Archive for the ‘Opinion, Editorial, and Analysis’ Category

People Who Defend Abortion Rights Are Ridiculous

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

By Pete Lucas, a contributing author:

Why? Because they deny the facts and insist on using confused logic as their arguments. What are the major arguments defending abortion, let’s see…

1. A baby shouldn’t have to have a crappy parent that doesn’t want them.

2. If we make it illegal, abortion will be more dangerous (not to the fetus – it’s just as dangerous for them either way).

3. It’s a parasite and the woman should have the right to kill it until it’s “viable”.

4. “It’s my body” and you should keep your hands off.

5. And my favorite non-argument “You’re a man, so your opinion is meaningless.”

If you look at those arguments objectively, you’d quickly realize that each one is faulty on its face.

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Gun Control

Friday, February 1st, 2013

By Pete Lucas, a contributing author:

I support peoples’ constitutional right to have guns. And I’m not just talking about my biceps.

I also recently wrote that some real reform was needed if we’re going to slow down the tide of school shootings. And of course, the government has decided that instead, they’d like to make some stupid, totally ineffective restrictions instead.

As Clinton did, the focus is on “assault rifles” and “high-capacity magazines.” The only difference between an “assault rifle” and a “hunting rifle” is the decorations. Literally, there’s no other difference. The high capacity magazine argument is pointless, because you can still have as many standard magazines as you want, which hold 9-10 rounds each. I have a Beretta .40 that has 8 magazines with it. That’s 80 rounds I can fire without reloading a magazine one single time. Over 70% of gun murders are done using handguns. We aren’t talking about restricting them AT ALL.

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Liberals in Kansas Senate cause Kansas to be only state without new redistricting

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Leavenworth Times.

Investment Commentary, Joe Kain

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Sunflower Asset Management, Inc.

Investment Commentary

March  2012

 

“Calm Waters”

I am not a superstitious person, so I am not afraid of jinxing us by referencing “calm waters” for stocks. The market is performing well, and is a welcome respite from the nasty volatility that has all too often characterized the past decade. While recognizing the scars are still there, it is important at this stage to be forward looking. We have been run over by a truck, so it is only natural to look over our shoulders for the next eighteen wheeler.

The recent market strength has been justified by a backdrop of overall decent fundamentals. The improving metrics as usual are being ignored, or dismissed out of hand by the skeptics. (more…)

Op-Ed, “Two years of Obamacare and ‘We’re still trying to find out what’s in it.’” – John Vinci at Americans for Limited Government

Monday, March 26th, 2012

From NetRightDaily:

By John Vinci — Today is the second anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. And by our count there are now over one hundred Obamacare regulatory implementation documents that span over 10,000 pages and contain nearly 2.5 million words.[1] You’d think that 2.5 million words would be enough to tell us exactly how Obamacare will work and operate.

Not so, says Governor Gary Herbert of Utah.

We still don’t know

Utah was proud of the market-based healthcare reforms it had made prior to Obamacare. It was one of two states to have implemented an insurance exchange before Obamacare.

But now Utah is working hard to figure out how their reforms will work within the context of Obamacare.

Last fall, Gov. Herbert’s administration sent a 58-page document to the Obama Administration outlining questions that Utah still has about how Obamacare will be implemented at the state level. Herbert said that even the Obama Administration’s newly released 1,039 pages of regulations within the prior week, “still don’t answer the questions we’ve been asking.”[2] (more…)

Americans for Limited Gov’t – Freedom of Information Act Response Reveals Unions Assisting in Writing Pro-labor Obama Executive Order

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

FOIA Response Reveals Unions Assisting in Writing Pro-labor Obama Executive Order

October 20, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today released a response by the Office of Management and Budget to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by ALG in 2010 revealing the close involvement of unions in drafting Barack Obama’s executive order 13522.  ALG President Bill Wilson commented:

“The level of corruption revealed in these documents, wherein union bosses are openly being thanked by White House employees for their role in developing pro-labor executive orders is contemptible, and warrants congressional investigations by the House and Senate.  Hearings should be held to get to the bottom of this outrageous conduct.  This is rule by special interests.

