Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Had enough

July 25, 2012


To the editor:

In Mr. Simons’ Saturday Column on July 21 he wonders about our gullibility this election season.

When over half of the voters chose Sen. Obama to lead this country in 2008, it was because we saw in him a depth and vision that would be able to bring together the factions in Congress and in this country. Guess what? On the very eve of the inauguration in January 2009, GOP pollster Frank Luntz met with GOP congressional leaders and made a pact to block every single one of President Obama’s coming proposals, even those that the GOP had originally supported! President Obama is NOT a failure! He has accomplished much while facing almost insurmountable odds. People have better health care, veterans have more benefits, and the auto industry did not fail like Romney thought it should!

The GOP campaign touts Romney’s business experience, which is questionable at best in terms of tenure and accountability at Bain Capital, in addition to his off-shoring his profits in order to escape paying U.S. taxes. (Did Eisenhower run a business?) Contrary to Saturday’s column, it is the Romney campaign which uses falsehoods in ads, dragging in Hillary Clinton and Bob Schieffer without asking, and leaving out a whole sentence in the president’s speech about the importance of building a business with one’s own effort plus the help of others.

Will Kansans vote to increase the wealth of the already super-wealthy and jeopardize adequate funding for education and health care in Kansas? Not me. Enough is enough!


George Lippencott 1 year, 8 months ago


Sorry I missed your response.

We are spending 1 trillion more than we are taking in. Call it what you will. Either we cut programs or raise taxes.. Of course we can increase the deficit by a trillion a year if we don't pay our annual bills.


Mike Ford 1 year, 8 months ago

troll party of four....your crow is ready to eat.....


rockchalk1977 1 year, 8 months ago

"Poll: Democrats Lose Desire to Vote for Obama."

Looks like Democrats have had enough of Obama. Welcome to the party!


tbaker 1 year, 8 months ago

From a blog (not a Czech Newspaper):

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”


George Lippencott 1 year, 8 months ago

To answer the question – Kansans will vote to protect their hard earned incomes. Mr. Obama will have no choice but to raise taxes on the middle class by somewhere between 25 and 50% to cover the additional revenue needs he has built into the budget and to cover Obama care and other new programs.

The myth that Obama care is without costs borders on the criminal. To get the CBO to make that determination required a onetime $500B unspecified cut in Medicare. It also required delaying the entitlement portion until half way through the ten year cost period (cuts costs in half one time). The most recent missive from the CBO was to recognize that the Medicaid portion of Obama Care is no longer mandated. However the provision that the feds will pay 90 % is still in place so if any state signs on to the enhanced Medicaid program the most recent estimate is wrong.

Lastly the original intention of Obama Care was to see that all Americans have coverage. Now that the Medicaid portion is neither required nor funded about 3 Million of the alleged uninsured are still uninsured. Of course they can be picked up under the entitlement but then that cost goes up – perhaps faster than it would have under Medicaid.

It would be really “transparent” if Mr. Obama would come clean on the long term funding sources for Obama Care, the details of the $500B cut in Medicare and the sources for the annual trillion dollar revenue shortfall. The $85B revenue increase form taxing the rich as he has proposed hardly makes a dent in that projected annual shortfall.

If your family makes or anticipated making more than $50K a year one has to assume you will be the source of all that money. Perhaps that is why a lot of people are not volunteering to carry the water for Mr. Obama in this election cycle. Where is the transparency promised last cycle?


George Lippencott 1 year, 8 months ago

They did have operational control for periods longer than two weeks. The two independents caucus with the democrats and generally vote with them. Two of the Republicans on social issues generally voted with the Democrats.

The point really is that we will never know because no vote was attempted during those periods (Harry could have called one). We did Obama care instead.


Ray Parker 1 year, 8 months ago

The Mombasa Marxist regime is beginning to threaten to shut down small ethical businesses that refuse to comply with new requirements for employee insurance coverage for free contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilizations. The regime argues that the right to free exercise of religion does not apply to small business owners. As of now, at least 10% of businesses plan to stop offering medical insurance, and another 10% are not sure whether they will continue to offer any medical plan. Meanwhile, Catholic and pro-life hospitals and clinics, more than a sixth of our nation's medical facilities, are considering whether to shut down and fire the employees, or to engage in civil disobedience.


Lateralis 1 year, 8 months ago

"On the very eve of the inauguration in January 2009, GOP pollster Frank Luntz met with GOP congressional leaders and made a pact to block every single one of President Obama’s coming proposals, even those that the GOP had originally supported! "

For 2 years Obama had a democrat controlled house & senate. Obama had quite a bit going for him and the pact you speak of had little to bargain with.


weiser 1 year, 8 months ago

tbaker...right on the mark! .....Now give me my free stuff!


CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

I thought this piece was about the weather... Yes, I've Had enough. Hot enough for you?!


Paul R Getto 1 year, 8 months ago

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz ..... can we just vote and get it over? Why spend 1 Billion+ dollars to try and change 3-4 milion voters' minds? This might turn out like 2004, when the computer programmers in some swing states owned the outcome, regardless of the votes. Stalin once said something like: "It doesn't matter WHO votes; it matters who COUNTS the votes. Both major parties are playing games with our heads and our collective futures.


tbaker 1 year, 8 months ago

"Presidnet Obama is not a failure."


