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On Fairness of Brownback's tax proposals debated


Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately ALEC and a large majority of the republican party got married to the idea that working class blue and white collars make too much money. Talk about living in glass houses. Right to Work means lower wages.

ALEC and Repubs Busting unions is about YOU working for less money Union or NOT = monster corporate profits!!.

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that.

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights.

These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures

ALEX EXPOSED – The Koch Connection http://www.thenation.com/article/161973/alec-exposed-koch-connection

ALEC – Ghostwriting The Law for Corporate America http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/15044.htm

ALEC EXPOSED http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/02-9

question4u 2 years, 2 months ago

Jordan shrugged off such criticism, saying of the governor’s opponents, “Everyone’s trying to find a crack in the wall.”

There, in a nutshell, is the problem. Looking at anything so complicated as a radical reshaping of tax structures as if it were as simple as a wall is, to put it bluntly simpleminded. Jordan, no doubt, isn't simpleminded, but he must think that most Kansans are. He certainly knows that the report has major flaws. Ignoring the effects of Brownback's sales tax hike is not a crack, it's a chasm.

Education provides the surest means of getting out of poverty. Even Brownback's staunchest allies can't call him a friend of education and keep a straight face. Tax policies implemented through actions like cutting educational programs meant to help at-risk students cannot be said to benefit the poor.

The part of Jordan's metaphor that does make sense is the implication that Brownback's tax plan is less than transparent and that every effort has been made to keep anyone from looking into it too closely. If you have to throw up a wall around your ideas, how strong can they really be on their own?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

I would like it a whole bunch if those that made their living on state services would select a different state to mooch off of. Imagine how much better the state would be.

Thinking_Out_Loud 2 years, 2 months ago

CHIBW, let me be sure that am I understanding you correctly. When you say you want people making their living from state service should leave the state, do you mean that you would like to see our Highway Patrolmen, corrections officers, college professors, judges, road workers, restaurant inspectors, and the like leave for other states?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

I should have been more clear. The welfare types. If those who have no desire to work for what ever reason would leave the state, then there would be much more money for our Highway Patrol, mental health and the things we actually need.

Thomas Bryce 2 years, 2 months ago

When they leave, will You Do It ALL? Did not think so.Your post makes ABSOLUTELY No Sense Whatsoever.Since when is a Full time job Taking care of The Infrastructure of Kansas Mooching? You need to THINK before hitting that SEND Button, Can't.

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