Monday, April 28, 2014

John Kline's Failing Grade in Education

Wish granted.... over this last weekend..Mike Obermueller ( was endorse in CD2 by the DFL to face off against Congressman John Kline (R-MN) in the fall election...

" A student Twitter campaign rocketed Rep. John Kline, head of the House Education Committee, from number 75 to number 1 on Bill Maher's "Flip A District" campaign. The grassroots groundswell came about as a result of Kline's raising the interest rate on federally-guaranteed student loans to fight the deficit. Copyright HBO. Watch "Real Time with Bill Mahar" each Friday night on HBO."

Despite being Education chair, Kline has received "0%" or "F" grades on every ranking from the National Education Association since 2005.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Rep. John Kline's Voting Against Veterans and Families

At a time when more veterans and their families rely on food stamps...what does Rep. John Kline (MN-R) do? He votes against veterans...sigh...again...Welcome to the 'believe what I say' not 'as I do' Kline klub!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Just Plain Stupid...Kline

Simple, Truthful, To the Point ad on Congressman John Kline (MN-2) proposed student loan bill...'In Eagan Minnesota we call it just plain stupid'...

Enjoy the House Majority PAC ad then ask yourself why 'just plain stupid' Kline thinks the middle class and lower income families should pay higher interest rates on student loans when they already generate 50 billion a year in profits for the government! ...oh yeah...then check out the biggest contributors to his campaign...Apollo, Rasmussen, and DeVry....hmm..coincident? I think NOT...

Friday, May 31, 2013

Student Loans :: John Kline’s Cash Cow!

Under Congressman John Kline’s bill on Student Loans interest rates can rise as high as 8.5% (Stafford Loans) and 10.5% (graduate and Parent Plus Loans). In addition, it would be harder for families to do future financial educational planning with interest rates varying year to year and adds more bureaucracy layers in complex tracking of loans. His bill also fails to guarantee low rates for student loans while burdening students with higher debts upon graduation.

Do the Math$: According to the government’s own accounting (C.B.O report):
The Government receives:
  • *    12.5 cents in revenue next year for every dollar lent through subsidized Staffords
  • *    33.3 cents per dollar in unsubsidized Staffords
  • *    54.8 cents on each dollar of graduate school loans (over half!)
  • *    49 cents per dollar of parent loans
…. for a government profit last year alone of $51 BILLION!
  • *    The Federal Government currently borrows money at 1.8%...
  • *    …then lends it at 3.4%.

John Kline’s bill is asking for an immediate increase to 4.65% effectively doubling student debt and profits from the program! Currently, every student graduating with a four year degree has $27,000 in debt…under Kline’s bill…double it! A student who borrows the maximum amount of subsidized Stafford loans over five years would pay $4,174 in interest under the current rate, but more than $10,000 under Kline’s bill (can you say cash cow!).

Financial Aid for students should NOT operate as new revenue for the federal government. BTW: The government already makes more on Student Loan Interest than Ford makes on automobiles.

Congressman Kline (MN-2, R) should be helping to ensure that college remains within reach for all students who rely on federal loans to pay for their education. Instead Kline is introducing and promoting a bill that will do just the opposite. Is it any wonder the US only produce 1400 PHDs annually and that number is on the decline? Meanwhile in China, by government educational investments, 300,000 PHDs have been paid for virtually by students maintaining a grade point average.

Tell Kline that education is an investment in our nation’s future, not a ‘market’ for wall-street profiteers or a ‘cash cow’ to underwrite the government spending.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

When Is Rape, Not a Rape? When Rep. Kline Says So!

A bill that Rep. Kline and Akins co-sponsored last year would have limited the government help available to women seeking abortions in the case of rape to cases of "forcible rape". However...after a huge public outcry, the House Republican party changed it's language....

By now, most of us have heard of Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin’s statements regarding "legitimate rape" in an effort to redefining and legitimizing rape and incest... bringing into question rape and incest by trying to redefine and de-legitimize it much like the bill that Kline and Akin co-sponsored...

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancies from rape are] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

Kline has declined MPR's request for comment on Akin's unlike the GOP leadership that has soundly condemn Akins and asked for Mr Akin to withdraw his candidacy for Missouri's Senate seat...we can assume that beside trying to redefine rape...Kline supports the beliefs..... If that is the case, shouldn't Kline also be asked to withdraw his candidacy and be held accountable for the same beliefs and lack of empathy toward the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year?

Even Mitt Romney has pointed out how wrong these views are:
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong, Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

Rep. John Kline (R-MN2) "No Comment"
Yet, Kline refuses comment...still...

Speaking for myself and my daughters...rape is has no level of acceptances, there isn't nor should there be "legitimate rapes".  Nor should rape victims continue to be victimized by outdated and wrong views. As Mike Obermueller says:
"Rape is a heinous, disgusting crime... and the bill they've co-sponsored gives the impression that some rapes are not as bad as others, and to me that's really offensive,"

Kline is out of step on this with science, his own party, and most voters. It's time for him to go. Rape is rape...for Rep. John Kline to try and redefine it for his own agenda and war on women is unacceptable.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kline Is A Leader In 112th Do-Nothing Congress!

This is the least productive Congress ever according to USA Today...and Kline is one of it's leaders!

'Do Nothing'  Congress with John Kline

Since the GOP has gained back House majority in 2010, the 112th Congress has adopted the logo of 'Do Nothing' and 'Obstruct' using Kline's personal mantra of let's  'Roll Back'....from education, to health care, to minimum wage...Kline would rather see no progress than reach across the aisle and work with Democratic colleagues...

According to a USA Today analysis of records since 1947 kept by the US House Clerk's office, the lowest number of laws to date has come out of the 2012 congress....just 61 bills. This combined with Congress's historically low approval rating of 10 percent (Gallup poll) shows that the 112th Congress covering 2011-12 is the least productive since WW ll....

As John Kline votes 97.7% with the GOP  preferring to focus on party needs over national well being while he holds a leadership position in chairing the powerful Education and Workforce Committee; We can only assume Kline is in major part to blame for the 'Do Nothing' Congress! With economic issues, several wars, and infrastructure needs, Kline has set up roadblocks rather than work across the aisle with Democrats to find common ground and solutions.

The Democratic Congress of 2007-09 was able demonstrated their ability and willingness to work with President Bush (R). Working together, by the end of 2008, President Bush signed 460 laws passed by the Democratic Congress moving America needs forward...unfortunately with the current GOP leadership including John Kline, this Congress plays partisan games of obstruction over addressing the serious issues facing our nation.

It doesn't have to work this way....there is an alternative to Kline's inability to lead and put America first in Congress...his name is Mike OBERMUELLER!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Rep. Kline Refused To Attend Farmfest

Top Five Reasons John Kline Missed Farmfest 

5. Stayed up all night tweeting “Obama bad; Kline has the commonsense solutions”.

4. Why? Not enough lobbyist money left in farming, for-profit schools is the wave of future Kline funding.

3. Got wrong directions from David Gerson.

2. Forgot to ask permission to attend from John Boehner.

                        ....and the #1 reason:

1. Mike Obermueller (Democratic challenger running against Kline) can walk the talk as he grew up on a small family-run dairy farm and knows the importance and value of hard work, honesty in word and deed, and working together as a community to meet common goals.