Archive for September, 2009

Kansas Liberty — Local lawmakers oppose proposals punishing those without health insurance

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Health reform initiatives, including the most recent health plan from Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, include mandates that United States citizens be covered by some type of health insurance, with a failure to do so resulting in fines. If a person is unable to pay the fines, they could face jail time, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation staff member.

Tiahrt to Congress: ACORN’s Tax-exempt Status must be Revoked

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
September 29, 2009

Contact: Wendy Knox 202.225.6216

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

or Sam Sackett   316.262.8992

Tiahrt to Congress: ACORN’s Tax-exempt Status must be Revoked

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WASHINGTON-U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (pronounced TEE-hart), R-Kan., today is calling on Congress to terminate ACORN’s tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Tiahrt is introducing a congressional resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives in light of the recent reports of criminal activity involving ACORN and their long history of tax-exemption abuse.

“The IRS must stop giving ACORN special tax treatment,” said Tiahrt. “For years ACORN has been using its tax-exempt status to advance liberal political agendas filled with corruption. It is time for Congress to put an end to this fraudulent use of public dollars and start working to revive our economy and create jobs.”

Click here or on the graphic below to watch a video of Congressman Tiahrt speaking out against ACORN from the House floor.

The text of the resolution:

Expressing the sense of Congress that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) should lose its exemption from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Whereas in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, seven employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (commonly referred to as ‘‘ACORN”) were charged with filing hundreds of fraudulent voter registrations before the 2008 elections;

Whereas in 2009 in West Reading, Pennsylvania, an ACORN employee was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison for identity theft and tampering with records;

Whereas in September 2009 in Miami, Florida, 11 former ACORN registration canvassers were arrested on allegations that they had submitted nearly 200 falsified registration forms;

Whereas Washington State fined ACORN $25,000 after several employees were convicted of voter registration fraud in 2007;

Whereas in 2007 four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City, Missouri, for charges including identity theft and filing false registrations during the 2006 election;

Whereas in Colorado in January 2005, two Colorado ACORN workers were sentenced to community service for submitting false voter registrations;

Whereas in Ohio in 2004, four ACORN employees were indicted by a Federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms;

Whereas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, election officials estimate that ACORN submitted at least 1,500 fraudulent registrations in fall 2008;

Whereas Citizens Consulting, Inc., the umbrella group controlling ACORN, was paid $832,000 by the Obama for America Campaign of 2008 for get-out-the-vote efforts;

Whereas several other jurisdictions have also had concerns about ACORN’s fraudulent voter registration procedures, and there are an estimated 14 ongoing investigations around the country;

Whereas most recently hidden camera investigations of ACORN offices in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, District of Columbia showed workers giving advice on how to evade taxes and conceal the nature of their illegal business;

Whereas ACORN has received more than $53 million in direct funding from the Federal Government since 1994; and

Whereas it is clear that ACORN has violated the spirit of entities afforded tax exempt status and should no longer be considered as such: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (commonly referred to as ‘‘ACORN”) should lose its ex emption from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

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Jack Cashill — Andersen Claims ‘Two Sources’ for Ayers’ Role in Dreams

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Andersen Claims ‘Two Sources’ for Ayers’ Role in Dreams
Jack Cashill
On Monday morning, Mancow Muller arranged for me to question author Chris Andersen on The Mancow Show.

Andersen’s largely benign new book, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, now tops the New York Times best seller list.

Andersen claims that the “hopelessly blocked” Obama turned to the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers to help him write his much acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father.

When I asked about Andersen’s sources, Andersen said that he had two separate sources “within Hyde Park” but, understandably, would not elaborate.

Andersen, who was gracious throughout, insisted that he had made no claim that Ayers wrote Dreams but he did not deny Ayers’ deep involvement, conceding that Dreams is much the better book than Obama’s 2006 Audacity of Hope. This, of course, has to trouble the Obama acolytes who insist that Obama is a uniquely gifted writer.

“I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate,” wrote Christopher Buckley, explaining his decision to endorse Obama in October 2008, “He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine.”

Obama has maintained this fiction himself. “I’ve written two books,” Obama told an audience of teachers in Virginia last year. “I actually wrote them myself.”

