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Gov. Sam Brownback to propose economic growth plan

February 8, 2011

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— Gov. Sam Brownback is on schedule to announce his economic growth proposal this week, his office said Tuesday.

Brownback promised to deliver a plan 30 days after his inauguration on Jan. 10.

He has been putting together policies and initiatives with his "economic growth team," according to Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag.

That team includes Brownback's secretaries of labor, commerce, revenue, agriculture and transportation, and budget director and policy director.

Brownback has said he wants to lower the state's unemployment rate and create more private sector jobs.

He has also called for a "re-setting our tax code." In his State of the State speech, Brownback said, " ... we need a tax code that encourages investment, income growth, and job creation."

One proposal that has been touted by conservative Republicans and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce is eliminating the corporate income tax.

The state has undergone six rounds of budget cuts in recent years and still faces a projected $492 million revenue shortfall in the next fiscal year.

But supporters of cutting the tax on businesses say it will spur economic development.

A bill by state Rep. Gene Sullentrop, R-Wichita, would phase out the Kansas corporate income tax over five years. House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, supports eliminating the levy, saying it would send a message that Kansas "is open for business."

Comments

Jeanne Cunningham 4 years, 6 months ago

Seriously, "Bronwback". I don't care for his politics, but his name should be spelled correctly. Is there NO such thing as a spell checker in your environment? And, I know this word would need to be added - but still?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

" ... we need a tax code that encourages investment, income growth, and job creation."

He just fails to mention that it'll happen in China, not here.

jayhawk1996 4 years, 6 months ago

Good luck with that. Sounds similar to the tax swap plans implemented here in Texas five years ago. The result? A budget gap of $15 million or more, depending on how much you want cut from education, health care and other spending.

manfred 4 years, 6 months ago

YEah!!! nowear in the costitution does it say we shud be educatted!!! cut ALL the educattion buget!!!

manfred 4 years, 6 months ago

Your profile says you went to Lawrence High School and KU. Apparently you don't see much value in practising what you preach.

Just in case you're still confused, Lawrence High is a PUBLIC school. KU is a STATE university. According to you, both institutions should be shut down.

manfred 4 years, 6 months ago

Liberty One, do you really think education will improve if the government completely eliminates the education budget? Do you honestly believe that the median income american family can actually afford to send each of their children to twelve years of private school?

manfred 4 years, 6 months ago

As with most libertarians, your logic is inherently flawed. You believe that completely excising a system will make it rebuild itself to be more efficient. The free market solves everything, right?

Here's an idea: why don't we completely cut the FDA? Then drug companies can release a drug directly to grocery store shelves. Of course, there will be a few drugs that kill a few thousand people, but the free market will sort that out.

The free market is great, in that it works towards a solution of the very difficult problem "who is good at what?" However, there are some things to which the free market shouldn't be subject.

If schools are run completely for profit, there will be two very noticeable changes. First, most people will not even send their kids to school. That should do miracles for the USA's abysmal education record. Next, schools' curricula will be completely established by private interests. That way, young children can learn about how Sarah Palin and Exxon founded the US, riding on the back of a dinosaur that went extinct due to a lack of space on Rupert Murdoch's yacht during the great flood.

notanota 4 years, 6 months ago

A) Catholic education is not cheaper per pupil. The funding mechanism is not entirely based on tuition and is subsidized by church coffers.

B) It is not an apples to apples population comparison. Catholic schools may reject students they find objectionable, and parents must opt-in for enrollment, meaning it only contains a subset of highly involved parents for any given demographic, and involved students do better in just about any school environment.

C) Catholic schools are not profit-driven, so they are not an example of the market providing a solution. Charter schools, which you conveniently fail to mention, do NOT perform better as a class when demographics are considered.

notanota 4 years, 6 months ago

A)"Catholic schools seldom accurately calculate their cost-per-pupil. Parents and prospective donors are not aware of the actual cost to run the school, nor do they know how much the school should be spending to provide quality staff, programs and facilities." - Archdiocese of Los Angeles

B) I said no such thing. I said that students with engaged parents perform better in school, and that your comparison isn't comparing like student bodies. Student/parent engagement is not the same as intelligence. You can't make any sort of argument that Catholic schools are inherently better at education when you haven't ruled out differences in student population. Not that you've provided actual links to your studies, so it's all begging the question.