“The executive order, which created management-labor forums for federal government civil service workers, favored unions by telling managers to discuss all workplace decisions with unions to reach joint decisions, even if the subject was not an allowed bargaining item.  Therefore the order vastly enhanced union influence over the operation of the federal government.  Every function in the civil service became a bargaining chip for the unions, which has had the contrary effect of making government more inefficient and costly.”

Attachments:

“Unions: Creating A Place At the Table,” By Mark Wohschlegel, Americans for Limited Government at http://netrightdaily.com/2011/10/unions-creating-a-place-at-the-table/

FOIA Request to Office of Management and Budget, Americans for Limited Government, August 12, 2010 at http://netrightdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/OMB-Labor-XO-FOIA-Letter.pdf

FOIA Response Letter, Office of Management and Budget, September 30, 2011 at http://netrightdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/9.30.11-OMB-response-with-docs.pdf

FOIA Responsive Documents, Office of Management and Budget, September 30, 2011 at http://netrightdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/09.30.11-OMB-responsive-docs1.pdf

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

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Op-Ed – AT&T and T-Mobile is good for rural Kansas

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

To the Editor,

Not long ago, Internet access was seen as more of a luxury than anything else. Today, it is paramount to success in the 21st century business world. Unfortunately, while the need is universal, access is not.

In President Obama’s most recent State of the Union address, he pledged to connect “every part of America to the digital age”. This will impact approximately 300 million citizens, many of which are members of rural and underserved communities.

Recent polls estimate that 1/3 of rural inhabitants currently do not have the latest broadband technology to provide them with the tools to keep up in the business world and to take advantage of job opportunities and the best health care and education opportunities. The consequences of this are serious, especially when considering the impact it has on our nation’s farmers.

Up to the minute weather and commodity information is essential to those in the farming industry. Furthermore, ready access and communication with customers, suppliers, and food processors are key components to success. Wireless and mobile broadband availability is crucial for making these pieces of the puzzle fit together efficiently, yet many farmers are forced to manage their enterprises without it. It is pretty difficult for a farmer to compete effectively on the national market if his “up to the minute” information loads about as quickly as it takes a pot of coffee to brew.

The FCC is currently considering a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. One benefit of the union will be greater access to 4G service in rural regions where service has traditionally been unreliable or non-existent. Approval of this merger proposal will provide rural businessmen and farmers the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century global market.

Sincerely,

Doug Colglazier, CCP Inc.

 

 

Op-Ed, Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily – Did anything change in Congress after 2010?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Re-published with permission.

By Adam Bitely — Can anyone remember a time when Congress had a decent approval rating? Didn’t think so.

Every couple of election cycles or so, a wave of frustration at Congress sweeps the nation and voters change the partisan makeup of the House and Senate. Within a relatively short time, the electorate becomes frustrated again with the “partisan grid-lock” in Washington and sends the other party to power.

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Managing the Bottom 5%

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

By Pete Lucas, a contributing author:

I really hate rules. I hate rules because I’m a rule-follower. I’m a peacemaker. If someone is rude to me, I am not rude back. If the sign says “no trespassing”, I stay out. I don’t know if it was my religious upbringing, apathy, or just brainwashing, but I have never even wanted to break the rules.

BUT. I hate unnecessary rules, of which there are eleventy-jillion. Ninety five percent of people don’t need the rules because they aren’t the problem in the first place. Rules are made to try and control the five percent of people who have total disregard for the rules. Ironically, these are the same 5% that will ignore the rules designed to manage them.

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Op-Ed – Rural America Stands To Win Big In The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Rural America Stands To Win Big In The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

By Brad Colglazier: Rozel City, Kansas Councilman

To the Editor:

Currently, the FCC is reviewing a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. If successful, the union of these two wireless providers will make 4G LTE technology available to over 97% of the U.S. population.