In my lifetime, the number of Americans on welfare / public assistance (does not include Social Security / MEDICARE) has gone from around 6% to 35%. Nearly half the country doesn't pay income taxes anymore. 1 in 7 people are on FoodStamps. For crying out loud we even have USDA partnering with the Mexican government to increase participation in our food stamp program here in the US. In June, more people signed up for Social Security Disability than the number who actually found a job. Safety nets for the poor and vulnerable have turned into career choices. R2 unemployment has been over 15% for 3+ years. This fall will mark the 5th straight year in a row we have increased our national debt by 1 trillion dollars. We are about to see the largest tax increase in the history of the world (ObamaCare). The President calls the private sector "the enemy" and claims business owners really didn't create their business depicting them as somehow being subsidized by "the rest of us." On and on it goes....but of course I suppose it is all Bush's fault. Yeah right.

How can anyone, most especially Mr. Obama, look at this and call it success - unless he wants the majority of the country dependant on the government.


Crazy_Larry 1 year, 8 months ago

Dump the repubs and demos. Send them both a message that we're taking this country back. Vote for freedom. Vote for the Libertarian. I'm voting for the former governor of New Mexico, and businessman, Gary Johnson.


Kookamooka 1 year, 8 months ago

P.S. God doesn't want you to vote for Romney either. He's a quasi-christian who will say whatever you want to hear to get elected. The Christian conservatives need to start their own party and put up their own candidates from now on. Look at this mess?


grammaddy 1 year, 8 months ago

News Flash: Obama will remain Black his entire second term.Get over it.


woodscolt 1 year, 8 months ago

"Yep...he has succeeded in dividing this nation like no other President before him , of course, speaking of the Bush, Cheney, Rove, machine" and all baa has to do is substitute Obama for Bush and thats all it takes.

Heres another fact for you baa, can you change some words around or take a few out and make this what Obama did?

"On the very eve of the inauguration in January 2009, GOP pollster Frank Luntz met with GOP congressional leaders and made a pact to block every single one of President Obama’s coming proposals, even those that the GOP had originally supported! " What a great way to bring the country together.

What a great way to bring the country together.


BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 8 months ago

"He has accomplished much while facing almost insurmountable odds."

Yep...he has succeeded in dividing this nation like no other President before him since the civil war. A good leader pulls his followers together despite their differences. And the incompetence of Obama and his administration are truly insurmountable. Hope and change has not worked. It's time to kick this dog to the curb.


Liberty_One 1 year, 8 months ago

"Will Kansans vote to increase the wealth of the already super-wealthy and jeopardize adequate funding for education and health care in Kansas? Not me. Enough is enough!"

Then you won't be voting for Obama or Romney, I presume? Because both will increase the wealth of the super-wealthy.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

DRD4 Genies "always" blame something/someone else for 'their' failures. Always.

His "failure" can't possibly be that complex Flex has 'never' had a job. 'Never' ran a business. Is bosom buddies with Wright an Ayers and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Although, He Was a fantastic "Choom Gang" leadin' on Oahu. He got that goin' for him. shaka brah

So Choom some 'weed' like complex Flex does. 'Hang-loose.' Get Stoned with da kine brah. It make 'everything' all better now.

Pakalolo da kine. shaka brah


Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

More than half the voters in 2008 bought a pig in a poke.


Brock Masters 1 year, 8 months ago

Kansas will vote for Romney.

I do have to ask - the GOP votes against Obama and that is bad but when the Lawrence Dems vote against Brownback that is good?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Have opponents actually lied to the public about Social Security?

Yes. Former President George W. Bush repeatedly claimed that those who put their money in private accounts would be “guaranteed a better return than they would receive from the current Social Security system. But every sale of stock on the stock market includes the disclaimer: “the return on this investment is not guaranteed and may be negative” for good reason.

During the 20th century, there were several periods lasting more than ten years when the return on stocks was negative. After the Dow Jones stock index went down by over 75% between 1929 and 1933, the Dow did not return to its 1929 level until 1953. In claiming that the rate of return on a stock investment is guaranteed to be greater than the return on any other asset, Bush was lying. If an investment-firm broker made this claim to his clients, he would be arrested and charged with stock fraud. Michael Milken went to jail for several years for making just this type of promise about financial investments.

Former President Bush also misrepresented the truth when he claimed that Social Security trustees say the system will be “bankrupt” in 2042. Bankruptcy is defined as “the inability to pay ones debts” or, when applied to a business, “shutting down as a result of insolvency.” Nothing the trustees have said or published indicates that Social Security will fold as a result of insolvency.

Until 1984, the trust fund was “pay-as-you-go,” meaning current benefits were paid using current tax revenues. In 1984, Congress raised payroll taxes to prepare for the retirement of the baby boom generation. As a result, the Social Security trust fund, which holds government bonds as assets, has been growing. When the baby boomers retire, these bonds will be sold to help pay their retirement benefits.

If the trust fund went to zero, Social Security would simply revert to pay-as-you-go. It would continue to pay benefits using (then-current) tax revenues, and in doing so, it would be able to cover about 70% of promised benefit levels.

According to analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a 70% benefit level then would actually be higher than 2005 benefit levels in constant dollars (because of wage adjustments). In other words, retirees would be taking home more in real terms than today’s retirees do. The system won’t be bankrupt in any sense. On this point, President Bush was “consciously misrepresenting the truth with the intent to deceive.” That is what the dictionary defines as lying.

Dollars and Sense


Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Why would anyone vote republican again after this long documented history"

Republicans cost the Nation too much money!

  1. ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets! /

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. /

  3. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. /

4.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? /

  1. Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. /

  2. In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power. /

  3. In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

7a.* ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy. /

7b. * ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. /

7c. ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. /

  1. ENTITLEMENT - Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative". /

8a. Also through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch. /

  1. Once Bush's policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy. / /

  2. Nixon’s Watergate /

  3. Reagan/Bush Iran Contra /


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