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Jenkins wants tax overhaul; no changes in gun laws

July 27, 2012

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U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on Friday said Congress must overhaul the tax code to avoid a financial collapse in the United States.

Jenkins also told the Lawrence Journal-World that she didn’t believe Congress should consider any new laws on guns.

Some have called for consideration of new firearms regulations after the shooting deaths of 12 people in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater. A 24-year-old man, James Holmes, is accused of opening fire on the theater crowd. Police have said Holmes had legally purchased four guns and ammunition, including a high-capacity clip, he used in the shooting that also injured 58 people.

“What was the problem there isn’t a problem that Congress can fix,” Jenkins said. “If crazed individuals want to hurt people they will find a way to hurt people.”

On the issue of tax reform, Jenkins said, “It has to happen. We are so close to being Greece, it’s not even funny. We can either fall off the cliff or we can fix it.”

Her comments on taxes were made during a roundtable discussion at the Eldridge Hotel with business and community leaders that was set up by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

Jenkins described the current tax code as “broken,” adding, “it needs to be thrown out the window.”

Earlier this week, the Senate voted 51-48, mostly along party lines, to support President Barack Obama’s plan to let the President George W. Bush-era income tax cuts for top earners expire, but to extend for one year the cuts for individual income up to $200,000 per year and married couples earning up to $250,000 per year.

Jenkins said the Republican-led House next week will approve a measure to keep in place the income tax cuts for one more year for all income levels. During that year, Congress will work on overhauling the tax system under the plan.

She said House Republicans are proposing to lower corporate taxes to “repatriate” offshore funds that are “trapped” in other countries. The plan also would set two income brackets for individuals at 10 percent and 25 percent and eliminate loopholes “that only the very wealthy take advantage of,” she said. It would also repeal the alternative minimum tax, she said.

Jenkins, who is a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, said Republicans and Democrats are working together.

“You would be surprised about how close we are,” she said.

Jenkins is seeking a third term in office and is unopposed in the Aug. 7 Republican primary. Three candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination. They are Scott Barnhart, a farmer from Ottawa; Robert Eye, a lawyer from Lawrence; and Tobias Schlingensiepen, a pastor from Topeka.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 8 months ago

"What the problem was there in Colorado isn’t a problem that Congress can fix,” Jenkins said. “If crazed individuals want to hurt people they will find a way to hurt em, and keeping assault weapons out of their hands is just a crazy idea, and besides I need NRA backing in order to keep my job past the upcoming election. And anyway whatever happens out in Colorado stays in Colorado and won't happen in my district, trust me, I will see to that”

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lunacydetector 1 year, 8 months ago

there are far richer democrats in congress than republicans, yet we are to believe they 'the democrats' are poor.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

The National Rifle Association is quite an old organization. I was a member at the age of 11 and 12. It was not designed to be a PAC for right wing politicians no way jose'. It was not designed to support ownership of military assault weapons.

What happened? More fraud.

The same thing that happened to the GOP took place at the NRA. The Republican In Name Only (RINO) party sent Charlton Heston in to destroy the once family oriented organization.

RINO's were on the march circumvent campaign finance laws by way of setting up tax deductible organizations to launder and funnel money in the direction of the RINO party. All of a sudden this organization became indulged in politics and at the same time became a source for bundles of campaign cash.

This technique also provided the appearance of a family organization supporting a radical right wing RINO party. The only part missing once this coup was accomplished was the family. Families were replaced with right wing nuts with Heston as their representative.

The GOP were replaced with radical right wing nuts again known as The Republican In Name Only (RINO) party.

RINO's are liars and frauds to the extreme.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

When Jenkins and other Kansas repubs say tax overhaul what they are saying is "WARMED OVER BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE 1%...... aka quietly funneling MORE money from the poor,middle class and the upper middle class to the rich and politically connected. AGAIN!

Warmed Over Bush Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Warmed Over Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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M. Lindeman 1 year, 8 months ago

Here is the REAL problem, we are all busy worring about our "side" loosing to the other. That we don't see its all who are really loosing. The real solution to the problem in Washington is we have term limits on almost every elected office except the House and the Senate. All of us should be united in getting that done then and only then will we have a chance to change the curuption that is Washington.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Look, Lynn is not an intelligent woman. She gets talking points from ALEC or the NRA or some other right wing fringe group and she puts her own semi-literate spin on them. A minor examination of her comments is all it takes to reveal that her comments are vapid and shallow. She lacks even a layman's understanding of the Greek, or even our own, financial crisis, yet she uses it to fear monger. Lynn Jenkins is a slightly better educated version of Terri-Lois Gregory.

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beatrice 1 year, 8 months ago

“What was the problem there isn’t a problem that Congress can fix,” Jenkins said. “If crazed individuals want to hurt people they will find a way to hurt people.”

Yes, sometimes they get elected to public office.

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observant 1 year, 8 months ago

Merrill. get a life. Don't you realize average person here, will not read your posts, much less click on your links. Too bad JW has such lousy forum software there is no ignore button. Myself, I simply scroll past any post from you.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Repub Economcis

Can anyone afford this...... what again:

Wall Street banks heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions AGAIN.

Plus millions of jobs were lost, retirement plans went up in smoke and loss of medical insurance. Residential real estate values went down the tubes AGAIN.

Fraud certainly was very important in the housing bubble of recent years. But the housing bubble—like bubbles generally—did not depend on fraud, and most of its development was there for everyone to see. With the principal problems out in the open and with the authorities not only ignoring those problems but contributing to their development, one might say that the situation with the housing bubble was worse than a Ponzi scheme. And Madoff bilked his marks out of only $50 billion, while trillions were lost in the housing bubble.

