Opinion Line Extra (Dec. 10)

12/10/2013 12:00 AM

12/09/2013 5:46 PM

American politicians are falling over themselves to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. Margaret Thatcher was a world leader who toiled to bring down the Soviet Union, yet her passing was largely ignored by politicos.

On Sunday I attended a Catholic mass at an upscale east-side parish. The priest did not so much as mention or offer a single prayer for the passing of the Nelson Mandela. How sad.

Remember when Rush Limbaugh used to make fun of Nelson Mandela? I do.

Mr. President: It’s difficult for people to climb the ladder of success when you knock off the first rung.

Surely even the president is smart enough to know that if the minimum wage were to double, the price of fast food and other items would rise accordingly. Well, wait – maybe he’s not.

Be careful what you wish for. If the proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage comes to pass, many fast-food workers will find themselves without a job.

Our unemployment figures are sky-high. How much of that can we attribute to the ridiculously long unemployment benefit eligibility period? And how many of the “unemployed” teens are out of work because they have never had jobs? Statistics can be misleading.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is trying to implement the ACA, which will benefit millions of people with their health care costs. If those who can pay are held accountable, the insurance rates for the responsible citizens purchasing insurance will be more affordable.

The writer who stated the Medicare increase was more than the Social Security increase is obviously confused. Unless your total gross income status changes, Medicare cannot increase premiums more than the SSI increase. The law will not allow that to happen.

Now, now – no complaining about an increase in Medicare premiums. We want a balanced budget, less government involvement, more personal responsibility, and not to break the backs of our children and grandchildren paying for our retirement. Buck up and have a merry Christmas.

If you like your current health care insurance, you will be able to keep your current policy. Period. Some exclusions apply. Not valid in all 57 states.

The people in this do-nothing Congress should not be paid for doing nothing and should definitely not be re-elected.

Kansas legislators will not take the blame for any bad legislation they pass. Legislators will say, “ALEC made me do it.”

Man, you know it’s cold when the liberals have their hands in their own pockets.

I wonder why I haven’t been hearing about global warming lately.

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