Rep. Kaptur ignores debt issue in criticism of Rep. Ryan’s budget

Register
Apr 29, 2014

According to an April 23 Register story, U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, doesn’t like the impact a federal budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., supposedly would have on education.

Speaking April 22 at a BGSU Firelands community forum, Kaptur reportedly said the Ryan budget “would cut one-third across all accounts, from Pell (grants) and work investment funding” and that it would “leave casualties everywhere, from students to retraining”

The Register dutifully reported Kaptur’s claim, so now why doesn’t some enterprising reporter call Rep. Ryan and ask why he’s proposing cuts? Is he trying to punish students or could it be he’s extremely concerned about our $17 trillion and growing total national debt?

Indeed, are there harmful economic consequences of a massive debt like that, not to mention unfunded federal liabilities of $60 trillion (I’ve seen as high as $100 trillion), and the debasement of our currency — all fueled by profligate federal spending and unreformed federal entitlement programs? I happen to believe there are, and it appears we’re on course to experience them in the not-too-distant future.

Also, here’s another possible story: Have taxpayer-subsidized, low-cost loans like Pell and Stafford grants distorted normal supply-and-demand market forces and, as a result, greatly increased the cost of a college education, leaving many young borrowers saddled with huge amounts of debt?

I doubt you’d get an objective answer about that from a Democrat like Kaptur, so I suggest you contact someone like Dr. Richard Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University and director of The Center for College Affordability & Productivity. I’ll bet he would be glad to speak to a Register reporter.

— Jeff Reed
Norwalk

Comments

There you go again

And isn't it funny that Obama and his clan are so-o-o concerned about passing global warming on to our children?!?! Never mind the outrageous debt we are passing down ....nope gotta worry about the average temperature rising 1 degree.

I

Global warming is a liberal scheme to drain more money from all of us through Cap and Trade. Fewer dollars for the folks and more for the Feds!

Dr. Information

Right on, GW is a guess thrown out to scare everyone so the governments can charge people and business's carbon credits. The ultimate key here is MONEY.

Funny how Obama pushed so hard for biofuels (aka fuel from corn) and said how much safer it is, yet the only thing it did was raise prices and actually throws out more carbon emissions than fossil fuels. This guy in the king of being wrong.

coasterfan

Kill America in the present, to hopefully provide enough funds for 30 years from now. The ultimate Republican way. Who cares if the poor and middle class have to pay for it, as long as we take care of the 1%?

Darwin's choice

"The US had been the global leader, the world's number one economy since 1872. That means we have held the record for 142 years, and in less than five years Barack Obama is causing the United States to lose the top spot. There's no excuse for this!.....well, there is....they're called "democrats"

Pete

Marcy is a life-long member of the same party that bankrupted Detroit. What she and the rest of her party know about fiscal responsibility you could fit in a thimble.

WeThePeople1965

I don't know if anything can get any worse in that department and I don't want to find out, so I'd rather keep her in than end up crying this time next year wanting her back so she can do nothing productive. That seems to be how things end up. You expect someone to do wonders and boy oh boy do they do wonders.

grumpy

Well she has been a seat holder, seat warmer for over 30 years, and has accomplished nothing to speak of. If only she voted present like obama used to do, I wouldn't care. She is better than Dennis the Menace would be. Although I did like Dennis... he had his own view whether you agreed with him or not, he worked for what he believed in. No matter how much a wacko he is... he worked for his beliefs. Marcy keeps the seat warm and stays out of the way. She doen't even carry water for her party... she just keeps the seat warm.

The Big Dog's back

the National World War II Memorial in Washington,D.C.

Back in the mid-Eighties, a constituent who was rural mail carrier asked Congresswoman Kaptur at a local fish fry why there was no memorial to World War II. His name was Roger Durbin and he had fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Congresswoman Kaptur listened to his idea and introduced legislation to build a World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. That bill was the start of a 14-year legislative mission that culminated with Congresswoman Kaptur joining President George W. Bush to dedicate the memorial on May 29, 2004. The memorial has become one of the most popular sites in our nation’s capital, the ultimate destination for dozens of "Honor Flights," and a fitting tribute to the sacrifice and valor of America’s "greatest generation."

grumpy

Nice copy and paste from Marcy's own website. Too bad it was so important that it got almost no coverage... outside of her own.

http://www.marcykaptur.com/index...

Even her own website is rather thin for a 30+ year member of the US House. Thanks for helping to prove my point.

dontknowmuch

You had to go back that far to find one thing? How sad is that?

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The Big Dog's back

Indeed, she has always championed the cause of America’s veterans. She has secured funding for a new regional VA health care facility in Toledo as well as a a study by Case Western Reserve University of the mental health challenges that often afflict our warriors returning from combat.

