah...most of the program is simply cutting the payroll tax for both employers and employees. As someone who pays this tax every two weeks (for both the company and the employees) I appreciate a break.

The rest is small change, mostly to keep teachers on the job.

Gov. Brownback will probably give the money back, however, and lay off the teachers. All the better to weaken the teacher's union.

Maybe we'll get vouchers too. That way I can defund the local public schools and send my kids to a real school where they can learn about Jesus riding dinosaurs.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

Darn it. Laying off teachers is good for the economy.

We can return all of their salaries to the "job creators" who will then send the money off shore to create jobs for cabin boys, maids, gardeners and construction workers in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Lets go. Cut taxes, cut them lower, then cut them some more. To hell with infrastructure and education - all they do is hold back our free market heaven.

cowboy 6 years, 2 months ago

Name one state delegation more worthless than the Kansas one.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

Oklahoma too, don't forget Tom Coburn - the most insane right wing nut job in the Senate.

Godot 6 years, 2 months ago

Dear President Obama, You say that the Republicans want to destroy Social Security by taking steps to make it last......yet you propose to eliminate the employee and employer contribution that fund the system, now. Why? Why are you proposing to run the Social Security and Medicare system into bankruptcy even earlier than it is currently on track to detonate?

Jay Keffer 6 years, 2 months ago

If Obama's various stimulus plans to create jobs had delivered as promised, there would have been no need for tonight's speech.

More of the same - why will it work this time? He has had 32 months and a Democratic congress for much of that time to make impactful progress.

Monday will be interesting. Will there be true reform of Medicare? Will there be honest spending cuts to pay for the plan? Or just accounting tricks and no 'spending increases' that masquerade as 'cuts'?

I want this guy to succeed. He will win a second term, unless the Repubs put up a real candidate. Either way, more jobs and less spending helps us all. If Obama can pull it off, more power to him.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 2 months ago

"....reforming the tax code so that the wealthiest Americans "pay their fair share,"..."! THAT will get the GOP squealing like the pigs they are!

Mike Ford 6 years, 2 months ago

ksrush, why was a first stimulus and bailout needed? it couldn't be that guy all of you run from and Rick "Josh Brolin" Perry tries to model himself after...shh...dont say bush... shhh...gotta protect the dummy...he's royalty, y'all know...cheney did wolfowitz did it..

Liberty275 6 years, 2 months ago

"why was a first stimulus and bailout needed?"

That was probably the best question you ever asked. Too bad you are asking it for the wrong reason.

jamprice 6 years, 2 months ago

Geez Kansas Leadership...Neoliberalism much?

Under neoliberalism, governments have mostly pursued tight fiscal and monetary policies, restraining public spending. With liberalized financial markets, governments that run fiscal deficits are likely to be “punished” by private investors who may respond with capital flight and attacks on the currency. Therefore, governments (especially the governments of peripheral and semiperipheral countries) are under strong pressures to maintain fiscal balance by cutting expenditures. All neoliberal regimes seek to limit government expenditure. To summarize, in the neoliberal era, all three components of global effective demand are subject to strong downward pressures and have tended to either contract or stagnate. Neoliberalism, by pursuing financial liberalization and attacking the public sector, has significantly undermined and in some cases totally dismantled its stabilizing functions. The neoliberal era has seen increasingly frequent and violent financial crises. The Mexican crisis in 1995 was followed by the Asian Crisis in 1997, the Russian and the Brazilian crises in 1998, and the Argentine crisis in 2001. The role of the global macroeconomic stabilizer has been played throughout by the U.S. Treasury and by U.S. imports of goods and services increasingly in excess of U.S. exports; can this continue? - how much more do the rich need? Tell us Kansas Congressional Delegation? What are your options beyond Neoliberalism?

tbaker 6 years, 2 months ago

Our President either doesn't understand how the US economy works, or he doesn't care how it works. The idea of the federal government spending money it has to borrow in order to "grow" our economy and create jobs was a bad idea when the last President tried it. It was a bad idea when the current President tried it, and it's still a bad idea. He refuses to accept the fact that the federal government's role in creating jobs is largely one of removing obstacles; one of enabling the job creators who are in the private sector. The federal government doesn't create jobs. That is not it's role, and never has been.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

Yeah! Because federal spending didn't get us out of the Great Depression! It was private industry!

