Archive for Monday, June 14, 2010

Brownback proposes Office of Repealer, but doesn’t have specifics on what he’d like repealed

June 14, 2010


— U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is the leading candidate for governor, says he wants to reduce state regulations, but so far hasn’t offered any details.

In January, at a Kansas Chamber forum, Brownback said low taxes and an open regulatory system were key. “We’ve got to look more like Texas and a lot less like California,” he said.

Recently at two stops — Fort Scott and Kansas City, Mo. — Brownback talked about starting an Office of Repealer to ferret out regulations that have outlived their usefulness.

The New York Times quoted him, saying, "People just love this idea. They feel like they're getting their brains regulated out of them.” Brownback said he would use an existing position to accomplish the task instead of creating a new position, the Times reported.

But when asked by the Lawrence Journal-World for some examples of state regulations that he would like to get rid of, Brownback’s campaign declined to say and instead put a video exchange between Brownback and the New York Times reporter on Twitter. No details emerged there, either.

Brownback made a general comment about the growth of regulations, saying: “nothing is ever subtracted in the system,” and then added, “I’d like to get the legislative committees, urge the Legislature to appoint repealing committees.”

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, criticized Brownback’s repealer idea.

Holland’s campaign spokesman Seth Bundy said, “This sounds like the same campaign gimmick he rolled out 15 years ago on his way to Washington. But once he got there, he voted for more spending, put us deeper into debt and personally sponsored billions in earmarks.”


sourpuss 7 years, 9 months ago

Come to Kansas, where anything goes!! Want to dump chemicals in the rivers? Okay, as long as it's for profit! Want to hire illegal immigrants because they are cheaper and when they chop their hands off in the slaughterhouse, you can send 'em right back to Guatexico?! Hells yeah! Tired of other states not letting you paint toys with toxic chemicals? We are too... stupid states. Move your business to Kansas! You don't have to worry about people changing their minds because they're so Republican here, you'll be able to do anything you want for the next century!! These people votes against FDR!

Eeee! I can't wait for the jobs!

Phillbert 7 years, 9 months ago

The regulations are so awful that...he can't even think of any that should be repealed. Maybe when Sam was talking about people "getting their brains regulated out of them" he was looking in the mirror.

Centerville 7 years, 9 months ago

This is an excellent idea. There are so many redundantj programs, especially in the social services, that agencies pass inquiries back and forth until the constituent just gives up. And then there are those insulting do-as-I-say ads out of KDHE, about some things that are obvious, like 'stop smoking'. Total waste of money.

funkdog1 7 years, 9 months ago

Man, I wish the JW would include "like" buttons for comments.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 9 months ago

That takes the party of "NO" to the next level.

sinedie 7 years, 9 months ago

This is what happens when you spend 15 years as a legislator in Washington. You forget that slogans and rhetoric are not enough.

Scott Tichenor 7 years, 9 months ago

Yessir, that deregulation put into place by President mean, Bush, sure has worked out well. Banks, mortgages, insurance, oil. Just look where we're at and you can see what a terrific idea this is.

Governor Brokeback, we await your imminent arrival.

rbwaa 7 years, 9 months ago

"...getting their brains regulated out of them..." Office of Repealer now that just sounds silly --- Monty Python couldn't come up with better slogans

ivalueamerica 7 years, 9 months ago

repealer? bah, I would not want him for potato peeler.

unelectable 7 years, 9 months ago

“We’ve got to look more like Texas and a lot less like California,” he said.

And a bit of my soul died as a cold chill filled the room.

I'd rather eat my own face while it was still attached to my head than have his terrifying statement hold true.

tomatogrower 7 years, 9 months ago

The Texas thing kind of turned me off too. There are plenty of reasons I won't vote for this guy, but that comment would have lost my vote anyway. By the way, wasn't it in Texas that there was a major BP accident that killed several people? Gotta love that lack of regulation. People are expendable when it comes to profits. That's the conservative creed.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 9 months ago

Agreed! Have you seen what they want to do with textbooks?

