Archive for Friday, February 15, 2013

Editorial: Growing ‘cost’

President Obama’s State of the Union address was mostly more of the same call for more government involvement in Americans’ lives.

February 15, 2013


Knowledgeable political observers suggested President Obama’s State of the Union address probably would be the most important speech of his next four years in the White House.

This was the speech in which he would set his agenda for his second term, enthuse and inspire the public and energize members of Congress to work for the best interests of the country.

By the time of his next State of the Union address, the 2014 elections will be center stage, partisan politics will color most legislative actions and Obama will be closer to being a lame-duck president. For these reasons, Tuesday’s speech was where Obama would have his best opportunity to inspire the nation.

Unfortunately, listeners and viewers didn’t hear many new or exciting ideas and/or programs. It was a rerun of many Obama speeches over the past four years calling for a greater role for the federal government in the lives of most Americans. There was little excitement or enthusiasm and the usual mantra of the rich versus the poor, the middle class versus the have-nots and that most challenges this nation faces can be best solved and improved by government actions and policies.

Often Obama seemed to adopt the role of a very positive, confident, if not arrogant, teacher or professor lecturing his students. He knows he is a gifted speaker, but there is reason to wonder whether this magic has worn thin. There was little truly inspiring or memorable about this speech, which was to have been so important to his presidency.

His supporters will say it was a great and moving presentation, and his critics will say it was ho-hum, just more of the same.

This is too bad because the country needs strong, visionary and challenging leadership and a leader who is truly committed to working in a genuine manner with all interests and both political parties.

He asked his “students” to set aside special party interests. Based on his first four years in office, Obama has not shown any desire to set aside party interests. His agenda for the next four years will be designed to inject greater government involvement at all levels of our society.

He is trying to create a legacy of “changing America,” which he championed in his 2004 campaign efforts.

There are ample examples to question whether Obama’s changes are good or healthy for the country. Based on his Tuesday address, it is clear he intends to push for more government in every facet of our society, no matter the cost — the “cost” in dollar and cents, the “cost” of a growing national debt, and the “cost” of our loss of freedoms.


George Lippencott 1 year, 1 month ago

Mr and Mfrs C I am down here because the typ is becoming too hard to read.

OK it is wrong for me to cite an overall tax rate in arguing that the upper middle pays a great deal while asking how much more you want from them - never answered It is wrong for me to observe that about 50% pay no federal income tax - a defensible fact. It is wrong for me to draw distinctions between taxes paid for obvious personal aggrandizement (payroll taxes) and taxes paid to run the government. It is wrong for me to note that somebody has to pay for the additional funds needed for the additional programs Mr. Obama has proposed. We will just borrow It is wrong for me to observe that our current annual federal expenditures (income taxes) is almost twice what we take in

Yes all will be great. We will gut defense, tax the rich a bit more and an improving economy will make up the rest. Maybe in your world but not in mine.. Perhaps you mean we hold expenditures at current rates and wait fifteen years to finally have an annual balanced budget again. Perhaps you have some data by somebody other than the left to support your position?

Clearly, there is no reconciling our positions. As a SS recipient I would love to believe that we can do it all and no sacrifices will be needed. So I hope you are right but all my experience informs me that blinded optimism will never overcome harsh reality.

I might point out that the chained CPI will cut the deficit by about $200B dollars over a generation. I suspect that this is the Democratic Parties real solution - stick it to the middle.


John McCoy 1 year, 2 months ago

In this editorial you focus on what you perceive President Obama's shortcomings to be, while Kansas is bleeding again thanks to your governor and legislature. Your great Free State is going down the toilet because it has become so conservative it is self-destructive. Better that this paper should address the fact that Kansas is becoming a laughing stock because its governor is a whack job. It is a shame because Kansas people are some of friendliest and most honest in the nation. But, boy, are they poorly led. You should write about what passes for leadership in Kansas before you attack President Obama.


Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 2 months ago

How much "free stuff" did Brownback get as subsidies for his family's farm over the years? Well over a fifty thousand dollars ~ and more than 600 thousand for his father and brother's farm, if I recall correctly. Maybe he shouldn't farm if he has to resort to mooching from the public trough to make ends meet.


scott3460 1 year, 2 months ago

"His supporters will say it was a great and moving presentation, and his critics will say it was ho-hum, just more of the same.

