Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

Is Obama budget plan a step toward compromise?

President Obama unveiled a $3.78 trillion budget plan Wednesday that has people on the left and the right complaining – which could mean that it is the start of a meaningful compromise. Republicans don’t like some of the spending increases and nearly $800 billion in new taxes. Liberals are mad about the more than $1 trillion in cuts, including to Social Security and Medicare. But Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., was encouraged, saying that the plan “cuts the growth in federal spending, makes targeted investments to strengthen the economy, and it passes the test of fairness by including specific, phased-in reforms to entitlement programs.”

Moran, Roberts ready to help filibuster gun bill

As President Obama steps up his call for an up-or-down vote on gun restrictions in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School carnage, Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and 11 other Senate Republicans are threatening to filibuster any such vote. The senators, led by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a letter Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that they “intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance.” But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he didn’t understand the filibuster threat: “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.” McCain asked: “What are we afraid of?”

Shocker women bowlers deserve cheering, too

The Wichita State University men’s basketball team appropriately received a lot of attention for its Final Four appearance. But don’t overlook the Shocker women’s bowling team, which will compete in the national championships April 18-20 in Lincoln, Neb. The women are nine-time national champions and are currently ranked No. 1. The team also has three players in the running for the 2013 collegiate player of the year award. Unfortunately, the Shocker men’s bowling team didn’t advance to the national championships this year, the first time the men have failed to qualify in 28 years.