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August 3, 2012


To the editor:

As elections approach we should remember that truth in advertising laws do NOT apply to political campaigns. Imagine what it would be like if they did.  Lawsuits would be everywhere. Candidates are allowed to say whatever they want, regardless whether what they claim is based on fact.

A possible example of this is the tactic of using the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act and the common theme of “job killing laws.” What evidence exists that this law would kill jobs? Wouldn’t this act create jobs, particularly in the health field, as millions more Americans will have health care? If this law might kill jobs shouldn’t they explain how?

Candidates for offices from county sheriff  to mayors to lieutenant governors are claiming that they will end Obamacare. None of these offices can overturn an act of Congress. Are there no other issues that are important? Candidates for state and local offices should campaign explaining how they would execute the office for which they are running, what their qualifications for that office are and what changes they would make.


Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Speak out now to end the Bush tax cuts. Kevin Yoder /Lynn Jenkins just voted to extend the Bush tax cuts.

We need to speak out now to ensure the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% are allowed to expire as scheduled at the end of the year.

Representative Kevin Yoder, 202 225-2865 Representaive Lynn Jenkins 202 225 6601

After more than a decade, it's clear that Bush tax cuts for the rich are a massive -- and very costly -- failure.

Rep Kevin Yoder, 202-225-2865 Rep Lynn Jenkins 202 225 6601

I am extremely dismayed that Rep Yoder and Rep Jenkins voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

When we're brutally slashing the budget for government programs that help people, there's nothing more fiscally irresponsible than giving money to millionaires and billionaires who literally don't need it.

Rep Kevin Yoder, 202-225-2865 Rep Lynn Jenkins 202 225 6601

The very same politicians who are pleading poverty and yelling the loudest about the need to make brutal budget cuts had no problem voting to give away more tax breaks to the rich and the ultra-rich.

We saw this again yesterday when Congress Rep Lynn Jenkins and Rep. Kevin Yoder, voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

There is very little that so clearly demonstrates what's broken in Congress than those simultaneously demanding to give the Koch brothers a tax cut while pushing benefit cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Open Secrets:

Rep Lynn Jenkins Phone: (202) 225-6601

Rep Kevin Yoder Rep Kevin Yoder, 202-225-2865

Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Over 10 years Obamacare will save and estimated $84 billion.

If put in place Medicare Single Payer Insurance would save an estimated $350-$400 billion annually.

Republican plan leaves the special interest doors wide open to increases way above cost of living increases as always and as was taking place before Obamacare.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 3 years, 3 months ago

Reminds me of what my Grandfather(God rest his soul) used to tell me. "Do you know how to tell if a politician is lying? Their lips are moving".

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 3 months ago

I couldn't agree with you more, Len

I am sick and damned tired of the republicans and their racist moniker for the ACA "Obamacare" This is just another swipe at the black Kenyan dude in the White House, who most all racist bigot "conservative republicans" simply cannot stand or stomach.

I will never, ever vote for any candidate who takes the imaginary lable "conservative" in those stupid and ignorant attack ads. These people are the ones who got un into most of this mess to begin with and continue to wreak havoc by their "my way or the highway" attitudes obstructing the business of the Congress. I simply so nor understand how so many people can be flummoxed by these jerks who seem to have made the term "liberal" (and now "moderade") a swear word. All you hear from them is "destroy Obamacare" and "Defeat Obama". They have no other offerings except these negative pronouncements.

Do not repeat the error of voting in these obstructionists. But I fear that the cluelless electorate of Kansas will continue to be enamoured of tthese slick and sick individuals who so loudly proclaim their "conservatism" .

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