Oh, wait......during WWII federal spending reached 40% of GDP?

What is that you say? Training millions of Americans in the military and then putting them through college led to the largest increase in prosperity in human history?

Oh....turns out you are wrong "tbaker". Take your ignorant opinions and go back to history class. Fool.

tbaker 6 years, 2 months ago

History fan huh? Looks like WWII is a favorite of yours. How about some current events that mention WWII: Federal spending is 25% of GDP - highest since WWII The budget deficit is 10% of GDP - highest since WWII The federal debt is 67% of GDP - highest since WWII Slowest job growth following a recession - slowest since WWII Long-term unemployment is the highest it's been since the 1930s (thats before WWII) 9.1% unemployment. The percentage of the population working is the lowest since 1983. 2.5 million fewer Americans working now than when the President took office. 14 million more Americans on food stamps The first downgrade of sovereign U.S. debt in American history 75 new major regulations costing Americans $38 billion Unemployment benefits rose (again) to 414,000 in the week ending September 3 The odds of going into a second, double-dip recession have likely risen to 50-50 The failed stimulus bill that cost an astounding $280,000 per job The home-ownership rate is the lowest since 1965. The number of foreclosures is at a post-Depression high. The share of Americans paying income taxes is the lowest in the modern era. Dependency on government is the highest in U.S. history. The US now has $4 trillion more in debt. In just the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.

If the government spending money it doesn't have and has to borrow created prosperity, then explain what happened during the post-WWII economic boom? How is that In the four years from peak World War II spending in 1944 to 1948, the U.S. government cut spending by $72 billion—a 75-percent reduction. It brought federal spending down from a peak of 44 percent of gross national product (GNP) in 1944 to only 8.9 percent in 1948. How could there be an economic boom if government spending dropped over 35 percentage points of GNP?

Whould you like me to help you understand the answer to that question?

mfm123 6 years, 2 months ago

Thank you tbaker! It's a Welfare mentality that thinks the government OWES us a job!

tbaker 6 years, 2 months ago

Didn't you hear? A job is a right!! Creating one however, thats a different story.

KS 6 years, 2 months ago

You guys are so kind. It makes me want to puke. With attitudes like that, no wonder this country is so divided. Not talking about tbaker.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 2 months ago

What here is new? Robber and Moron, our two senate members of the Republican Terrorist Party have already made it clear about their desire to destroy the current administration, in a stellar demonstration of their facist views. None of the Kansas deligation has moved away from the RTP GOP and their similar views. Republicans have no clue as to what to do about this problem and in no way will ever allow a more sensible and sane program ever be implemented by a member of the opposing party. This is a continuing saga of the debt ceiling debacle and will continue as long as clueless voters continue to fall for these facist and theocracy advocate nut cases to the congress.

olddognewtrix 6 years, 2 months ago

Roberts and Moran--tea partyTtweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee

Jan Rolls 6 years, 2 months ago

Look in the dictionary under stupid and the accompanying picture will be the kansas delegation with a very big one of jenkins. The president will present the entire bill on the 10th so these nuts haven't even seen it and they are saying no because they were told to by the tea baggers to do so. If you put a bird's brain in their heads they would all fly backwards. What a bunch of losers. Hope voters in their districts stop drinking the cool aid and come to their senses. Lynn will be done in 14 months. She is holding her breath everyday hoping redistricting won't put lawrence back together. If that happens there will be no doubt that she is toast.

mfm123 6 years, 2 months ago

Nothing! Thomas Frank is from Westwood, hardly Kansas!

ivalueamerica 6 years, 2 months ago

hmm, most economist agree the plan is sound and will create about a million jobs, adding more to the economy than it takes out.

The GOP took control of congress and almost the Senate promising jobs and have yet to produce a single job for anyone but themselves...still, somehow, finding the time to produce more than 1 thousand pieces of legislation limiting a woman's right to choose.

