Kevin Yoder is the Republican nominee in the 3rd congressional district of Kansas. The popular incumbent Democrat, Dennis Moore, is retiring. Yoder’s
Democrat opponent is Moore’s wife, Stephene, a nurse.
Republicans obviously want this seat. In a year where they are poised to take back the House, the Kansas 3rd is a big deal. It leans Republican, but somehow Dennis Moore has held on to it. Yoder’s campaign has tried to link Stephene Moore to her husband’s votes. The narrative is common this year. Moore will be a rubber stamp for the “Obama\Pelosi\Ried agenda.” Here’s the problem. Yoder’s website and T.V. ads read like the Republican playbook of 30 years. He is likely to be a rubber stamp for the other side. In one ad he says the government “spends too much, borrows too much, and taxes too much.” So according to him we should spend less and tax less. The problem is that has never worked.
Bill Clinton worked with Congress and balanced the budget. Actually the budget wasn’t balanced, we had a surplus. A huge surplus. While you may think we spend too much, we will not be able to cut spending and retain what have become essential services (for instance, Medicare) and cut taxes. I don’t have a problem with Yoder’s supposed conservative philosophy, but the fact is he talks about everything he sees as a problem without talking about a real solution.
In reality we need to examine cutting spending while also looking into letting tax cuts expire for those who can absorb it. I hate to see politicians run for office and win. We need statesmen. Simply put politics is the business of catchphrases, buzz words and misleading advertising. statesmanship is compromise. We need more statesmanship now.