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

February 22, 2013


— 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.


Joe Hyde 5 years 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".

weeslicket 5 years 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).

DCLawHawk 5 years ago

You're missing the point entirely, weeslicket. He's not talking about his son's personal student loan debt. He's talking about the fact that his son's share of the national debt (like your own share) is up to about $54,000. $16.5 trillion in debt divided by about 300 million US population = roughly $55,000 in national debt per person.

Jock Navels 5 years ago

which is about as much as a new heavy duty pick up truck costs. we all owe for one truck each. that's not outrageously out of hand. we could all take out a 5 year no interest loan with a $4,000 cash rebate. We could all send the money to the Feds, reducing the debt to $0. and with $4k cash in everyone's pocket, the economy would be stimulated. then we could all default on our loans, and the big banks would fail, and this time, close down, and be gone. WIN, WIN, WIN.

Fatty_McButterpants 5 years ago

Considering that the U.S. owns the bulk of its own debt, perhaps Republicans should stop being so "hysterical" about the debt.

weeslicket 5 years 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 ! "

Brock Masters 5 years ago

Why did Obama suggest and sign the sequestration if it would have such dire consequences?

Dick Sengpiehl 5 years ago

There's enough blame to go around. Forget who's to blame and fix it.

Randall Uhrich 5 years 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.

Dick Sengpiehl 5 years ago

Right you are Can't stand what the right wing is doing to our country and state.

oldbaldguy 5 years 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.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

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

2xhawk 5 years 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!

Dick Sengpiehl 5 years ago

Good one. Guys like Huelskamp and Pompeo are a disgrace to Kansas. But people like that keep getting elected.

hedshrinker 5 years 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!

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

If the Grey has enough resources to make a video, then she does not need more funding. She is in a chair where she is supposed to manage the taxpayers resources. I have no compassion for her or her cause.

Fatty_McButterpants 5 years ago

Yes, because it takes a lot of money to be able to make a video these days. It's not like cameras are built into cell phones and computers or anything.

Jack Martin 5 years 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."

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.

Finally, here's a link to the video in question:

And the videos from a range of research universities around the nation:

Brian Laird 5 years ago

Given the large number of undergraduates involved in undergraduate research at KU, it would seem they are getting a benefit from research funding.

Brian Laird 5 years ago

Ok. I thought it would be obvious, but maybe to everyone it is not. Research groups at KU are funded by federal grants. Undergraduates do research in those groups, getting trained on equipment and techniques funded by the federal money by graduate students and postdocs funded by the federal grants. This experience gives the undergraduates significant value added that can be translated into getting a better job or getting accepted by a better graduate school. Graduate schools in the sciences view undergraduate research experience as a significant factor for admission.

Brian Laird 5 years ago

There are a large number of students who do undergraduate research, especially in the sciences. I don't know the exact percentages, but among BS science majors it is probably a majority or close to it. The bottom line is that undergraduate research options are available to all students, even if some do not take advantage of thr opportunity. You might check out the KU Office of undergraduate research if you are interested in learning about it.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

Don't blame Koch. They are doing business under the current tax code that our elected officials blessed us all with. Koch is one of the largest employeers. It provides health benefits, retirements and numerous other things for an ungrateful workforce. When are those who don't know how to generate revenue going to quit blaming those who do. Remember, there is nothing wrong with creating wealth, unless you are the poor schmuck that is not doing it.

Shelley Bock 5 years ago

Ah, the "let them eat cake" rationale, Can't. Remember the French Revolution?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years 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.

yourworstnightmare 5 years 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.

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

That's particularly hilarious from Mike Pompeo, who created Thayer Aerospace company to subcontract building parts for Boeing's defense contracts. Furthermore, he created some of his contract jobs in Mexico instead of in Kansas.

What a guy....

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

Gosh, ya convinced me with that air-tight argument.

yourworstnightmare 5 years 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.

question4u 5 years 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?

