Archive for Saturday, July 9, 2011

Brownback touts progress made in job creation

Dems question governor’s numbers, say real focus is ‘extreme right-wing agenda’

July 9, 2011


— 3,163.

Six months into his four-year term, Gov. Sam Brownback last week held a news conference to give Kansans a progress report.

Flanked by two dozen of his Cabinet secretaries and top agency chiefs, Brownback stood by a board that had that number — 3,163.

That is the number of jobs he said his administration has created since taking office in January.

According to his opponents, Brownback didn’t highlight other events during his tenure: budget cuts to schools; shutting down social services offices, including the one in Lawrence; hundreds of state employee layoffs; erasing the Kansas Arts Commission; tighter restrictions on abortion; a proposed faith-based marriage initiative; or his upcoming trip to Texas to pray for the nation.

Brownback, a Republican, wanted to talk about jobs and the economy.

“We are moving in the right direction — and that’s good and we’ve got some great announcements on the way, but we have a lot of work to do to make up for that lost decade,” he said.

The job numbers

Brownback calls 2001-2011 a lost decade because he says there are fewer private sector jobs now in Kansas than there were in 2001.

But even Brownback’s chart shows that private sector jobs were on the rise until the Great Recession hit and the job numbers cratered.

And of the jobs that Brownback claims to have brought to Kansas, many were already in the works when he took office, according to the Kansas Democratic Party.

For example, Brownback includes the 200 jobs coming from the announcement that Mars Chocolate is building a manufacturing plant in Topeka.

Negotiations for that facility started months before Brownback took office, said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.

Many of the jobs Brownback lists as having helped create are due to highway spending that is supported by a tax increase that Brownback criticized during his election campaign.

Democrats say Brownback has focused on issues besides the economy.

“Instead of creating jobs, growing the economy and supporting education as he promised during the election, Sam Brownback has used his position as governor to dismantle state government and push through his extreme right-wing agenda,” Hensley said.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in February and fell to 6.6 percent in May. According to the Kansas Department of Labor’s latest report for the month of May, the state had lost 7,200 nonfarm jobs since May 2010. Private sector jobs were down by 400 since May 2010.

Activist governor

Regardless of one’s opinions about Brownback’s tenure, the governor has hit the ground running, according to students of Kansas governors.

“He has raised the bar on the level of activity,” said Ed Flentje, a longtime Kansas political observer and participant who is serving as the interim president of Emporia State University.

Brownback has used executive orders to shape government, is pushing to overhaul the tax code and has put his weight behind what he calls “culture of life” issues.

Comparing Brownback to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who served from 2003 to 2009 before joining President Barack Obama’s cabinet, Flentje said, “The first year of Sebelius’ term, I thought was characterized by caution. I think the term that characterizes Brownback is aggressive.”

Sebelius, a Democrat, faced Republican majorities in the House and Senate, and she needed a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans to get things done.

Brownback rode into office on a tidal wave of conservatism that gave him strong support in the House. The Senate, which was up for election in 2010, is held by moderate Republicans by a slim margin.


Mike Ford 6 years, 11 months ago

gotta love a state where this clown can publically claim job progress when he's pushed the elimination of so many jobs. Clowns, yes tea party clowns, yes republican clowns... any time you're confronted with an arguement in favor of keeping KNI or any state agency that helps the disadvantaged you say let them fend for themselves...after you close a hospital and eliminate jobs can these people stay at your home tonight, why of course not, you're too selfish to care. Like Michael Milken during Reagan, you got yours forget everyone else. Job creation doesn't happen with the closing of agencies. Sorry gop and tp clowns, the math doesn't add up. The clowns aren't proposing anything new, just the same ole 1980's neocon bs. I remember...I survived it. You drag these religious types into your party, since when is being selfish a christian value???? protect the rich and screw everyone else, that's the gop mantra.

TopJayhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Wrong. This is the radical wing of the party. Do not include all conservatives in this mess.

The fact is that we do have to shrink the budget.

