Letters to the Editor

Road to prosperity?

July 6, 2011


To the editor:

Let’s review our governor’s methods for creating prosperity in Kansas:

Approve funding cuts that weaken our public education system. Wound and demoralize two state agencies (Department of Labor, Social and Rehabilitation Services) by ordering mass firings of staff and life-disrupting “personnel re-assignments.” Menace our most at-risk disabled citizens by threatening the Kansas Neurological Institute with a total cutoff of state funding.

Employ arbitrary and capricious regulation changes to close medical clinics that safely perform legal abortions for Kansas citizens. Torpedo the Kansas Arts Commission. Support the Department of Health and Environment in issuing a permit authorizing construction of an electric generating plant — this after the applicant company literally scripted the state’s permit review process.

Hire nonresidents to high posts in state government; cite their moves here as evidence of broadly based enthusiasm for his political agenda. Frequently order, recommend or approve dramatic policy shifts certain to put Kansas in the national news, helping establish his voter identity as Christian Soldier for President (once “the Call” comes).

If they’ve been observing from afar his prosperity-creating moves in Kansas, federal departments and state agencies around the country might contemplate their own fate should their public service functions someday be subject to our governor’s autocratic executive style. To be sure, many Kansans will now undergo involuntary mortifications imposed by state government — mortifications that for those affected may cast doubt on the existence of whatever helpful moral values they assumed their representatives and governor possessed and would use as a political compass.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

While Sam was away in Washington D.C. living off the taxpayers as he is now:

Social Security privatization would raise the size of the government’s deficit by another $300 billion per year for the next 20 years. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

This does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

  • Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

How would the rest of the U.S. economy be affected if the private accounts replaced the current system?

Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk—it would likely put the entire economy at risk. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

While Sam was away in Washington D.C. living off the taxpayers as he is now:

Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Billions in Over Charges! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html

Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

Since he returned 100's have been put of work on his orders and he also gave away $10,000,000(million) tax dollars to one of the wealthiest candy makers in the world aka Mars.

It isn't that Kansas won or was especially shrewd it is more like Kansas was the biggest sucker out of the bunch.

Brownback is very very likely to see special interest campaign dollars coming from Mars.

Brownback represents the liberal/reckless spending habits of the neoconservative christian fundamentalist party that was not prevalent in the former republican party. Lots of workers losing jobs is kind of a trademark of the neoconservative christian fundamentalist party that was not prevalent in the former republican party. In 1980 the blue and white collar working class became a huge target of the neoconservative christian fundamentalist party.

Meanwhile Brownback has been tax dollar mooching off the taxpayers payroll for 20 years or more. How can he say he dislikes big government?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Woo hoo! Have you posted this same set of links 1000 times yet, merrill? Somebody is bound to read them all this time.

Scott Drummond 6 years, 10 months ago

  1. Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act
  2. Signed repeal of bush restrictions on stem cell research
  3. Tax cuts for 95% of Americans
  4. Wall Street reform and consumer protections
  5. Cut salaries for 65 executives at companies bailed out by federal government
  6. signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  7. Eliminated F-22 fighter jet program

And what's Sam done?

bisky1 6 years, 10 months ago

you have spoken about actions that affect maybe 500 of your buddies across the state, what about the rest of us? i thought it said Road to prosperity. sheeesh

Katara 6 years, 10 months ago

It is only a road to prosperity if it has 4 lanes.

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