Daily Archives: Feb. 13, 2013

Delegation blasts State of the Union speech

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation were particularly critical and dismissive of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said that Obama “delivered the same message of higher taxes and spending, more regulation of our lives and businesses, and refused to address the need for solvent Social Security and Medicare programs. It is no wonder our economy is shrinking and businesses not hiring.” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., complained that “rather than at least a path toward fiscal responsibility, we got another campaign speech.” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said that Obama “just doesn’t get it. The government doesn’t drive the creation of successful manufacturing. All the government has to do is get out of the way and American businesses will take care of the rest.”

Federal funding cuts will force painful debates, choices

The Wichita City Council heard impassioned pleas Tuesday not to cut funding for neighborhood city halls and Project Access in the face of federal grant cuts. It’s sobering to realize that such painful debates are just the start, and will be replicated before local governing bodies nationwide, if Congress doesn’t avoid the mandatory, across-the-board sequestration cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1 – or even if it does by approving deep but targeted reductions in federal spending. A lot of important and effective programs at the local level have been fueled by federal dollars, and counties, cities and school districts will have to scramble to adapt. The money may evaporate, but the needs won’t. Whatever Congress does will put local leaders to the test.