Opinion Line Extra (May 19)

05/19/2013 12:00 AM

05/17/2013 5:21 PM

Topeka seems to have money for car dealers, Canadian pipelines, the wealthy, health clubs and golfers, but not for health care and teachers. Nice priorities, Republicans.

Next year, let’s pay the Kansas legislators with what they earn and deserve – a 90-day Vision card. The lobbyists’ bribery ought to take care of all their food and drink.

President Obama’s re-election is like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

These latest scandals are exactly what we should expect from a federal government that’s way too big. It doesn’t matter who’s in charge. It’s D.C. versus the rest of the country. When rulers are given too much power, they always abuse it – and us.

The IRS scandal proves we don’t want the government to have access to our medical records via Obamacare. Federal employees will eventually use that information for nefarious purposes.

Employees in the IRS intentionally targeted citizens who were conservative or opposed Obamacare. For this abuse, they will probably get the normal government discipline. They will get promoted.

There would be no IRS controversy if no quasi-political group (and that’s all most of these organizations are, be they right or left) got tax-exempt status. Unless your organization is feeding or housing starving children, you shouldn’t get tax-exempt status at all.

Who’s more corrupt – tea party organizations claiming tax-exempt status in order to funnel all their money into election campaigns, or the IRS for targeting them for investigations? Tit for tat.

So the Associated Press is concerned about its reporters’ First Amendment rights and privacy. Where were they when my Second Amendment rights were being challenged? AP: You want me to give a little of my Second Amendment? You give a little of your First Amendment first.

If you are a member of an organization that has announced to the world that it intends to kill Americans, I want my president to use every means available to stop you dead in your tracks. That’s right – dead in your tracks.

Twenty-five years ago a drunken driver in Carrollton, Ky., killed 27 people including 24 children. Where was the outcry then to make people register to buy alcohol? Oh, yeah – it’s different when it’s alcohol, even though drunken drivers kill 10,000 people every year.

My wife and I and several friends have received a brochure from the city of Wichita’s Parks and Recreation Department in the mail detailing the summer schedule of events. None of us wanted it. Some other means of distribution needs to be implemented to put our tax dollars to better use.

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