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Kansans vote for and against Ryan-Murray budget

U.S. Representatives from Kansas split on voting for the budget bill produced by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray. Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder voted in favor, while Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill. It passed 332 to 94. In a statement from his office, Pompeo said: Washington -- Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, voted today against adopting a budget that would increase spending in 2014 and 2015 over the hard-fought Budget Control Act’s (BCA) limit. “Despite opposition at the time, I supported the Budget Control Act because it was a compromise that represented the first real…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday September 6, 2012

Debbie Wasserman Schultz lies about lying During these convention weeks, advocates on both sides have been fact-checking the other side, and charges are being made about which side is the biggest, boldest liar. But when people lie about lying ... that's a whole new level. Human Events reports on DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and sums up this way: "It was already common knowledge that Wasserman Schultz is a serial liar -- on one memorable recent occasion, when CNN host Wolf Blitzer called her out for lying about Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform proposals, she essentially insisted that the urgency of…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday April 3, 2012

Arts funding. For a view of government arts funding from an actual artist, please read The Government, art funding and Sam Brownback in KS by Christopher Allen. He makes an important point: "The government not paying for you to make something is NOT censorship." I haven't heard government arts funding advocates use the "censorship" word yet, but you can tell it's on the minds of those who feel they should be receiving taxpayer money to support their work. ... Allen also draws attention the incredible freedoms we in America and the free world enjoy regarding art: "If you want to…
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Mike Pompeo: We need capitalism, not cronyism

In a guest column written for Americans for Prosperity, Kansas, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita explains why political cronyism, sometimes called crony capitalism, is wrong for our country. Pompeo coins a useful new term: "photo-op economics" to describe why some politicians support wasteful federal spending projects -- as long as the spending is wasted in their districts. Then logrolling -- the trading of legislative favors -- applies, and those legislators who received votes from others to support wasteful spending must now reciprocate and support other wasteful spending. Pompeo touches on an important aspect of public policy that is not…
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Pompeo at Pachyderm on economy, budget

Last week U. S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita addressed members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. As might be expected, major topics that members were interested in were the economy and budget issues. As an introduction, club vice-president John Todd played a video of a recent meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight where Pompeo interrogated a Department of Energy official concerning the loan guarantee made on behalf of Solyndra, a company that has ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy. That video may be viewed here. In his brief opening remarks, Pompeo described the Solyndra…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday May 19, 2011

Kansas growth clusters. H. Edward Flentje, Professor at the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University: "For starters, the Brownback economic plan sends a mixed message; it argues against state policies that target incentives to the lucky few but then proceeds to target individuals moving to 'rural opportunity zones' for special income-tax breaks and payoffs of student loans." The hope of the governor is that counties that have been losing population can be revived. But Flentje tells of the difficulties these rural counties face: "Rural Kansas relies much more heavily on state and federal assistance,…
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Reisman: Social Security, Medicare must end

Last week George Reisman published an article that should be required reading for all who care about the future of our country. Titled How to Eliminate Social Security and Medicare, it will take more than a few minutes to read, but it holds the type of information we need to know as we consider reform of government entitlements. Reisman is the author of the monumental work Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics. Reisman lays out a plan that would gradually, over time, end the Social Security and Medicare systems. It's a detailed plan, and I don't pretend to know enough to…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday April 8, 2011

Kansas Meadowlark blog recast. Earl Glynn of Overland Park has reformed his Kansas Meadowlark site from a blog to a news site along the lines of the Drudge Report. Glynn's full-time job is working for Kansas Watchdog. Economics in one lesson next week. On Monday, four videos based on Henry Hazlitt's class work Economics in One Lesson will be shown in Wichita. The four topics included in Monday's presentation will be The Lesson, The Broken Window, Public Works Means Taxes, and Credit Diverts Production. The event is Monday (April 11) at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Lionel D.…
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Federal spending on autopilot

Many people know that a large portion of the federal budget is effectively out of lawmakers' hands. Together Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the debt presently consume about 48 percent of federal spending. But if nothing changes, these programs will grow to consume 90 percent of federal spending by 2084. This is the conclusion of Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Veronique de Rugy. Her analysis is based on data from the Congressional Budget Office, which makes forecasts in its Long-Term Budget and Economic Outlook. Her report is Defense and Non-Defense Spending Programs Squeezed as Autopilot Programs and Debt…
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Goyle on Social Security protection

Raj Goyle, candidate for U.S. Congress from Kansas, pledges to protect Social Security from changes, including partial privatization and increases in the retirement age. On his campaign website, he says we must work in a "bipartisan, responsible way to adjust Social Security to ensure its long-term stability." Goyle's website doesn't say this, but the only way to make these adjustments is to increases taxes or the deficit -- which pushes taxation off to the future. Goyle's opponents in the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas are Reform party candidate Susan Ducey, Republican Mike Pompeo, and…
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Social Security: A good and moral deal?

Social Security and its future have been in the news lately. Supporters promote it as one of the best examples of successful government programs, and denigrate its critics as pessimists. Locally in the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, one candidate promises to defend the current system, while another has spoken approvingly of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and the reforms recommend in his Roadmap for America's future. Many of the arguments in favor of Social Security and strengthening the system revolve around the issue of fairness, even casting a moral tone. So what about the…
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Goyle’s social security protection pledge is a tax increase pledge

Raj Goyle, candidate for Congress, has pledged to protect social security. He doesn't mention the tax increase that will be required to fulfill this pledge. Goyle's opponents in the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas are Reform party candidate Susan Ducey, Libertarian David Moffett, and Republican Mike Pompeo. In his pledge, Goyle promises to "work for real solutions that strengthen Social Security for the long term." Specifically, he pledges to oppose all efforts at privatization and raising the retirement age to 70. The problem is that after ruling out reforms like these, there's not much…
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