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Brownback bill would crack down on assisted suicide

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Sam Brownback[(LifeNews.com commentary) New Congressional Bill Would Restrict Drugs Used in Assisted Suicides:][1] A leading pro-life senator has introduced new legislation to restrict the use of federally controlled drugs in assisted suicides. If Congress approves the bill and President Bush signs it into law, it would stop the use of drugs in all of the assisted suicide cases in Oregon, the only state to legalize the practice. The new legislation, the Assisted Suicie Prevention Act, follows on the heels of a Supreme Court decision in January prohibiting the Bush administration from restricting the use of the drugs. In a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled that the Bush administration could not use the Controlled Substances Act, which governs illegal narcotics, to stop the use of such drugs in assisted suicides. However, the decision paved the way for Congressional legislation to accomplish the same purpose and Sen. Sam Brownback hopes to promote a bill to do that.Pat Roberts[(The American Prospect commentary) Phase II:][2] Given the fact that Roberts is a close White House ally who has maneuvered to stymie investigations the White House finds inconvenient, a committee source said that staffers are mystified by Roberts' public denunciation of the White House for allegedly dragging its heels on declassifying the two newly completed sections of the report. "The [completed] sections were sent to the administration for fact checking and they were asked to do a classification review. And the sections came back with a lot more stuff to be classified. I am not convinced this has anything to do with the administration" trying to suppress parts of the report. "This is what we always go through with the intelligence bureaucracy." Given that this is business as usual, staffers were scratching their heads over Roberts' public expressions of annoyance at the White House.Dennis Moore[(KC Star) NAACP lauds Moore for support:][3] U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore received the Johnson County NAACP's Prestige Award on Saturday at the group's annual Freedom Fund Banquet. The award is given to Johnson Countians whose work has positively affected the county's residents.Todd Tiahrt[(Wichita Eagle commentary) Then go ahead and evaluate agencies already:][4] Credit Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, for trying to promote fiscal accountability on Capitol Hill, but his bill to subject federal programs to the scrutiny of a base-closing-style commission was pulled from the House floor last week after it drew too much resistance from Tiahrt's fellow Republicans. The measure might live again after the August recess.[(Wichita Business Journal) Tiahrt's caucus pushing jobs without regulation:][5] A jobs caucus headed by Kansas 4th District Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., plans debate later this year before the U.S. House or Representatives on removing regulatory obstacles from businesses. Tiahrt's Economic Competitive Caucus has identified eight areas where U.S. businesses face obstacles in productivity and competition abroad, most from what he considers excessive government regulation. "It's easier today to start a business in Communist Red China than in America," Tiahrt says. "In China, they provide office space, property management, lawyers, accountants and venture capital to businesses to make sure their economy is strong."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.lifenews.com/bio1690.html [2]: http://www.prospect.org/weblog/2006/08/post_1042.html [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/15208371.htm [4]: http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2006/07/then_go_ahead_a.html [5]: http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2006/07/31/daily16.html [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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bd 8 years, 4 months ago

And the oil companies keep getting richer!!!!!!! I don't know which is the bigger fools, them or us!!!!!!!!!

james bush 8 years, 4 months ago

Sam should let well enough alone in Oregon until there's evidence that "evil" is the motivation. Let the Oregonians take care of themselves.

He keeps appealing to his base but some of us think he should have been a preacher instead of a senator.

badger 8 years, 4 months ago

Apparently, terminally ill patients have only the right to make those medical decisions that will prolong their lives, not the right to decide when to give up the fight and end the pain.

I am angry enough about this that there is little I can say without resorting to profanity, so I'll just say that I'm appalled at Mr. Brownback's efforts to limit the choices of adults with regard to their own medical decisions to only those he feels appropriately reflect his personal beliefs about what quality of life is worth prolonging. It seems that those suffering from terminal diseases that aren't cancer not only don't merit special FDA protocols to speed their treatments through the approval process, they also don't deserve the right to die on their own terms.

Senator Brownback is cordially invited to go to the devil.

Jamesaust 8 years, 4 months ago

This is a reasonable example of former small-government, state's rights conservatives turning matters upside-down in their pursuit of power.

While I oppose the underlying statute, and would vote against it if such a measure was placed on the ballot, I recognize that the regulation of medicine and of criminal law related to this topic is and has always been a state matter. Federal legislators are not endowed with superior moral judgments than are state legislators.

There once was a time that U.S. Senators were chosen by their respective Legislatures. While this had its fair share of problems, one consequence of this former system was that Senators, DIRECTLY represented the STATES' interests, and only indirectly represented the interests of the peoples of the states. This Brownback proposal, and the numerous other ways the national government infringes upon state powers and dumps obligations on the states, would never have happened under the former regime. Perhaps a new amendment is necessary to give the Legislature some means of focusing Senators' attention on State issues and the respect sovereign States are due under our federal system - perhaps a Legislative "veto" on individual Senators seeking re-election who have incurred the wrath of the people's state representatives?

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 4 months ago

Further proof that Brownback is a right-wing liberal who wants change and quickly, but from a christian right-wing perspective. Not even the Constitution and federalism are safe from the right-wing liberal onslaught.

prioress 8 years, 4 months ago

Sam needs to settle down and let people live their lives. The AmeriKKKan Taliban is just starting get their teeth into things now, particularly since an election is coming up. A sample of our future was covered on the news about Iraq, where their "politicians" are inspiring folks to murder those who display their vegetables in an inappropriate manner......you know, then a long veggie "sticks out" too much so it resembles an erect male member.......what a crime!

Rationalanimal 8 years, 4 months ago

OK. This one is a patent logical fallacy. Let me explain. Brownback is a conservative. The conservative stance is against assisted suicide. Therefore, assisted suicide will not be used by conservatives personally. However, liberals are for assisted suicide. Therefore, liberals will use assisted suicide. Again, Brownback is a conservative who stands to benefit from less liberals. Thus, Brownback should not prevent assisted suicide since doing so allows more liberals to use assisted suicide reducing the number of liberals. Thus, Brownback has much to gain by allowing liberals to use assisted suicide. (Strictly as a matter of logical argument)

The_Twelve 8 years, 4 months ago

Again the hypocrisy of the religious right. Sam is against assisted suicide because only GOD can take back what s/he created. Yet Sam was NOT the first --or have I missed some news out here in never, neverland--to be up in arms about the resurgence of fighting in the MidEast for this same reason.

War is war. Killing is killing, death is death. According to Sam (and GWB, who is also late in speaking out),

x kidnappings + 1 terrorist org = 100x civilian deaths + $1b y infrastucture destruction is a perfectly logical equation. Damn the "moral equivalency" test, as Rice says.

And who will pay to rebuild Lebanon and Israel? --US taxpayers, through fed foreign assistance.

(my) god (not Sam's) help us all...

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