But the Mars chocolate factory in Topeka was done by Go Topeka. And the city, and the BNSF railway. Not Brownbackside.

lawrencenerd 6 years, 11 months ago

Why do you people keep insulting clowns? Clowning is a perfectly legitimate profession. We could do well to have more clowns, because that would mean more people would be employed.

riverdrifter 6 years, 11 months ago

Yep. That's the amount of crappie and morels I've caught/found this year. Guess I'm a politician: I gets to lie and everybody believes me. Sheeiit.

notanota 6 years, 11 months ago

I love how he keeps the discussion on private sector jobs, because workers in the public sector don't pay taxes and don't compete for private sector jobs when they get laid off. Oh wait...

somebodynew 6 years, 11 months ago

I hear that Florida announced that they have 3,163 jobs available. Hhhmmmmm

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

I wonder what the number would be if we subtracted the jobs he's eliminated, jobs that had nothing to do with him, and jobs that were created by stimulus money (which he opposed).

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

My point was that it's clearly hypocritical to take credit for jobs created by federal stimulus money that you opposed.

Your suggestion that we should embrace lies by any and all politicians is odd, to say the least.

What's happened to you?

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago


I am aware that both sides of the aisle lie, spin, etc. That doesn't mean I think it's ok, or a good thing, or that "my" side should do it because the "other" side does.

That awareness stops me from idealizing any politicians, and believing that "my" side is right, while the "other" one is wrong.

You seem to only be aware of problems on the left, and ignore problems on the right - it's much the opposite of what I do.

Being opposed to stimulus programs, and then taking credit for any job gains related to them is problematic, and not just because it's hypocritical. If in fact the stimulus is creating jobs, then it's not the "anti-stimulus" policies of the Republicans that are doing that.

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

It's not ok for anybody to lie.

And, again, you seem to be missing the point. If the highway jobs are created through stimulus funding, then "anti-stimulus" policies didn't create them.

This has been a pattern on the right recently - they are against the stimulus funding, but then want to take credit for the result of it.

I'm not your enemy - and I don't believe that the Democrats are perfect and right while the Republicans are bad and wrong. In fact, I think that some combination of traditionally liberal and traditionally conservative policies would be the best for the country.

Balanced budgets are a good idea, as is the idea of efficiency, reducing/eliminating waste and fraud, etc.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 11 months ago

The Democratic Party is NOT a party of Atheits. You keep repeating that. Is it arrogance or just mudslinging? Jesus was a liberal. I'm sick and tired of people who claim to be "conservatives" also claiming to have a lock on religious faith. Most self described conservatives are actually "reationaries" hoping to turn back the clock. The 1950s wasn't like the Leave it To Beaver show on TV. There was still segregation. Women were expected to stay at home and not work. Etc. There is a "religous right" in this country and you have to include fundementalists of all faiths, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim. Yes, I said it. You sound one step away from the Taliban and/or the Nazis.

question4u 6 years, 11 months ago

What might Flim-Flam Sam's resume have been like when he applied for his first job?

•Vegetation Control Technician responsible for the care of hundreds of thousands of plants (cut the back lawn) •Utensil Conservation and Distribution Manager (cleared the dinner table) •Public Perception Manager responsible for maintenance of tens of thousands of dollars in equipment (washed the family cars)

What does a gas bag do but inflate things?

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

Where is Americans for Prosperity or the Koch Policy Institute to verify these numbers?

They've been criticizing state government for years about job creation, relying on US Dept. of Labor statistics.

Those statistics clearly show Brownback has not created 3,000 jobs. Where is AFP? Where is Dave Trabert and Koch Policy Institute?

Aren't they non-partisan?

tomatogrower 6 years, 11 months ago

I think they wrote his statisitcs for this one.

notanota 6 years, 11 months ago

Oh, but Dave never uses statistics to lie. He's a small operation that doesn't take direction from anyone (or tell where his money comes from), and those are all government numbers!111eleventy!

Chris Ogle 6 years, 11 months ago

"Six months into his four-year term, Gov. Sam Brownback ..." .. It feels more like ten years.

LH3867 6 years, 11 months ago

SAD, SAD, SAD! This administration is a joke. RECALL!

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree. Even if it has to be another Republican it can't be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. It can't get any worse.

Brock Masters 6 years, 11 months ago

When campaigning Brownback said he'd put performance measures in place. Where are they? He also said the office of the repealer would eliminate regulations that hurt business - how many have been repealed?

notanota 6 years, 11 months ago

The office of the repealer should have repealed the job-killing line item veto the arts commission.

Jimo 6 years, 11 months ago

So, based on this article, Brownback cannot cite a single job his administration has created.