C) Your political bias. Not proof of efficacy.

meggers 4 years, 6 months ago

And just how much money will the state lose in corporate tax revenue? The loss of this revenue will need to be offset somehow. Given the legislature and Brownback's actions thus far, I suspect it will mean even further cuts to social services and education. Nothing like increasing the corporate bottom line on the backs of the poor, disabled, and children.

You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie.

meggers 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually, we CAN afford them, if we just have our priorities in order. I wonder if those who say we can't would be willing to sacrifice their sick or disabled family member, in order to balance the household budget.

How interesting that I would labeled a 'sucker' by someone who claims that providing basic care for the most vulnerable people of our society is some sort of statist plot. I may be a sucker, but at least I'm not a paranoid one. Or an inhumane one, for that matter.

meggers 4 years, 6 months ago

The New Deal was established largely because charitable organizations did not have the resources to help all of the people who were gravely impacted by the Great Depression.

If you seriously think that charitable organizations and "neighbors" have the resources to provide assistance to all of those currently receiving public assistance, I suggest you visit a few nursing homes. While you're at it, you might want to take a tour of Osawatomie and KNI. If you know of a charitable organization that can provide 24/7 intensive care to people with complex medical and behavioral needs, I'm sure the governor would love to hear about it. That way, he can save a few more bucks to send to his corporate buddies.

You're either blind to reality or you lack basic compassion. But wait! There's a third option: Libertarianism. That pretty much covers both.

meggers 4 years, 6 months ago

Do you happen to have a citation supporting your paranoid delusion?

The voices in your head aren't a very reputable source.

meggers 4 years, 6 months ago

What debacle are you referring to? Obama's plans for deregulation? His plan to simplify the corporate tax code? His idea to cut tax breaks for businesses that move their operations and their profits offshore? What on earth are you talking about? Seriously.

And I have the "nerve" to bitch about Brownback's proposal because that is my right as a citizen. Just as you have every right to embrace his proposal, despite the fact that it is nothing more than a regurgitated version of the same trickle-down policies that have failed in the past.

meggers 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually, that proposal would allow STATES to increase their unemployment taxes in order to repay their default loans to the federal government without incurring additional penalties. It isn't a federal tax.

And the Reagan tax cutting myth is just that: a myth. After his sweeping and irresponsible tax cuts in 1981, he was forced to implement a number of tax INCREASES in order to prevent the deficit from spiraling out of control:

http://www.capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1632/reagans-tax-increases

Despite his efforts to put the genie back in the bottle by increasing taxes, Reagan nearly tripled the national debt.

So, who's drinking that Kool-Aid again?

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Let's be absolutely clear. The Republicans own this from top to bottom. If two years from now their ideas don't produce record jobs and a higher quality of life for Kansas then it is total and utter proof of the innate failure of their principles. They have absolutely no excuses if it fails. If it succeeds then they should rightfully garner all the credit. I'm willing to wait and see.

lgreen17 4 years, 6 months ago

I would agree with you, but I think they will just blame the Obama administration if they fail.

notanota 4 years, 6 months ago

I'd be willing to wait and see if they weren't conducting this experiment on my children and we didn't already have plenty of evidence that it doesn't work.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 6 months ago

If two years is your time line, then I assume you blame Obama for all problems that now exist on the federal level. There is no excuse for Obama having inherited a mess from Bush. I think things are less than "absolutely clear" and are in fact very complicated. There is plenty of blame to go around; Bush, Obama, Democrats, Republicans, an apathetic electorate and on and on.

Keith 4 years, 6 months ago

Sam has water to carry so he can get funding for his next attempt at the Presidency.

nanimwe 4 years, 6 months ago

Agree. Corporate profits are at an all-time high, yet where is the "re-investment"? The idea that tax cuts spur growth is a fallacy. It's demand that spurs growth...

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Only on your planet does Hoover-style economics apparently work. The rest of us live in the real world.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

He doesn't like Hoover, either. He can't, because the many attempts at instituting his vision of utopia have had regular, dramatic failures.

