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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][1][(Harris News Service) Some gas money going to taxes:][2] A bill to suspend collection of the federal gas tax during price spikes above $3 a gallon also was introduced in Congress. The legislation, co-sponsored by 2nd District U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda last week, would replace lost revenues by rolling back tax breaks for big oil companies.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][3][(AP) Drought hinders hay production in Ky. (Second item):][4] Former Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Bob Dole suggested the nation's agricultural policy should be reformed, releasing a plan designed to lessen farmer dependence on subsidies. Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, and Dole, a Republican from Kansas, proposed eliminating direct subsidy payments to farmers but retaining countercyclical payments, which pay farmers when prices are low. They also suggested Wednesday that farmers be encouraged to take part in emerging markets such as renewable fuels to help them stay afloat. ... Any attempt to eliminate direct payments would be opposed by some farm-state members. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a senior Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, has been outspoken in his opposition to any effort to trim the program.[(AP) Kansas could get $335 million for uninsured children:][5] Kansas could get $335 million in new money for uninsured children if Congress increases funding for a federal children's health care insurance program, according to a report released Thursday by a consumer health advocacy group. The study from Families USA, a group that promotes universal health care coverage, said the funds would help Kansas expand health coverage for the 49,462 uninsured children in the state. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he has urged his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee to make the reauthorization of the S-CHIP program a top priority."In order to grow the success of the S-CHIP program, it is essential to provide additional funding," Roberts said in a statement. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [2]: http://www.parsonssun.com/news/articles/gas053107.shtml [3]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [4]: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/business/4849823.html [5]: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/17306228.htm

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oldgoof 7 years, 6 months ago

Good grief Nancy.... that is reaching.

dagopman 7 years, 6 months ago

Nearly every time Boyda stakes out a policy position I recall the old Wendy's ad that went" "Where's the beef"? Boy-duh has no real substance. She is a paper legislator.

Godot 7 years, 6 months ago

Boyda continues to surprise me! What a great idea!

dagopman 7 years, 6 months ago

The thing that troubles me about her is that she is so reactionary.

Jamesaust 7 years, 6 months ago

No way. Gas taxes should be a multiple of 3 or 4 of what they are now (with offsetting cuts in other taxes). Doesn't matter if your justification is national security or the environment. Rational consumers cannot make rational choices if they aren't paying the True Cost of an item.

Eileen Emmi Jones 7 years, 6 months ago

The oil companies have been getting more and more tax breaks while Americans are stuck with the tab for this endless oil war.

Oil companies ought to be taxed enough to pay for every cent of the war, and more.

white_mountain 7 years, 6 months ago

Nice gesture.. but how about PERMANENT gas tax breaks??

If you want to give lower and middle class families a break, that would help tremendously.

Jamesaust 7 years, 6 months ago

"If you want to give lower and middle class families a break..."

If you want to keep the sons and daughters of lower and middle class families dying in wars to control oil-rich nations ...........

jasonc_22 7 years, 6 months ago

nancy's idea is a great one- particularly if the lost revenue will be offset by reduced subsidies to Big Oil. That's a GREAT incentive for them to keep gas prices under $3 a gallon.

Kudos!

white_mountain 7 years, 6 months ago

Jamesaust.. are you opposed to lowering taxes on gasoline?

BigDog 7 years, 6 months ago

A great idea? I guess I will let others determine that.

Bit if gas goes up to $4 a gallon as some have predicted ...... that 18 cents a gallon is not going to make or break it for most middle income families. For 10 gallons it save a family less than $2.

Using this logic ..... should we take subsidies away from farmers if beef/corn prices rise. Afterall affordable food is quite important to the lower and middle income families also.

dagopman 7 years, 6 months ago

Boyda's proposal is a nice sound bite but does little, if any, to address the nation's energy needs. It will provide very shortterm relief while greatly slowly the transportation renovations our state and nation needs.

63BC 7 years, 6 months ago

If one accepts the view that human-generated greenhouse gases are a leading cause of global climate change, as Boyda claims to, then why make it cheaper to produce those gases?

