Wednesday, February 25, 2009

John Kline, King of Obstructionist Partisanship

When President Obama last night talked about an approach that will put an end to the 'era of profound irresponsibility', he was referring to the last several years of the GOP ideology policies that brought us to where we are today. So I find it more than annoying that after a whole 30 DAYS into Obama's administration Kline is already spouting off about 'ineffective legislation'.

John Kline is a poster child for ineffective policies and legislation. Who better to know about failing policies than someone who supported an administration for eight years that:

  1. Create only 3 million jobs (net) in 8 years verses the 23 million jobs created under President Clinton.

  2. Borrowed more money than ALL the previous Presidents combined!

  3. Gave us the lowest GDP since 1931.

  4. Skyrocketed our national debt by policies like:

  • Lowing taxes on the rich, contributing to revenues dropping in 2004 to the economic level of 1950's and creating record deficits.

  • Deregulating Wall Street under the mantra of 'greed is good' and 'business will police itself'. (yeah that worked well?!)

  • The cost of a pre-emptive unnecessary war, that the GOP controlled Congress didn't even factor into the budget (funny fuzzy accounting just like the failed banks!)

  • Growing the government to the largest size...ever...

The damages done by Congressman Kline's willing support of Bush's failed policies will haunt us for generations. Our entire nation is less secure economically as they pushed through billions of tax breaks for the rich and special interests like Big Oil companies, but failed to extend deductions for college tuition, teacher's expenses, early education or any programs that benefited the middle class.

Kline has zero credibility left to criticize. His record is totally bereft of any positive talking points and that alone makes his opinion as worthless as the policies he supported from the Bush administration.

When Obama talks about ending 'an era of profound irresponsibility', he's talking about Congressman John Kline et al. When Kline talks about 'ineffective legislation'...he's just being laughable in a way only a obstructionist partisan hack can be....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

John Kline Votes Against Keeping Children Healthy

Why does John Kline hate women and children? I know we've asked this before but without answer. This time Congressman Kline voted no on The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

The Act expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and reauthorizes it through 2013. SCHIP currently provides health insurance coverage to 7 million children from low-middle income families that cannot afford private health insurance but are not eligible for Medicaid benefits. The program is jointly financed by the federal and state governments and is administered by the states.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the legislation’s increased funding would enroll in SCHIP 1.6 million children who would otherwise be unenrolled and uninsured, would prevent 1.8 million children from losing their coverage, and would enroll about 700,000 children newly eligible for coverage under the bill’s broadened enrollment criteria.

Expansion of SCHIP is crucial to ensuring that more children do not fall into the ranks of the uninsured as the economy worsens and states cut important programs in the face of severe budget crises. Indeed, 22 states including Minnesota have already implemented or are considering cuts that will affect low-income children’s or families’ access to health insurance.

It's funny how Kline votes to supporting tax cuts to the wealthy, giving tax breaks to corporations, funding war profiteers, and funneling trillions on the war but he's okay in NOT provide basic health care coverage to our children.

While in office the economy has deKlined, wages have deKlined, benefits have deKlines, our standards of living have deklined and if left up to John Kline, our children would deKline! Fortunately his no vote wasn't enough to keep others from doing the right thing and providing coverage to uninsured children.