So LO has to pretend that what he wants has never existed nor never been attempted, which in his mind means that it's magical perfection can't be called into question.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

The fact is that we can likely find many areas of agreement about where government is corrupt, wasteful, inefficient, and an inappropriate way to run our collective (yes, I know you don't think any of us should share in anything) affairs. Where we disagree is in your contention that the path to salvation is to essentially eliminate government.

My view is that government is a tool, and like any tool, it can either be used correctly, or not. I also believe that it's a tool that 7 billion humans can't just eliminate and expect to survive.

So we either use it right, or suffer the consequences. And I see your insistence on realizing a fantasy that can't work as at best a pointless distraction, and at worst-- well, I'd rather not find out.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Well, you apparently forgot the history of when Hoover (the Paul Ryan of his day) decided to severely cut back on government spending as the Depression hit, which of course further sent the economy into a spiral. But hey, it's always convenient to leave out the parts where history doesn't back up your ultra-simplistic views of the world.

plainspeaking 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes, that's true: our unemployment rate is below the national average. Do you know why? It's because 90 percent of the state is losing population - so the size of the workforce is shrinking and those who remain aren't looking for work.

Your argument has nothing to do with the size of government.

cowboy 4 years, 6 months ago

Payback to corporate buddies !

"The category where the state saw the most significant drop in tax revenue was income taxes. Individual income taxes dropped 7.24 percent to $2.73 billion in 2009. Meanwhile corporate net income taxes fell almost 30 percent to $370 million in the same time period. The Revenue Department collected about $40 million in corporate income tax settlements in the six months after the Census Bureau stopped collecting data in 2009.

Warfield said corporate income tax collections are very volatile.

“Whenever the economy does poorly so does corporate income tax collections,” Warfield said. “Whenever there is a recession and the stock market does not do well it is reflective in corporate income tax.”

Michigan suffered the largest drop in corporate net income tax, with a 63.5 percent decrease from 2008.

When all 50 states tax collections are combined for FY 2009, the total tax collections were around $715 billion, which is down 8.6 percent from 2008.

On a national average, states made the most revenue from individual income tax, then general sales taxes, then other miscellaneous taxes, and the least from corporate net income tax."

As the info states , Corporate tax is the smallest contributor to state revenue. Brownhack is simply cowtowing tothe Koch's and his other fat cat buddies. Note that the single largest contributor to fighting the health care plan , the Koch's , are also using the benefits of the plan to underwrite their retirees benefits.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 6 months ago

100,000 new jobs promised, and so far all he has done is eliminate a few thousand more.

Brownback owes Kansas well over 100,000 jobs to meet his promises.

nanimwe 4 years, 6 months ago

Huh? You need to re-read your history, bonehead. Hoover was far from big government.

nanimwe 4 years, 6 months ago

Huh? You need to re-read your history, bonehead. Hoover was far from big government.

Brendon Allen 4 years, 6 months ago

I assume you will also then agree Ronald Reagan = Herbert Hoover and George W Bush = Herbert Hoover then too right? All of them greatly grew the government and entitlements.

William Weissbeck 4 years, 6 months ago

Tie the tax cuts to actual job creation (in Kansas) and the purchase of real equipment (preferably from a Kansas vendor), not the usual corporate jet or executive SUV masquerading as heavy equipment. After all the governor wants investment - so demand it. Don't just let them walk off with the money and hope they pass out dimes to the children.

sciencegeek 4 years, 6 months ago

Sounds perfectly logical. That's why it is in trouble.

You see, we aren't interested in facts here, but only what the conservatives SAY are the facts. Slap on a label and the sheep will believe you. Perception IS reality, so if if you say it created jobs, and we're better off, and the only thing that gets cut is "fat", then you will be believed.

deec 4 years, 6 months ago

I thought the corporate tax cuts several years ago were going to magcally create jobs? What's up with that? This is just more tinkle-on economics which has worked sooo well in the last 30 years.

sciencegeek 4 years, 6 months ago

Here's an idea!

Since the only way to balance the budget is to make cuts, and there's is no possible way to raise revenue because that mean t-a-x-e-s, I suggest a constitutional amendment that is guaranteed to save lots of money every single year:

Cut the size of the legislature.

