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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Etc.[(KC Star) Greensburg devastation followed by political storm:][1] It started when Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, said a lack of National Guard equipment would slow recovery efforts, because much of it is in Iraq and Afghanistan. Given the political black eye that President Bush still wears over his administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, Sebelius' comments about Greensburg struck a nerve. The Republican White House was snappish. Spokesman Tony Snow said Tuesday morning that Sebelius had asked only for "FM radios." ... Obama, a Democratic senator from Illinois, wrote Bush that Sebelius "was right to question the diversion of the Guard's resources and personnel overseas. There's no question this has undercut our emergency preparedness and our homeland security." But Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, Kansas' two Republican senators, said they had visited Greensburg and were assured the state had what it needed. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Brownback, who also is running for president, said the questions raised by Sebelius' comments were "unfortunate."[(Wichita Eagle commentary) DON'T RESTRICT ACCESS TO REHABILITATION HOSPITALS:][2] Currently, Medicare requires that 60 percent of our total admissions at any given point fall into 13 specific diagnoses, including stroke, spinal-cord injury, brain injury, congenital deformity, amputation, multiple trauma, fracture of the femur (hip fracture), neurological disorders (including multiple sclerosis, motor neuron diseases, polyneuropathy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease), burns, extremely limited arthritic conditions, and bilateral hip and knee replacements. On July 1, Medicare will require that 65 percent of inpatient admissions come from these 13 limited categories. And in July 2008, the requirement will jump to 75 percent. This will further limit admissions of patients in the other rehabilitation diagnostic categories, such as cardiac (open heart surgery), pulmonary diseases, oncology, and most knee and hip replacements, thus creating greater access issues for Medicare beneficiaries. There are two very important bills in Congress that must be passed prior to July 1. Senate Bill 543 and House Resolution 1459 have language that will hold the admission threshold for those 13 categories at 60 percent permanently. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Reps. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, and Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, already have co-signed their respective bills.Rep. Dennis Moore (D) ![][3][(AP) McIntyre, Blue Dog Coalition meet with Bush on Iraq war:][4] U.S. Rep. Mike Ross said he was among a group of fiscally conservative Democrats - mostly members of the Blue Dog Coalition that included Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. - who met with Bush on Tuesday at the White House. Ross said the group told Bush that while the "American people weren't ready to leave (Iraq) tonight," some form of accountability must be placed on the floundering Iraqi government so U.S. troops can return home. ... Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Allen Boyd of Florida, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Bud Cramer of Alabama, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Artur Davis of Alabama, Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, Gene Green of Texas, Jane Harman of California, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin of South Dakota, McIntyre of North Carolina, Jim Matheson of Utah and Dennis Moore of Kansas attended Tuesday's meeting. [1]: http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/99708.html [2]: http://www.kansas.com/205/story/65111.html [3]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [4]: http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070509/APN/705090986

Comments

Godot 7 years, 11 months ago

Obama said in a speech yesterday that Sebelius called him and told him 10,000 people died in the Greensburg disaster and that the National Guard was "depleted" by the deployments to Iraq.

Which one lied?

dirkleisure 7 years, 11 months ago

That would be Obama who "lied." The man misspoke, and corrected himself before he ended his remarks. Not later, when told of his mistake. He corrected himself during the same speech.

Feel free to dwell on it, though.

fletch 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh, I think it's a fair bet he'll dwell on it.

Sigmund 7 years, 11 months ago

Considering less than 2,000 people died in hurricane Katrina, and 3,000 dead on 9/11, 10,000 dead in Greensburg is a breathtaking mistake! Even if Gov Kathy misspoke, is Obama that gullible or that ignorant?

But the broader point is this, the Democrats are going to use each and every opportunity, no matter how callous or uncaring, to play any tragedy for political points. These weren't the comments of a caring Illinois Senator, they were the comments of a politico who could not care less about victims. They are just pawns in their single-minded power grab. No wonder the people of Western Kansas distrust government.

