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It is so interesting to see Wagle talk about promises. This is one promise the Legislature made to the people of Kansas and now she wants to break it. Had the income tax on corporations, LLC etc not been reduced or at least not as recklessly as it was, the state would not be in the situation it finds itself. This is Brownback's folly. As someone asked, how do we know the .6% will truly be used for the good of higher education or will it be thrown in with the general fund and used to cover the governor's ......? Just shows when you cut off a leg of a three legged stool, it is hard to balance. Budgets are in the same category
Brownback certainly knows how to bring out the generosity in Kansans. It's heartwarming to see so many who are not only willing but eager to pay higher sales tax on purchases they make from Kansas businesses so that the owners of those businesses can be relieved of paying state income tax. What a selfless gift!
Kansans are truly altruistic. Because of their generosity, no business owner need suffer anymore in this state. Soon the dream of eradicating the misery of the wealthy may actually become reality, thanks to your sales tax dollars (with a little help from your newly increased property taxes). Kansans have even offered to sacrifice their schools, highways, law enforcement, health and safety for the cause. It brings a tear to the eye.
Of course, Kansans draw the line at anything that might benefit the poor, but there are a lot of Christians in Kansas and you can't expect them to devote time to that riffraff. It's hard enough trying to push the wealthy through the eye of a needle.
The Christian right figures if you are poor, it's because you aren't good enough Christians. They have redefined the teachings of Jesus. If they are waiting for the anti Christ to come, then they only need to look in the mirror and at the stupid, heartless leaders they continue to elect.
Thanks for the link. I'd read Shalet's book years ago and had forgotten how deeply involved Brownback is in the Family. Frightening and disgraceful. They're very organized. We should at least pay attention (if we are not yet willing to organize ourselves) and shine a strong light on their activities.
The whole KansasGovernment is broken. With all the legislative positions taken by those elected by all the rubes, hicks, and illiterate malcontents who live west of Topeka, we should expect very little from them. A person with Wagel's background should be in charge of the John Bitch Society, not the Kansas Legislature. And with a governer who thinks he can legislate voilation of Federal Law, we will see little of anything of value to the people of Kansas.
There is no law that restricts the vote to ignorant and bucolic people, but this situation gives you pause to think what we could have if the voters of Kansas had some sense and did not knuckle under to the Koch style politics.
A great many of those 'rubes, hicks, and illiterate' voters live in urban Johnson and Sedgwick counties, and are not just the handfuls of voters in the rural west of this state.
sunflower is correct.
"Wagle said many House Republicans may be afraid to vote to keep the sales tax rate up because they will face re-election in 2014"
Why should any House Republican fear facing re-election in 2014? As a representative they voted consistently as their constituencies wanted them to didn't they? and did not serve as a toady for (incredibly rich) special interests and did not act in a self-serving(/enriching?) manner (for campaign donations from the incredibly rich).
Is Senate President Wagle trying to intimate that MANY House Republicans don't have a clear conscience when it comes to their voting record ... hmmmm ... YOU BETHCA! (Sarah Palin)
They will face the wrath of their constituents if they raise taxes. It is that simple. Their constituents don't want taxes raised.
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