Although the merger has important implications for many regions of the country, it is particularly significant for those living in small towns or rural areas. These communities often struggle to get reliable wireless service. The problem is compounded by rapidly expanding spectrum demand caused by unprecedented growth of mobile broadband devices such as smart phones and tablet computers. In fact, demand is expected to surpass capacity by 2014. Unfortunately, this will leave rural and small town America with even less broadband access than ever before.

Should the FCC approve the merger, wireless broadband technology will be available to many of the nearly thirty percent of rural households that do not have access to the latest technology. This will effectively shrink the distance between remote communities and their urban counterparts. From a strictly economic standpoint, the merger will pave the way for billions of dollars of investment by AT&T that will create jobs in rural and underserved areas. As broadband access spreads to these regions, additional jobs will be created as existing businesses grow and new ones take root. Universal broadband access will truly allow any company – big or small, urban or rural – to compete in the global marketplace.

Combining AT&T and T-Mobile will extend wireless broadband access to millions more Americans than would have access if the two companies were not permitted to combine. Not only will the merger be universally beneficial, but it will also be an economic game-changer for rural America.

Sincerely,

 

Brad Colglazier

Rozel City, Kansas Councilman

Tim Huelskamp votes best among Kansans in US Congress, says Heritage Action – Ben Hodge op-ed at Red County

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Heritage Action is the 501c4 lobbying arm of theHeritage Foundation.  They’ve released whatDaniel Horowitz at RedState describes as “the first comprehensive conservative report card of Congress.”  Horowitz writes, “We can now determine which members of the ‘Tea Party Congress’ drink a hardcore brew.”

Unlike most other scorecards, this one was designed to separate the men from the boys.  Most traditional scorecards, and most prominently, the ACU annual report, tend to focus primarily on those votes which fundamentally divide the two parties.  They fail to probe some of the more courageous conservative votes against party leadership.

To that end, any Republican who is even minimally conservative is expected to score at or near 100%.  After all, at a minimum, any Republican should oppose Obamacare, vote down tax increases, and support the Republican annual budget.  This is how the likes of McCain, Graham, and Chambliss have been able to achieve stellar scores.  Except for those like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Dick Lugar, most Republicans will vote with their party on the final roll call of major bills.  In fact, anyone who is not on the list of 100% is someone who has voted with the Democrats in contravention to fundamental Republican values.  A perfect ACU score should be the floor, not the ceiling, for a conservative voting record.

The Heritage Action scorecard digs much deeper.

In just the first seven months of the legislative session, they scored 30 votes in the House and 19 in the Senate, many of which dealt with obscure amendments that sought to cut spending beyond the comfort zone of GOP leaders. (more…)

Ben Hodge at Red County on local poll – 48% of Overland Park Voters are Conservative, 36% Moderate, 16% Liberal

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

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Op-Ed, Ben Hodge at RedState – 59% of Overland Park voters say city tax increases hurt the local economy. But Overland Park Council unanimously passes 46% tax increase.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

My Email to voters today in Johnson County, Kansas.

Benjamin B. Hodge

- Chair, State & Local Reform Educational Group of Kansas
- State Representative (Overland Park and Olathe), 2007-’08
- Johnson County Community College Trustee, 2005-’09

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Poll: 59% of Overland Park Voters Think City Tax Increases
Will Hurt the Local Economy

MORE POLLING INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT
THE CONSERVATIVE VIEWS OF OVERLAND PARK VOTERS

Monday night, Overland Park City Council unanimously passed 46% property tax increase,
despite holding only one public hearing, and strong public opposition

Greetings:

Monday, I wrote to you about the scientific poll demonstrating that 67% of likely 2012 Overland Park voters preferred spending cuts, rather than tax increases, in order to balance the city budget.  When respondents were asked specifically about the proposed 46% property tax increase, an overwhelming number – 80% – of voters opposed the tax increase.  And 83% of likely 2012 voters wanted more public hearings on next year’s city budget.  There was only only one public hearing after the budget was announced, and this public hearing occurred after the Council had already unanimously voted to tentatively approve the 46% tax increase.

