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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The recent Bowles-Simpson bipartisan committee released their report that providing for future cuts in programs such as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, military pay, military health care and unemployment insurance, all programs that take money out of the hands of people who need it and will spend it, thereby helping businesses.

Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, a member of the Bowles-Simpson committee charged with making proposals to eliminate the deficit, has proposed her own program which targets changes at the opposite end of the economic spectrum - corporations and the wealthy.

Schakowsky developed her plan as an alternative to the Bowles-Simpson plan because she is committed to saving money for the middle class and the poor who had nothing to do with creating the deficit and long-term debt. The debt was created to benefit banks, those families in the 1.4% at the top of the income ladder and big business. As Warren Buffet recently said, "We (the richest) do not need the benefits; take it (taxes) from us."

GREAT BEND, Kan. - I wanted to wait to post this article until after campaign season. Now is a good time.

I am a firm believer that those who chase "glass ambulances" (personal injury attorneys) should not cast stones, so when an attorney here in Great Bend sent out a nasty-gram attacking my father and deceased grandfather (Korean War Veteran), I was shocked. Who attacks a deceased veteran?

What surprised me even more was the reason he attacked them. Mr. Richard Friedeman attacked my family members for being involved in a union. I never thought I would live to see the day when hard working American's were looked down upon.

Resistance Movements

HAYS, Kan. - On the day before Thanksgiving, on NPR, we heard an abundance of commentary on the Transportation Safety Agency's "full-body scans" and "enhanced pat-down procedures" for passengers boarding scheduled airline flights. One of the critical remarks made was that the movement "...had no center." I took this to mean that the speaker thought a movement could not be effective if it were not orchestrated or choreographed by some sort of central entity. I took his words to mean that participants in a resistance movement had to be mere instruments of the central entity and that the role of ordinary participants is only to act in "lock-step" as extensions of that central consciousness. Not only do I disagree, but I firmly submit that spontaneous movements, in which each participant acts according to his or her own understanding, inspiration, and conscience, are the most effective movements. It appears now, as I write on Thanksgiving Day, that the threat of mass refusal to accept the full-body scan fizzled. On the other hand, as a result of this expression of spontaneous resistance, it appears that the government has stated an intent to re-evaluate security techniques and procedures. In any case, the issue has reminded me that spontaneous resistance movements are worthy of examination and discussion.

The Democrats and the Left

donkey-on-ladder.jpgHUDSON HIGHLANDS, N.Y. - Like President Obama, I would rather think about policy than politics. But the Democrats are so bad at politics that maybe even I can offer them advice.

Democrats, you lose credit with everyone when you show no respect for your progressive base.

They lose patience with you, moderates start to wonder what you stand for, and conservatives smell blood. Fewer than half of eligible voters participate in midterm elections: midterms are always a contest between who manages to most excite their base. You lost the midterms by failing to excite your base and failing to show moderates that you stand for something.

The GOP and Earmarks

BASEHOR, Kan.- Kimberley Strassel, in a November 12 Wall Street Journal opinion piece, desperately exhorted the Republican Party to hold the line on earmarks.

I say "desperately" because she admitted that it will be extremely difficult to align big-business Republicans who want every bit of pork and special interest legislation they can gobble up, with the Tea Party, which claims it wants no earmarks at all in the name of fiscal conservatism. What's truly telling from Strassel, whose everyday invective makes her sound like an Ann Coulter wannabe, is this:

Republicans are not going to be able to repeal ObamaCare, are unlikely to be able to permanently extend the Bush tax rates, and will struggle to roll back the worst Obama regulations. But an earmark ban is one exception they can fulfill. Immediately.

OLATHE, Kan. - David Stockman, Ronald Reagan's budget director, uttered these words during a 60 Minutes interview on October 31, "...the Republican Party... should be ashamed of themselves." He was referring to the Republicans' insistence on tax cuts. Worse, he called their incessant chant "rank demagoguery."

In his Nov.8-14 Business Week article, John Meacham hearkens back to Daniel Patrick Moynihan's concern about crazies on both sides of the political spectrum, and the lack of a cool-headed center that respects all sides.

In the November 15 issue of Time magazine, Fareed Zakaria makes the point that the Republicans have another chance to show that they're not just a party of white, southern men -- a demographic cohort that is shrinking rapidly amid ever-increasing "minority" voters who lean heavily Democratic.

The Red-headed Stepchild of Politics


GREAT BEND, Kan. - The federal government is a punching bag for the frustrations that Americans have with politics.

The federal government is blamed whenever anything goes wrong in our country; it is the red-headed stepchild of America.

On the flip side whenever anything goes wrong, American's look to big brother for help and a bailout. We can complain as much as we want about the federal government being around, but in the end we also complain when the federal government is not around.

Natural disasters, insufficient funds, stopping terrorism, are all things we expect from our federal government; especially in this state, as Kansas has a sparse population and less of a tax base than other areas.

Last year in the state of Kansas Medicaid services were cut by up to 10 percent. As a state we had to depend on the federal government to help us out and ensure seniors' services. So much for the federal government wanting to kill Grandma with death panels; the federal government helped out Grandma in our state.

Kansas Election Results 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. - With all precincts now reporting, we have vote totals for the November 2nd general election, supplied to the Kansas Free Press by the Secretary of State. 

These tallies are exactly the same as those collected from county election officers on election night. Although these numbers are considered 'unofficial' and will not be 'official' until the state canvass later this week, the results are not likely to change.

To review the details of individual races, see our full page of election results here.

Democracy

GIRARD, Kan. - There is not shortage of political cynics in this country. The can not's, will not's, and no way's are abundant. In the board landscape of American political discourse, there are few that will say a good word about the system that has emerged by which we elect our representatives. It isn't pretty.

Yet, there are those that thrive on it, make a living or a fortune on it, that game it and speculate on it. It is a thrill and it is bummer. You can ignore it or participate in it, either way it is not going away. There it is, democracy.

The Republican Party wants you to think they have uncorked the champaign; that they are celebrating. They are proclaiming that they have this election in the bag. They don't. They don't, unless they have convinced you that your vote is futile.

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