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Saturday Column: Voters must look at facts, not promises, in 2014

March 8, 2014

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The next seven months are going to be an extremely rough-and-tumble period in both the national and state political scenes.

President Obama and his followers will be using every possible tool to try to stop the bleeding from his lies relative to Obamacare, the Benghazi tragedy, the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, the unemployment situation and many other Obama policies and actions.

Democratic candidates who normally would be trying to campaign on the coattails of the Democratic president now are trying to figure out ways to distance themselves from the president.

Republican candidates have been presented a highly favorable climate in which to capitalize on the growing distrust of Obama, but GOP candidates have to offer better and more solid solutions to help correct many of today’s challenges and problems.

Unfortunately, the actions of the Obama administration cause a growing number of Americans to wonder whether they can trust the promises and pledges of our senior elected officials. It is clear Obama lied, time and time again, about his health care plan.

It also is clear he has changed various deadlines called for in his Obamacare package, which, if enforced, would have serious negative effects on Democratic candidates. He didn’t want anything that would cause a loss of Democratic support before the U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial elections.

Millions of Americans would have faced financial penalties or lost their insurance if the original deadlines had been enforced.

Here in Kansas, Paul Davis of Lawrence and Jill Docking of Wichita, who are seeking the Democratic nomination for governor and lieutenant governor, try to distance themselves from Obama and his policies. They both were strong, active supporters of Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections but claim they should not be judged as being apostles of Obama.

Likewise, throughout the country, Democratic candidates for the U.S. Congress find convenient ways to distance themselves from the president and not be present when he visits their states.

When campaigning for the 2008 presidential election, Obama pledged, if elected, to make “fundamental changes” in America.

He followed through and, today, a growing majority of Americans say they are worse off now than they were before Obama’s election.

However, this doesn’t stop Obama as he, with the assistance of Attorney General Eric Holder and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, use numerous methods to stonewall efforts by GOP lawmakers to get answers to serious national questions, as well as being able to have House-initiated actions introduced for Senate debate.

Politics is a rough game. To the winner belong the spoils.

Obama and his crew know the president’s ability to continue to make “fundamental changes” depends on Democrats keeping control of the Senate and either whittling down the GOP majority or, better yet, taking control of the House. If this were to come about, Obama would not have to revert to executive actions to get his way.

The stakes are high, both for Obama and the country.

Democratic candidates favored by Obama will have access to the vast, unmatched and brilliant database on more than 200 million Americans which helped steam-roll Obama’s victories over John McCain and Mitt Romney.

This treasure chest of demographic information and directions on how to raise money, get out voters and, most of all, develop the messages and campaign promises that will resonate with voters and get them to the voting booths is invaluable.

The GOP has nothing to compare with the Democrats’ “Project Ivy,” which is the complete, tested and highly successful guide on how to win elections. One senior Democratic National Committee member said, “They (the GOP) haven’t been able to reverse-engineer what we did three years ago, let alone what we’ll do this year.”

As noted above, the next seven months will be critical for both Democrats and Republicans. Based on past national election efforts, Democrats —who see nothing wrong with greater national debt and a steady move to a “nanny state” environment — will use a lot of “we” and “they” trying to divide the country and figure out ways to offer more fiscal assistance and aid to more Americans.

GOP leaders will call for cuts in government spending, less government involvement in the lives of Americans, a country meriting more support and prestige among nations and leaders around the world and true honesty and transparency in government affairs. Free enterprise will be a central theme of their campaigns.

In Kansas, Democratic leaders will want access to Project Ivy, and they will try to distance themselves from Obama even though Davis and Docking have been strong, enthusiastic backers of the president.

An incumbent must run on his record, and there are many who have been and will be critical of Gov. Brownback’s actions and policies. Many Republicans wish he had had a better first term in office. However, Brownback has faced challenges similar to what many GOP governors around the country inherited, and the results of his tax initiatives have yet to be determined. He must meet a balanced budget, which is not required of the federal government, and he has tried to distribute limited state funding to those with the greatest needs. There’s no way to please everyone. It is natural most state-aided or state-supported agencies want greater fiscal support, but the strength of the state’s economy determines the availability and level of funding.

As noted above, the 2014 and 2016 elections are critical for this country, and the stakes are high, extremely high.

The best insurance for this country to move forward is for an informed citizenry to be able to separate promises from facts.

Comments

Richard Heckler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Facts YES!!!

