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U.S. Rep. Pompeo critical of KU Chancellor Gray-Little’s video on sequestration

February 22, 2013

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— U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, accused Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little of overly strong rhetoric in a video put out by a science and research group that urges Congress to stop the sequester.

Across-the-board cuts in federal spending, known as the sequester, are set to take effect March 1 unless Congress and President Barack Obama reach a deal.

A group called ScienceWorksforUS put out a news release and video messages from higher education officials, business leaders and students urging Congress to end the budget sequester, saying the cuts would have drastic effects on federally funded research.

In one of the videos, KU Chancellor Gray-Little talks about how federal funds support medical research at KU that saves lives and improves the economy.

"The solution to America's financial challenges should be balanced, and should recognize that the discoveries universities make today will be the foundation of our economy tomorrow," Gray-Little says.

Pompeo said Gray-Little's use of a balanced approach "is code for more taxes on hard-working Kansans and more money distributed to Washington, D.C."

He added, "While I share the Chancellor’s desire to make our Kansas schools great, she ignores the threat to those same young people resulting from the fact that every graduate of her college this May—my son Nick among them—is already responsible for over $54,000 in federal debt.

"As for private enterprise, she fails to recognize the simple truth that it is not federal government spending that creates wealth, jobs, and prosperity for our state and for our country," he said.

He said the video was an example of the "hysterical" rhetoric about sequestration.

Pompeo called sequestration "a home run" and said that when he voted for it he wanted deeper cuts. "That's why it's only a home run and not a grand slam," he said.

Under sequestration, automatic cuts of $85 billion would be made over the next seven months. That would include cuts of 8 percent in defense spending and 5 percent in most federal programs. Over a decade the cuts would total about $1 trillion, cut evenly between defense and domestic spending.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates sequestration will cost 750,000 jobs.

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JayHawke 1 year, 1 month ago

Take a careful look at Pompeo’s background. Born in California, attended West Point, and obtained, at federal taxpayers’ expense, what amounts to in today’s dollars a $350,000 to $400,000 education. Spent the absolute minimum of five years active duty in the Army and then left the military to attend law school at Harvard and go on to benefit from federal government contracts as owner/investor in “Thayer Airspace,” again at federal taxpayers’ expense. His criticism of Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is a shining example of hypocrisy at its finest.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 1 month ago

Kansas is predicted to be one the harder hit states by sequestration. This is because on average, kansas receives more federal dollars than other states relative to the size of its economy (ag subsidies and defense industry spending).

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/23/4083529/as-sequestration-nears-gear-up.html

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UneasyRider 1 year, 1 month ago

Really feel sorry for those who lack skills or ability to think for themselves. But then there's always Fox or Limbaugh to tell them what they think. Really pathetic.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 1 month ago

The cuts will be good for America. "Across the board" cuts are idiocy. Not everything the Govt does is equally worthy of funding.

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barredjack 1 year, 1 month ago

And I thought all the fear mongers worked in Congress. Turns out, there are some working in higher education also.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 1 month ago

Pompeo is a right wing anti intellectual ideologue. He would criticize KU for saving children.

Pompeo and his ilk don't want to make government better and more efficient. They want to destroy government and bring it down.

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Centerville 1 year, 1 month ago

Nothing like another academic shill for Obama. Yawn.

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bobberboy 1 year, 1 month ago

pompeo is the most extreme of brownbacks cronies. why would we care ? he should be tar and feathered and run out on a rail !! Unless you are stupid enough to agree with browncracks principles ?

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Larry Sturm 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes Pompeo don't take any criticism for not doing what you were elected for. Criticise someone for trying to do theirs.

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P76 1 year, 1 month ago

This is a gullible lady. Obama's plan to sequester, if fulfilled, is going to increase his budget .02 cents less on the dollar over last year, instead of a whole dollar increase. He is still increasing his budget. Just .02 cents less on the dollar. And his fear mongering that this .02 cent reduction of his budget growth is going to be devastating, has his minions panicked? And this lady, among other intellectuals, believe Obama's declarations?