DCLawHawk 5 years ago

Liberal, Actually the federal government will still spend MORE this year, even with the sequester, than it spent last year. Also, the cut in non-defense discretionary spending in the sequester is LESS THAN the total amount appropriated for the Superstorm Sandy cleanup. Because the sequester does not even touch entitlement spending (aka mandatory spending), the total spending in FY13 will exceed the total in FY12. That is a big part of the reason why the sequester is overblown--and Rep. Pompeo's critique is accurate.

Armstrong 5 years 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.

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

Umm honey bunch, you been list'nin to that crazy Romney guy, haven't you? Here's a flash from the past 'splainin how Mitt --and you-- was way off base, as usual. The feds shell out billions to the states to administer funds for police, fire fighters and teachers:

Armstrong 5 years ago

Then I should be expecting a large tax return this year as I don't have to support them anymore. Huffington Post - really?

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

So you don't think the billions and billions of federal monies received by the state/local governments is accurate because I happened to pull up a Huffington Post article? Really? Then use your own sources and prove otherwise. I can certainly find plenty of other sources to back me up, but it's time you do you own homework.

And look up "hyperbole" while you're at it. I certainly never said that local and state taxes weren't a significant part of the mix--all three play major roles. Just ask any firefighter, teacher or policeman.

Michael LoBurgio 5 years 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.

oldexbeat 5 years 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.

Larry Sturm 5 years ago

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

Armstrong 5 years ago

Critisise or correct? Seems like Gray - Little has beed into the Blue Kool Aide a few too many times. Or, economics just is not her subject.

UneasyRider 5 years ago

Tend to believe Gray-Little is a lot smarter and more intelligent than Pompeo. After all, he's an elected Republican in Kansas totally owned by the Kochs.

Armstrong 5 years ago

I'd go Pompeo, he hasn't been indoctrinated into the liberal " school of higher learning ". Besides Gray - Little is spouting the same lame policy our Failure In Chief has been the last 4 years

UneasyRider 5 years ago

So being chancellor of major university is a failure? So winning election twice as POTUS makes someone a failure? But being elected as republlican congressman in a backward redneck state makes someone a success?

Armstrong 5 years ago

I probably wouldn't be so cocky about propping up a failure, POTUS or not

UneasyRider 5 years ago

So, he's a failure. Did you quote Fox or Limbaugh for this "FACT"?

UneasyRider 5 years ago

Same history that says W was a success. Try quoting a real historian.

Centerville 5 years ago

Nothing like another academic shill for Obama. Yawn.

UneasyRider 5 years ago

So anyone agreeing with Obama is a shill? Explain how he was elected twice as POTUS. Remember Fox and Limbaugh don't count as reliable, factual sources. After all, according to them Romney was to be elected in a landslide. What happened there?

yourworstnightmare 5 years 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.

Armstrong 5 years ago

So according to your logic Pompeo wants to eliminate his own job. I will put that one in the wrong cloumn for now

UneasyRider 5 years ago

So maybe Pompeo isn't smart enough to realize what he is supporting? Sounds logical to me.

repaste 5 years ago

"They want to destroy government and bring it down." Not quite. They want government to do as they choose, protect wealth, enrich themselves, and control the most personal aspect of our lives. They want the Government to stop regulating industry and start regulating our bedrooms and bodies.

barredjack 5 years ago

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

UneasyRider 5 years ago

There is a slight difference between elected people and educated people. Most educated people are not fear mongers, in spite of what Fox news claims.

UneasyRider 5 years 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.

barredjack 5 years ago

Because people disagree with you, you assume they can't think for themselves. They present facts and you resort to ad hominem attacks. The real problem is elitism and why it causes people like you to look down on the rest of us. Do yourself a favor and chill out, drink a beer, and get laid. I promise you the world won't end tomorrow because we cut a little bit out of the GROWTH of government. Despite the Chancellor's talk of doom and gloom, KU will go on. The med center will continue to pursue research and the men's hoops teams will continue to put the whooping on opponents. Rock chalk.

yourworstnightmare 5 years 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:

JayHawke 5 years 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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