Beltway GOP Still trying to wipe out Medicare Insurance

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option. http://www.thenation.com/article/159769/paul-ryans-plan-destroy-medicare

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is STILL NOT An Option. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

Richard Heckler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Facts YES ! How many more times do we want the GOP to kill the economy?

--- Why does the GOP Deliberately crash the USA economy? at will? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist = Grab Your Wallets!!! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many billions and millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT – Bailing Out Big banks. Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

--- RECKLESS GOP Tax cuts = THE GOP ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

How many more times do we want the GOP to kill the economy?

Julius Nolan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Read as far as 1st sentence of 2nd paragraph. Couldn't read any more Tea Party talking points. Obvious this is just another BS Saturday column, no facts needed

Mike Ford 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I have affordable health insurance. I like that promise. Now I don't have to worry about that while working.

Bob Smith 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Millions of people lost their insurance and/or paying much higher rates to allow you to get off cheaply, Enjoy your gloating.

James Howlette 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Is that why it's so easy to find real examples of this happening that don't crumble upon closer scrutiny?

Ken Lassman 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This is a disturbing attitude to take this early in the election cycle, Dolph. By placing yourself way down the polarization and assumption laden trail that so characterizes the politics of alienation that dominates these days, you provide nothing to either side. As you strive for relevance in an ever changing journalistic landscape, you provide little hope to provide a community forum for meaningful discussion with the attitude that you have just displayed in this column. So sad.

Julius Nolan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This is a trademark of Dolph's column's and unfortunately the tenor of his own newspaper. Very few facts are reported, mostly personal opinions and slants for the so-called news articles.

Bob Smith 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Every member of Congress that voted for the ACA "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" needs to be returned to the private sector.

James Howlette 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This just in: Dolph really doesn't like Obama.

dale thompson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

follow up in...... Dolph loves his tax break from Brownback too. So Obama lied, hum has Bush found Iraqs weapons of mass destruction yet. Clinton still not having sex. Bush sr still want us to "read my lips". Reagan still playing stupid to avoid lying about contra. Carter and Ford were pretty honest, and useless. Nixon, wow, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Franklin D. oh how far do we need to go. Even George and the cheery tree is a lie! Its history that judges them. Dolph is willing to that with Brownback, but not Obama.

Scott Burkhart 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I find it disturbing that so many are ready to dismiss the malfeasance of the current administration with the old, "they lied too," retort. That doesn't make it alright. Richard Heckler was the first one on this thread to start copying and pasting every website/story he could muster on the evils of the right wing as if this is justification for a President that is governing as a despot. I realize the divisiveness that exists but we need to come to some sort of an agreement, regardless of ideology, our government is accountable to all of its citizens, not just the ones that cast a vote for the winners. I can see during the Benghazi attack by terrorists in Libya, that there may have been no forces ready to swoop in deliver these poor souls from harm. We can agree or disagree about the readiness and security of the consulate and then come to the universal conclusion that mistakes were made. I get that. What I don't get is Susan Rice appearing on five Sunday morning talk shows selling a narrative that couldn't have been further from the truth. The narrative continued and was repeated by several different members of the administration, including the President, for two weeks after the incident. Then, as if video and recordings don't exist, the President, over a year later, insists that he was calling it a terrorist attack from the beginning. Doesn't it make anyone wonder why the administration would perpetuate a falsehood and then act as if they didn't say the things they said on video? Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condaleeza Rice, and the rest, never denied their incorrect stance on WMDs! They owned it. Why can't Barack Hussein Obama man up and do the same? The President claimed, before the Super Bowl this year, that there wasn't a "smidgeon" of corruption in the IRS regarding 501C4 applications made by conservative organizations. Yet, Lois Lerner, for the second time, has appeared before Congress and pleaded her fifth amendment rights. "That's not an admission of guilt," you say. True, it isn't. What it is saying is, "I am not going to give you any information because that information might be such that it could result in my prosecution and I am not required to do that under the law." So how can we have an official fear for prosecution and the President unequivocally state that that no corruption is apparent? This action by the IRS should scare every American because it may not be your guy/gal running things in a couple of years. Then what do we say when that person turns the power of the Federal Government on a group for the sake of political gain? Do we say, "Well, the Obama administration did the same thing so who cares?" Hillary Clinton said it best in her Congressional testimony, "What difference does it make?" I'll tell you what difference it makes. Our government owes it to the electorate to enforce existing laws equally and to be open and honest about its dealings regardless of political stripe.

dale thompson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

You missed my point. All presidents lie! Its part of the job. People have to be led. Honest Abe lied about negotiating with the south. Abe lied about his stance on slavery as well. But history shows Abe to be a great leader because his lies pushed America away from slavery. History takes time. Dolph tells us on Brownback policy's that "the results of his tax initiatives have yet to be determined ", but in the same period of time, we can determine Obama's policy's and lies. Is it because one is republican and one democrat? Or one black and one white? Why does a white republican deserve the benefit of the doubt, but a black democrat does not? Why the double standard? Could it be that one may give Dolph a tax break, and one may raise his insurance rates? Our electorate owes it to our government, and to each other to judge people by the same set of standards. Openness and honest are only occasionally in our best interest.

