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Holland seeking name recognition in governor's race

Usually people are more guarded in admitting they have a (counter-Constitutional) religious test when voting.

Kudos for your candor.

October 29, 2010 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Holland seeking name recognition in governor's race

Ouch, I'm guessing a candidate 5 days away from the general election that is still "seeking name recognition" is not exactly dealing from a position of strength.

What do Holland's poll numbers show? Most likely it shows that the party of "pass the bill to find out what's in it" is going to get thumped in local, state and national races.

October 28, 2010 at 5:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown, Gregory to debate issues at community forum Oct. 13

So it's come to this?

Instead of an exchange of ideas about improving our economy and creating jobs, we get insinuation about residency from Mr. Brown himself. His supporters have taken his cue, so now we get to read details of his opponent's divorce and speculation over her weight and appearance. Good grief.

I'm not certain you're going to win Tony, I am certain you've diminished yourself here.

Matthew Vajnar
(In case your supporters want to do some more "opposition research")

October 13, 2010 at 12:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the homework.

Unfortunately, your post (and 1st 2 links) has nothing to with the point I'm making: adding new entitlement programs when Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable is fiscally ruinous.

The NY Times had an update on the desirability of the European welfare state in May:

Quoting from the Times:

"But all over Europe governments with big budgets, falling tax revenues and aging populations are experiencing rising deficits, with more bad news ahead.

With low growth, low birthrates and longer life expectancies, Europe can no longer afford its comfortable lifestyle, at least not without a period of austerity and significant changes. The countries are trying to reassure investors by cutting salaries, raising legal retirement ages, increasing work hours and reducing health benefits and pensions. "

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed with accounting gimmicks that allowed it to meet CBO scoring targets. Collecting taxes several years in advance of universal health care, using unrealistic cuts in doctors' Medicare reimbursements (doc fix) as savings means that the actual cost of the legislation will be far higher than the original (disengenous) projections. Analysis by Rand, the Congressional Budget Office or anyone else can't accurately account for these gimmicks.

Don't believe me? Ask the chief actuary for Medicare:

From the

"Mr. Foster has been Medicare's chief actuary for 15 years, and as such he is required to evaluate the law as written. But as he notes in his appendix, the law as written bears little if any relation to the real world—and thus, he says, the trustee estimates "do not represent a reasonable expectation for actual program operations in either the short range . . . or the long range." In an unprecedented move, he directs readers to a separate "alternative scenario" that his office drew up using more realistic assumptions.

In the absence of "substantial and transformational changes in health-care practices"—in other words, a productivity revolution in medicine that has never happened—costs will simply rise for private patients, or hospitals will refuse to treat seniors insured by Medicare. Congress will never allow that to happen either.

In other words, under ObamaCare the "cost curve" will not be bent as the White House has advertised.

Under his more plausible outlook, Mr. Foster notes that Medicare's share of the economy will rise 60% between now and 2040, while under the trustees report that Democrats are crowing about it would "only" rise by 35%. Didn't President Obama tell us that health-care reform is entitlement reform?"

August 10, 2010 at 7:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letters to the Editor

It is fascinating to see the how the left is dealing with the different stages of grief, the handwriting now so clearly on the wall that the Republicans themselves may not be able to mess it up.

Hamill's tone is measured and respectable, but still one of denial. The problem is that it doesn't square to bemoan "massive deficits" and then praise the addition of another entitlement-universal healthcare. Not only did uhc break an important social covenant (entitlements have and should go to those who have paid into the system over a lifetime or to those on the fringes of society or those in most need), it is economically unsustainable. This stuff has been tried in Europe, the reckoning isn't pretty.

ghost: look on the bright side, you're only 3 steps away from acceptance.

August 10, 2010 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district budget looks to jump 7.497 mills

I think the detractors (I'm one) of the 08 bond issue are tired of complaining. We could see the train was about to run off the track, so this inevitabilty is sort of anti-climatic...

There will be 2 more unintended consequences of school district and county property tax policy that will linger for the forseeable future:

1. house sellers who are trapped in the BC housing market.
2. stagnant wages for our teachers.

We absolutely need growth, hopefully the intermodal can help.

August 2, 2010 at 2:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Public voices support for Douglas County tax increase

Why are you shocked Commissioner Flory? There are those who self-identify as special interest groups who regard the taxpayer as little more than their personal ATM machine.

They may speak more loudly, but I suspect the voters may eventually have a different message. Some of those proposals are superfluous and would prompt a reasonable person embarrassment enough not to dare propose them in economic times like these.

July 21, 2010 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County to consider ‘jaw-dropper’ property tax increase of 16.6 percent

How shocking that a 'let them eat cake' mentality could arise from an individual (Weinaug) who has spent over thirty years in government.

Mr. Weinaug would do well to remember that a good parasite never kills its host.

July 12, 2010 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Holland camp takes issue with poll

Here's an idea. Ask the Holland campaign to cite a poll in which they are leading or at least one in which the result is substantially different than the Rasmussen poll.

July 12, 2010 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Holland won’t seek support from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce


Wonder when Holland will refuse the Kansans for Life endorsement?

Ponder this: NJ has a conservative governor, KS has never had one (until 2010 anyway?)

June 23, 2010 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )