The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling
Democrats attempt to tie Yoder to Paul Ryan budget
04/03/2014 5:00 AM
04/02/2014 5:59 PM
For Republicans, the 2014 battle cry is Obamacare and how it’s damaging America.
For Democrats, the battle cry is turning to Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget that will destroy the middle class.
Back home here, the Democrats announced Wednesday that they would target Kansas GOP members of Congress Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins with online ads that attempt to link the twowith Ryan’s spending plan
The ad features a photograph of the U.S. Capitol and the words, “Tell Congressman Kevin Yoder: Don’t sell out the middle class.” The ad also includes a link to a Democratic website about the “scandalous” Republican budget.
Similar ads are running in House districts across the country.
Ryan’s spending plan makes big cuts to safety net programs and other popular budget items, such as Pell Grants, education and job training. It also proposes a major shift to Medicare, which involves providing subsidies for private health insurance for those 54 and younger. That alters the “entitlement” aspect of the program.
Of course, Ryan just proposed his budget, and the House hasn’t voted on it yet. The Democratic Senate would never pass it, so there’s no chance it will become the law of the land.
But that isn’t stopping Democrats from going on the offensive after months of getting shellacked on Obamacare.
“Congressman Yoder’s new Republican budget is the clearest illustration yet that he is not on the side of Kansas’ middle-class families,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Yoder’s Republican budget rewards the special interests and the wealthy who need help the least, and does it on the backs of the middle class.”
Join the Discussion
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.