Archive for August, 2009

Editorial: Here are two local groups that consistently oppose capitalism and fight against small business interests.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Now, they’re OK with the left-wing Democratic push to let Obama take over 1/6 of the national economy.

What does the Olathe Chamber of Commerce mean by it’s motto:  “One Vision. One Voice”?

Year after year, more Johnson Countians of all backgrounds — conservatives, libertarians, small business owners, parents of K-12 students, people struggling to pay their taxes — wonder, what purpose do groups like the Olathe Chamber of Commerce serve?  They say they’re “pro-business.” But are they?

These groups can always be counted on to oppose the ownership of private property, constantly ask for more taxes, oppose the ability for lower- and middle-class parents to choose where to send their children to school, oppose second amendment rights, and support waste and corruption in local government.  It is difficult to find a tax these groups don’t like, and it is difficult to find a part of the US Constitution that they do like.

Even their names are contradictory — “chambers of commerce.”  These groups fight passionately against capitalism — the vehicle that makes commerce possible.

More after the fold. (more…)

Rasmussen: 57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.

Editorial — True to form, the Overland Park, Olathe Chambers of Commerce are OK with new federal grab of one-sixth of national economy

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 will have more this weekend on this news.  For now, here is a summary provided by Benjamin Hodge at

In what will likely come as a surprise to many small business owners in Johnson County, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce refuse to take a position on ObamaCare.  The almost-entirely Democratic legislation, in its current form, will functionally result in the federal take-over of health care, which represents one-sixth of the national economy.

The two local chambers of commerce frequently take positions on local and state issues, but their views frequently are at odds with those of elected Republicans.  The decision to not take positions on this federal legislation is consistent with the local chambers’ consistent opposition to capitalism.  While these groups sell themselves as pro-business groups, they oppose the private ownership of land, low taxes, and the rights of parents to decide where to educate their children with their own tax dollars.

The current chairman of the Olathe Chamber is Kevin Gilmore (below, right), who works for Mid-American Nazarene University.  Gilmore is also a board member at the Olathe government schools.  He claims to be conservative.Kevin GilmoreSuze Parker

The current chairwoman of the Overland Park Chamber is Suze Parker.

The local chambers, which rely heavily upon local government unions and administrators for support, are also often at odds with the state chamber of commerce, an organization that is known to consistently support actual business interests.  The Kansas Chamber of Commerce — the state-wide group that typically aligns with conservatives in the Kansas legislature — strongly opposes the Democratic agenda on health care in Washington, DC.

A recent Rasmussen survey found that Americans strongly oppose ObamaCare:  53% oppose it, and 43% support it.  More importantly to Johnson County — where 50% of voters are Republican, and another 25% unaffiliated, leaving only a quarter who register as Democrats — Rasmussen found that 87% of Republicans oppose ObamaCare, along with 55% of unaffiliated voters.

Hodge is a delegate to the Kansas GOP and a former state lawmaker.  You can join Hodge’s efforts on Facebook, through his personal Web site, on Twitter, and through his PAC.

Editorial — More lies from Steve Rose, who appears scared of Rep. Patricia Lightner and not smart enough to debate her on facts

Friday, August 28th, 2009

As Kaw and Border puts it:  “Steve Rose lets voters know who he’s afraid of.”

First, let’s remember that Rose is the only publisher in the Midwest who is on record:

  • 1.  Going out of his way to try to stop a college’s investigation into the friend and former college president who was accused by four female employees of sexual harrassment, resulting in the immediate resignation of the president.
  • 2.  Energetically supporting the violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act by a local government, when his friends are elected government officials.


Club for Growth — Cash-for-Clunkers Sales Disappoint Detroit

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Taxpayers are subsidizing Japan. From the Financial Times:

General Motors and Chrysler sales under the US “cash-for-clunkers” car scrappage incentives fell well below the two Detroit carmakers’ recent market shares, according to the government’s final summary of the scheme, which ended earlier this week.

Underscoring the challenges facing the two companies in the wake of their recent bankruptcy restructurings, the transportation department said that GM models made up 17.6 per cent of the 690,100 vehicles sold under the scheme, while Chrysler accounted for 6.6 per cent of sales.

By contrast, GM’s market share in the first seven months of 2009 was 19.6 per cent, and Chrysler’s 9.6 per cent, according to Autodata, a market-research company.

Toyota was the biggest beneficiary of the subsidies, with a 19.4 per cent market share. Chrysler ended in seventh place behind Nissan and South Korea’s Hyundai.

Club for Growth — Dumb Proposal 30,000 Feet in the Air

Friday, August 28th, 2009

If something is annoying, make it illegal! From USA Today:

Tired of overhead bins stuffed to the point of bursting, some frequent fliers say they would welcome a strictly enforced limit on the size of carry-ons that is being proposed in Congress. Legislation proposed by Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., would set a federal standard for the maximum size of bags a passenger can carry on board – a decision currently left to each airline.

