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Brownback: Missiles not North Korea's only problem

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Sam Brownback[(Sam Brownback commentary in the New York Sun) Keep Up the Pressure:][1] The problem is not only that the North Korean regime possesses dangerous weapons, but also that the regime itself is unstable and dangerous. If we focus only on containing weapons programs, we will not solve the root of the problem, which is the regime itself. We should not simply treat the North Korean regime as a permanent feature of the geopolitical landscape. Instead we should set a longer-term goal to spread democracy across the entire Korean peninsula.[(NAACP press release) Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes:][2] Several thousand delegates and visitors from around the nation are expected to attend the 97th Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Convention, July 15-20 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. This marks the seventh time the NAACP has held its annual convention in the nation's capital. The theme of this year's convention is "Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes." ... Speakers scheduled at this year's convention include Senators Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sam Brownback,Pat Roberts[(Denver Post commentary) End U.S. ag handouts to non-farmers:][3] Ten years ago, Republicans celebrated their newly won control of Congress by passing a sweeping farm bill designed to phase out 60 years of crop subsidies and "get the government out of agriculture." Best laid plans, and all that. Today the new policy is in ruins, imposing a $170 billion burden on taxpayers over the past decade without even embodying the few merits of the New Deal-style subsidies that the so-called "Freedom to Farm" bill was supposed to replace. ... In 1996, then-Rep. (now senator) Pat Roberts of Kansas proposed the current law, in which the government would start paying farmers a fixed amount per acre of land if those lands had grown subsidized crops in the past. Those cash payments were quite separate from crops actually produced - if any. The grants were supposed to be gradually halved over seven years, then totally eliminated - leaving farmers free to follow market dictates, not federal rules.[(Federal News Radio) Intelligence Panel Pushes For Better Access:][4] The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence ordered the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency to arrive at an agreement by the end of August to extend access to NSA's databases to more DIA analysts. If some sort of deal is not reached by the deadline, Technology Daily reports, the committee plans to seek stronger measures in the intelligence authorization act for fiscal 2007. Panel Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said in a report that the committee is concerned that the intelligence community is not sharing enough raw information throughout its branches.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][5] [1]: http://www.nysun.com/article/35608 [2]: http://www.naacp.org/news/2006/2006-07-06.html [3]: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_4020747 [4]: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/index.php?nid=197&sid=842657 [5]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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geekin_topekan 8 years, 5 months ago

The role of the US military is not to spread democracy. Hence,"Dept.of Defense",not "Dept.of Spreading Democracy".

Godot 8 years, 5 months ago

"The theme of this year's convention is "Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes." ... Speakers scheduled at this year's convention include Senators Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton...."

What a joke! They haven't even reached a consenus on what their values are. Maybe, for the sake of winning elections, they will agree to disagree on some basic issues.

Alfred_W 8 years, 5 months ago

When someone makes a move Of which we don't approve Who it it that always intervenes? UN and OAS - They have their place I guess, But first - SEND THE MARINES!

(credit Tom Lehrer)

bearded_gnome 8 years, 5 months ago

just wish Brownback would worry more about our border than he does about the n.korean. we're guarding that border much better than the mexican border...c'mon Sam.

jayhawks71 8 years, 5 months ago

Why spread democracy? All that does is replaces a single tyrant with a tyranny of the majority. Our "leaders" just don't get it. It is much easier to take out a single tyrant than to eliminate a majority of the population.

This was actually one of the benefits of a monarchy. When citizens wanted to overthrow the government, it was reduced to overthrow of one (heavily guarded and protected man) rather than hundreds (of heavily guarded and protected men and women).

Frank Smith 8 years, 5 months ago

Brownback won his Senate race by getting in buckets of illegal campaign money from Charles and David Koch, through "Triad."

Has he ever voted against corporations and for working people, given a choice?

Check this:

http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2006/04/have-koch-and-smile.html

According to the Nation (in a 1996 article) the reverse Robin Hoods from Wichita, Kansas have "lavished tens of millions of dollars in the past decade on 'free market' advocacy institutions in and around Washington."

In 2004, Koch Industries made $587,000 in campaign donations, more than any other oil company. From 1998 to 2004 the Koch family and its enterprises gave $3.9 million in political contributions. Compare that to the $3.8 million contributed by Exxon Mobil, which is six times the size of Koch. During that same period, the Koch boys spent $2.4 million lobbying Congress to pass "humanitarian" legislation that would repeal the estate tax and significantly reduce the capacity of consumers to sue.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that 79% of Koch's campaign funding in 2004 went to Republicans, including $121,000 to Todd Tiahrt, the US Congressman representing Wichita (where Koch Enterprises is head-quartered); $109,000 to George Bush; and $53,000 to the Hammer, Tom DeLay. Evidently Charles and David forgot that one is often judged by the company one keeps. Or perhaps they simply don't care.

In 1996, Triad Management, a shell corporation with little purpose or substance, began influencing federal elections by airing attack ads. Since Triad did not publicly disclose the source of its funding, wealthy individuals could exceed legal limits on campaign contributions by donating to Triad. In essence, Triad was a vehicle for laundering money.

One of its chief beneficiaries was Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, who defeated Jill Docking in the 1996 Senatorial race with a Triad-financed anti-Semitic ad campaign. Evidence indicates that Koch was Brownback's primary financier, through Triad of course. In exchange, Brownback has represented Koch interests so well that he has earned a 100% rating from the Cato Institute.

As the 2000 election approached, the Koch brothers' political contributions proved to be money very well spent. It seems that the Koch conglomerate had dumped 91 metric tons of benzene, a cancer-causing agent, near its refinery in Corpus Christi. They added insult to injury by attempting to conceal their crime. Facing a 97 count indictment, possible prison time for company executives, and potential fines of $352 million, Charles and David needed a "white knight" to ride to their rescue.

Enter George Bush, who "won" the election with the aid of $800,000 worth of Koch donations. Striking a blow for the free market, Attorney General Ashcroft dropped almost all of the charges. Koch Industries pled guilty to falsifying documents and paid a settlement of a mere $20 million. No one served jail time.

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