I can see why Obama's servile voters believe him. They are enamored with his being. But, a so called intellectual believing him? A University intellectual?

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oldexbeat 1 year, 1 month ago

Wichita was built on WWII and federal funds -- all those bombers and jets and airforce bases -- Pompeo was a birther, too, as I recall. Clearly an ignorant man. Oh, and the Interstate Highways -- thank you Ike and Cold War money. So much federal money. Of course, Koch Brothers employees don't like so admit reality.

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Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 1 month ago

Rep. Pompeo (R-Koch) Defends ‘Vilified’ Koch Brothers From ‘Nixonian’ Obama

After the Koch brothers secretly mobilized $100 million from fellow billionaires to unseat President Barack Obama last weekend, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) wrote an op-ed in Politico today accusing the Obama administration of harassing the co-owners of Koch Industries and Pompeo’s greatest contributors.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/02/03/418215/rep-pompeo-r-koch-defends-vilified-koch-brothers-from-nixonian-obama/?mobile=nc

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Armstrong 1 year, 1 month ago

Gray-Litttle also babbled on about how police, fire fighters and teachers would be losing thier jobs. Umm sweet pea those jobs are funded by the individual states not the United States.

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ibroke 1 year, 1 month ago

it takes 2 hours and 18 min for the government to spend 1 billion dollars

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 1 month ago

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little needs to know all the facts. Most importantly, the sequester was Obama's / Jack Lew's brainchild and Obama signed the bill into law. Sequester will only save a mere $85 billion from a $3.5 trillion federal budget, roughly 2%. In the strange world of government baseline budgeting, sequester only decreases the rate of growth. That's right, everything is still going up up up as usual.

Now you know the rest of the story. Obama did it!

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ibroke 1 year, 1 month ago

hey i just saw on you tube back on Nov 2011 obama said he would veto any compromise to avoid the sequestration, so he must be for it happening!

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Liberal 1 year, 1 month ago

Can someone tell me how much less they will spend this year after Sequestration vs what they spent last year?

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question4u 1 year, 1 month ago

Sequestration was created as a doomsday scenario extreme enough so that everyone would be eager to avoid its disastrous consequences and hence consider compromise infinitely preferable.

How much more evidence does anyone need of the ineptitude, incompetence, and extremism of Representatives from Kansas than Pompeo opening his mouth?

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autie 1 year, 1 month ago

Does anybody find the irony in the simple observation that Pompous-eo thinks he knows what is good for Kansas and doesn't have a clue about the reality of how things work? Them smart alecky college girls don't know nothin about no sestraquation..in fact they should be being forced to have babies them don't wont and cook and sew and stuff like that....leave the federal govbmint thinkin to the men.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 1 month ago

"He added, "While I share the Chancellor’s desire to make our Kansas schools great, she ignores the threat to those same young people resulting from the fact that every graduate of her college this May—my son Nick among them—is already responsible for over $54,000 in federal debt."

It is to laugh. Talk about self-inflicted wounds. Public college prices are soaring as a direct result of reduced funding (and reduced taxes) from the state.

Sorry to hear about your son's debt, Mike, but you have only yourself and your idiotic GOP policies to blame.

Kansas does the self-inflicted wound and whine better than anywhere in the country.

They hit themselves in the head with a hammer and then complain about the pain.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 1 month ago

""As for private enterprise, she fails to recognize the simple truth that it is not federal government spending that creates wealth, jobs, and prosperity for our state and for our country," he said."

Saying it often enough doesn't make it true, Mike. Government spending creates jobs just as any employer does. Just ask the defense industry in the post cold war early 90s, which tanked and cut jobs in southern California, as well as the defense industry today, who are scared stiff about the sequester and what it will mean for jobs in their industry.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 1 month ago

I think we need a very unbalanced approach. Cut military spending by at least 50%, and use the savings to remake the US economy in environmentally sustainable and peaceful directions, and the resulting explosion in economic growth would dramatically decrease the deficit within a decade or so.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 1 month ago

Can anyone substantiate that Koch and it related entities do not pay KS income tax under the new tax rules? I doubt Koch is organized as a pass through tax entity to its shareholders/members/partners although it is possible.