N_Trenched 7 years, 9 months ago

Because California is such a shining example of how a state should be governed? I for one can't wait for this state to get back to its roots after the debacle we call Sebelius. The "Dims" are out in force in Lawrence but forget the State in which they live (mostly disillusion). Can't wait for election day!

anon1958 7 years, 9 months ago

Where do I sign up to repeal Brownback's father's fertilization of his mother?

Glenn Reed 7 years, 9 months ago

Just spit my milk onto my keyboard. And my monitor.

frank mcguinness 7 years, 9 months ago

If you want Kansas to look like more like texas financially you'd better find some oil and gas on the prairie somewhere.

dinglesmith 7 years, 9 months ago

That, my friends, could not be more true. If you can suck the oil from Texas and put it under Kansas, then and only then will we look more like Texas.

thatonedude 7 years, 9 months ago

How about instead of false correlations with other, far-right hacks like Brownback try to establish a positive identity for Kansas?

The_Bends 7 years, 9 months ago

The sad thing is that the irony of Brownback's suggestion probably never occurred to him.

Brownback: I have a great idea. Let's create a government agency that will do nothing but repeal laws.

Yes man: That's a great idea. Lord knows that it won't occur to most of your right-wing constituents that you're creating--and funding--a new, do-nothing agency that won't actually have the power to repeal laws. I mean what are the odds that your voters will actually realize that the agency is nothing but unnecessary, duplicative, demagogic pandering.

Brownback: You lost me. I actually thought it was a good idea.

beatrice 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, I hope part of the campaign jingle goes:

He was the Decider / I'll be the Repealer / We'll both be like Texans -- goo goo g'joob

Dan Thalmann 7 years, 9 months ago

I can't wait for Holland to win the office. Sounds like he is going to lower taxes, stop earmarks from coming to Kansas and get us out of debt. Go Holland!! Good job Journal World. Make sure you stick it to Brownback. It is a good newspaper's job to go after the Republican candidates and make the Dems look like wise men!! You did your industry a solid today!

Michael Sizemore 7 years, 9 months ago

uh...point of clarification. I seem to recall the LJW backing Bush. Quite a lengthy Editorial from Simons...Was Bush not a Republican? (That was the day I cancelled our subscription.)

headdoctor 7 years, 9 months ago

I am very concerned that Kansas is going to steal the title away from Texas as the State that has a village missing and idiot.

1029 7 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Brownback shares my conservative values and I will vote for him, but I'm a little concerned about this plan to use ferrets to enforce regulations. I understand that they are very smart animals, but it seems risky for Kansas to potentially be liable for any type of unpredictable incident that may occur from a ferret not knowing how to handle a situation with proper composure and restraint.

Paul Decelles 7 years, 9 months ago

Thanks 1029. Your comment made me spit my soda pop (due to unrestrained laughter).

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes isn't Brownback a republican?

Republican foreign policy of protecting USA special interests abroad is killing innocent men,women and children everyday! Talk about devastation!

The policy: CRIME AGAINST DEMOCRACY : PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration.

And this policy is draining our economy accompanied with:

Isn't it odd each time our nations financial institutions crumble there are Bush family near by and a McCain still in office?

  1. Who has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans!

  2. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money?

Between Reagan/Bush, Bush/Quale and Bush/Cheney repubs have effectively put about 15 million people out of work. How? The Reagan/Bush Global Economy that which exports USA industry and jobs aka wreckanomics.

olddognewtrix 7 years, 9 months ago

"Repealer" seems to be just another empty headed Brownback use of slogans to confuse and cloud the real issues --such as how to finance wisely the need s of K-12 education, State Universities, the needs of the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed.. If Brownback gets elected his theocracy will probably have the KC Archbishop as the gatekeeper to all things

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 9 months ago

I looked at this headline and my first thought was, "April was three months ago.".

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 9 months ago

Hey JK, how is this "legal"? Are we supposed to be posting ads or selling stuff on this forum? Spacehog never did this! It's been posted on numerous threads this morning and I don't like it. Free the Hog!!

