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Kansas delegation holds position of making government funding contingent on delaying Obamacare

And to make it even better, I saw another video of one the Vets that I had seen those grandstanders shaking hands with saying how stupid politicians are after they had left him alone. Wish he had said it their faces...

October 2, 2013 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas delegation holds position of making government funding contingent on delaying Obamacare

My favorite is that lunatic Michelle Bachman...sends out a tweet that the shutdown was exactly what they wanted and about how thrilled they are it happened. She then runs out to the Memorial to defend the Veterans right to see it against the big bad President...like he sat down and made a list of closures and made that particular closure decision himself.

October 2, 2013 at 7:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Government shutdown produces automated calls from Democratic Party group targeting Jenkins, Yoder

The CDC and NIH aren't essential? If this drags on for a few weeks, the FDA? You don't consider that essential? I personally consider NASA to be essential but I guess others will disagree.

October 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Government shutdown produces automated calls from Democratic Party group targeting Jenkins, Yoder

And if, over the last 6 months, republicans in the Senate and House would have agreed to 18 requests to go conference committee to resolve the Senate and House budgets, only separated by about $26 billion, this whole mess could've been averted for the upcoming fiscal year.

October 1, 2013 at 11:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas officials on new health exchange: Be patient

Apparently, the state-operated exchange site in NY had more than 10 million hits today. Their AG is now investigating the very thing you mention. I had mentioned that as a possibility regarding healthcare.gov to a friend before I had even read about it and maybe I was right.

October 1, 2013 at 11:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law

I just heard another explanation of the 2 types of spending...

The majority of funding, but not all, comes from mandatory spending. That includes tax credits to aid in buying insurance, the exchanges, Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate among other items.

The parts included under discretionary spending mostly seem to involve personnel to manage certain portions, which is a small portion of the overall ACA compared to the items under mandatory spending. I believe that's all they were able to vote on defunding.

As some conservatives in the Senate have said along with several conservative commentators, this vote along the previous 41 seem to be yet another waste of time.

September 20, 2013 at 7:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law

If only we had representatives (and voters for that matter) that understood the difference between mandatory spending and discretionary spending. Most, if not all, of the spending for the ACA is mandatory and cannot be defunded without a full repeal of the entire law, which is not what this vote, their 42nd, accomplished. Even the more level-headed conservatives in the Senate have been explaining that point. I'm not surprised at all that our representatives either don't get that or that they do and they've voted this way simply for political theater, which is probably more likely the case.

September 20, 2013 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

Let me continue by saying that when issues of waste or fraud with Medicare are raised, the elderly aren't called out as mooches or living off/taking advantage of the rest of taxpayers. When issues of waste or fraud are raised regarding the Defense Dept. are raised, I don't see politicians saying that those in the military are stealing from other Americans. Why is it though with SNAP that apparently anyone receiving such assistance is treated as lazy, incompetent, criminal, etc.?

September 19, 2013 at 11:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

There's nothing wrong with doing that. However, part of the ACA or Obamacare if you prefer includes cutting back on waste in Medicare. Republicans such as these 4 then use that type of cut to scare Medicare recipients into believing Obama is trying to take away benefits from a system they paid into. The Defense Dept. is riddled with waste. Having spent years doing work with them I can assure you of that. Anytime cuts to eliminate that waste are mentioned, politicians such as our Kansas representatives and senators howl that Democrats are soft on defense and don't support the troops.

September 19, 2013 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heavy thunderstorms cut power to many in Douglas County

Called Westar to report the line to my neighbor's house down, laying across the driveway, draped across the top of their Jeep and the conduit to the meter ripped off the wall. No response yet. They've called Westar also. Seems like a fire hazard considering the power is still on with the opening on top of the meter open to rain.

September 19, 2013 at 9:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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