Kansas ranks 33rd out of 50 states in population, but 12th in the size of the Senate and 10th in the size of the House ( source: National Conference of State Legislatures). Sounds a lot like the fat and waste in state government that we hear so much about.

Seems reasonable to me.

Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 6 months ago

With the passage of the pay-go rules in the House, it seems that there are only 12 relevant House members left: those on the Appropriations Committee. The other 113 now appear to be redundant. Is there any point in keeping them on?

deec 4 years, 6 months ago

Great idea. Go to a one-house legislature. It seems to work in Nebraska. Also stop renovating the Capitol. Eliminate all farm and corporate subsidies. Roll the commerce dept in with the secretary of state job, since they seem to have lots of time on their hands. Triple hunting permit fees and park usage fees. Repeal the repealer. Suspend new highway building. Eliminate STAR bonds and similar programs. Legalize marijuana and tax like cigarettes. Early release for all non-violent offenders.

question4u 4 years, 6 months ago

Good point. Don't raise park usage fees, sell all state parks and recreational lands. Running state parks is not a core government function. Neither is managing game or stocking fishing lakes. It doesn't matter what the impact might be on tourist dollars, big government is bad for everything. We need to sell all state lands and let private investors make the parks much more affordable. Now that's good Kansas logic.

funkdog1 4 years, 6 months ago

Stop renovating the Capitol? And what? Just let it fall down? Are you aware of the serious repairs that building needs?

deec 4 years, 6 months ago

They can use buckets and trash cans like the schools do!

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

There's a fundamental difference between concrete substantive needs and much of the work that's being done there.

MyName 4 years, 6 months ago

Gov. Brownback: "What can I say, I plan for us to have some economic growth!"

William Weissbeck 4 years, 6 months ago

I have to add that except for Illinois, it seems like every state is moving to cut it's corporate income tax. It's an insane race to the bottom. Let's make it simple - have every state cut their rates to zero. Oh, but then the business owners won't want to locate their businesses in states where they and their executives have to pay high income taxes - so let's lower the top rates to zero. Oh, but housing for them and their managers might be expensive and the schools - well, they might only be public schools. So what the heck, let's build them nice homes at tax payer expense (sort of like a sports stadium) and give them vouchers for the schools of their choice.

Centerville 4 years, 6 months ago

Hoover was like Bush 41. Big Government - bad economics. The Roosevelt overload made him look like a piker but he was bad news enough on his own.

average 4 years, 6 months ago

Yeah. Roosevelt was so horrible. That's why he won with 523 electoral votes in 1936, beating Alf Landon in Kansas.

There's a reason my grandparents had a Roosevelt portrait hanging in their house. His ideas worked. No, not in putting the 1920s stock-bubble bullshiat economy back on its feet. But, in terms of preventing the very real possibility that the US could fall prey to far worse outcomes. Remember who became leader in Germany the same year FDR took office, as a result of the same worldwide economic crisis? There were plenty of people advocating both fascism and Bolshevism in the US in 1931.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Hoover was the Paul Ryan of his day, a self-proclaimed expert on the Federal budget. He was a wonk's wonk when it came to economic policy. He controlled the levers of government according to his ultra-conservative financial principles and put the country into a nosedive that would make Chuck Yeager vomit. This is precisely what is so scary about all the teabaggers wanting to give Ryan unilateral control of spending.

pace 4 years, 6 months ago

I think he should concentrate on eliminating red tape. Just post the Koch brothers address and working families can send cash straight to the Church of Koch coffers.

Kookamooka 4 years, 6 months ago

It's going to be really sad to see Kansas go to Heck in a handbag. I, hopefully, will be living in Missouri by then. Never thought I'd think Missouri was a safer, better place to raise my kids. I want to live in a state with corporate oversight! Strong government is good. Without it you get Enron and the stock market crash. Businesses don't care about people. They only care about money. I want to live in a state that cares about people.

ksriver2010 4 years, 6 months ago

Jobs in Kansas are going to be measured largely by aircraft jobs in Wichita, all of which will be reduced by companies breaking the unions, slowly moving to more hospitable states or Mexico (despite the state bailout of Hawker). Also low aircraft demand due to the economy and which was significantly hurt by Obama and Congress' humiliation of executives flying in small planes to congressional hearings. Nothing the state can do will change that, except maybe delay it by bailouts. But hey, meat packing plants in Dodge are doing great biz with the illegal population.

