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Letter: Lies and deceit

March 27, 2014

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To the editor:

I’m tired of all the GOP lies and deceit. For example, the Republicans say there is too much government, but guess who added Homeland Security and Medicare Part D? How about security? Who was on watch when the biggest failure in national security — 9/11 — occurred?

And the economy; who in 2008 caused the biggest economic downfall since the Great Depression? Then there’s the increase in the national debt that Republicans claim is the president’s fault, but they conveniently forget about the increases in the deficit created by the following: two unfunded wars (Iraq, trillions) and (Afghanistan, trillions); Medicare Part D (billions); two tax cuts (trillions), and Homeland Security (billions). Who originally created those deficits that were basically passed on to the current administration?

Also, what about the biggest lie they don’t mention: weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Oh, and don’t forget individual freedoms. Republicans boast that they will fight for your individual freedom — as long as you are not a woman, gay or a minority! The same with wages and wealth — only the top 1 percent count on their playing field. And finally, Republicans say they want to reduce entitlements; what they never say out loud is that this reduction would include Social Security! And at the same time never mentioning that Medicare Part D is, in reality, an entitlement they created.

To reiterate, I’m tired of Republicans making accusations and blaming others when it was their own actions that precipitated these very problems and increased the deficit.

Comments

Fred Mertz 8 months, 3 weeks ago

True enough but if you oppose all those things voting for a democrat won't change anything.

There is little difference between the two parties.

If we want change we need to look outside the two major parties.

And if we want change we the people have to quit fighting with each other and realize we are not the problem, our elected officials are. We must hold them accountable and demand better from them. We must demand they represent us and not the large special interest groups.

M. Lindeman 8 months, 3 weeks ago

What both sides should be fighting for together is term limits for both houses of congress. The lack of term limits has allowed all the corruption that has become Washington DC and with BOTH parties.

Cille King 8 months, 3 weeks ago

M. Lindeman, Term limits have some merit. However, our biggest problems are with our newest tea party legislators, at the federal and state level.

8 months, 3 weeks ago

Term limits have no merit because a seasoned fisherman catches a lot more fish than a novice. This is because fishing is more than just tossing a line with a hook and sinker into the water, it is about using the right bait, knowing the habits of the fish you are trying to catch, and being wilier than the fish. Somethings just take time and experience.

Chuck Wehner 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't oppose all of those things, I was just pointing out how the GOP talks of opposing all of those things on one hand but then does them on the other.

Scott Burkhart 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The only inference I can make from your LTE Mr. Wehner, is that the Democrats are justified in behaving in any way they choose because of the past Republican's bad behavior? Is this what we teach in the schools and in our homes? Is that where the discourse has taken us? The end will always justify the means? Don't you think we deserve better from ALL of our elected representatives? Don't you agree that all of our elected officials should follow the rule of law? Do we not have a Constitution that we are all obligated to follow? How is it any elected official or their cabinet, fail to enforce written law, constitutionally upheld by the highest court in the land?

Joe Blackford II 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Under the cover of those WMD lies, Kansas State University spread propaganda far & wide of the need for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan. DHS placed a KSU alumnus (Dr. David Franz) on the DHS Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) in 2004.*

THE HSSTAC toured all U S government labs deemed to have WMD potential . . . . and (surprisingly) found Plum Island Animal Disease Center to be "antiquated" and unsuitable for updating.

"Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) is the only laboratory in the nation that can work on high-consequence foreign animal diseases. The laboratory helps protect U.S. livestock from the accidental or intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases that can seriously threaten livestock industries, food safety, economy and way of life."

https://www.dhs.gov/st-piadc

Joe Blackford II 8 months, 3 weeks ago

*"The Under Secretary Appointed a Bio Scientist Affiliated with the Kansas (Heartland Bio Agro Committee (HBAC)) to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee "In July 2007, the Under Secretary re-appointed a bio-scientist to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee who was affiliated with the Kansas Heartland Bio Agro Facility Consortium that was bidding for the NBAF site. The committee serves as a source of independent, scientific, and technical planning advice for the Under Secretary. The bioscientist has been a board member of the Kansas BioScience Authority (KBA) since its inception. The KBA and Kansas State University formed the Kansas HBAC. Having been appointed to this advisory position, it raised concerns that not only did the bio-scientists have unique access to the Under Secretary and could leverage that access to help the Kansas consortium, but that the Under Secretary had pre-selected the Kansas consortium. That the bioscientist met with the Under Secretary in his office in March 2007 while representing the Kansas consortium added to the speculation that the site selection process was tainted."