“It’s clear if anything is going to be done, it’s going to take an act of Congress to do it,” says Lipinski, whose district includes Chicago’s Midway Airport. “The airlines are not enforcing their own restrictions that they have on the books right now … and that causes problems.”

WSJ — Saving the Obama Presidency: Obama needs to move to the right

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009


John Stossel: Every Critic a Racist

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s supporters promised that his election would allow America to “transcend race.”  Among the headlines:

The Boston Globe: “Obama shows an ability to transcend race”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  “Obama’s success suggests we can transcend race”

NRO: Uncreative Destruction, By the Editors

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

When we talk about government policies destroying wealth, we usually mean taxes that shift money from efficient to inefficient uses. Rarely do we mean the deliberate destruction of valuable assets. Yet, thanks to the Cash for Clunkers program, which ground to a halt yesterday, we now have a visual aid to help with this abstract concept. Mechanics tasked with destroying the so-called clunkers have been posting the videos on YouTube, often muttering in anger as they fill the engines of perfectly good Corvettes and Cadillacs with sodium silicate and then run them until they self-destruct. The goal of the Cash for Clunkers policy is, literally, the destruction of wealth.

Stossel: Capitalism in Cuba

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

In an article headlined “Cuba’s leaders see private farmers as key to saving socialism,” the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Communist government is relying on capitalism to dig itself out of an $11 billion deficit.

Rasmussen: 35% Say ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Helped Economy, 23% Say It Hurt

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Thirty-five percent (35%) of American adults say the federal “cash for clunkers” program was good for the U.S. economy. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 23% say the program hurt the economy, and 27% say it had no impact. Another 15% are not sure.

Update on Peggy Dunn rumor: Higher source tells us “There is no short list.”

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Earlier Sunday, we reported that a source within the Brownback 2010 team is telling conservatives that Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn is on the “short list” of possible running mates.

We’ve since been told, on good authority, that these Brownback staff sources are incorrect to state that Dunn is on the short list.

On top of that, we were told that “there is no short list;” or, if there is one, that Brownback is not sharing it even with senior staff members.

Source: Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn on Brownback “short list” of choices for Lieutenant Governor

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

According to a source, Senator Sam Brownback’s 2010 team is privately telling Kansas conservatives that Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn is on the “short list” of choices for Brownback’s running mate.  The source thinks that Brownback wants to appoint a woman and a Johnson County resident.  If true, Brownback’s consideration of Dunn will likely be viewed by many conservatives as further evidence of the concern that Brownback is out of touch with conservative voters. (more…)

WSJ on Rose Friedman: The only person who ever won a debate with Milton Friedman

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Patricia Lightner launches exploratory committee for Congress, offers introductory video

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

A possible challenger to Kansas Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore in 2010, Patricia Lightner’s campaign site is  Click here for her Facebook page.  She provides the following introductory video.

According to her Web site:

Patricia Lightner recently completed nearly five years in the financial services industry as a VP in Government Relations with the global bank, HSBC. She worked on consumer credit issues such as: privacy, security breach, mortgage lending, licensure, credit card and insurance.

In 1998, Lightner started her political career running for an open seat in the Kansas Legislature. She ran for State Representative in the 29th District as an unknown Republican in Overland Park and won in an upset victory. She served three terms as a State Representative. Her mainstream conservative stance and voting record earned her the respect of her colleagues who elected her to Majority Whip her second term in office, (2000-2002). In her third term, she was appointed as the House Insurance Committee Chairman, (2002 -2004).

As the Insurance Committee Chairman, Patricia worked to reform healthcare for Kansans by moving through her committee and getting passed the Health Savings Account Act and the Model Credit Score Act. She also wrote and pushed through legislation for the Student Self Medication Act. Lightner’s reputation and votes in the Kansas House reflect a pro-growth, pro-family and pro-liberty record.

UK Daily Mail: Lockerbie bomber flies home to a hero’s welcome as Obama vents his fury at decision to free him

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


NY Times: A Mini-Mutiny at AARP Over Health Care; many join more conservative American Seniors Association

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Between 50,000 and 60,000 AARP members have left the organization since July 1, a spokesman for the group said.

Many of the defectors have destroyed their AARP cards and are switching to a relatively new group called American Seniors Association, which bills itself as the conservative alternative to AARP.

Bob Novak, R.I.P. — Larry Kudlow

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Now we say good-bye to Robert Novak, who passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 78. Yet another conservative icon has left us. He was a good friend, and an amazing reporter. In fact, I believe he was the best reporter of his generation, which spans all the way back to the Eisenhower years.

Why ‘Obama-Care’ is Failing — Jonah Goldberg

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

To listen to the White House and its supporters, in and out of the media, you would think that opposition to “Obama-care” is the hobgoblin of a few small minds on the right. Racists, fascists, Neanderthals, the whole “Star Wars” cantina of boogeymen and cranks stand opposed to much-needed reform.

UK Daily Mail: British test pilot dies after crashing own prototype ‘flying taxi’ on first flight

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009