Letters to the editor on voting for ‘neither,’ Pompeo, Tiahrt
08/01/2014 12:00 AM
07/31/2014 5:07 PM
‘Neither’ should be a voting option
I am increasingly embarrassed at the level of political advertising this year. What a poor example of what democracy is about.
My inclination is to protest by not voting, but that would only be read as “voter apathy” and leave our political decisions to an ever-smaller circle of people. So I would like to make a proposal. I propose that in addition to the candidates there be another choice: “neither.”
Such a choice would give voters a way to express their disapproval of what the candidates are doing. It would remind the “winning” candidates that they do not have a mandate. It would say that there are a large number of people who have serious questions about the candidates’ conduct and want to remind them that we expect more of our elected officials. They represent all the people, not just 50 percent plus one.
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is an Army veteran and small-business man. He passed a bill to help the general aviation industry, secured the future of McConnell Air Force Base by bringing in new tankers, always opposed Obamacare, and is on the Benghazi Select Committee to hold President Obama and Hillary Clinton accountable.
Todd Tiahrt is a career politician turned lobbyist. During his 16 years in Congress, he traded earmarks for votes on massive spending bills, failed to stop Obamacare, and supported the Cash for Clunkers bailout and Dream Act amnesty bill.
In my mind, this shouldn’t even be a competition; Pompeo is the clear choice.
We knew this 4th Congressional District race would be miserable. It’s not because of Todd Tiahrt, but it’s miserable when Mike Pompeo calls Tiahrt a liar seemingly every 30 minutes on television. Tiahrt doesn’t lie. Tiahrt says Pompeo voted seven times to fund Obamacare. He did. He could have voted “no” on funding bills, as did Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler. Tiahrt would have. If Obamacare weren’t funded, we wouldn’t have Obamacare. (Why don’t the fact-checkers know this?)
Tiahrt is the one who believes in 10th Amendment states’ rights. Pompeo has written a bill taking away the states’ right to require labels on food containing fundamentally altered food (genetically modified organisms). This pleases Koch Industries and the American Chemistry Council, and such groups donate money so Pompeo can call Tiahrt a liar.
Voters should go to toddtiahrt.com for many more reasons to support Tiahrt. The only reason Kansans for Life, which loves Tiahrt, didn’t endorse him is a national policy that prefers incumbents. Don’t let big money buy this election.
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