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With the retirement of U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, what characteristics would you like to see in a new congressman?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 29, 2009

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“Honesty, integrity, spending constraint. We’re all cutting back. The government needs to, too. I’m just tired of Washington spending like a bunch of drunken sailors.”

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“Honesty and forthrightness. … Somebody that’s going to listen to what the people actually want instead of pushing their own agenda.”

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“Independence, because I think Moore has looked at issues rather than the party affiliations.”

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“All the same characteristics of Dennis Moore. I admire him for so much. He has been a strong supporter of the health care initiative in a state where that took courage.”

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Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh, yeah, he's mister independence all right. "Dennis Moore has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 97.3% of the time during the current Congress."

labmonkey 8 years, 2 months ago

Snap....she's a KU professor. What else would you expect?

nbnozzy 8 years, 2 months ago

I know a former art professor at KU who was ostracized by his colleagues when they found out he is a Republican.

KU teachers, much like Dennis Moore now, are way too liberal for mainstream Kansas. Socialism isn't welcome here.

conservativepunker 8 years, 2 months ago

Conservative with no hippie feel good guitar playing.

gccs14r 8 years, 2 months ago

Someone who's an actual liberal, not a watered-down Republican.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Isn't it time to bring the troops home to their families and devote war dollars toward rebuilding our nations economy,create new industry and put 20 million people back to work making money instead of making war?

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

Who has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans!

About the Bush/Cheney/Greenspan/Bernake fraudulent home loan scandal:

About the Bush/Reagan Savings and Loan Scandal(home loans)

McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five. The story of "the Keating Five" has become a scandal rivaling Teapot Dome and Watergate ...

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

From Dollars and Sense:

In Letter, Economists – Including 3 Nobel Laureates – Say Passing Health Reform Is “Critical To The Nation’s Economic Growth And Prosperity”

November 24, 2009

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress,

Responsible reform will help slow the growth of health care spending and cover the uninsured – both of which are critical to the nation’s economic growth and prosperity.

Our current health care system is riddled with inefficiencies. We spend much more per capita on health care than do other developed nations. Yet we don’t do as well as these nations on four basic indicators of health care performance: coverage, health outcomes, cost control and choice of providers.

According to a recent report by the Council of Economic Advisers, reducing the inefficiencies in our health care system could reduce health care spending by as much as 5 percent of GDP without compromising care outcomes and choice.

A more efficient health care system would free up resources that could be used to produce other goods and services, and to invest in the future. That would promote economic growth and jobs, along with higher wages and living standards.

Health care reform is also essential to preventing damaging and unsustainable increases in the federal budget deficit. Escalating health care costs are projected to be the primary driver of the deficit’s future growth. Growing federal budget deficits mean higher interest rates, which will translate into less investment, slower growth, fewer jobs and lower living standards.

If health care costs continue to climb at current rates, the deficit could eventually become so large that the government would be unable to borrow even at much higher interest rates.

At that point, the nation would confront a fiscal emergency, forcing deep cuts in other government spending and significant increases in taxes to limit the deficit and prevent an outright default on government debt and a collapse of the dollar.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

The linkbot has woken. Fear his mad copy/paste skillz!

Boeing 8 years, 2 months ago

I don't think the opinion of anyone outside of Moore's district (i.e. the guy from Wichita) should really matter...

9070811 8 years, 2 months ago

We already live with Socialist policies and principles and have been for quite a long time.

staff04 8 years, 2 months ago

Must pass the new Republican Purity Test. The one Reagan would have failed.

jackpot 8 years, 2 months ago

someone that will make Washington use black ink on the bills they pass not red.

MyName 8 years, 2 months ago

Ah, so no one affiliated with the Bush II administration then jackpot ;-)

But seriously, it's going to end up being a choice between a moderate republican and a moderate democrat, so I'm going to be as happy as you can expect in this state.

Gareth Skarka 8 years, 2 months ago

"Socialism isn't welcome here."

Because Kansas is filled with backward hayseeds.

gyroduck 8 years, 2 months ago

I want socialism so I don't have to work and can watch television all day and eat bacon. I want to be as fat as Mike Moore and whine like a baby.

nbnozzy 8 years, 2 months ago

Gareth (Anonymous) says…

“Socialism isn't welcome here.”

Because Kansas is filled with backward hayseeds

maybe so.... but at least they aren't socialists.

gccs14r 8 years, 2 months ago

First, people should learn what socialism means and realize that the western industrial powers are indeed capitalist, even the ones with universal healthcare.

labmonkey 8 years, 2 months ago

"I don't think the opinion of anyone outside of Moore's district (i.e. the guy from Wichita) should really matter…"

So says someone with the handle of "Boeing".

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