KsTwister 7 years, 6 months ago

And she still does more than Ryun ever did for the homestead. Make waves Nancy, why let Bush and Cheney put all the profit in their bank accounts. And let Kansas pump its own oil (like we used to) and have its own refinery; someone needs to start a nationwide gas war like the '70's. I'm ready to move to California and ride the hydrogen highway, this is so stupid. Self established oil shortages.

Jamesaust 7 years, 6 months ago

"are you opposed to lowering taxes on gasoline?"

How opposed is demanding that they be tripled?

Are you opposed to national security? Why do you love the terrorist so much?

dagopman 7 years, 6 months ago

KsTwister- what has Boyda done for the homestead that Ryun didn't do? I want someone other than Boyda or Ryun but would like some factual information to back up your statement.

white_mountain 7 years, 6 months ago

Jamesaust: focus on the subject of the article and don't be irrational, or you will be ignored.

gccs14r 7 years, 6 months ago

Why are we subsidizing the oil companies at all? If they're not profitable, they're welcome to try their hand at something else.

KsTwister 7 years, 6 months ago

dagopman, give me some time I have to go back and look and my letters to Ryun and Boyda. So far the girl rocks.

For the time being give her at least the observation that she makes headlines -*--why----because she is off her butt doing things, right or not, she is doing something.

KsTwister 7 years, 6 months ago

Ok, a very quick and incomplete summary is Ryun did not do much (as far as I am concerned) obvious by his replies (to me) on Kansas school assistance, healthcare, he acknowledged he was for amnesty, healthcare, education for illegals though [note: his stance may have changed from the March of 2006 letter to me]. Jim Ryun sent a letter basically telling me he was for guest worker amnesty. He was not concerned with healthcare nor the high cost for people who could least afford it. Could not get Ryun to answer another letter for more support for our Kansas schools system. Actually Ryun never did much in his term but follow special interests of his own. When you don't even care to show up to vote (like Brownback). Jim was becoming just as bad. Important issues were taking backseat to things that had no priority to them at all. That is why I refused to vote for him this past election and any future opportunities.

Boyda on the other hand has not only answered my questions concerning corporation lobbyists putting pressure on our congressmen (because they have the money to do that), healthcare, amnesty, the judges dismissals and proper gear for our troops she has also done more with other issues she is becoming involved in like denying pensions for Congressmen who break the law. Long story short---in one year she has out paced anything the last several years with Ryun had to offer.

I do not need to go into detail; I do not feel a need to pull all the information I was asking for. But I know this; politics is dirty, corrupt and greedy. I cannot change that, I still like to think I can try; everyone that feels the need to air their opinions should address them to their representatives----not some fly by night blog site. That takes more time than I think most care to invest. My apologies for trying to do this in such haste, good night all.

Charles L Bloss Jr 7 years, 6 months ago

Boyda is incompetent. and rude. She hasn't the courtesy to answer a letter from a Republican. They must have a list of registered Republicans, if you're on that list, they just ignore you. I have written to her twice, and have yet to receive an answer. She is out there trying every way to make a name for herself. Instead of recognizing that she is a freshman and sitting back and trying to learn something. I am not impressed. As for Jim Ryun, every time I wrote to him, even if it was just a postcard, he answered. He stated his position on the subject of the correspondence, and the reasons for it. If he runs again, I will most certainly vote for him. The liberals hate him because he was doing a good job, and because he is a conservative. No arguments please, this is my position and I stand by it. Thank you, Lynn

Sigmund 7 years, 6 months ago

Also think this is a GREAT idea. And Jamesaust the "true price of gas" its about 50 cents less than the retail price. The rest is taxes, and taxes are not a "true cost" of producing and distributing gas to the pump.

Sigmund 7 years, 6 months ago

Tripling the taxes on gas will significantly hurt the poor and working class families, have little or no impact on the rich, and accomplishes nothing important compared to the pain inflicted. It is just a extreme radical greedy mean spirited attack on the poor. Even John F. Kerry was opposed to tripling taxes on gas after he was for it. You want lower prices on gas, open up drilling nationwide and allow new refineries to be built.