SnakeFist 4 years, 6 months ago

Wow, Liberty, "education is not a right" and we should "deregulate the employment market". In your utopia of individual freedom from government, we'll all literally be uneducated serfs working for little pay and no benefits. No one but you wants to live in that world.

Mari Aubuchon 4 years, 6 months ago

Kansas collected $244 million in corporate income tax in the 2010 fiscal year.

The proposed bill calls for corporate income taxes to be phased out over the next five years at the rate of 20% a year.

"The state has undergone six rounds of budget cuts in recent years and still faces a projected $492 million revenue shortfall in the next fiscal year."

I guess we need to add 48.8 million to that.

Kim Murphree 4 years, 6 months ago

Here's what I don't get--corporations are treated as individuals--that's a Supreme Court Decision--so they have RIGHTS like individuals do--if that's the case, then they should also have to pay INCOME TAXES like the rest of the individuals of this state do. But, let's be clear, this is a machination of the Koch Brothers. Never doubt for a moment who is at the foundation of Brownback, Kobach, and Schmidt. Your children do not matter to them, they prefer that the masses remain uneducated--educated people cause too much trouble. Take Liberty One for example---he doesn't think its necessary, and why? Because he buys into the falsity that success can come from hard work---not in the Koch world....the only success that will come from YOUR hard work and YOUR CHILDREN's hard work is THEIR success--power, etc. Watch the dismantling of education...the rhetoric that's used to make the middle class hate the education that sustains them--uses terms like elitists--identifying educated people as "them" or "the other" instead of embracing education as a way out of poverty...a tool to create and become...these people do NOT want you to have the American Dream...they've got it, and that's enough...now they just want to rest on it while your work supports it.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Look, not everyone can strive to be as uneducated and narrow-minded as you. I'll agree with you that it generally takes a religious-based teabagger-style education to achieve the stunningly simplistic view of the world that you espouse. The rest of us want to better ourselves. It would be nice if whiney, intellectually-stunted people like you would simply get out of the way while we do all the real work. Guess that's too much to hope for, though.

Kim Murphree 4 years, 6 months ago

oh come on...you can't be serious...education does NOT enslave...it FREES the mind!!! You learn to express yourself, whatever your opinion--of course if you only want FOLLOWERS in the world, you would want to keep them ignorant of history, philosophy, arts, music, science, math, etc. And that seems to be the camp you follow. My hope is that education is made available to MORE of God's children, not less.

Kim Murphree 4 years, 6 months ago

I can see that you never went to the schools I attended. The last thing anyone did was MAKE me believe anything. I learned critical thinking...that's part of a LIBERAL arts education, you know. CRITICAL thinking...meaning, I don't take anything anyone says at face value--I don't make decisions about my own understanding without contemplation and research of my own--and I am open to new information. So, the "camp" I follow..isn't a "camp" at all since I don't FOLLOW anyone, except maybe Jesus Christ...Him, I'll follow...but even THAT came after years of research and faith building led by no one or nothing but the Spirit. So, I wonder what practice is REALLY ignorant..that which teaches you to read and study and ponder on your own, gathering sources from all sides or a practice that narrows you so much it teaches you that even to read the opinions of others is evil or brainwashing. Thank goodness for government funded education!!! So many great people from opposite sides of the political aisle have come from those schools--Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry S. Truman, Laura Bush, Gloria Steinem---in those places students who might have had the opportunity otherwise--learn how to learn! Is it perfect, no! But far better than having a nation languish in ignorance for the poor and education only for the rich.

irvan moore 4 years, 6 months ago

maybe all us old people on fixed incomes will be paying higher taxes to make up for it and the kids can have worse schools and there won't be enough policemen or fireman.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

How about all you geniuses move to somewhere like Somalia, which should be a teabagger's dream come true for lack of any kind of government regulation. Let the rest of us work through things like adults.