Congresswoman Kaptur has been honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars with their coveted Americanism Award. She is also the only woman ever to receive the American Prisoner of War "Barbed Wire" Award for her commitment to veterans.

grumpy

And another copy and paste from her own website linked above. It is only "newsworthy in her own website, no media attention at all for her stellar accomplishments for her 30+ year career as seat warmer.

The Big Dog's back

She has been a vocal opponent of so-called "free trade" agreements that have shipped American jobs overseas. In 1993 she led the fight in the House against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and later against legislation to grant the People's Republic of China most favored nation trading status. She has introduced legislation to renegotiate unbalanced trade agreements to reflect the principle of fair trade that respects workers rights and protects the environment.

grumpy

And once more big news from her own website. Poor, poor, piddles. Trying to prop up a 30+ year seat warmer and not finding anything she has accomplished... outside of her own website... it is rather sad to see him desperatly searching for what isn't there... outside of what she paid someone to write on her website. Where are the articles in the New York Times and Washington Post extolling her leadership skills in the House? The TV clips of her discussing the State of politics on the Sunday shows taking advantage of her 30+ years experience in the House? Writing bills and getting them through Congress and passed into needed laws?

I

It appears that at one time, Kaptur might have been considered a blue dog dem. As was the norm in Washington, she would vote with the other side on spending bills if she could load them with her own pork...that's how things got done. That's also how we got $17trillion in debt. Mostly through the efforts of House republicans, it's become more difficult to load a bill up with pork. Hence, Kaptur is no longer a relevant political figure and someone who really needs to just go away.

dontknowmuch

Quick pooch.....who signed NAFTA into law? One guess.... it was a democrat

coasterfan

Grumpy: in TODAY'S edition of the SR, you'll see an article about the WWII Memorial. Guess whose idea it was? Marcy Kaptur, who introduced it to Congress in Dec. 1987.

For several paragraphs of her accomplishments while in office, please visit: http://vote-oh.org/intro.aspx?st...

grumpy

It covers the same 3 or 4 things that are in her own website. Extremely thin for 16 terms and 30+ years in Congress... As I said she is a seat warmer.... I notice you didn't list all the glorious laws she wrote, backed or got passed through Congress. All the national articles written about the longest serving woman with the highest senority. Her resume is very thin. Thanks for proving it again with your link.

ohioengineer

While I agree that the lack of competent representation for the 9th Ohio district is a significant issue, most commenters have entirely missed the point of Mr. Reed's letter. Mr. Reed is asking why the SR didn't at least make an effort to do some due diligence when they reported on Ms. Kaptur's speech. What ever happened to presenting both sides of an issue? What is being taught in journalism classes these days? If you want to be a public relations mouthpiece for a political party, great - go join a party and spout the party line. But if you purport to represent yourself as an independent news organization, then do your homework and present both sides of an issue.

JMOP

That's been my chief complaint. There's hardly ever an opposing/conflict position in articles like that.

coasterfan

You know, you're right. You make a valid argument for why Fox News should be taken off the air. Yes, what ever happened to presenting both sides of an issue?

When an entire network becomes, as you say "a public relations mouthpiece for a political party", while insisting they are "fair and balanced", we have a problem, don't we?

Dr. Information

Then CNN and msnbc need to be taken off air too. They are totally left leaning media outlets.

Lol@ u again. Just like a true liberal. Silence anyone that doesn't agree with you.

Steve P

Would expect piddle to support Kaptur, he made a career out of being a political/union hack with no personal accomplishments.

Donegan

Marcy does not even read the bills before voting on them.
If Her God Obama proposes it she votes yes. If any Republican bill comes up she votes no. A non-thinking drone that does what her god tells her to. Is that really representing the people? No, That is representing her god in congress.

coasterfan

Actually, unlike a lot of politicians, Marcy doesn't always vote party line. She voted against NAFTA, for example. Perhaps you should become a little more informed before you opine.

I don' think she believes Obama is God. It's more likely that she is just relieved that he is in office, instead of some Republican.

Darwin's choice

Troll!

Post your snake oil someplace else obamabot!

coasterfan

As usual, the GOP's answer to the problem of us not having enough money to run the country 30 years from now is.....wait for it....
to make sure that we don't have enough money to run the country today.

If that sounds like a stupid philosophy, it's because it IS a stupid philosophy.

Why would anyone think to look to Republicans for advice on the economy, anyway? Since 1980, the deficit has GROWN under every single GOP president, and has SHRUNK under every single Democratic president. They presided over/caused the worst economic disaster in 90 years in 2007-2008.

You wouldn't listen to a 600-lb. person for diet advice. You wouldn't go to a fast-food worker for brain surgery. Don't go to Republicans for anything related to the economy/deficit/debt.

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