Whether the mainstream media will remain silent on still another Obama scandal remains to be seen. But the journalistic standard of two sources has been met.

Kansans for Life — Complaint against Kline aide distracts from illegal Gag order by State Supreme Court

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Contact Mary Kay Culp, Executive Director, 913-406-4446

Complaint against Kline aide distracts from illegal Gag order by State Supreme Court

Quote from KFL executive director Mary Kay Culp: “For 5 months the Kansas Supreme Court has kept in place an indefensible gag order on a judge, and has denied state evidence to prosecutors in the Planned Parenthood case. Every time this Court has interposed itself in abortion clinic prosecutions and grand juries, the pro-life, pro-justice position has won, but the Court feels impelled to slap Kline around as a sop to the abortion industry.”

The 2007 Johnson County prosecution drags on—waiting since May 2009 for the state Supreme Court to remove, or keep, a gag order instigated without legal defense by state AG Stephen Six to silence Judge Richard Anderson. Anderson– appointed by the Court to safeguard 2003 abortion records subpoenaed when Kline was AG– has partially testified about felony record falsification by Planned Parenthood.

The Kansas judicial administrator’s ethical complaint against former Kline aide Steve Maxwell, released today, does not read like an impartial legal assessment, but like the rant of clinic defense attorneys, or one of the administrator’s own Supreme Court bosses (Kline-opponent) Justice Carole Beier. By citing actions that violate no code, it furthers the myth that abortion clinic prosecutions are irredeemably poisoned. Abortion supporters promised they would pursue every venue to punish Kline for having the temerity to investigate crime at Kansas abortion clinics, and this is part of it.

We believe that the jury investigating Planned Parenthood in Johnson County was not the victim of prosecutorial misconduct, as was the 2007 grand jury, initiated by Kansans for Life to investigate illegal post-viable abortions at Tiller’s clinic in Wichita.

The Complaint is deficient

We do not understand the validity of the ethics complaint alleging Maxwell intentionally gave the Johnson County grand jurists incomplete information on child abuse statutes. The case law they complained about not receiving, Aid for Women v Foulston, is only relevant to the time after the alleged crimes were committed. The fact that the Kansas child abuse statutes were altered in Jan.2007 to a view more favorable to Kline’s opinion in 2003, is also irrelevant.

The complaint adopts the abortion clinic defense lawyers’ descriptions of copying redacted records at Kinko’s and storing them in plastic containers as if there had been some great harm to individual privacy. Yet it cites no ethical violation by those activities. Such privacy-invasion scenarios induce the public to abuse the prosecutor and ignore the crimes.

Finally, the complaint alleges misconduct in obtaining state child abuse records because Maxwell only submitted the minimum truth needed to substantiate the request, and because some discrepancies were supposedly rectified. The complaint does not explain why over 1000 missing child abuse reports were not valid enough reasons to investigate, nor why the AG must divulge all future prosecutorial plans before legally acquiring records. Remember, Kline was trying to pry papers out of a pro-abortion Sebelius agency which has subsequently shown it will never relinquish them for an abortion clinic case.
Culp added: “The abortion supporters’ task is clear: muddy the waters, tell the public their medical privacy is in jeopardy, ignore the groundless gag put on an ethical judge and tar and feather Maxwell.”

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Huelskamp Applauds Senator Roberts’ Health Care Vote

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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Contact: Brian Weber 620-253-0255

September 30, 2009

Huelskamp Applauds Senator Roberts’ Health Care Vote

FOWLER – State Senator — and candidate for U.S. Congress — Tim Huelskamp today applauded U.S. Senator Pat Roberts for his committee vote against the public option proposal of the Obama Administration.

“The so-called public option is just a fancy way of saying big government wants more control over your health care,” said Huelskamp. “I applaud Senator Roberts for his vote against this big government grab in the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee.”

Huelskamp, who authored the nation’s first transparency act, also applauded Roberts for requesting that the massive health care bill be posted on the Internet prior to any voting. “We’ve seen time and again that sunshine is the best disinfectant to poor policymaking. The American people deserve to have a chance to actually read a bill of this magnitude, which could nationalize one sixth of the U.S. economy, before Members of Congress vote on it,” said Huelskamp.

