Blogs 4 Brownback

March 30, 2007

Sam Brownback: Economic Savvy

Filed under: Election 2008,Sam Brownback,Taxes — Psycheout @ 10:43 am

Sam Brownback is slowly turning up the heat. He gets good marks from The Club for Growth and The National Taxpayers Union. He’s for the flat tax (a position Rudy aped in a dramatic flip-flop to earn an endorsement from Steve Forbes). See also: Sam Brownback on the Issues and Sam Brownback Cram Session.

Yesterday Sam Brownback reiterated his desire to save Social Security:

Workers would invest a little less than half of their payroll taxes in stocks and other market-based investment funds under a plan the Kansas senator will he will lay out details in a speech to the anti-tax Club for Growth in Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday.

So stay tuned. Today is Friday. We’ll update you on the latest buzz soon. Continuing:

“The funds, instead of going into the government, are going into personal accounts that will be invested in the economy, creating capital and growth and economic activity,” Brownback said in an interview Thursday.

“This would reduce the size of the federal government overall,” he said.

As long as Sam Brownback stays on the path he’s charted, expect him to continue to climb in the polls as The Three RINOs fizzle out.

Update: More from Iowa Politics: Brownback To Push for Social Security Changes.

“There are more people under the age of 25 who believe in aliens than believe Social Security will be there when they retire,” Brownback said.

— Psycheout

8 Comments »

  1. That last quote ought to appeal to the X-Files crowd!

    He’s right though, and brave to bring it up. The media skewered President Bush when he dared to propose fixing Social Security.

    Comment by Anti-Media — March 30, 2007 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  2. Quite right. Bush’s noble efforts to tackle the social security crisis will be looked back on favorably by history, despite being so unsuccessful.

    Comment by Noonan — March 31, 2007 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  3. Whew, this is a relief, and all this time I have been thinking that Sam was all for giving away Social Security to illegal aliens. He voted to give away social security and a whole lot more last year. No legal SS number even required. Any available stolen SS number would do. Doesn’t matter how the illegal hosed the records of the legal holder of the number. Panderers will find a way to forgive any criminal activity to be able to keep the beloved illegals on US soil.

    Social Security was instituted for US citizens as a citizen benefit paid for by US citizens and is being bastardized into a retirement plan for illegals with easy transfer of funds via Bank of America to Mexico and elsewhere.

    Yesiree Bob… Sam sounds like the kind of pandering politician we need to go with the gaggle of panderers still in office and bureaucracy. He just has to fall to his knees, make the sign of the cross, and every one says “We forgive you this little foible, Sam. Please lead us into the promised land!”

    Lets see if Sam actually has had a change of heart or if he still holds true to his pandering ways.

    Comment by jrfoleyjr — April 2, 2007 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  4. No one loves the illegals, jrfoleyjr. But there are far too many of them for any Administration to deal with without vastly expanding the power of the State. Also, increasing your taxes about 350%. If that’s worth it to you, then go for it; but some of us enjoy low taxes and the right to have 15 minutes of privacy in our homes without SWAT team members crashing through the windows looking for Mexicans to shoot.

    Comment by Sisyphus — April 2, 2007 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  5. Well, Sisyphus, you could have really fooled me. You dont love those poor illegal undocumented immigrants who are just here to make some money to send back to Mexico? You just want to end by giving them all citizenship as a reward for illegal actions?

    Until very recently, the Administration was making no attempts at all to deal with the immigration mess. At most it is now making showplace raids to try to stop the groundswell that is forming against the administration’s abject pandering to illegals.
    The last administration to even try to handle them was back in the 1953, President Dwight David Eisenhower. He was successfull with one tenth the available manpower and a microscopic budget by comparison.

    How do you figure a tax increase of 350% to fix the problem? We can afford it by simply reducing or eliminating the earmarks in legislation aimed at other things. If we took the funds for the bridge to nowhere and all the other pork and started building the wall/fence at the border, we could have full employment here in the US plus it would go a long way toward solving budget problems in those border states. The construction workers would have to live somewhere and spend wages somewhere. You dont think they would go across the border to spend them do you? These workers would be paying taxes too.

