General Motors, Chrysler and
the banking industries were saved along with tens of thousands of jobs with
most of the stimulus money paid back with interest. The stock market is at an
all-time high. We have the lowest unemployment in six years and the sharpest
labor expansion in 15 years. Gas is at a 10-year low of $1.99 per gallon in
Oklahoma as of early December; the economic forecast for 2015 is the strongest
in 10 years and almost all troops are out of Iraq and Afghanistan. What’s wrong
with all of the above? Nothing! All this was accomplished under the Obama
administration, even though the party of hate, the GOP, tried to thwart the
administration at every turn for political gain.
thing you should know is that I am a die-hard, bleeding-heart, left-wing
liberal, and proud of it! So of course the latest midterm election was a
disappointment. I’m not as disappointed in the results as I am in the way they
were won. This past Congress had at one point a 7 percent approval rating, yet
91 percent got re-elected.
The Republicans, who now
control both houses, were instrumental in shutting our government down. They
cut security funding at our embassies, but blamed our president for Benghazi.
They voted to cut funding for our veterans, but screamed bloody murder when
veterans were not getting good care. They fight to take away a woman’s choice
over her reproductive rights, but cut funding to help feed the babies that they
force a woman to have. They fight against marriage equality, even though they
may be, like Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, going on their third
All I have
heard is we need to “take our country back.” Back to what? High unemployment,
unwanted wars, low stock market, soaring gas prices? But congratulations to the
Republican Party. It won with absolutely no plan or promises. Party leaders
should enjoy it while they can, because 2016 will be here soon and since you
demanded instant results from President Obama, I am holding you to the same
standards. And please have something else on your agenda other than repealing
the Affordable Care Act and impeachment. You will lose on both accounts.
Our slogan shouldn’t be, “Get out and vote”; it should be, “Get out
and vote wisely.” I
was a second-grade teacher. Just before Election Day each year, I held a mock
election in my classroom. On the way to school, I would stop at the post office
and get a picture and short biography of a man on the “most wanted” list. I
would also have with me the picture of a humanitarian, whom I knew the children
school, I would paste the two pictures and biographies on a piece of colored
paper, and then cover it with a second colored paper, cutting out two squares
so that only the men’s heads showed. Under one picture, I’d write “1” followed
by the name “John Green.” Under the other one, it would say “2” and the name
Bill Brown. There was also one referendum: “Would you like to have school on
the class voted, I would lift up the outer paper and read the biography of each
man. The children who voted for the criminal always expressed dismay. Some said
they liked his face better. A few liked the color green better than brown.
they never forgot the lesson that one should never vote for a face or a name,
but should always study the candidates and vote for the one who expresses their
views most of the time.And,
oh, yes, I never had more than three votes for class on Saturdays. And one of
those votes was not my vote!
The Brownback administration is in a time warp, trying to
recover the worst in our past and to destroy our future.
administration, Kansas ranks 41st out of 50 in job creation, with only a 0.7%
increase compared to 1.6 nationally, and we lost 7400 jobs in December alone.Kobach’s and Brownback’s voter ID laws are among the most
restrictive in the nation, in spite of a dearth of evidence for their need.
They serve only to suppress voting among the poor and minorities.
The administration is intent on maximizing what they term
“freedom” for everyone – meaning freedom from government involvement in guns
and taxes and the like. But when it comes to the health and bodies of women,
they feel it is time for the government to dictate morality.
In the matter of taxes, Brownback has reduced income taxes at
the expense of sales taxes, which are the most regressive of taxes. Also,
everyone, especially farmers in the “Big First”, is seeing substantial property
tax increases as an offset to the income tax reduction. Taxes are not being reduced;
they are being shifted to the backs of the middle and working classes.Brownback and his puppet legislature have gutted education
funding in the state in a way that hits rural communities and minorities the
Craziest of all, the taxes we pay to the federal government are
used in part to support Medicaid; yet Brownback, in his knee-jerk reaction
against anything Obama, has rejected federal Medicaid funds that are needed to
support our poor and our hospitals. Some will die as a result of that decision.In the latest assault on our freedom, there is now legislation
pending to stop or restrict broadband internet implementation in the state.
This will have the largest effect on underserved communities.Brownback’s constituency is not the people of Kansas, but the
Koch brothers and their ilk.Additionally, every member of the Kansas delegation to Congress
just voted against the Farm Bill for the first time in history.Brownback, Kobach, Huelskamp, Yoder, Pompeo and Jenkins all
desperately need to be sent out to pasture.
By; Douglas McGaw
Governor of Kansas
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NEW HITLERHere we go again. The same corporate military industrial
media complex that helped con us into a war in Iraq is working their magic. The
American public, one of the most propagandizable and gullible populations in
the world is tripping and falling over itself to the accept the new narrative
that ISLE is the new Hitler, the new boogie man, the new “weapons of mass
destruction” horror that will require massive open-ended military intervention
and hundreds of billions of dollars for years to come. And take heed, shivering
masses, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “We’re all going to die.”