In addition, government regulatory agencies turned a blind eye to the highly risky practices of financial firms, practices that both encouraged the development of the bubble and made the impact all the worse when it burst. Moreover, the private rating agencies (e.g., Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) were complicit. Dependent on the financial institutions for their fees, they gave excessively good ratings to these risky investments. Perhaps not fraud in the legal sense, but certainly misleading.

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Repub Economcis

Can anyone afford this again:

Repub 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 were lost, retirement plans went up in smoke and loss of medical insurance. Residential real estate values went down the tubes.

Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.

Neil Bush was the most widely targeted member of the Bush family by the press in the S&L scandal. Neil became director of Silverado Savings and Loan at the age of 30 in 1985. Three years later the institution was belly up at a cost of $1.6 billion to tax payers to bail out.

http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

The repub agenda:

Here we go again for the millionth time. RINO Repubs want tax overhaul & guns on the street!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Change the gun laws...it's simple.

Make it completely illegal to own any type of military assault weapons across the board. Take automatic weapons off the street yesterday.

Plenty of documented incidents and dead bodies to back this up!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Tax overhaul is nothing new and these Wreckanomics RINO's come out with this nonsense every voting cycle.

Republicans have made owning a home a very risky investment which is quite a feat.

This country cannot afford this new Wreckanomics party created by rightwing radicals.

These radicals successfully took over the repub party in a coup that essentially removed sane fiscal conservatives/socially responsible republicans from the party.

The party is run by the likes of Karl Rove,Grover Norquist,Sam Brownback,Dick Cheney,GW Bush,Jeb Bush,Lynn Jenkins and the late Jerry Falwell. Republicans In Name Only (RINO) completely control the party.

The republican party is dead

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chootspa 1 year, 8 months ago

Oh noez. We're just like Greece, except for that whole having control of our own currency thing. So we'll "fix" the tax code by making two brackets that are lower than the existing brackets and rewarding companies for hiding all their money overseas. After all this lousy math balloons our deficit, we'll use it as an excuse to cut social spending but not the precious, precious defense budget.

BTW, her gender should only play a role in which pronoun to use. I don't think she's dumb. I think she's hoping the voters are.

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's see ....... Hum, ......A Government Financial Collapse Via Incorrect Tax Codes & Bad Tax Policies ? Why, ....that sounds like "A Coming Attraction @ A Kansas Theater... Near You" !!!!...........Being Brought To Your Town & County, by "Brownie Vision..... In 3D......So Real That You Can Reach Out & Touch It" !

Nothing that a psychiatric evaluation wouldn't catch ! Or maybe a lie detector test concerning lobbyist funding of both,....... & the purchases of their political opinions ?

She and Brownie need them both !

What if they are both just nuts..... & liars for political gain, as well ?!

By the way, they just caught a guy,.... believe that it was in Maryland, who was fired from work & making threats, at the former work place, who had an arsenal at home of automatic street sweeper weapons, that would make that "clown" in Colorado, look like the worlds biggest punk in orange hair !

Seriously, this guy had enough weapons, for a small, well equipped army group ! He was just short a few human hands, of his own, to fire them all at once ?! ......Duhhhhhh ?! .....Whatever?!

Obviously, the cops got the drop on him & busted him......... i believe without a shot fired !

I hate to break it to people but all of the automatic street sweeper weapons that this guy had, or anyone could buy, couldn't stop an single M1A1 tank, from blowing one up at close or at a distant range ! Ditto for an F-whatever, with glide dropped cluster munitions ! No he couldn't realistically be expected to take out, or on, an attack helicopter with a Hell Fire Missile on board & heavy guns, with his name one it ! On & on !!!!!

Allot of why the right to bear arms exists, to begin with, was to protect oneself from the general government, which is impossible these days, due to the sheer technology & cost of it all !

With automatic rifles, you are either going to protect yourself in your home from crooks that you don't think that the government will protect you from

Or you are a "serious criminal" or a "nut case", with a reason to chase street sweeping weapons & buy them, for the drama of it all & where ever that leads you !

These politicians are so nut & corrupted with money & power ! You couldn't make this stuff up that they say !

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1southernjayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

Lots of hate here, folks. You are not making yourselves look very good.

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 8 months ago

What do you expect from a BRAIN DEAD,, Robotic BIMBO?

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observant 1 year, 8 months ago

If you notice, this event was was hosted by C of C, a group even stupider than either of these dumb broads.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Jenkins said, "It has to happen. We are so close to being Greece, it's not even funny. We can either fall off the cliff or we can fix it," she said.

One of the dumbest things I think I've read in a very long time. If we are on a cliff it's because of Republican obstructionism, a failure to regulate the financial industry and fighting two wars using debt to fund them. It's not because of the tax code.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

You can bet that whatever mess they devise will be at least as bad, if not worse, than the current system.

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 8 months ago

"If crazed individuals want to hurt people they will find a way to hurt people," she said.

Oh yeah Lynn. Almost every massacre has been with a semi or fully automatic gun.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 8 months ago

"The plan also would set two income brackets for individuals at 10 percent and 25 percent and eliminate loopholes "that only the very wealthy take advantage of," she said. It would also repeal the alternative minimum tax, she said."

Lynn Jenkins, class warrior. Who knew?

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 8 months ago

It sounds like Jenkins is attempting to challenge Michelle Bachman as the dumbest woman in Congress.

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