This is too bad because the country needs strong, visionary and challenging leadership and a leader who is truly committed to working in a genuine manner with all interests and both political parties."

Been a while since I bothered to read Dolph's junk. Willful propaganda tends to make me aggravated. I wandered back to the award winning LJW site today, however, and have been treated to the jarring bit of nonsense quoted above.

Let's put aside the silliness of asserting that the country needs strong and challenging leadership and then also complaining that our (duly elected x2) President is leading the country to change too strenuously.

What rankles more is the sheer audacity of Dolph and the tea bagger crowd.

If a minority of the voting public agrees with you, it seems to me that here in "Amurika" those that agree with the President have it right.

The country voted. Right wing stupid lost.

You are the problem, Mr. Editor. Not the President, not the President's vision, Nor his leadership or his willingness to work with others.

Proclaiming your position more loudly, and repeatedly, does not change these things. It reveals plenty, but it does not convince.

A great Republican Party President once said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Hmmmm, wonder why so many of today's "republican" party faithful adhere to this advise.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

Hypocrisy warning. During his state of the union show, Obama called for a “balanced approach” to closing the nation's $16.5 trillion deficit. Apparently this approach doesn't include his own family vacations. This weekend, Barack heads to Florida for some golf lessons with famous Floridian Golf Club instructor Butch Harmon while Michelle jets out to Aspen for a little skiing with her gal pals. It should be pointed out the average American could buy a house for the amount of money it takes to run Air Force One every hour. The U.S. military has provided an updated estimate on that cost is a staggering $181,757 per hour. And what must the carbon footprint be for two jumbo jets traveling thousands of miles in opposite directions. The king and queen must have their fun... climate change be damned!


George Lippencott 1 year, 2 months ago

Really?? I thought it was an opinion piece. The part you seem to have a problem with is really not that important as to the overall message. And frankly, there were a lot of people looking for more.


Alyosha 1 year, 2 months ago

An impartial reader need not progress beyond the first few words of this essay: "Knowledgeable political observers suggested...."

The writer owes a duty to his readers to cite examples of who these "knowledgeable political observers" are (the writer's friend? someone they heard talking on the street? a talking head on TV? Who, exactly?) and what, exactly, they "suggested."

In other words, the essayist is ethically obligated to cite their sources, not just casually refer to them.

Absent ethical argumentation, a reader owes zero duty to this writer even to finish the piece.

Had this been submitted in an essay writing class, it would've been returned as "Incomplete" and not even given a grade.


Obama_The_Obnubilator 1 year, 2 months ago

What will America look like in 2020? Sobering thought.


Obama_The_Obnubilator 1 year, 2 months ago

As the mystery writer suggested, Obama has shown no desire to set aside partisan politics. He is the most divisive president in history.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

This editorial is right on the money! Unfortunately Obama remains in endless campaign mode because he doesn't want to govern. Governing would make Obama responsible for all the bad things happening and he can't have that. Notice Obama is never accountable for anything and often shifts the blame to others for the country's problems (ie: Benghazi video propaganda). And to make it worse, he doesn't want to compromise because that would put his name on something. Real "leadership"? Not with this President.


autie 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't believe I get anything free. I go to work everyday. Pay my bills. Have health insurance. Just who are all these loafers and where are they? I know they be some high rollers with that TANF cash payment..which is like what, $280 a month? That will buy you a lot of cadillacs.

What happened to all the tripe about Obama making us all socialist and muslim and selling us out to the Islamic extremist? That has not happened yet. Is that going to be here in the next term? When do we all get to be ruined? I think the Dow has been bouncing on 14,000, my 401K has been ripping down 10% for quite some time now...Am I better off than I was four years ago? I would be if Brownback hadn't got elected. He doesn't want me socialist...he wants me his fiefdom...I think the bunch that calls the President a Socialist and is going to make us all Socialist..just don't know any other words that they think is bad..and too dumb to know the difference.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

You liberals sure are obedient lapdogs. Your masters constantly give you free stuff so you too, continually defend them.


