Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Jenkins is Correct: Ryun's New Ad Overstates His Recrod on BRAC

Lynn Jenkins spokesman little Joshie Hersh and this blog has agreed on so very little these many months, but his statements, made to AP reporter John Hanna yesterday, are right on the money regarding Jim Ryun's new "not only did it save all the military bases in Kansas from certain closure, but I also single-handedly beat the Russians" campaign ad.

In 2005, Kansas did well compared with other states as the federal government picked military installations to be shut down, even gaining an estimated 3,600 military and civilian jobs as changes were made. Only the Parsons Army Ammunition Plant was targeted for closing.

Jenkins spokesman Josh Hersh said the work of others, including Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts and 1st District Rep. Jerry Moran, was crucial.

"The whole Kansas delegation had a big part in that process," he said. "No one of them single-handedly saved those bases."

Absolutely right- every member of the Kansas delegation was insturmental to keeping the bases open in Kansas, and it's disingenuious of Ryun to claim he was any more important than any other member.

But Mr. Hersh wasn't done:

Hersh also said the ad raises questions about Ryun's true position on earmarks because in it, the colonel praises Ryun for "setting up the infrastructure" at Forbes Field and Fort Riley and an unidentified supporter adds, "Jim came through for us."

Ryun has said previously that he will not support new funding earmarks in the budget. Jenkins has pledged to support reforms of the budgeting process so that earmarks are limited to projects of national interest.

Hersh said Ryun is being inconsistent.

"That would kind of raise the question of what that is going to mean for the district," Hersh said.

Ah, indeed it does. When Jim Ryun did "deliver" for the military bases in his district when he used to be in Congress, he did it via earmarks. When Congresswoman Nancy Boyda has delivered, she's used earmarks, and, one would assume, Lynn Jenkins would indeed attempt to do the same thing. With Ryun's new found aversion to earmarks, he's going to be up a creek without a paddle.

And, of course, there's that whole disasterous vote Ryun cast to defund $300 million worth of BRAC projects in Kanas right after the 2006 election, too. Thank God Nancy Boyda was able to get the money reinstated, because Ryun obviously didn't care about the people of the district very much after they voted him out of office. All comes together to show a man who probably shouldn't be trusted to actually be in that position again.

Lynn Jenkins, you say? By her own admission, her training as a CPA has prepared her for many things (like straightening out the federal books...such a mess...let's pray we dont' get audited...), but the one thing she doesn't know a damned thing about our armed forces and the needs of our men and women in uniform. Trusting her with protecting our bases would be a lot like trusting Jim Ryun to rein in federal spending...

Oh, by the way- 'member the retired colonel Ryun features so prominently in his ad? As far as we can find, he's never ever served in Kansas and, now, he's a lobbyist in Virginia. We aren't questioning his previous service to our nation, but you would have though Ryun would have found someone from or who had served in, say, Kansas, to back up his story.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

so Boyda knew a lot about the military before she was voted into office?? I know she protested against the war, but don't think that qualifies.

Anonymous said...

she knows a hell of a lot know asshole- and at least enough to know it is her constitutional duty to provide oversight of any military action...something Lynn doesnt get.

Anonymous said...

"I think we're going to vote to support what the commander in chief and head of military asks to do. At least, I am certainly going to vote to support it... He is the commander in chief, Charlie. We don't get that choice. Congress doesn't make that decision." - Nancy Boyda, January 5, 2007 http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/01/05/is-boyda-nuts


Hmm, interesting...

Anonymous said...

yes? That was a stupid thing for her to say (which see herself has said) and certainly hasn't been how boyda has acted since

Are you saying lynn's coment on KPR that she has repeated several times, was stupid, too?

Anonymous said...

oh, did anyone see this?

http://movies.crooksandliars.com/ABC-WNews-Boyda.mov

Anonymous said...

again- are you dumb? Boyda even said that was a stupid thing to say and obviously hasn't voted that was in congress.

If you are all willing to admit Jenkins screwed up and said something dumb we are golden.

Boyda learned from a mistake she made in he fist week in office...has Lynn learned not to be a dumbass?

Anonymous said...

Ryun had to hire a lobbyist to be in his commercial? Thats sad.

Anonymous said...

Boyda walked out of a hearing in which a general was giving a report because she didn't want to hear what he was saying.

For someone who has no military experience, where does she get off thinking that she doesn't even have to listen?

Just because she brings money back to the bases doesn't mean she knows anything about the military.

Anonymous said...

just because a man giving ridiculously rosy testimony about Iraq used to be a general doesnt mean he has amy idea what he's talking about.

Anonymous said...

boyda's done more for the military in her two years than Ryun did in ten.

Jenkins is clueless.

Anonymous said...

You're right, Boyda obviously knows more than a trained military professional who was on the ground during combat.

Anonymous said...

Boyda, who has sat through more classified briefings than anyone reading this blog, does indeed know more than any of us. She does have more and better facts than you do.

Anonymous said...

you might want to read the above statement moron ..... it says she believes she knows more than a general who was on the ground in Iraq

Anonymous said...

and you're assuming she doesn't know what she's talking about- which is even more arrogant than you're accusing her of being.

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