Huelskamp is a candidate in the 1st Congressional District of Kansas, and he is the only candidate who has signed the national letter opposing the “public option” proposal. He has been endorsed by a long list of state and national leaders, including the Club for Growth PAC, former Governor Mike Huckabee, Ken Blackwell, Kansans for Life, Concerned Women for America, Gun Owners of America, and dozens of his legislative colleagues.

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NRO — Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R., Kans.) has devised another way to crackdown on ACORN: end its tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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The Hill — Republican worry over McHugh seat builds

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Republicans are dismayed by a third-party candidate who could sap their candidate to fill Army Secretary John McHugh’s old House seat, effectively handing a win to Democrats.

Mark Perry — Cuba’s Farms: From State-Run to Private

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

GOOD NEWS: Faced with the smothering inefficiencies of a state-run economy and unable to feed his people without massive imports of food, Cuban leader Raúl Castro has put his faith in compatriots like Esther Fuentes and his little farm out in the sticks.
If Cuba is searching for its New New Man, then Fuentes might be him. The Cuban government, in its most dramatic reform since Castro took over for his ailing older brother Fidel three years ago, is offering private farmers such as Fuentes the use of fallow state lands to grow crops — for a profit. Capitalism comes to the communist isle? Not quite, but close. Raúl Castro prefers to call it “a new socialist model.” But Fuentes gets to pocket some extra cash.

Editorial — “Other” on Senator Julia Lynn poll promoting new taxes

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Ninth District Kansas Senator Julia Lynn wants you to take a poll on new taxes, where the choices are, effectively, the following four options: “yes” and “yes” and “oh man, yes” and “enter your thoughts.”

The actual question asked by Senator Lynn is, “To fund roads and bridges in Kansas, what would you support?”  The options given are:

  1. “A quarter cent sales tax”
  2. “A six cents gas tax”
  3. “Both”
  4. “Other”

One is allowed to also enter comments next to “other.”

At this time this article is written, there have been 70 votes, and “other” is winning with 37 votes, or 53%.

Why would a Republican Senator not offer “no” for an option on a poll about tax increases?  From the contents of a recent Email sent by Senator Lynn, it appears the answer is that she thinks that Kansans will benefit from new taxes.  Lynn writes, “A recent K-State study found every $1 invested in transportation infrastructure produces $3 of economic benefit as it produces a multiplier effect on housing, commerce, quality of life and education.”

Lynn needs an education on the Laffer Curve (below).

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Club for Growth PAC Endorses Hoffman in New York Special

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Washington - Club for Growth PAC today endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Hoffman, a Republican, decided to run after local GOP leaders hand-picked liberal Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava as their nominee.

“After months of runaway spending, bailouts, and record deficits, the last thing we need in Congress is another rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democrats,” said Club President Chris Chocola. “Doug Hoffman is the only candidate in this race who will stand up for taxpayers and fight to protect our freedoms in Washington.”

Hoffman, a certified public accountant and managing partner at a Lake Placid accounting firm, has sworn-off Congressional earmarks and pledged to oppose all tax increases if elected – a clear distinction among the candidates in this three-way contest. In fact, Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens both favor higher taxes, bigger government, and more spending, including President Obama’s failed “stimulus” package and big labor’s odious “Card Check” bill.

A recent poll released by Club for Growth shows a statistical three-way tie between Hoffman, Scozzafava, and Owens. When asked, “Would you prefer your next member of Congress be a liberal Democrat, a liberal Republican, or a Conservative party candidate who would align himself with Republicans in Congress,” respondents selected the Conservative by 36%, compared to 31% for the Democrat and 18% for the Republican.

“Doug Hoffman has an excellent chance of winning this race,” concluded Chocola. “He offers New Yorkers a clear choice between electing a typical Albany politician, another liberal Democrat, or a principled leader who will fight for policies that help to grow our economy and put our nation back on the right track.”

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Analysis — Attorney General Steve Six issues opinion to legislators on open meetings laws. Democratic AG Six applies the law after Republican District Attorney Steve Howe does not.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Attorney General Steve Six’s recent opinion on the Kansas Open Meetings Act is at a great disagreement with a recent decision by Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.