Wow, didn’t we just spend $3 trillion on the longest war
in U.S. history that created the basket case scenario we now see in Iraq? And
now instead of investing the needed trillions into a rotting U.S. infrastructure
and creating millions of jobs we will be arming and throwing money at this
week’s tribal faction flavor of the month that was our arch enemy last month,
and on and on for a mission that no one understands. But of course the
corporate contractors will rake it in and the chicken hawks in Congress who
receive their enormous campaign contributions will continue to pound the war
Woe to America. Eisenhower warned us 50 years ago about
the corruption and insatiable greed of the military industrial complex and now
it is even more entrenched and corrupt than ever.
By; Gerry Rempel
Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th U.S. President
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response of our government toward the Ebola threat is appalling. As a community
doctor I think the measures taken by Washington are totally inadequate and
unsafe. The lessons of the past (please see the book “Plagues and Peoples,” by
William H. McNeill) show quarantine is the major role in dealing with plagues.
start with essentially no entry into the U.S. by individuals coming from areas
of high disease burden. Stop the flights from West Africa. Quarantine people
coming from that region for 21 days.
As to the
hot spots of disease already here, health care providers should adhere to the
CDC’s own guidelines of Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) procedures. This requires
individuals coming into contact with sources of Ebola virus to use an
air-supplied positive pressure suit and take a shower after exit. This is not
possible at community hospitals. No amount of training of ordinary health care
providers and use of equipment less than BSL-4 clothing standards will make
handling this virus an acceptable risk. This virus does not allow for any
obvious that “breaches of protocol” are not to be blamed on the nurses; it is a
failure of the protocol itself. I suspect this protocol does not use BSL-4
methods. The CDC BSL-4 lab has been managed safely for a number of years. A
weaker version of the protocol in Dallas did not work. Fix it!
Harry Truman, Aug. 6, 1945: The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a
John F. Kennedy, April 18, 1961: I have previously stated and I repeat now that
the United States intends no military intervention in Cuba.
Lyndon Johnson, Aug. 5, 1964: United States ships were attacked today on the
high sea in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Richard Nixon, Nov. 19, 1973: I’m not a crook.
Ronald Reagan, Nov. 13, 1986: We did not ... repeat ... did not trade weapons
or anything else for hostages...nor will we.
President Bill Clinton, Jan.
26, 1996: I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not
have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
George W. Bush, Oct. 16, 2002: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
Barack Obama, Sept. 9: Ebola is not a threat to America. Sept. 16: First and
foremost, I want the American people to know that the experts here at the CDC
and across our government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in
the United States are extremely low.
Ebola scare highlights
risk of no insuranceIn
Texas, a man was diagnosed with Ebola after two visits to the emergency room
with what was initially thought to be the flu.Twenty-two
percent of Texans and 20 percent of Floridians do not have health insurance.
Let's speculate on what might happen if just one uninsured person were to
contract Ebola and, thinking he had just the flu, decided to wait it out. Let's
also assume that he works in the hospitality or restaurant industry and has no
paid sick leave, and he can't afford to miss a day's pay.How
many people might be infected before it is discovered that he has a serious,
deadly and contagious illness?
Why is it that people can’t see all the good President Obama
has done for America?
Is it because we have a Republican- controlled House of Representatives which
from the day Obama was elected vowed to not work with him on anything? People
need to understand that more than any time in history this Republican Party has
used the super majority rule to block bills from getting passed in Washington.
What do you think the United
States would do if thousands of missiles coming from Mexico or Canada rained
down upon Americans? Americans who live on land we did not get peacefully, or
in many cases, ethically and honestly? Much of our country has been deplorably
stolen from Native Americans, whom we subjected to “ethnic cleansing” and
forced exile. If these former occupants were to mobilize against us, would we
dutifully return our homes, businesses and the land which our ancestors stole,
and hope the missiles would stop? My guess is that we would blow these enemies
to high heaven.
Bashing the presidentWhy all
the Obama bashing?It seems
to me things are going pretty good now. The stock market is at a record high,
unemployment is near 6 percent, housing sales and new homes are on the rise,
construction of all types is going on, roads and infrastructure are being
updated, health insurance is available to anyone who wants it (and affordable).
I do not
know if President Barack Obama is responsible for all of the positive things
listed above, but if these areas were not doing well, you can bet the GOP would
be blaming the president.
Business and public good are sometimes incompatible
Government is about essential
services; business is about profit. Business types have no “business” running
government. That is the purview of elected officials.Government’s focus should be on solving problems, not on available
dollars. The challenge is to find the resources, not cut the programs. It’s a
different way of thinking and the best example of a failed
businessman-politician is Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott.By “hook or crook,” he has become a very successful businessman.
But as a governor, he will be rated among the worst.