Stu Clark 4 years, 6 months ago

L_O, Where do you see price controls? The last ones I remember were under Nixon.

SnakeFist 4 years, 6 months ago

Kansas has become an experiment in extreme-right wing conservative ideology. Time will tell whether the experiment will be a success. The voters saw fit to create such a large conservative majority that opposing views can no longer provide checks and balance.

The bad news is that we're screwed if the conservatives are wrong. The good news is that we'll have settled several issues once and for all, such as whether eliminating taxes will increase tax revenue and, if not, whether people and businesses want low or no taxes at the expense of government services, education, the arts, and, in general, a decent quality of life.

Kookamooka 4 years, 6 months ago

People of Kansas will simply forget what transpired in this administration. If another republican tells them what they want to hear, lying ever step of the way,they will still vote republican.

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

I hope people will pay attention, and see what the results of these policies are, and hold our politicians accountable for them.

But I fear that will not be the case.

greywolf85203 4 years, 6 months ago

This govenor is making me sorry I'm a republican. I am glad this was the year I cross party voted. That is smart make companies not pay taxes but take more money from our children's education fund. I say make them take a pay cut since it seems they haven't done that in years while all the rest of us suffer. Thanks Brownback I think I will be switching my voters registeration for the next election. I have lost my faith in the republican party!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

Brownback is not a republican. Republicans generally can be fiscally responsible.

Brownback is following this neoconservative guideline that wrecks state economics:

TABOR is a mutation of the Tax and Expenditure Limits (TELs) instituted in 28 states around the country over the past quarter-century, beginning with Proposition 4 in California in 1979. TABOR is like a conventional TEL on steroids: it has been pumped up with stricter spending limits and tighter restrictions on legislative action. Whereas TELs traditionally tied state government spending to faster-growing personal income, TABOR allows government budgets to grow only as fast as the population plus the inflation rate.

Furthermore, TABOR applies the population-plus-inflation adjustment to the prior year's actual expenditures, not to allowable or budgeted expenditures. So, as the CBPP notes, "when state budgets grow slowly or fall, as in the recent fiscal crisis, actual spending or revenues are likely to be lower than the level permitted by the formula. If this lower level becomes the new base … then the level of public services is permanently ratcheted down." Colorado's TABOR, the only one in effect so far, was also designed to be hard to reverse: only a ballot measure approved by the state's voters can do so.

Most of the financial backing for TABOR initiatives has come from antitax fanatics like Grover Norquist, White House insider and intellectual author of the Bush tax cuts, or brothers Charles and David Koch of oil pipeline conglomerate Koch Industries, heirs to their father's company and fortune. As co-owners of their $40 billion corporation, the Kochs have used their staggering resources to start an ultraconservative think tank designed to pump out ideological broadsides disguised as policy studies.

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) touts TABOR and other pieces of conservative legislation as overwhelming success stories, usually with validating data from like-minded (and like-funded) organizations. "It's no accident that TABOR's major champions … share many of the same free-market philosophies and goals. They also share many of the same funders--large corporate interests and right-wing private foundations--and in some cases, they share board members as well," concludes a 2005 report by the Bureau of National Affairs, a nonpartisan business news publisher.

Armed with these dubious studies and lots of corporate AFPF dollars, local groups stuff mailboxes full of flyers and whisper in the ears of state politicians. AFPF's director of North Carolina operations, David Neeley, "expects to spend anywhere between $200,000 and $500,000 this year alone on radio and television advertisements and direct-mail promotions."

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 6 months ago

I think we need to step back and grade our politicians based on the current National Debt approaching $14 Trillion and determine that both political parties have basically sucked at governing. That should be reason enough to end the bone headed name calling and BS that dominates political discussion in our country.

We elected them. Why do we continue to put up with the same BS?

We have a government that is too big and too corrupt to care about the average American. We need to cut expenses because we are broke and we need to reform the tax code because it does not work well. Only the average American can demand these things and that means electing reform candidates in the next election and getting rid of career politicians.

There will be more Tea Party type candidates running for office despite the fact that some of the ones we have seen were not very qualified. More qualified people will join this movement so I think the Democrats have to respond with their own reform candidates.