Les Blevins 1 year, 2 months ago

Whoever is writing this stuff can't have it both ways, which is what he/she is doing in putting conflicting statements end-to-end saying they "didn't hear many ideas" and saying "there were many ideas.

He/she contended that: "Unfortunately, listeners and viewers didn’t hear many new or exciting ideas and/or programs. It was a rerun of many Obama speeches over the past four years calling for a greater role for the federal government in the lives of most Americans" in which he disclosed many ideas.

One of those "new ideas" is to go around the Congress in addressing the climate problem if Congress refuses to do what is needed while the probelem only gets worse.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is now saying the goverment is " at high risk of financial exposure from climate change" the Government Accountability Office said just days after President Barack Obama vowed to tackle the issue with or without Congress' help.

So, for the first time, the non-partisan congressional watchdog added fiscal exposure from climate change to its "High Risk List" of measures the federal government needs to fix.

"Climate change is a complex, crosscutting issue that poses risks to many environmental and economic systems - including agriculture, infrastructure, ecosystems, and human health - and presents a significant financial risk to the federal government," the agency said.

There are now 30 programs and operations the GAO considers at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement, or that need broad-based transformation, from the management of federal oil and gas resources to enforcement of tax laws.


George Lippencott 1 year, 2 months ago

Well, where does the money come from?? The question is valid! We still have only half the population paying for all that Mr. Obama wants. We tax people with a $100K income almost 33% of it not counting payroll tax. How much more?

Yes, many of the things the president wants are desirable. In fact it would be nice if we all earned incomes over $200K. We don't and desirable things must compete with all else. You may want more for food. Others may want more for security. Both are valid desires.

The Soviet Union did provide insight into one thing. "From each according to their ability and to each according to their need" did not work very well. If you take too much everyone will become a taker and there will be no makers.


Obama_The_Obnubilator 1 year, 2 months ago

Shouldn't the title be: "Growing costs" ----plural. Obama has a vision for America. What whoever wrote this thinks about how bad it does mean a tinker's darn. Learn to live with it and and pray for the best and be prepared for the worst. And the lead in says calls for more of the same so why bother to write about it or worry about it. At this point it is what it is. Ingenius Americans will adjust, modify and persevere until that doesn't even work. The rest will---well whatever it is they choose to do and likely it is to follow like good little lemmings. Obama is about at least 50% done completing his change, the rest is to come. His constant demonizing of the opposition, the Republican party, is in hopes of regaining a Democratic house for the last two years of his presidency. That happens? Take care folks.


KansasLiberal 1 year, 2 months ago

"Based on his first four years in office, Obama has not shown any desire to set aside party interests."

Who is stupid enough to believe this garbage? Who is stupid enough to write it? I really, really wish that Obama was 10% of the Liberal that right-wingers claim that he is, but the fact is that he's a conservative republican and has governed as one.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

Unfortunately ALEC and a large majority of the republican party got married to the idea that working class blue and white collars make too much money. Talk about living in glass houses. Right to Work means lower wages.

ALEC and Repubs Busting unions is about YOU and me working for less money Union or NOT = monster corporate profits!!.

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that.

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures

ALEX EXPOSED – The Koch Connection

ALEC – Ghostwriting The Law for Corporate America


ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting


Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president.

Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

Meanwhile Obama is still around as the GOP continue their efforts to destroy the USA economy over new economic growth.This is more nonsense considering Congress has a minimum of 11 safe options.

Make no mistake herein lies the problem. The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

People in America need jobs which means the USA cannot wait another 4 years. Congress has options therefore there is no reason to repeat the performance of the past 4 years. Millions of jobs that cannot be outsourced will provide new economic growth thus squashing any Fiscal Cliff forever. As of now there is another on the horizon….90 days.

This GOP will hold millions upon millions upon millions of jobless Americans hostage so they can play their games. It's time for democrats to step up to the plate and stop playing this game. It's time to move forward and cut the nonsense.

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is Not An Option.

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

How can taxes be cut on the wealthy any longer…. 33 years not enough?

Do republicans have any idea what they are talking about?