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Jack Martin 1 year, 1 month ago

Chancellor Gray-Little is one of 150 university chancellors and presidents calling for a balanced approach. As she wrote in December, this means that "all options — discretionary spending cuts and reforms to entitlements and taxes — need to be on the table." http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/04/3948529/as-i-see-it-fiscal-cliff-cuts.html

As the CAO of Black & Veatch stated in the video referenced by Congressman Pompeo, research universities are economic drivers. Indeed, the one area in which the Simpson-Bowles Commission called for increasing federal spending was on research and development because of the economic benefits.

This research - whether it is the search for treatments and cures at the KU Cancer Center, cooperation with the aerospace industry at NIAR in Wichita, or the biosecurity research that would be done at NBAF - contributes to the prosperity and well-being of Kansans and Americans.

The sequester, being a blunt, across-the-board cut, will have serious effects on all of these efforts and on the future prosperity of the nation. Just yesterday, former NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhoui, who served during the George W. Bush Administration, said the sequester "would be a disaster for research, which is not an activity that you can turn on and off year to year." He said the sequester will set back medical science for a generation. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/21/former-nih-director-the-sequester-will-set-back-medical-science-for-a-generation/

Finally, here's a link to the video in question: http://www.scienceworksforus.org/bernadette-gray-little-stop-the-sequester

And the videos from a range of research universities around the nation: http://www.scienceworksforus.org/economy/america-s-research-community-speaks-out

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hedshrinker 1 year, 1 month ago

Inadequate funding of K-12 and public jr colleges and universities and ideological pressure on the academic content provided therein are creating a third-class education for Kansans and the US at large which are moving us further and further down the global competition ladder. The drunk- on -power legislative atmosphere in one-party red states like KS is moving us quickly to third world status. Trickle down economic theory is a complete bust....why can't we get these idiots out of power ? Wake up people!

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2xhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually, it was Huelskamp that got booted off the Ag Comm., but Pompeo is an embarrassment, also.

Pompeo got his start by creating a business that lived off government contracts, then went to work for some Wichita oil guy, then ran for Congress on Koch money and contacts. That's Koch Industries, the 2d largest privately owned company in the U.S. (world?) that doesn't pay taxes in KS because it meets the definition of a "small" business.

Who knows? Maybe his son (actually step-son) Nick can find some connection that can get him a good paying job at Koch, or maybe create his own business - that'd be even better because then he could, as a "small" businessperson, skip out on that dad-gum $54,000. Win!

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

What's the bid deal?. I didn't think anybody really takes anything Gray-Little says seriously.

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oldbaldguy 1 year, 1 month ago

we have always had morons and crooks in congress. the modern media just makes it more obvious. there is a good reason why pompeo was booted off the ag committee.

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Randall Uhrich 1 year, 1 month ago

Why is being an idiot seem to be a prereqresite for representing the Republican party? And why do Kansans keep electing ignoramuses like Pompeo? We're the laughingstock of the nation.

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weeslicket 1 year, 1 month ago

pompeo: "As for private enterprise, she fails to recognize the simple truth that it is not federal government spending that creates wealth, jobs, and prosperity for our state and for our country," he said.

article: The Congressional Budget Office estimates sequestration will cost 750,000 jobs.

pompeo: " HYSTERICAL ! "

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weeslicket 1 year, 1 month ago

pompeo: "... my son Nick among them—is already responsible for over $54,000 in federal debt."

or more correctly: the son is responsible for re-paying his student loan (i.e., the son's debt); payments on his debt will be made to the lending bank (i.e., not the federal treasury).

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 1 month ago

Rep. Pompeo thinks Chancellor Gray-Little's use of the word "balanced" is code for "more taxes on hard-working Kansans"?

Okay; let's see if he's bright enough to give us a code word for: "dump the state income taxes of 191,000 business owners onto their salaried employees".

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