Letters to the Editor

Letter: Vote for change

January 1, 2014


To the editor:

The members of Congress have left Washington for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a difficult year in which they did … in which they developed some new … hmm.  Actually the “Do Nothing” Congress did very little for the past year.

I know, some people will say the less they do the better,and I would be tempted to agree. However, this Congress, with the help of the Kansas delegation, blocked action on immigration reform, tax reform, gun control, extending long-term unemployment assistance, the farm bill, scores of administrative appointments, and … everything else except a budget bill. They tried to block the Affordable Care Act, but it somehow survived and now has enrolled well over a million people.

The “Do Nothing” Congress reached a new low in partisan antagonism and inflexibility, not to mention a new low in their evaluation by the public. In 2014, we have a chance to change the embarrassing mess that is our Congress. We have the chance to vote for people who will work toward a “Do Something” Congress.

There are too many serious issues that need to be addressed for us to allow a repetition of the sorry spectacle that was our Congress. Pay attention to the candidates in the next ten months, and be sure to vote.

We can make things better.


Mike Ford 4 years, 3 months ago

vote out the GOP that essentially puts this country up on blocks and walks away as the Koch Brothers smile. Elect people who will actually do work and not consider doing nothing as their work. Those people claim the government doesn't work as they elect people that make sure it doesn't work. I remember a yelling match I had with a Lynn Jenkins staffer who stated "63% of Kansans voted for Lynn Jenkins to do nothing" the morning after the 2010 midterm elections. This attitude has to go. This comment was telling.

4 years, 3 months ago

If this current Congress had simply done nothing, it would be cause enough for shame -- we pay their salaries while they work less than 180 days a year and complain about all the "takers" on minimum wage who are working their butts off just to keep food on the table. No, not just do-nothing -- they are obstructionists to the max on every issue the President cares about. I'm surprised they haven't tried to outlaw breathing since it's something he favors. The First Lady mentioned that water is good for us and the naysayers went ballistic -- the nerve! the attempt at control! I'm too embarrassed for this Congress to enjoy a good laugh at their expense. Those of us who see them for exactly what they are have to flood the polls this year and replace them with genuine Americans who want this country to survive. We are rapidly returning to the time when there was no middle class -- only the wealthy and the destitute. We won't like it any better this time around, so we owe it to ourselves to stop the whole movement in its tracks. Don't ever think your vote doesn't count.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

"they are obstructionists to the max on every issue the President cares about."

These are the checks and balances built into our system of government. It keeps a despot, like Barack Obama, under a modicum of control. I will submit that Congress didn't obstruct everything the President cared about. They did not obstruct the President and his DOJ from creating Fast and Furious. They didn't obstruct the President from the unprecedented use of the IRS to block political opposition. They didn't block the President and Secretary Clinton from abandoning our diplomats in Benghazi which got them killed. They did not block the passage of the ACA. They did not block over 5 million people from being thrown off of their health plans that they liked and were supposed to be able to keep. Period. They did not block the President and Secretary Sebelius from spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a dysfunctional website that could have been done for 1% of the expenditure by 5 people with a laptop from Cupertino, CA. That in and of itself should make everyone stop and think; "Why were they able to fix something in, roughly, 90 days that they had three years to construct?"

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

Tax breaks for the wealthy/1% would create jobs and new industry we were told 33 years ago at the announcement of the New World Order Global Economy. Thus far the New World Order Global Economy has been supported by millions upon millions of jobs going abroad and leaving the USA blue and white collars behind to work for less or not at all. I'd say Reagan/Bush and Supply Side Economics were not only wrong but perhaps had no idea what they were talking about.

The GOP has been subverted by the ALEC Right Wing Party which I say probably put forth the nonsense concept of Supply Side Economics aka Wreckanomics.

The USA in general cannot afford the ALEC Right Wing Party controlled GOP. Not true republicans,not democrats,not women,not green party thinkers,not USA wages, not 401k's, not the middle class, not Social Security Insurance,not Medicare Insurance,not public education, not the USA federal highway system,not the millions upon millions of jobless, not homeowners and most certainly not the children of now and in the future.......

NO to reckless economics that serves only New World Order Global Economics which consistently breeds loan scams and keeps Americans unemployed.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

Keep checking on one's voting status. A former congressional democrat house speaker went to vote this past year and was turned away. Can we even imagine the shock to this man after having voted in every election for decades and decades?

The right wing is obviously zeroed in on eliminating democratic voters. Never believe your vote is secure. The Sam Brownback agenda gives one reason to keep in touch with the status of your right to vote.

Meanwhile .......

TOPEKA — Kansas will start combing through its birth certificates within a few weeks to whittle down the list of voters with registrations on hold because they haven't complied with the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement, Secretary of State Kris Kobach said.

"We're looking for every way that we can to help people complete their registrations," he said. "This will help a lot of people." ( I SAY don't believe Kobach for one second).

Bob Gent 4 years, 3 months ago

I thought the IW. Banned anonymous posting.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 3 months ago

Their Name may not be next to their Profile Picture, but if you click on the picture, it gives the Name the User is using(Real Name? Maybe..) per LJW rules. Not sure how they did that but, Oh Well.

4 years, 3 months ago

I thought about answering your post, Scott Burkhart, but it's packed so full of knee-jerk declarations, untrue factoids, and Faux Noise repeats, I hardly see the point in expending the energy to refute it sentence by sentence. Instead I'll just make a note to myself to keep scrolling when I see your name in a conversation thread.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Promise? I thought you weren't getting me anything for Christmas and now you're giving me something I really wanted! The gift that keeps on giving. :-)

Steve King 4 years, 3 months ago

Copy that. I was about to call him out myself. If you're going to prove a point at least use real facts and not a bunch of conspiracy theories because first of all it only makes you look and sound like a cave dweller.

Provide me with some facts to back up your statement the President was responsible for the IRS challenges.

Provide me with some facts to back up your statement the President was responsible for the Fast and Furious challenges.

Provide me with facts there are 5 million canceled policy's. And why was that? Who's cheating who?

And uh, he wasn't at the Embassy. A fact you all ignore. He was out visiting at a CIA station house with a small security team. And who cut the funding for the protection. The GOP.

Those Dudes in CA just made a faceplate that only checked one source. Not the dozens the real system has to.

The GOP are not obstructionists? Where were you during the Default?

Brock Masters 4 years, 3 months ago

Facts? The president is in charge of his administration. He is responsible for everything that his appointed people do.

Do you deny fast and furious happened? Who cares where Stephens was abandoned, he was abandoned. They did not send in troops to try and help him. Maybe they were right that it wouldn't have mattered but you still try.

Do you deny the ACA website did not function properly?

Do you support giving a no-bid contract for it to a Canadian company?

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Cave dweller? Nice. The different points that I emphasized are so numerous and the explanations are so involved that I chose not to expand on any one of them for the sake of brevity. If you desire to believe that this president is doing a competent job of leading this country, so be it. I will point to several polls, Gallop, PEW, and Harvard, that put you in the minority with those beliefs. Calling me names does not bolster your argument. It merely demonstrates your ability to ignore a plethora of events that have occurred under this administration that should give rise to questions. Questions that the administration refuses to answer. I'll give you a big one. This is one that should send chills up the spine of every American. Unlawful surveillance of the media. When it is done by the highest prosecutorial arm of the government, the DOJ, who is going to stop them but the President because the Attorney General is an appointed position? Actions like that push us ominously close to a police state.

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