How in the world can taxes be cut while involved in a $3-$5 trillion ongoing military action?

Forget tax deductions when about 35,000 and counting new Iraq/Afghanistan disabled vets are on the tax dollar payroll for at least the next 50 years. Yes they deserve it.

When was the last time government reduced spending?

Is it possible?

Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. He had a balanced budget in 1956 and 1957.

Since then, there have been two presidents to preside over balanced budgets, LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001.

During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 2 months ago

"His agenda for the next four years will be designed to inject greater government involvement at all levels of our society."
Given the seventy page omnibus anti-abortion bill introduced into committee last week, I find this one particularly ironic. And let's not forget things like school financing, union busting and taking over the judiciary while their preachers pray for our lost souls (which I didn't was lost) like we're recalcitrant children. If that isn't "all levels of society", I don't know what is.


WristTwister 1 year, 2 months ago

Dolph's editorials are obvious. He is the only conservative writer at the LJW.

See the link below for Obama lies and distortions in his SOTU address.


Karl_Hungus 1 year, 2 months ago

To the anonymous writer, If you think Obama and the Fed Govt. is going to ruin your life, don't worry, Brownback and his cabinet of trolls are doing far worse to us right now.... Obama can't hold a candle to him. Heck, when you start to feel all of the effects of Brownback's laws, you will beg for the good ole days of Obama.


JohnBrown 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm sure glad republicans don't want big government to play a greater role in the lives of people...oh, but what about vaginal sonograms??? ...and what about republicans wanting to place big government between women and their doctors?? ...and what about republicans wanting big government to only interfere with labor union's political speech but not commerce's political speech??? ...and what about republicans wanting big government to make some people have to wait in long lines just to vote???

The American Taliban's...err...oops..the Tea Party's slogan is: "Don't tread on me as I tread on you".



msezdsit 1 year, 2 months ago

"greater role for the federal government in the lives of most Americans." I am hanging this one on the dolphster. Big government is only big government when his guy didn't win. Even when he has to make it up. Now, if his guy wins, truly big government imposed in our lives doesn't count. Abortion anyone. Manipulation of voting rights anyone. on and on and on ..................... ...................


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 2 months ago

Lawrence is doing a great job of government involvement. Trash carts mandated, rental tegistration, dictating how many people can live in a house, fining people for not shoveling walks, mandating that grass over 12 inches is in violation. Forcing taxpayers to pay for after school care for kids, whose mothers could take care of their own. Local government spending on schools, library with NO pan to keep them maintained. A planning department that creates ridiculous rules to obstruct investors unless they are Fritzel and Comton. Any others get the junk projects, like 9th and Delaware.

Agreed that the Journal World staff should sign their names. Are they ashamed!


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 2 months ago

The Dolph written editorials are obvious. I don't need a by-line. What makes them so obvious is that they're all based on ideology and have little to do with the real world. He's the poster boy (heehee, I made a pun) for the "Obama is a Muslim, Communist, Socialist, Fascist" crowd. And invariably they are singularly lacking in hard data.
Nothing to see here, move along.


somebodynew 1 year, 2 months ago

Well, maybe the writer(s) should look at the government just here in Kansas. How is that "less government" thing shaping up here ???? Seems like everyday there is some new phase of our lives the legislature wants to get involved in - and not in a good way. Oh, but they don't want to pay for it - that will be up to the locals to raise property/sales taxes.


Timothy Eugene 1 year, 2 months ago

Just as the posters on here remain under anonymous usernames, I see no reason for the writer of this editorial to have to use their real name. Besides, they are spot on and you know it even though most won't admit it. Obama is the worst so-called "leader" the idiots of this country have ever elected. You get what you vote for. Socialism.


irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

Obama is the cheerleader of the left. He may of well have had some pom pons and done a couple of backflips also.


Armstrong 1 year, 2 months ago

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! a.k.a. Shovel ready jobs, a.k.a FIx it First. Any guesses to what the next incarnation of this one will be ?


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 2 months ago

This one was clearly typed by Dolph-- C- material all the way.


Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 2 months ago

It's time for all Journal-World writers to disclose their identity, especially for editorials.

Who do the editorials represent?

Who will be the first to do it?


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