I am very disappointed in Obama, but I am even more disappointed in the House and the Senate. Finally, someone has done something and all the GOP can do is whine.

I am so sick of it.

ljwhirled 6 years, 2 months ago

Their base doesn't have a clue. Many are just mindless sheep following the commentary on Fox News or from Rush Limbaugh.

Heck, they can't even remember 3 years ago. They blame Mr. Obama for the economy, not the policies of Bush/Cheney which are clearly to blame for the meltdown.

Anyway, hopefully Mr. Obama doesn't back down on this one, but we'll see. He has managed to play several winning hands poorly. Every time he loses, we all lose because the policies of the opposition will put the entire middle class in the poor house.

weeslicket 6 years, 2 months ago

such interesting times in which we live.

last night's speech presented almost entirely republican ideas. to repeat: much of these jobs proposals are republican proposals. but now, my republican representatives would like me to believe, that their own legislative proposals are actually liberal poppycock. how odd. how terribly sad for america.

weeslicket 6 years, 2 months ago

part 2:

then again, these are the same folks who have decided that running america (that's you and me, and everyone else) into the ground is a good political-electoral strategy. for them. and their "electibility" in the next go-round.

any elected leadership whose political model = if america loses, we win...... are people i simply cannot support in any fashion whatsoever.

tbaker 6 years, 2 months ago

One of these days people will wake up and realize that status quo two-party American polictics really is fringe thinking. Its fun to watch Ron Pual make more sense every day.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Job creation by republicans has not been a priority since 1980. More corporate power and tax breaks have been the priority. When Reagan/Bush arrived hostile takeovers,leveraged buyouts and mergers became the order of the day. Big time lay-offs by the millions followed those hostile actions.

Those jobs began finding their way to China. Those good paying blue collar jobs were never replaced with like wages or salaries. The domino effect never stopped. The new industry created by the Reagan/Bush New World Order supply side economics was shipping USA jobs abroad thus slowly but surely destroying the USA economy. Wreckanomics replaced the once strong USA job market

Free Trade agreements began to appear with what seemed like machine gun rapidity. Free Trade = more USA jobs and dollars going abroad. Free Trade Agreements still represent USA job losses. White collar jobs are now the target. They are slowly going bye bye. Financial,legal,graphic design you name it are being shipped away.

The Reagan/Bush New World Order supply side economics also represents tax breaks on profits made abroad thus a tax break that supports killing USA jobs.

USA tax increases were also a part of the Reagan/Bush New World Order supply side economics. Unemployed and/or lower wage employees represent less revenue dollars to keep the USA government and the war machine humming along.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

What replaced lost good paying jobs under the Reagan/Bush New World Order supply side economics?

For families it meant both Mom and Dad had to find jobs or in some cases Dad working two jobs or 80 hours a week yet still making less money. It also meant parents being home less to provide guidance to their children yet repubs kept calling themselves the party of family values which of course is a joke.

The Reagan/Bush New World Order supply side economics believed that $8 per hour flippin burgers was great replacement for the $25 an hour job loss because at least that parent was working more hours.

The Reagan/Bush New World Order supply side economics flooded the USA with credit cards as a job replacement venue. Double digit high interest rates, astonishing lines of credit,super low monthly payments of which was eaten up by the high interest rates yet still no replacement of the good wage jobs. Wall Street financial institutions have been laughing all the back to their banks ever since can we say for at least the past 31 years. Yes billions upon billions upon billions in profits,bonus packages and golden parachutes.

pace 6 years, 2 months ago

The GOP have no interest in helping the job market. They want the american worker lack of employment to help them defeat Obama. There is no GOP job plan, hasn't been one, not one.

mfm123 6 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Roberts, Moran, Yoder, Jenkins and Huelskamp for standing up for Kansas values! Libs, students lawyers are ruining this country!!!!!!

Liberal_Theorist 6 years, 2 months ago

Obama's economic team quit because he knows what he is doing. That's a sure sign.

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