Letter: Tough label

August 15, 2013


To the editor:

It’s not easy being a Republican these days.  In the Congress, Speaker Boehner has made clear that Obama’s final three years will be just like those we’ve endured since the tea party triumph of 2010, with the GOP interested only in obstruction. Senate Republicans will try to follow suit. In other words, the responsibility of the Congress to govern will continue to go unfulfilled.

Certain priorities will of course be addressed by the House: repealing Obamacare, pumping up agriculture subsidies while eviscerating food stamps, approving deep cuts in any government function seen as inhibiting business — even if none of those measures has a chance of becoming law. And there will be another round or two of phony fiscal crises pegged to the debt limit. No tax reform, no immigration reform, certainly no gun control — and on and on.

Then there are our Kansas Republicans, determined to lift all boats by cutting (income) taxes on the wealthy and increasing the (sales tax) burden on the middle class and poor. Kris Kobach’s unseemly campaign against immigrants and his continuing efforts to “cage” votes by making it harder for poor people to cast their ballots. The Legislature, beholden to ALEC and its corporate backers, tightening still further restrictions on abortion rights, mandating “concealed carry” in public buildings and treating education funding as an unnecessary luxury. 

I have been a Republican since before the youngsters now running the state GOP were born but, right now, I have to admit it is hard to wear that label.


Abdu Omar 4 years, 10 months ago

I am sorry that is true. I was once a republican, too, but Bush ended that. I have said this before and I think this must be our strategy: We need to elect new members of both houses of congress. Get rid of those who stand in the way of progress. Clearly our reps should retire and return home as they are not representing the voters of Kansas.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 10 months ago

There is a problem in that it is very difficult to unseat an incumbent. I think that may be because people tend to vote for a name they recognize, rather than really thinking through the issues.

Armstrong 4 years, 10 months ago

Speaker Boehner has made clear that Obama’s final three years will be just like those we’ve endured since the tea party triumph of 2010, with the GOP interested only in obstruction. Senate Republicans will try to follow suit.

Very true, Republicans will be busy trying to keep Barry, Nancy, Harry and company from doing further damage. Keeping elected incompetents in check should not be a primary job responsibility.

Armstrong 4 years, 10 months ago

More like keeping the two year olds from playing with sharp objects

tomatogrower 4 years, 10 months ago

Wouldn't it be nice if they instead tried to come up with some solutions? Most people would be more likely to vote for them again, if they did that. Being proud of doing nothing while getting paid with our tax dollars is not exactly admirable. It's like the stupid filibuster rule. If they want to filibuster, make them do it. 24/7 talking. Oh no, they might miss the cocktail party fundraiser!!!

jafs 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm not a fan of NAFTA or the partial repeal of Glass-Steagal. But it should be considered that those might have been part of various compromises made with R in Congress in order to get things done.

Compromise, although necessary, doesn't always result in the best outcomes.

KayCee 4 years, 10 months ago

"I have been a Republican since before the youngsters now running the state GOP were born but, right now, I have to admit it is hard to wear that label."

Only label harder to wear is 'Democrat'. They walked away from me years ago.

Trumbull 4 years, 10 months ago

It is too bad that labels are used. It is a tool that is used to demonize people so that you will not listen or debate the topic at hand. It is awful that politicians do it as well. In a way, I see it as propaganda and demagoguery. Snake oil salesman. The ones I see do it are the ones I dismiss as phony.

I agree with the letter writer and most of the comments here.

Trumbull 4 years, 10 months ago

"And there will be another round or two of phony fiscal crises pegged to the debt limit"

I have a big issue with this. Holding the solvency of the US Treasury and monetary system hostage for political reasons is sabotage. Risking the US credit rating is dangerous. The American people should be outraged if this happens again.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 10 months ago

Phony? Did you say phony? This was published on August 14, 2013:

Clipped from:

"The Treasury Department's Financial Management Service (FMS), which publishes both the federal government's official Daily Treasury Statement and its official Monthly Treasury Statement, is reporting that in July the federal government ran a deficit of $98 billion but that the federal government's debt remained exactly $16,699,396,000,000 for the entire month."

"Since Lew sent that letter--announcing that he would use "extraordinary measures"--the debt has remained stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000 for 87 straight days.

That includes all 31 days in July when Lew's Treasury says it was running a $98 billion deficit.

When Lew stops using "extraordinary measures" to keep the debt at exactly $16,699,396,000,000, the government will have another debt-limit crisis."

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

With 20 million losing jobs as result of USA employers leaving them behind to support communists and dictator governments abroad how in the world can we see actual economic growth?

Supply side economics hoped retail would be the magic total industry BUT that requires all employable workers never losing jobs and buying many items for the sake of a "shop till we drop" industry.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

Then there is this bit of history.

--- Bush Reagan Iran – Contra Secret Weapons Affair. http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/execsum.htm http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/24/spy.network.probe/index.html

--- Nixon's Watergate. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

--- Bush/Cheney dropping the ball thus 9/11/01.

--- The Bush/Cheney money hole aka their multi-trillion dollar violent occupation of Iraq,Afghanistan,Pakistan.

--- The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- Bush family of politicians "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

--- Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy). http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

--- Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

--- The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. WAGING WAR AGAINST USA ECONOMY. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

Armstrong 4 years, 10 months ago

merrill, the history lessons from leftwing sources are great but we're 5 years under Barry's thumb. Do you suppose any of todays problems will be attached to Barry?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

That will never alter the history of this new right wing party since 1980. Not to mention that the patterns of this new ALEC Right Wing Party posing as the GOP are written in stone.

President Obama inherited some rather large problems from the BUSHCO administration. It has always been a mystery to me why the Bush admin did not advise the nation they were pulling off another home loan fraud quite similar to the Reagan/Bush model. Only this time bundles of bad loans were being sold off to banks around the world creating an international collapse of the economy.

It has also been a mystery to me as to why a Grand Jury has not been convened to investigate the Bush admin over the home loan heist and lying about WMD's.

Carol Bowen 4 years, 10 months ago

"Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley followed Obama to the Senate floor and sounded much like Lew and other administration officials who now want to pay the bills without conditions or delay. “Refusing to raise the debt limit is like refusing to pay your credit card bill — after you’ve used your credit card,” Grassley said. “The time to control the deficits and debt is when we are voting on the spending bills and the tax bills that create it.”

The only control the president has over spending is the budget passed by congress. Congress spends more money every time they pass new legislation. We never hear about the costs of their legislation. The same is true at the state level, by the way.

Lew Distorts Facts on Jobs, Debt Ceiling Posted on July 30, 2013, factcheck.org

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