http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/OIG_11-13_Nov10.pdf

Joe Blackford II 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Certainly, Dr. Franz had first-hand knowledge of domestic intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases. He was the former commander of the U S Army Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID); where Dr. Bruce Ivins aka THE ANTHRAX MAILER removed "secure" & "safe" samples in 2001.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/anthrax-amerithrax/amerithrax-investigation

Dr. Franz retired, went to work for a former contractor, Southern Research Institute; and then once the skids were greased for the NBAF to come to Kansas, joined Midwest Research Institute, KC, MO. Gov. Sebelius appointed Dr. Franz to the Kansas Bioscience Authority, as its only expert on biosciences. Little wonder the forensic audit of the KBA's spending focused on its Executive Committee (including Franz) to award $450,000 to Midwest Research Institute (another USAMRIID contractor).

Joe Blackford II 8 months, 3 weeks ago

"Midwest Research Institute (“MRI”) was hired by KBA for NBAF policy making, grants and other strategies. The contracts were signed by Jeff Shular. The initial contract was effective March 11, 2009 and was for $40,000. On April 8, 2009, KBA contracted with MRI for “Task Order No. 2” for a total of $200,000 for “NBAF GOCO** Strategy.” On April 14, 2009, an additional contract, “Task Order No. 3,” for biosecurity research institute compliance acceleration support was effective for $200,000. We did not observe an RFP in the corporate file for these contracts. These finding are included in Exhibit 53 - Contract Exhibit B- RFP Findings.

The initial contract for $40,000 was completed and paid. Task Order No. 3 was completed and paid. Task Order No. 2 was cancelled after $62,160 was paid. In addition, KBA paid for consulting, for which AGCO was billed the full amount and KBA reimbursed a portion of it. The total paid to MRI was $325,849.

BOD member Dr. Franz is employed by MRI. However, the minutes note that Dr. Franz recused himself and did not participate in the discussion regarding the contract."

http://www.kansasbioauthority.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Complete-forensic-audit-documents2.pdf

** GOCO = Government Owned, Contractor Operated.

Joe Blackford II 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Any wonder who that contractor might be? Midwest Research Institute already has GOGO operations, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is one example.

http://www.mriglobal.org/AboutMRIGlobal/Pages/Locations.aspx

For further, in-depth review of the NBAF collusion of KSU, the KBA and DHS, please check on other comments Catsap has made:

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/Catsap/comments/

My ancestors brought the first steam-powered thresher West of the Mississippi to Kansas in the 1880s. Every Kansan should shudder to think what the NBAF will bring to Kansas in its 50-year lifespan. It's not the threat of an F-5 tornado, or bioterrorist attack that makes the NBAF dangerous to KS agriculture. It's the knowledge of the scientists conducting "dual use research" there from 2018-2068.

http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/about_nsabb.html

Kansans are to feel safer knowing KSU Alum, former USAMRIID Commander & VP of Midwest Research Institute Global, Col. David R. Franz, is a voting member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity? The NSABB is charged with "oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research with legitimate scientific purpose that may be misused to pose a biologic threat to public health and/or national security."

http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb

Chuck Wehner 8 months, 3 weeks ago

What in the world do your 5 posts Mr. Blackford have to do with my letter to the editor? Please do not reply!

Joe Blackford II 8 months, 3 weeks ago

You wrote:

"I’m tired of all the GOP lies and deceit. For example, the Republicans say there is too much government, but guess who added Homeland Security"

I would counter that the parties responsible for bringing the NBAF to KS took the opportunity to squander BILLIONS under the guise of "Homeland Security." The USAMRIID has gone from a SECRET installation, to what is now referred to as a "TOP SECRET SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION FACILITY (TS-SCIF) CAMPUS." At a cost of several billion for new labs & TS security measures. For the NBAF to be secure, it will have to be under the same level of security; NOT what was promised as a place for KSU undergraduate & graduate students to meander in search of knowledge.

And then you asked: "How about security? Who was on watch when the biggest failure in national security — 9/11 — occurred?"