Unfortunately, on Monday  night the City Council voted unanimously 13-0 to increase city property taxes by 46%.  Here are some news accounts:

Today, we are releasing more information about the fiscally conservative views of Overland Park voters.  The following information is from a poll conducted by the State and Local Educational Foundation of Kansas.

SUMMARY:

A strong majority - 59% – of Overland Park voters believe city tax increases hurt the local economy.  Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters believe tax increases help the economy.  Fifteen percent (15%) believe there is no impact on the economy, and 6% are undecided.

When it comes to cuts in city government spending, a plurality – 44% - believe they help the local economy.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe spending cuts hurt the local economy, 22% believe there is no impact on the economy, and 7% are undecided.

Our own results among Overland Park voters compare closely with national results by the respected polling firm Rasmussen Reports.  On April 30, 2011, Rasmussen wrote:

“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters say, generally speaking, tax cuts help the economy.  Most voters have shared that sentiment in surveys for years. Only 21% believe tax cuts hurt the economy, while 13% say they have no impact.  Another 13% are not sure. (to see survey question wording, click here.)  A plurality (48%) of voters say decreases in government spending will help the economy.  Twenty-nine percent (29%) say cutting government spending will hurt the economy.  Ten percent (10%) believe such decreases will have no impact, while 13% are not sure. These findings, too, have remained fairly consistent over the years.”

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Club for Growth – Key Vote Alert – “NO” on the Budget Control Act of 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” ON THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011

The Club for Growth strongly opposes the most recent version of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that was negotiated by the White House and congressional leaders. We expect a vote on this proposal will take place in both chambers as early as today. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

The problems with this proposal are many, but fiscal conservatives should have obvious concerns for the lack of guaranteed future spending cuts, no requirement that a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution be sent to the states, a commission that could still recommend job-killing tax increases, and worse of all, two debt limit increases totaling over $2 trillion within only a matter of months.

As we’ve said before regarding previous underwhelming debt ceiling bills, this simply doesn’t fix the country’s fiscal problems. We strongly oppose it and we urge a NO vote.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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…)

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.

Ben Hodge at Red County – Run For Your Life: Five Businesses a Week Flee California’s Anti-Business Climate

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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Op-Ed, Ben Hodge – Good government leader, KMBC General Manager Wayne Godsey to retire

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Hodge at RedState:

Wayne Godsey is a Kansas City leader for good government issues.  KMBC-ABC Channel 9 is the only area station to run weekend editorials, read on air by Godsey.  After 40 years in television, he is retiring.

I first met Godsey in either 2007 or 2008, as he visited a Kansas House committee to testify in favor of legislation banning the ability of government bodies to hire taxpayer-funded lobbyists.

More from KMBCMedia Bistro, and Broadcasting and Cable.  KMBC quotes Godsey:

“It has been a privilege to have worked in local television,” Godsey said. “Few careers could have been as personally rewarding. I thank each of my colleagues here in Kansas City, and in New York and elsewhere, on whose talent, hard work and judgment I have relied.”

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Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookHodge’s Web siteTwitterYouTube, and The Kansas Progress. Hodge chairs the Kansans for State and Local Reform group. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, and a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the Kansas Broadcasters Association, the Kansas Press Association, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

Op-ed, Sec. of State Kris Kobach – the Kansas SAFE Act strengthens the integrity of elections

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Drafted by my office, the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act (SAFE Act) combines three elements to do just that – protect the franchise.  The new law (1) a requires voters to present photo IDs when voting in person; (2) requires absentee voters to present a full driver’s license number and have their signatures verified; and (3) requires all newly registered voters to prove citizenship.  Although other states have enacted one or two of these reforms, Kansas is the only state to enact all three. (more…)

Bill Wilson op-ed cartoon about Memorial Day, “We Can Never Say ‘Thank You’ Enough”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Rick Manning commentary below.

By Rick Manning

American’s take the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for granted. (more…)