We share Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s frustration as the United States continues to spend its way into a $16.2 trillion debt hole. But the reality is, whether you’re in a marriage, Congress or any other relationship, absolutes are an impediment to getting things done. “My way or the highway” doesn’t work. For Huelskamp and those cheering him for standing on principle, ask yourself this: How well can you affect policy when you’re on the outside looking in, and how does that help your first responsibility, your constituents?
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is intelligent enough to know the system demands compromise in order to function and courageous enough to insist on that compromise.
Democratic Party leaders in the Legislature say they’re prepared to introduce bills in January aimed at limiting Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s power and curtailing his outside work for other states on immigration issues. Granted, Kobach has his detractors in the Legislature, but there aren’t enough of them to pass the kind of legislation Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, plans to submit. His appears to be an exercise in futility.