    And PLEASE tell me where SWAT teams have been crashing through windows looking for Mexicans to shoot. Somehow, I think that would have made the 6 O’clock News around the country, so methinks you are fooling us a little there. Uh Oh… let me guess! Are you one of the illegals we have been discussing??? How many windows have you had to replace from SWAT breakage? How about your neighbors, friends, relatives, acquaintances?

    Somehow, I have a hard time believing that someone as otherwise conservative as Sam Brownback could associate with all this! Illegal immigration is the issue that will derail him! If he thinks that he can just ignore it, he is wrong because there are a lot of us who will hold it in his face, as we do with McCain and other panderers.

    Comment by jrfoleyjr — April 3, 2007 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  6. How do you figure a tax increase of 350% to fix the problem? We can afford it by simply reducing or eliminating the earmarks in legislation aimed at other things. If we took the funds for the bridge to nowhere and all the other pork and started building the wall/fence at the border, we could have full employment here in the US plus it would go a long way toward solving budget problems in those border states. The construction workers would have to live somewhere and spend wages somewhere. You dont think they would go across the border to spend them do you? These workers would be paying taxes too.”

    How does this deal with the ones already here? I thought that was what we were discussing.

    And PLEASE tell me where SWAT teams have been crashing through windows looking for Mexicans to shoot. Somehow, I think that would have made the 6 O’clock News around the country, so methinks you are fooling us a little there. Uh Oh… let me guess! Are you one of the illegals we have been discussing??? How many windows have you had to replace from SWAT breakage? How about your neighbors, friends, relatives, acquaintances?”

    If you want to ferret out 12 million illegals, you’re going to have to cede your privacy interests to the SWAT teams. It’s as simple as that. Affluent neighborhoods hide as many of them as the barrios and ghettoes, so rich or poor, everyone will have to lose their privacy equally.

    “Somehow, I have a hard time believing that someone as otherwise conservative as Sam Brownback could associate with all this! Illegal immigration is the issue that will derail him! If he thinks that he can just ignore it, he is wrong because there are a lot of us who will hold it in his face, as we do with McCain and other panderers.”

    I have no problem with the border fence and heightened port security, but I don’t think that’ll help deal with the ones already here. Which problem were you trying to address? The two are separate, really. The people already here aren’t going to be caught by border measures.

    Comment by Sisyphus — April 3, 2007 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  7. Please… This whole canard about spending hundreds of millions of dollars “ferreting” out illegal aliens is really getting old. If our political leaders would actually get serious about NOT providing benefits for illegals that are here already many would migrate back to the homeland.

    THAT is exactly what is happening in rural eastern Washington. And guess what? The farmers are actually, hold your breath now, hiring US citizens to do work that illegals were doing. Yup we are getting back to the days when American students would actually work in the agricultural field.

    So let’s stop the budgetary scare tactics used to support a pro-amnesty policy position. OK?

    Oh and I don’t know of any SWAT raids or loss of personal privacy from any of my neighbors and no one in black uniforms have stormed my eastern Washington home recently.

    I have had a soft spot in my heart for Brownback for a long time now. However his hesitance to articulate a solid position (one way or the other) on this issue is troubling to me. If he is pro-amnesty then dog gone it give that position a passionate argument. But don’t ignore it altogether.

    Yip Yip

    Comment by Coyote — April 3, 2007 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  8. About the 350% tax increase from Sisyphus – You brought it up ( ref: comment 4 above) What does it have to do with the discussion? Well, it sounded like you were saying it would cost so much to remove the illegals and secure the border that we should just give up and hand over title and deed to the illegals.

    Sisyphus, you try to seperate the issue of illegal immigration from the illegals already here and they are one and the same. One is closing and locking the door, and the other is removing those who have slipped through while the door was open. The trouble with the pandering politicians is that they do not want to deal with the whole situation.

    Comment by jrfoleyjr — April 14, 2007 @ 8:45 am | Reply


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