Centerville 7 years, 9 months ago

It's easy: go to the library and look up a few buzz words from any May in the past. 'Elder", "reiinvent","global cooling". Now go to the currwnt budget and do a word search. It's like an archeological dig , only boring.

average 7 years, 9 months ago

On the matter of the "Office of the Repealer". I'm guessing he's talking about state executive department decisions. Which, if he's the new executive, he can override the day he stumbles into Topeka, with or without a 'Repealer'. He couldn't possibly be talking about matters passed by the Kansas Legislature. After all, the KS legislature has been GOP-controlled since time immemorial. So they couldn't have passed wrongheaded regulation, right?

Paul R Getto 7 years, 9 months ago

The presumed panderer-in-chief speaks again! Interesting perception of government he has. I don't think the governor has authority to do unilateral repeals. The KAR (Kansas Administrative Regulations) are all on the Secretary of State's website. I am sure he envisons repealing enrivonmental and business regulations; I suspect he is not interested in any that control the 'right' people's lives. Bring it on, Sam. This should be interesting.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Deregulation is not working and is what brought us the Savings and Loan debacle and the Bush/Cheney financial wreck. Both ruined millions of retirement plans and put millions out of work. The jobs went abroad and the retirement plans were not reimbursed.

How many times do these scenario's have to repeat themselves before all americans realize this seems to be a pattern under republican leadership? The same names and faces seem to be very close by. Oddly the party never seems to mind.

The human criminal mind demands laws and regulations to protect the human being from the human being.

Steve Mechels 7 years, 9 months ago

No one expects the Brownback Repealer! (apologies to Monty Python)

BigPrune 7 years, 9 months ago

Maybe the reporter did get some things that should be repealed but forgot to include them in the article? I only say this since the reporter is careful to be unbiased in every article they write, sarcastic speaking.

Clark Coan 7 years, 9 months ago

Jimmy Carter started this crazy de-regulation fad back in 1978. Let's de-regulate the banks in Kansas so we can have another economic crisis.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 9 months ago

How about we repeal brownback? I have about had my fill of the right wingnut religious posturing, now that Sara Palin has presented us with good family values (knocked up unmarried daughter) Rush Limbaugh has quantified good reasonable reasons to join the Michigan Militia, the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party.Yeah, brownback is the guy for the state of Kansas, lets have a referendum on repealing this wonk.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 9 months ago

A bureaucratic agency to eliminate bureaucracy. Now there's an idea.

We need more regulation like the Gulf of Mexico needs another 10 million barrels of oil in it.

We need more regulation like Wall Street needs more bundled derivatives.

If BB can can find real waste, more power to him. Deregulation for its own sake has led us into the current fiscal and environmental peril we are in.

Cynthia Schott 7 years, 9 months ago

Heck, while BrownNose is at it, maybe he can get rid of rights for women and minorities. Let's go back to the 50s.

A coal-fed fire in every home!

Paul Decelles 7 years, 9 months ago

He probably thinks he can repeal evolution.

dogsandcats 7 years, 9 months ago

Office of Repealer First Order of Business: Repeal Brownback

Xwards 7 years, 9 months ago

How about starting off by repealing Art. 15, § 16 of the Kansas Constitution.......the marriage-is-only-for-straights amendment?????

Tom McCune 7 years, 9 months ago

He wants to repeal the "no establishment of religion" part of the constitution. That's all.

Thanks again, Sam. You are the primary reason I am a former Republican.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 9 months ago

"Let's go back to the 50s." === Could be right, cschott. I'd say, if you read about Opus Dei and the Family, two of his obsessions, the 1650's would be about right. Sam is scary, but knows how to smile when he has to.

eyeye 7 years, 5 months ago

Deregulation by any other name smells just as sweet to $aintCo:

Invest in morphine as Sam's Office of the Grand Repealer deals with the collision between Medicare and the Baby Boomers . . .

  • many of whom have Diabetes from the prevalence of Farm Subsidy supported high fructose corn syrup in our diets;
  • and/or COPD from living around chemicals and the combustion of Sam's masters', the Koch's, fossil fuels.

The Grand Repealer's motto: Let us do for you what we did in Washington for so many others. The national deficit will make you strong. Wall Street didn't need those pesky regulations. Privatized War got Mission Accomplished in Iraq. Let "Jesus" plus Nothing Repeal your lives too and presto-change-o Medicare crisis and Recession solved!!!

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