Archive for Sunday, September 30, 2012

Schlingensiepen, Jenkins duel over economy, health care and campaign finance

September 30, 2012


— Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen and Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins dueled Sunday over campaign finance, health care and the economy in their first face-to-face debate.

The two, who are both from Topeka, are vying to represent the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Lawrence and much of eastern Kansas.

Schlingensiepen, a minister, said if elected, he would fight the "fund-raising circus that puts members of Congress in debt to wealthy corporations."

He proposed limiting the amount candidates could raise for each election to $250,000 and a five-year waiting period before a person who leaves Congress could work as a corporate lobbyist.

He said Jenkins has taken $618,000 in campaign contributions from insurance, banks and financial companies while voting against regulations of those interests. In the past, he has noted Jenkins' vote against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Jenkins, who is seeking her third two-year term, criticized the Dodd-Frank law as hurting small banks, which, she said, were not responsible for the failures of Wall Street.

She blamed the nation's economic woes on Democrats and their desire to grow the size of government. When Obama was elected and Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress "it was a different, big government agenda every stinking day," she said.

Jenkins said the country needs an overhaul of the tax system. The current system is too complicated and picks winners and losers, she said.

Schlingensiepen said he supported extension of the wind energy tax credit, and providing job training support to vocational-technical schools, community colleges and universities.

Jenkins said she wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and said Schlingensiepen supports a single-payer system of health care.

Schlingensiepen said there are many good aspects of the ACA, such as the provision that says insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions, but that the law fails to hold down the cost of health care. He said putting everyone under a Medicare type system would be logical, but not politically possible.

Schlingensiepen said the Medicare overhaul proposal that Jenkins has voted for would increase the cost of health care by more than $6,000 per senior citizen.

But Jenkins defended the plan as necessary to keep Medicare from going bankrupt.

The debate on Sunday was sponsored by the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and it was held in the Eudora Middle School.


yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

As far as I can tell, Jenkins' time in congress has been to do as told by tea party bosses and to enjoy the perks of the office.

Keep at her, Tobias. Make her speak. The more she speaks and tries to defend her mediocre record the more she exposes herself.

Bobby Burch 5 years, 8 months ago

Friendly correction fairy says: Schlingensiepen (said) there are many good aspects of the ACA ....

Phillbert 5 years, 8 months ago

"She blamed the nation's economic woes on Democrats and their desire to grow the size of government. "

Of course government employment and taxes have both dropped under President Obama. You'd think someone who touts her certification as a CPA would know that.

Mike1949 5 years, 8 months ago

Agree, using the old blame game again. All this talk, yet the republicans have done nothing either. But here is the problem I have. To vote in a minister, that really bothers me! Don't we have any solid Democrats running?

purplesage 5 years, 8 months ago

You obviously don't understand the great diversity in the scope of Christian denomination. Tobias is a Congregational minister. That is the most liberal of U.S. denominations and they wholeheartedly support the liberal, Democrat agenda. Just for your own amusement, look into how many signors of the Declaration had theological training and how many of the founding father's were Christian ministers. I don't understand what you are afraid of.

hyperinflate 5 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone else see Monty Burns when they look closely at Lynn Jenkins? Just sayin'.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Jenkins is a bought-and-paid-for toadie for wealthy special interests. She doesn't give a crap about the average citizen in her district.

Schlingensiepen, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. His only goal in seeking office is to represent the true interests of the great majority of the residents of the 2nd District.

And as his comments about single-payer being politically unattainable at this time indicate, not only is he smart enough to know that it's the only real solution to our healthcare disaster, he's also realistic enough to know that for all it's shortcomings, Obamacare is the best we can do, for now, and he'll work to make improvements on it rather that just going back to the old status quo, which will only get worse if we return to it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

"Golly there is only one choice then..."

Yep, but since you've demonstrated for years that you like candidates who doesn't give a crap about the average citizen, your only choice in this race is Jenkins.

Tim Quest 5 years, 8 months ago

Little known fact - Tobias is a nevernude.

Brad Avery 5 years, 8 months ago

Our economic problems stems from the desire of the Democrats to grow the government? Or could it be the focus of the right wing led House of Representatives has been important stuff like preventing Shiria Law from consuming the federal government , whether women should get free birth control bills and obstructing legislation from the president to correct the economic mess he inherited from the Bush administration ?

CLARKKENT 5 years, 8 months ago

Now is our chance to get her out of office. While I do not think that will happen, I can always hope.

Centerville 5 years, 8 months ago

Disappointed in Tobias' staff. They didn't tell him that this wasn't a speed contest to see who could babble more cliches in two minutes time. I really don't sense that he knows what he's talking about but has just memorized some of Chuck Schumer press releases. I'm sure he has counseled families in hospitals. Does he not know what penalties for readmission will mean in our brave new world? Just one example of how he's parroting things he can't possibly support.

Jdoe199 5 years, 8 months ago

I wish Tobias was getting his name out there more. I didn't know who he was until recently. That said, I'd vote for petty much anybody running against Jenkins. I've never heard anyone say things as stupid as she does. She makes the people who live in Kansas look like a bunch of yokal idiots who don't know a fork from a hole in the ground.

Fossick 5 years, 8 months ago

I have noticed that Kansans seem incredibly concerned about how they are perceived by others (I have lived in a number of other states, none of which seem to give a ratsass what anyone thinks of them). I first noticed it during the Evolution Wars, where the main concern of offended Kansas legislators appearing on PBS seemed to be that not teaching evolution would make Kansans look like goofs. The same fear is palpable in all the "birther" threads, Phelps threads - basically any time Kansas gets mentioned in the press. Y'all seem deathly afraid of looking unsophisticated.

Did L. Frank Baum really destroy the self-esteem of this entire state?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't think this is a characteristic solely found in Kansans. That said, sometimes it seems that we do have more than our share of idiots in this state.

Fossick 5 years, 8 months ago

No, thank you. Fifteen is my limit on schlingensiepen.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh yes the economy for which Lynn Jenkins was there when her president decided to make owning a home risky business. How dumb.

Neither Republican nor Democrat Upper Middle Class/Middle class can afford the Republican Party

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007? Trillions of $$$$.

Let's talk about entitlements that have literally destroyed jobs,economies and retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable.

DC republicans have been successful at wrecking our economy big time twice in the past thirty years. Because of the pattern I am convinced it is their economic policy established under the direction of Reagan/Bush.

Bush/Cheney accomplished a remarkable achievement by destroying the world economy which of course makes it difficult for the USA to bounce back quickly. The question becomes how in the world did they sucker financial institutions worldwide into buying bundles upon bundles upon bundles of bad USA home loans worth trillions of dollars in bad debt?

What an incredible and criminally insane economic policy? I don't believe the entire world can afford the economically reckless republican party that was born in 1980.

Let's talk about entitlements that literally destroyed jobs,economies,retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable.

--- This 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.

--- This 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.

--- This 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?

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007?

Fossick 5 years, 8 months ago

"Oh yes the economy for which Lynn Jenkins was there when her president decided to make owning a home risky business. How dumb."

Actually, Jenkins was elected in 2008, same as Obama. But never let the facts get in the way of an oft-retold story.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

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

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

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

This 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.

This ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. ==================================================================== This 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".

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

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.

mistergadman 5 years, 8 months ago

I was surprised in truth when I came across this article in Forbes magazine. It might be surprising to you too in regarding to record of presidents and Federal spending.

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