Moreover, as this article too diplomatically mentions, thousands of additional jobs have been destroyed by Brownback's policies in just a few months.

Brownback's plan to do better? "We have some great improvements on the way." Like what? The magic pixie dust of tax cuts for the Koch Bros.?

The bottom line: it isn't even clear that Brownback will stop destroying jobs let alone create some.

salomon 6 years, 11 months ago

We need the politicians to come to an agreement to create jobs.

salomon 6 years, 11 months ago

The Republicans are destroying this country and turning it into a third world country with a lot of low wage workers. They are sucking the money out of the economy. The Republicans' budget cuts across the nation has crippled government hiring. Local governments are not hiring and are not purchasing goods and services in the volume that they used to.

We cannot expect Corporate America to fill the void because they have increased their outsource of jobs to other countries. They are heavily involved in the building of infrastructure overseas.

Jimo 6 years, 11 months ago

Question: at the end of his term in office, will Brownback cite "expansion of domicile choices" as an achievement when half of Kansans will be living in tent cities called "Brownie-villes"?

No one blames Brownback for problems he inherited. But it's damning that he refuses to recognize that he's doing nothing about the problem or even hasn't any plan to solve it.

The #1 goal of the Governor is to stop adding any more unemployed to the rolls. If he can't do that then he needs to resign and make room for someone more capable.

thinkaboutit 6 years, 11 months ago

one lie after another, what do you expect from a republican. They take care of the rich!!!!

Jan Rolls 6 years, 11 months ago

Since sam the sham is taking credit for jobs he didn't help create will he take credit for the more that 7,200 jobs the state lost? Of course not.

notanota 6 years, 11 months ago

That sounds reasonable. Too bad Brownie does the opposite.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 11 months ago

3163 divide by 105 (?) counties comes out to about 30 jobs per county. WTH?? Fast food could turn over that many jobs in a month's time and there are a lot of fast food places in this town. Is this the best he can do for Kansas? How about all the jobs he's killed? Art Commission, closing the abortion clinics, etc. As usual. the only ones making any money are the attorneys involved in the lawsuits that are springing up because of him.

Scott Tichenor 6 years, 11 months ago

Bit of George Bush fuzzy math there Sam. Don't buy it. The true numbers are down significantly because you're squeezing the crap out of everything just to attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the (soon to be) unemployed and poor.

verity 6 years, 11 months ago

Brownback is doing exactly what he planned to do. The further destroying of the economy is his agenda. That is his intention. Don't expect anything else. He is about brute power and that is all.

From personal experience (and much to my personal loss) I know that there is a certain kind of Christian who thinks that lying for their cause is OK. Or maybe they just think that because they're doing God's will, whatever comes out of their mouth becomes Truth. Hard to tell since they live in their own fantasy world.

And don't jump on me about trashing Christianity. Many Christians don't think Brownback is one of them.

ScottyMac 6 years, 11 months ago

Hey BoringAgainAmerican. On how many more threads do you plan to repost this comment? It was clever the first time, but we've all seen it now a half dozen times. Rush will be back tomorrow. Maybe he'll have some new lines for you.

verity 6 years, 11 months ago

First of all, there is no Party of Atheists. But you know that.

Second, what if there was? It's still my constitutional right to be a atheist. Do you want to change that?

Third, when has an atheist ever demanded that a building or monument be destroyed because they display Christian symbols? The only situation I can recall is when some southern gentleman had a huge stone "monument" of the ten commandments installed in some public building a few years ago, knowing that it was unlawful. He just wanted to stir up trouble and he got it.

Fourth, what does that have to do with my comment?

Fifth, why are Christians so afraid of atheists? Don't you have faith that your God will protect you from us scary people?

verity 6 years, 11 months ago

I don't even know where to start.

Certainly not all Democrats are atheists. Probably not nearly a majority. Many Democrats are Christians and probably most religions are represented in the Democratic Party. I have never heard of a litmus test on religion or lack thereof in the Democratic Party. I haven't done and analysis, but I don't believe that all "liberals" posting on these threads are self-avowed atheists. How can you say the Democratic Party has been hijacked by atheists when our President is a Christian? And why does it matter so much to you?

I do not attack the Republican Party as the party of Christians. I attacked Brownback as being a certain kind of Christian, which many Christians don't approve of or even consider Christian.