Sorry, but the larger failure of national security was the lax safety & security protocols at USAMRIID which enabled the Anthrax Mailer to COMMIT THE ONLY ACT OF BIOTERRORISM ON U S SOIL and resulted in the spending of more $ Billions to line the pockets of everyone Dr. Frantz invited to the Federal DHS NBAF teat.

Sorry again, but I'm of the opinion (since viewing the NBAF propaganda first hand) that both Republicans & Democrats have perpetrated lies and deceit upon Kansans to bring the NBAF to Kansas as a 50-year threat to National Security & agriculture.

The fact that both the DHS Inspector General investigation & the Kansas Bioscience Authority's forensic audit outline deceits considered to be within "ethics," leads me to believe your "Lies and deceit" would be considered ethical government practices.

Have a nice day Mr Wehner!

PS: I would welcome your reply, as it raises the # of comments on your LTE & brings it to the attention of more ljworld.com readers.

Grégoire Guillaume 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It's amazing that this truth seems to have been magically swept away by those demonizing our President. The GOP is a train wreck, this is true nationally as well as in the states where they have taken control. There is no doubt that both parties are pandering to the elites but at least the Dems are willing to throw a few crumbs our way.

Chuck Wehner 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I think its more than a few crumbs, but thats just my opinion. The opposition to the President is totally illogical, especially when Obmacare is modeled after what Mitt did in his state and yet according to the GOP it is the worst thing to ever happen to this country.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 3 weeks ago

This GOP Is Lying To Itself As Well As Taxpayers

The hidden costs of Supply Side Economics = increased taxes.

Medicaid Expansion is 100% covered with our taxes in Washington D.C. And will remain such until 2017 I believe. At which point the coverage becomes 90% covered YES with our own tax dollars.

Yet the Kansas right wing GOP takes it advisement from ALEC and Sam Brownback which says 
they do not want to bring our tax dollars home to our communities. Instead the ALEC private government wants taxpayers to buy into their FOR PROFIT PRIVATE INDUSTRY SCHEME supported with our tax dollars. ALEC and SAM believe in tax dollar guaranteed profits.

Bring home our tax dollars and provide Kansas taxpayers with the Medicaid coverage they are paying for. Our communities want that money in our local communities NOW please. Stop The GOP Stonewalling!

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

--- Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/exposing-alecs-agenda-to-_b_3223651.html

http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

Richard Heckler 8 months, 3 weeks ago

While the parties may have similarities oddly enough there are no democrat administrations attached to the following economic fiascos.

--- 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. Bush Tax Cuts aka http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

Richard Heckler 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes and who wants to steal Social Security Insurance and Medicare Insurance? Yes that's right it's the GOP.

SSI Not Going Broke. That's right nothing but political rhetoric. http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/david_cay_johnston_social_security_is_not_going_broke_20120504/

Paul Ryan Is Pushing Hard To Steal Medicare Insurance http://www.thenation.com/article/159769/paul-ryans-plan-destroy-medicare

Social Security Insurance Fact from Fiction http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

Jim Phillips 8 months, 3 weeks ago

RIchard,

You would be better served studying history rather than Democrat propaganda sites.

Jim Phillips 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Mr. Wehner,

At first, I was going to take exception to your letter, but then I thought about it and decided you were right. The Republican leadership has not been honest with its base. All one has to do is look at Speaker Boehner. Oh, he sometimes talks a good game, but in the end, he is nothing more than Obama's lackey.

It was said not long ago that Reagan would not be allowed into today's GOP. I would offer that Reagan would not want to be affiliated with what they have become.

The Republican party is no longer the party of Ronald Reagan, nor is the current version of Democrats the party of John F. Kennedy. Both parties have evolved into extremist organizations that spend more time working on re-election campaigns than they do legislating for the good of the country. Nothing is going to change until we stop giving the politicians carte blanche and start electing representatives who subscribe to the core beliefs of their respective parties and quit spewing hatred and contempt amongst ourselves.

Fred Mertz 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It is not just the speaker but others like Rubio and Ryan. They have no backbone or principles.

Phillip Chappuie 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It would be so very helpful if both the dems and repubs would stop throwing mud balls at one another and get some bi-partisan dialogue going to resolve issues. And the tea party attitude needs to go. I do believe that history will not be kind to Ryan or Cruz and their running buddies.

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