Daily Archives: July 3, 2011

Corporate-jet tax hike nonnegotiable?

The day before President Obama harped on the need to increase taxes on corporate-jet owners, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor that the GOP “would rather stop paying our men and women fighting overseas, force deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and throw even more Americans out of work than tell big oil companies and corporate-jet owners to pay their fair share.” He mentioned corporate-jet owners two more times, a day before Obama targeted them six times. The Daily Beast reported: “Democrats say they won’t back down. When asked to handicap where the tense talks over federal cuts stood, one Democratic Hill staffer described gutting the tax incentives for jets and other profitable industries simply as ‘the lowest hanging fruit, pretty much nonnegotiable.’”

S.C. arts won, governor lost

Gov. Sam Brownback succeeded in defunding, if not eliminating, the Kansas Arts Commission this year, making Kansas the only state in the nation to end arts funding. But a similar fight in similarly GOP-controlled South Carolina went the other way last week: with lawmakers voting 105-8 in the House and 32-6 in the Senate to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of $1.9 million in arts funding. Among Twitter responses: “We’re not in Kansas anymore” and “South Carolina narrowly avoids becoming Kansas.”

So they said

“Maybe if he’d just take a Valium and come on down and talk with us, it might be helpful.” — Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., on debt-limit talks, adding that President Obama’s last meeting with Republican senators was a “lecture”

“This is what happens when politicians attempt to practice medicine.” — Peter Brownlie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, on Kansas’ convoluted new abortion regulations

“From faith-based social policies to the dismantling of the art commission to the nation’s most aggressive anti-abortion policies, we’re not in Bob Dole’s Kansas anymore.” — University of Kansas political science professor Burdett Loomis