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Letter: Puppet masters

June 29, 2013

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To the editor:

I do understand why the Kansas ultraconsrvative politicians’ whole purpose in life is to support the big money country club fat cats. What I don’t understand is why Kansas residents continue to vote for them. Do the people believe that corporate executives should be given a free pass while common Kansans who work for a living pay all the taxes?

One of the most blatant examples of our elected representatives’ commitment to the top 1 percent came during the president’s State of the Union Address. He said that he wanted to confront the problems of equal pay for equal work for women and step up efforts to stop domestic abuse. After he made those statements, the camera focused on our 2nd District congresswoman. She scrunched up her face and shook her head, “no.” (She appears about 34 minutes into the State of the Union video posted on nytimes.com.) I found it impossible to believe, but then I remembered who she was and what she stood for. Her puppet masters do not want to give equal pay to women and couldn’t care less about domestic violence, therefore our congresswoman is against it.

Someone must be voting for these politicians. And you know the elections in Kansas must be fair and the votes counted properly; our secretary of state has that responsibility, the same secretary of state who is the primary consultant to write voter suppression legislation for the tea party states. Is that a scary thought or what?

Comments

Charles L Bloss Jr 1 year, 3 months ago

I scrunch up my face, and shake my head no every time the emperor tells another lie. My neck is sore, as almost everything out of his mouth is a lie. I am proud to have voted for Lynn Jenkins and our two great senators !!

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oldexbeat 1 year, 3 months ago

wow. Koch Brothers LLC lovers of the world unite -- you have nothing to lose but your minds. Go for it. We love mindless US Senators -- ones that ran and jumped off the rightwing of the party -- totally owned by Koch and ALEC and others. There has been nothing at all done by them to help Kansas. Nothing. And Dr. Timmy Huelskamp ("I'm the brightest person in Fowler, Kansas") even managed to get kicked off of the US House Agriculture Committee -- first time in its history (1851 - ) that Kansas has not had a member on it. Thank, Tim, for being a professional politico, living most of your adult life in Washington DC and then to screw up the one thing that you might have done to help your state. Dumb as a rock, that's Tim. He is just counting the days until US Senator Pat Roberts dies. Thinks that Brownback will appoint him. (Not -- even Sam doesn't like him.)

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rtwngr 1 year, 3 months ago

Let's not forget "Cover California" that is receiving Fed tax dollars to promote the AHCA to students in California so they can go home and tell their parents how great it is. Look it up!

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jayhawklawrence 1 year, 3 months ago

It is commonly known that a conservative activist falsely represented ACORN as promoting prostitution by using a heavily edited video that they filmed originally by deception.

The Republican Party benefited greatly by this fraudulent video and there was never an apology. Recently, an employee who was fired as a result of the phony video and the bad PR that it created was awarded a settlement of $100K by the conversative activist, James O'Keefe".

I like this BLOG for interesting commentary, but not for the purpose of distributing political falsehoods and propaganda.

Politicians will continue to use this type of propaganda to advance their political careers but this practice is bad for the country and the main reason why I believe right wing Republicans are also bad for the country.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 3 months ago

I think many people don't put a lot of thought into ALL of their votes. That's why we have the politicians in office that we now have to live with for a while. Of course, most people will be sure to vote for a few candidates that they favor for one reason or another, but so many names on the ballot can baffle a person. So, not a lot of thought is put into many of the choices, and unfortunately advertising is remembered that does not have much information about the candidate's stance on many issues, and that candidate is voted for. So, we're getting the government we deserve.

"Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite."
("Every nation gets the government it deserves.")
- Joseph de Maistre

And, the political parties do not seem to be doing a very good job of presenting well qualified candidates. Since there are only two major and only a couple minor political parties, the 'Puppet Masters' are actually within the political parties. Political parties are not at all necessary for our government to function, but we have become so accustomed to them that they seem necessary. Political parties are not mentioned at all in the Constitution.

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

  • George Washington, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
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rtwngr 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree Ron. I think most of the electorate is made up of uninformed or low information voters. They hear sound bites and act on that without any substantiation or critical discernment. I would be willing to bet that 5 out of 10 voters under the age of 30 cannot identify the pictures of President, Vice President, Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House of Representatives on any street corner across the country. I would wager, however, they could identify, Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, David Letterman, and the entire Kardashian family.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 3 months ago

Well, the political parties can only present those who chose to run for office. It does take a ginormous amount of money and no one wants to back someone unless they are reasonable certain they can win.

Reporters now have the resources to look into someones life literally from birth to the present and who among us has lived our lives with the idea that what we are doing might someday find a national audience?

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Liberty275 1 year, 3 months ago

I don't vote for democrats because I don't trust them. AWB, ACA, NSA, IRS, 20 Oz Cokes, seat belts, smoking, etc. Democrats need a good time out so they can think about keeping their noses out of people's lives.

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Patricia Davis 1 year, 3 months ago

What about republicans and their obsession with women's productive rights. You can't get more intrusive than a transvaginal probe.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

the whole acorn "controversy" was manufactured by a conservative activist James O Keefe, who so misrepresented the Acorn scandal that he was successfully sued for this nonsense and paid Mr. Juan Carlos Vera $100,000 for damages in the Acorn video. Play with facts conservatives and you lose. So make up and stuff and get sued. And don't bother to the gullable people what really happened.

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jafs 1 year, 3 months ago

A very quick google search reveals that tusch... is correct.

The videos were heavily edited to try to present illegal activity, and an investigation concluded that ACORN had broken no laws.

Unfortunately, by then ACORN had been destroyed as a viable organization.

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