Letters to the editor on Huelskamp, taxes, TV commercial volume

12/10/2012 12:00 AM

12/07/2012 5:33 PM

No one to blame but Huelskamp

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, was banished last week from the House budget and agriculture committees. This stunning reverse demands explanation.

Huelskamp went to Congress after making his name bucking the state GOP leadership. He viewed his election as a mandate to do the same on a national level. For example, he made a point of openly criticizing the party leadership on YouTube, which was bad form. He crossed men with greater power, and longer memories, and was stripped of any influence he might have possessed.

Huelskamp has no one to blame but himself. The wheels of governance are greased with compromise and measured discussion, which he shunned in favor of grandstanding. No freshman representative – no matter how loud and outspoken – from a political wasteland is going to change the nature of Washington, D.C. If he didn’t realize this, he had no business in Congress in the first place.

What can we learn from this? There is something to be said for principles and ideals, but there is also much to be said for discretion. Huelskamp’s demeanor made him a political superstar in the sticks but guaranteed his national irrelevance. It’s a lesson that other Kansas politicians should take to heart.



Not more taxes

New York Times columnist David Brooks tried to make the argument that what this country really needs is more taxation to solve its problems (“Consumption tax grows economy, curbs debt,” Dec. 6 Opinion). He argued against the Reagan 1986 paradigm – which lowered taxes, increased federal revenue and decreased the size of the federal government – as an “intellectual straitjacket” keeping us from doing what “we actually have to do.”

Apparently Brooks thinks the only way out of the abyss we are in is to raise taxes. Yet nowhere in his commentary did he come close to mentioning the idea of spending cuts.

What Brooks wants is a consumption tax. Taking money away from the people is no way to grow an economy, since each of us will have less to spend on what we want. Instead, the federal government will be spending our money on what it wants, and clearly there is never enough for the feds.

President Obama is fond of talking about a “balanced approach” yet has not put a penny of spending on the table. To update an old phrase, “It’s the spending, stupid.”



Feel no shame?

Tell me if I am wrong.

Money has not been trickling down. It has been and is being sucked to the top. Large corporations have been, and still are, making huge profits on these past two wars while the middle class and poor pay with their lives. Executives gave themselves huge bonuses when they got into trouble, while members of the middle class lost their homes. Big business got a very good tax decrease. It has continued with two wars going on, and we are getting dangerously deep in debt. And they want even lower taxes?

Have I said anything that is not true? Do they not feel any shame? And why aren’t we screaming like heck about the abuse of power? Just who should be paying higher taxes?



Calm commercials

In December 2010, Congress passed the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, which requires all TV stations, cable operators, satellite TV providers and other pay TV providers to limit the volume of commercials to the same average volume of the programs they occupy. The Federal Communications Commission’s CALM Act rules go into effect Thursday.

Yahoo! It’s been long overdue. I urge all readers to report any continued commercial volume violations to the FCC verbally at 888-225-5322 or by fax at 866-418-0232. Complaints should include the time and channel, and a description of the commercial.

Let’s keep the networks in compliance with this new regulation so we can listen to our programs without annoying volume swings.



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