The idea that you can create jobs by spending taxpayer money is like building a house on sand. It has no future at all and we need fresh and new ideas that have a chance of growing into something with a future. So we have two problems. We have spend crazy people and we have selfish corporate interests with no idea about social responsibility. Neither of these groups are good for America.

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 6 months ago

I think we need to realize that our hope is going to be in our young people. It is going to be up to them to separate our bad habits and ideas from the good and create a better world.

Here are some areas I am interested in.

America is about individual freedom. We have to protect the individual. It cannot be about pay to play politics anymore. We need to strengthen privacy rights and ownership rights for individual Americans.

I would like to see and end to the practice of catering only to large corporations and special interests. We need to start thinking in terms of lowering the cost of living for individual Americans and focus on the concept of "sustainability" from an American perspective.

I would like to see more investment in the idea of individuals owning their own energy sources and selling this back to the community as a kind of cooperative. I would like to see an end in the future to the dominance of utility companies and international oil companies.

We need to change our health care system to make it more affordable.

We need to fix our social security system. The government stole the money we invested.

We need to reduce the power of "too big to fail" companies influence on our government.

We need to make it more attractive to buy American made products in America.

We need to change the way we build houses. They are not sustainable.

These are just a few areas I would like to see change in the future.

I want the conversations to change toward creative problem solving and thinking. I don't want to listen to a discussion about whether Glenn Beck is a nutcase or not. I think that is obvious.

I want to know what we can create, invent, sell and market to make this world better. I think I am not alone.

Getaroom 4 years, 6 months ago

Liberty_one. So Texas isn't big enough for you and you need to sit on this blog too? Get a life. All of you better start learning how to spell Fascism and Oligarchy and get used to living under that, or perhaps you're already comfortable in those clothes. The dumbing down of America has been in the works for years now and why? Lots of reasons for sure, but a primary objective is to keep spreading the gap between the very rich and the poorer, including shrinking the middle class. Sure, wipe out education for the masses and increase the dumbed down working class by keeping them "in their place" much like the cast system of India. Power, Control, Greed maybe a collective human condition and the result is that left unchecked, the elitists are empowered to hold non elitists feet to the fire of poverty. 40% of the wealth of this country is currently held in the coffers of 1% of the population.
Did your ballot determine whether those 40% are Individuals of Corporations? The US Supreme Court has told you that those 40% are the ones who get to decide how policies and laws are put in place and even who gets elected - real sweet for the few. Those are the people and the very policies and laws that govern your everyday life.

The skunk is guarding the hen house and something stinks and it's more than dead chickens.

Socialism is the very least of the worries for the future of this Nation. The Free Market will take of the educational system? Hmmm.. wonder how that works with no checks and balances and with only self monitoring and that "self" is whom? Individuals or Corporations operating under who's ethical and moral standards?

How many of you out there will vote to put the Moocher-Liberty_one, or the blabby non-annonamus Tom Shew.. in leadership roles and the deal is this: if they put wholesome food on the table of every individual in this nation, a job that pays at least a living wage for adults, create a system of healthcare that allows for everyone to have affordable care, keep the streets safe, protect the country, fix the broken welfare system, balance the budget and etc., then and only then, do they get to continue living in their homes, collect SS, Medicare, keep personal transportation or watch that Socialist Super Bowl game they so love.
Want to live on the street, or under a bridge? OK! Keep right on supporting selfish interests because that maybe where you end up sooner than you ever imagined and you can still blame Obama all you want and do it from the comfort of your own slice of on-the-lamb heaven. You will have plenty of room to carry that gun safe on your backs loaded with ammo, extended magazines and Romanian AK-47's and prove boldly to everyone you are free men living under the 2nd Amendment rights that GOD gave you. It's all a matter of perspective ain't it!?

When you get to have your own country and know it all - then you can have it all your way and no need to share.

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 6 months ago

I am very skeptical about the control of agriculture by large international companies and their influence on government.

I would like to see Brownback do some things that encourage organic farming and local farm markets in Kansas.

We need to teach our young people more about growing and processing their own food and we need to encourage new business development in this area.

From now on, whenever we look to the future, we have to think of two things. Sustainability and improving the quality of life for individual Americans.

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