Kendall Simmons 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Gee, Mr. Burkhart, I've seen the video of the President in the Rose Garden the very next day after Benghazi and he calls what happened an act of terrorism. Would you like a link to that video?

And I've read the 2001 Supreme Court ruling that says: "a witness may have a reasonable fear of prosecution and yet be innocent of any wrongdoing. The [Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination] serves to protect the innocent who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.” (OHIO v. REINER) Would you like a link to that, too? After all, SCOTUS understood what you seem to have difficulty with.

Oh...and what's this "ruling as a despot" nonsense? Don't like Obama's use of executive orders, do you? Well, did you complain about GWB's? Or Reagan's? Or any other President's? Or do you think they, somehow, were all "different"? (You do realize you can read them all online, don't you?)

By the way, Clinton's quote was actually "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference AT THIS POINT does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator"

Perhaps you could stop misquoting her now? Or at least stop it when you're complaining about other people saying the "wrong things"?

Scott Burkhart 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I've seen the news conference in the Rose Garden and he did not call the Benghazi attack an act of terrorism. He used terrorism in generic terms. Funny, in his public appearance after that he never, once, referenced it was a terrorist attack. However, he was perfectly fine with sending Susan Rice, as the spokesperson of the Administration, out to five Sunday talk shows and say, "The best evidence we have to this point is that it was a spontaneous attack resulting from an anti-Islamic video." So defend it all you want. You know that was a lie. I know it was a lie. A lie is a lie. So why was the administration lying. Defend Lois Lerner all you want. You can parse words all you want. It has taken a year just to get emails from her office. They might come for you one day and then you'll be the one screaming civil rights violations.

Richard Heckler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

A typical anti american ALEC political campaign will be loaded with dishonest sound bites aka lies about candidates as we near November. Lots of money will be spent on character assassinations and little to nothing on the issues before us.

It is known as distract the voters as much as possible concerning the right wing mismanagement of government as Sam and the gang swindle taxpayers to support the personal agendas of ALEC.

While ALEC is removing real republicans from the GOP an organization known as Third Way is eliminating democrats from the demo party. Third Way is largely supported with Wal-Mart dollars by way of the Walton children.

Richard Heckler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Isn't it odd each time our nations financial institutions crumble there are Bush family near by and a McCain still in office?

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-11-29/news/mccain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five/1

Scott Burkhart 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, yeah, and our economy is in such great shape now that we have had Barry in charge. I find it odd that you come up with the same old tired talking points yourself.

James Howlette 9 months, 2 weeks ago

It's in better shape now than it was when he first stepped into office.

Kevin Elliott 9 months, 2 weeks ago

What a foolish insult to the readers. Calling for the facts then launching into a half dozen lies.

Dolph, repeating lies only makes you a repeat liar and not a credible person.

You disgust me.

Steve King 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Your right Scott. We're in terrible shape. In January 2009 The Dow was 7,949, it's around 16,000 now. Unemployment was 7.8% it's 6.7% now. GDP growth was -5.4% it's 4.1% now. Deficit GDP was 9.8% it's 3.3% now. Consumer confidence was 37.7% it's 78.1% now.

And what year did the Great Recession begin? And who was President?

Julius Nolan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Dolph is a firm believer in telling lies with absolutely no facts backing them up. He simply reads the Koch memos and Fox News, that all the reality he needs.

Richard Heckler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

IRS COMPLAINT

In April 2012, Common Cause launched a whistleblower complaint against ALEC, charging that it misuses charity laws, massively underreports lobbying, and obtains improper tax breaks for corporate funders at the taxpayers' expense. Over 4,000 pages of ALEC documents were submitted as evidence. A supplemental submission was filed in July 2013, as a follow-up to the original complaint.

Press release April 2012

Press release July 2013

Original submission filed April 2012

Supplemental submission filed July 2013

ALEC documents

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