Archive for July 8th, 2011

72% Favor Free Market Economy Over One Managed by the Government – Rasmussen

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe a free market economy is better than an economy managed by the government. Just 14% think a government-managed economy is better. Another 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).
Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly prefer a free market approach. Among these segments of the electorate, the number preferring a government-managed economy is in the single digits.

Among Democrats, 48% say a free market is better, but 29% think a government-managed economy is the answer. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure. Seventy-five percent (75%) of those who work for a private company give the nod to a free market economy, compared to 53% of government employees.

Op-ed, Ben Hodge in KC Monitor – Overland Park City Council wants to jam through a huge property tax increase

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Read the whole article by former Overland Park Representative Benjamin Hodge, here at the KC Monitor.

In part:

Council, Chamber get ‘bold’

Kansas City Star editorial tells us the “bold” choices being offered by Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel: “One plan from Ebel would boost the city’s mill levy by 46 percent and bring in more than $10 million a year in new revenue. The other option, a 41 percent increase, would create an extra $9 million annually.” (more…)

CQ Weekly on how Club for Growth is over-taking the US Chamber of Commerce as true pro-business leader

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Video, Club for Growth – 20 Washington Democrats Support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Let’s Pass It.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Video, Rep. Mike Pence on debt ceiling, need to Cut, Cap, and Balance

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Op-ed: Kansans don’t need government to expand broadband Internet access

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A guest op-ed, from a reader:

President Obama is coming to save us! Through his wonderful largess of stimulus money, he is going to deliver on his goal of greater broadband access to all Americans; in fact Kansas has already received at least $4.4 million to help get the job done. Wonderful.

Mind you, increasing broadband access is a good thing.  Like many Kansas, especially those in rural areas, I’ve come to depend on it. The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) has published a list of ten ways that broadband is good for rural America, most of which are centered around commerce and education.  However, increased broadband would also improve emergency response in rural areas, a need Kansans are all too familiar with.

The issue is not whether Kansas needs better broadband access.  The issue is whether we need the government to give it to us. We don’t.  While federal, state and local agencies may love spending taxpayers dollars, in this case it is probably wholly unnecessary. Private corporations may take care of that need for us, if the government would just get out of the way. Specifically, a proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile may free up enough broadband to meet the President’s lofty goals without any stimulus money. The Congress and federal agencies need only approve the merger.

Grover Norquist, who leads the conservative organization Americans for Tax Reform, harkens back to our greatest president when he writes,

Reagan’s ending of the AT&T monopoly was about deregulation and freeing markets – not more regulation or preventing companies in a free market from merging.  Yet, more government interference is exactly what [AT&T]  merger opponents are calling for, expressing concerns of fewer players and market concentration.  This is a myopic view of competition.

Kansans understand the benefits of free markets, and we want the benefits of increased wireless and broadband internet access. The AT&T merger gives us a rare opportunity to promote both while saving taxpayer money.

5-4 decision – US Supreme Court rejects President Obama’s request to block Texas execution of Mexican citizen

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Video, Florida conservative leader Marco Rubio: “We Don’t Need New Taxes, We Need New Taxpayers”

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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