Eric Beightel 7 years, 11 months ago

Obama blamed the error on fatigue. He at least had the 10 part right. He misspoke, corrected himself and moved on. It's amazing what reps will hold onto.

fletch 7 years, 11 months ago

Because, as we all know, President Bush has never once spoken in error. He is a gifted orator with a silver tongue.

TheOriginalCA 7 years, 11 months ago

What a piece of crap by the governor. Kansas has EASILY enough equipment to service a cleanup of a town of 1,600. This is yet another opportunistic attempt at politicizing a tragedy by the Liberals. They did it after the OKC bombing, they did it with 9/11, they did it with Hurricane Katrina, and now they are using the Greensburg Tornado. Not one bit of it is accurate.

Sigmund 7 years, 11 months ago

"President Bush has never once spoken in error. He is a gifted orator with a silver tongue." And never once have the Democrats made political hay of it. Hello Mr. Kettle, I'm Mr. Pot. I've heard you've been trying to call!

Is it any wonder the people in Western Kansas distrusts the government no matter who is in power. Who can blame them? They are bright enough to know when they are being played.

fletch 7 years, 11 months ago

"Is it any wonder the people in Western Kansas distrusts the government no matter who is in power. Who can blame them?"

I can. Their entire agricultural economy is propped up on government subsidies. For all of that distrust, they sure are quick to cash the checks.

Linda Aikins 7 years, 11 months ago

I can tell right now that I better steer clear from this board today. All you experts on SW kansas...

Sigmund 7 years, 11 months ago

I didn't say they were stupid, I said they were distrustful. I take every tax deduction (home loan subsidy if you like) that is legal for me to take. I encourage you to do the same. Doesn't mean you or I should trust the Gubmint. In fact, I would bet the amount in taxes they pay over a lifetime far outweighs any subsidy received. And I would bet that the same will happen to you!

Besides, if they take away the PIC program and subsidies how many local, non-corporate, family farmers do you think would be left? Your hatred of Western Kansas is simply astonishing. And then you complain they don't think like you do! That level of hatred is usually only reserved for Corporate Bigwigs. Lately it looks like its leveled anyone who doesn't believe exactly what you believe. Pathetic.

Jackalope 7 years, 11 months ago

"I can. Their entire agricultural economy is propped up on government subsidies. For all of that distrust, they sure are quick to cash the checks."

I hope you are not blogging with a full tummy.

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 7 years, 11 months ago

An aide recently notified Bush that three Brazilian allied troops were killed in Afghanistan. Bush screamed, "No, no, no!!", then he asked, "How many is a brazillion?"

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 11 months ago

Reality grounded governor? Kathleen Sebelius? In a way I suppose you're right. She betrayed the Kansas Democratic Party by partnering with the worst and most corrupt elements of the Republican Party instead of competent (and honest) Democrats, but then, she was elected with the support of their money and media contacts, wasn't she.

Dennis McKinney lives out in Greensburg and received national attention from National Review no less for his courageous behavior during the storm, but does this ditz go out and reinforce McKinney's courage and make Democrats look like heroes? No, she goes out and uses this tragedy to take a cheap political shop at her country's president on his foreign policy making them look like traitors. I don't care what your view of the war is, that was just low. No wonder people hate progessives.

Third, Sebelius has betrayed her state. Dolph Simons has demonstrated that point more than adequately in documenting her sell out of KU Hospital to KCMO the business interests that funded the campaigns of she and fellow Republicrat, Paul Morrison.

So, if by reality-grounded you mean betraying your party and your state to further your own pathetic political career, I'd have to agree. If by reality-grounded you mean a cold-hearted b***h who cares more about kicking her country in the groin than she does showing compassion for the victims of a disaster, then indeed, Kathleen Nagin Sebelius is your candidate.

Personally, I think the Democratic Party would be much farther ahead by embracing people like Dennis McKinney, but if you think Sebelius is the solution, have at it, there's more just like her in every red light district in the country.

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