There are hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars that flow through local governments in Johnson County, and Kansas legislators have attempted to require that local elected officials discuss budget and tax items only during meetings that are open to the public.

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Kansas Republican Party on Obama, Health Care — When A Tax Is Not A Tax

Monday, September 28th, 2009

While campaigning for the presidency, then Senator Barack Obama made a campaign promise he would not subject the middle class to ANY tax increase. In a speech he made in Springfield, Missouri on July 30, 2008, Obama said, “Let me be clear, if you are a family making less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes go up; not your capital gains tax, not your payroll tax, not your income tax, no taxes!” However, in the first year of his term, President Obama has consistently inserted back-door taxes into legislation promoting his agenda.

The Democrats’ health care plan, including the bill released just last week by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), includes a provision requiring all families to either purchase health insurance or face an ‘individual mandate’ of up to $3,800 per year. This past Sunday, George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week”, asked the President to explain his failure to uphold the promise he made just one year ago. Stephanopoulos provided the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of tax – “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.” After Obama asserted that a penalty of nearly $4,000 per year is not a tax, the Wall Street Journal concluded that “the President thinks a health-care tax is not a tax if he thinks the tax is for your own good.”

President Obama will spend this week in New York touting his Cap-and-Trade legislation to foreign dignitaries at the United Nations General Assembly. Cap-and-Trade will force utility companies to purchase emissions credits. Utility rates will increase and the consumer will feel the cost. CBS News reports that a U.S. Treasury study estimates the cost per household could be as much as $1,761 per year. Even former Obama campaign advisor and billionaire investor Warren Buffet says cap-and-trade is “a huge tax and there’s no use calling it anything else.”

The Kansas Republican Congressional delegation knows how important it is during this tough economic time to lower taxes and ease financial burdens on American families. They need your support to ensure that they give voice to your principles in Washington. Your contribution of $100, $50, $25 or even $10 is essential to our efforts! Click here to contribute online or you can send a check made out to the Kansas Republican Party to 2025 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66205. Please take a moment and give today to support the Kansas Republican Party and all the Republican candidates across our Great State.
Sincerely,
Amanda L. Adkins
Chair

Kansans for Life — The 2009 LIFE CHAIN will be on Sunday, October 4th

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The 2009 LIFE CHAIN will be on Sunday, October 4th.

If you would like to know the location of the Life Chain nearest you, go to http://www.lifechain.net/ (more…)

Recent Kansas Republican Party E-Newsletter

Monday, September 28th, 2009

E-NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

SUPPORT THE KSRHCC AND MEET FORMER SEN. BOB DOLE

Please join the Kansas Republican House Campaign Committee for a special appearance by Senator Robert Dole. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet Senator Dole and join him in a discussion on the national Health Care debate. The event will be held in Johnson County (at a location to be determined soon) on October 7, 2009. Requested contributions: $100 Public Reception, $500 Gold Sponsor – Photograph, $1,000 Platinum Sponsor – Private Roundtable Reception and Photograph, $2,000 Industry Sponsor. To RSVP, email info@kansasrhcc.org or call 913-341-8683. (more…)

AP — More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

Monday, September 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON - Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.

UK Mail Online — SIMON COWELL: A letter to my shallow, reckless, cocky younger self

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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NY Post — The unemployment rate for young Americans has exploded to 52.2 percent — a post-World War II high, according to the Labor Dept

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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AP — Risky business: States tax the rich at their peril

Monday, September 28th, 2009

ALBANY, N.Y. – This year, New York’s deep-pocketed rich were required to dig even deeper to help shore up state finances.

They now pay higher taxes on their income and on limousines and yachts, more to enter a horse in a race and more to dabble in real estate. Meanwhile, many are losing millions from the closing of business tax loopholes and those making over $1 million are losing tax deductions others get.

Mich. stares down 2nd govt. shutdown in 3 years

Monday, September 28th, 2009

LAINGSBURG, Mich. (AP) - Economically beleaguered Michigan faces a possible government shutdown – shuttering highway rest areas, state parks, construction projects and the state lottery – if lawmakers fail to reach a budget deal in the next few days.

Social Security strained by early retirements

Monday, September 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that’s happened since the 1980s.