Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pat Roberts Rolls Out Worst Survey Ever

Pat Roberts is up for re-election against a KS doctor with lose ties to the president trying to capitalize on his 15 minutes of fame.  Pat Roberts, while not a vocal leader, has been a consistent vote for conservative principles in the Senate.

His opponent, Milton Wolf, is running on a platform that Roberts has had his shot and failed to move the conservative movement forward.  He has a valid point.  Should Kansas conservatives continue to give Pat Roberts their vote even though they continue to lose ground on the national level or is it time to give someone else a try?

Roberts says he should be sent back to DC.  To show Kansans he agrees with their positions he has created on online survey to find out where they stand on national issues.  Unfortunately, the carefully worded survey is so vague and at the same time restrictive that no valid results can be garnered from it.  In fact, it appears to be intentionally designed so that Roberts can claim any position on almost any issue.

Let's take a look:
  • Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of every law-abiding citizen to own firearms?
At first glance, the answer seems obvious, of course we support the second amendment as it was written.  But do Kansans support mentally deranged citizens who may not have committed a crime owning a gun?  I am not so sure.
  • Do you support the entire repeal of Obamacare, or a more piecemeal approach?
A seemingly straight forward question, of course Kansans want Obamacare repealed.  It's been a complete and utter disaster that has resulted in the loss of more than 6 million insurance plans and counting.  But then Roberts follows up with this question:
  • Do you believe that the President should be forced to make good on his promises that you could keep your plan if you liked it and you could keep your doctor if you chose to?
How is one supposed to answer that?  Yes we think people should be able to keep their plan.  No, we do not want Obama or anyone else telling us which plans we can have, if we want any at all.

How about this one?
  • The President continues to push for immigration reform. Are you 100% behind the Republican efforts in Congress to stop amnesty?
Do Kansans support "immigration reform" that grants amnesty to 15+ million illegal aliens and legalize the importation of a million more unskilled, third-world immigrants to compete with the 92 million out-of-work Americans for the few jobs we have available?  Not just 'no', "Hell No!'  But do we support "100%" the Republicans efforts to block amnesty?

What efforts?  We've seen the Gang of 8 led by dupes McCain and Rubio vote in favor of amnesty in the Senate.  We have heard House leadership say they plan to sneak through amnesty in a variety of ways post primary season.  We have even heard the US Chamber of Commerce declare war on Tea Party and conservative candidates in order to get amnesty and suicidal increases to mass immigration passed.
  • Is it necessary to ensure that our borders are secure before we determine the next step (s) for immigration reform?
Yes, but what is this next step, amnesty and increases to mass immigration? I think most Kansans are willing to talk about what to do about the illegal aliens already here after the border is sealed, but if any new immigration plan comes forward that doesn't put America's interests first, by protecting the American labor market and not importing third-world radicals from countries that are known hot beds for radical Muslim terrorists, ala the Boston marathon bombers, than the "next step" will be met with just as much opposition.
  • Should the government provide more, less or about the same amount of money to support alternative energy?
Less, like none at all. The government should not be picking winners and losers when it comes to business. The free market will drive alternate energies when the technology reaches a point that the market will accept it. Until then we are throwing good money after bad. This goes for all industries, not just alternate energy. Crony capitalism must stop. But Roberts didn't ask us that question. Fortunately, since it is an election year, Kansans will get a chance to ask him exactly what he believes. I hear rumors Senator Roberts will be making an appearance at the Olathe Republican Party meeting on January 23rd.

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