Godot 7 years, 6 months ago

I have written to Boyda and her office has answered both times. She says she does not agree with me. Then she does things I like. I think I will send her a "good girl" letter now.

dagopman 7 years, 6 months ago

But her constituent services offices are ABSOLUTELY inept.

gccs14r 7 years, 6 months ago

"And Jamesaust the 'true price of gas' its about 50 cents less than the retail price."

The true price of oil is over $100 a barrel and is about $600 a barrel for middle east oil. Gasoline, paid for at the pump instead of from the income tax, should be about $12 a gallon.

KS 7 years, 6 months ago

She learned this from Texas. They are attempting to suspend all taxes on gasoline for the entire summer down there. This is not a new idea.

karensisson 7 years, 6 months ago

Lynn731 (Anonymous) says:

Boyda is incompetent. and rude. She hasn't the courtesy to answer a letter from a Republican. They must have a list of registered Republicans, if you're on that list, they just ignore you. I have written to her twice, and have yet to receive an answer. She is out there trying every way to make a name for herself. Instead of recognizing that she is a freshman and sitting back and trying to learn something. I am not impressed. As for Jim Ryun, every time I wrote to him, even if it was just a postcard, he answered. He stated his position on the subject of the correspondence, and the reasons for it. If he runs again, I will most certainly vote for him. The liberals hate him because he was doing a good job, and because he is a conservative. No arguments please, this is my position and I stand by it. Thank you, Lynn


I've written Boyda, and made it clear I voted for her, and I don't get the form letter every time. She seems to do a mailing every once in awhile. I used to write Ryun, and I did some kind of form letter every time, always parroting the Bush talking points (lies) and making it clear nobody in his office had even read my letter. I'd stopped writing him by the time I got a chance to vote him out.

And your next to last sentence is the kind of crap that comes straight out of the mouths of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Even you don't believe that (I'm giving you credit here). You have no credibility when you spew stuff like that. You don't get to say who hates America and who roots for incompetence, because your team has done a pretty poor job and you apparently are ok with that.

It's time America rid ourselves of this hate-filled rhetoric and let the people who spew it spin themselves into irrelevance. Oh, wait - it's already happening.

blackwalnut 7 years, 6 months ago

Lynn731 (Anonymous) says: Boyda is incompetent. and rude. She hasn't the courtesy to answer a letter from a Republican.

Boyda rude? After reading this poster's (rude) comments, I have to wonder what kind of a letter she sent to Boyda. Did she tell Boyda, as she tells us, that we elected Boyda because we hated Jim Ryun's competence? My guess is that Boyda was too polite to send this poster any kind of appropriate reply.

What else can one expect, from a Wal-Mart lover.

lunacydetector 7 years, 6 months ago

the federal gov't takes in more money per gallon of gas in taxes than the oil companies make in profits per gallon of gas. why make it just for amounts over $3.00 a gallon, and why charge the oil companies more in taxes? cut the federal taxes on gas.

what a way to scam the dumb american public, nancy.

gccs14r 7 years, 6 months ago

Lunacy,

The Federal tax on gasoline is 18.6 cents per gallon. Meanwhile, the oil companies are posting record profits.

Jamesaust 7 years, 6 months ago

Also think this is a GREAT idea. And Jamesaust the "true price of gas" its about 50 cents less than the retail price. "

Yeah, that and a $600 billion for the Pentagon, the value of dead American soldiers, the funding of terrorists, and the graft and corruption that mysteriously appears in each and every petroleum producing country.

Query: HOW MANY SOLDIERS DID YOUR HUMMER KILL TODAY?

Jamesaust 7 years, 6 months ago

white_mountain: "Jamesaust: focus on the subject of the article and don't be irrational, or you will be ignored."

WTF is white_mountain?

Jamesaust 7 years, 6 months ago

I just got done reviewing some of the upcoming 'events' of next week, which include the 'G8' summit. Agenda No. 1: instituting a carbon tax globally, of which a key part is taxation of gasoline.

(It probably won't win full endorsement: W doesn't like it - its so much cheaper to kill soldiers on the altar of war - and neither does oil producer Russia - who wants to reap higher prices not higher taxes.)

jasonc_22 7 years, 6 months ago

boyda's topeka office does a wonderful job dealing with requests from people.

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