I'm asking you when has any atheist ever advocated for the destruction of our government buildings for any reason. Your question is like asking someone when they stopped beating their wife. You're just throwing an idea out and hoping it will stick and people will think that atheists are advocating that.

I am an atheist and and a secular humanist. I believe the Constitution still allows that. It also allows people to be Christians or Muslims or whatever they choose to believe or not believe.

I despise Governor Brownback, not because he is a Christian, but because he is trying to foist his Christianist views on our fair state. That is unconstitutional.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 11 months ago

Do you really think that Brownback is capable of that much math? I think his principles and planning are rather simplistic. One step arithmetic.

LeBo 6 years, 11 months ago

3,163 political appointments by the Office of the Governor. Turn on the faucet, let's see some "trickle-down" economics. Their is an 'echonomic-winter" (sic) Definition. Empty talk by politicians (both parties) related to job creation; resulting in numbness and suffering!

Mike Ford 6 years, 11 months ago

bornagaindumbdumb, people losing the arguement change the subject...I listen to rush and o reilly as Democrat to study idiots who when confronted with info they can't refute change the subject. I had to deal with a mississippi relative of mine last week as I got the last of my deceased mother's belongings from down there. I literally talked him to a standstill as he spoke the same bs you speak. None of you like facts unless Dumbaugh and O' Interrupter make them up for you. Recycled made up bs from the Reagan administration does not constitute fact. Again o constitution dummy, separation of church and state means as such. Yes there is freedom of religious beliefs but there is no right to force a state sanctioned southern fascist pilgrim and theocratic dogma upon people. There are hundreds of millions of people in this country with probably a thousand different beliefs. They can recruit others but they should not be able to legislate their beliefs upon others. This is a secular society. Get over it clowns. You see Iran and and you see Turkey. One kills people to maintain religious power and the other goes after independence seeking Kurdish people. Theocratic and secular. Learned anything today bornagaindumbdumb????? probably not...willfully ignorant and proud of it. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American well put by H.L Mencken in the 1920's during religion the scopes trial, prohibition, and three dummies named harding, coolidge, and hoover. 90 years later and still dumb.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 11 months ago

I just love his chart showing job growth in the "lost decade".

A steady increase from 2002 to 2008, and then a sharp downward turn. A sharp decline around 2008 that corresponds to the recession.

Yet BB and his casuistrists average the entire decade, calling it the "lost decade". More like the lost two years after the worst economic recession in nearly a century.

BB and his prevaricators are obviously and shamelessly lying. But then what did we expect?

ksriver2010 6 years, 11 months ago

3,000 jobs is pitiful, actually. And to take credit for jobs he didn't create. And to not count the jobs that he eliminated. If we released numbers like this we would be charged with fraud. So why can politicians do it?

thewayitis 6 years, 11 months ago

I can't believe you people. Here is a man that is making the necessary adjustments to save this stare from bankruptcy. We have a president that is doing the exact opposite and you just follow along like lemmings. Cuts must be made and here is someone with enough guts to get the job done. You will be touting his achievements in a couple of years when Kansas has a surplus and we don't NEED an overstaffed SRS.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

If by "necessary adjustments" you mean "taking credit for the spending of federal stimulus dollars" then I suppose you're right. That President "doing the exact opposite" is the creator of those jobs.

Oh, and no SRS staff are being fired. So you're wrong all the way around.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

That's cute, name calling when confronted with data and facts. The funding for the jobs Brownback is claiming came form the stimulus.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

Brownback is citing jobs created through the Department of Commerce, funded by federal stimulus grants.

Jimo 6 years, 11 months ago

Bankruptcy? You're either a delusional liar or think everyone else is dumb as dirt.

We are not facing bankruptcy. Or anything close to it. Period. Full stop. Cease with the insulting propaganda.

Only those who can't win policy debates on their merits turn around and manufacture a crisis to justify their power-mad extremism. If you hate people then just say so instead of inventing tall tales of impending financial doom to help you sleep at night.

Mike Ford 6 years, 11 months ago

bornagaindumbdumb, your question is not worthy of being answered because it was taken from dumbaugh bs I heard last week. Separation of church and state means just that. get over it.

Kat Christian 6 years, 11 months ago

What jobs? They aren't in Lawrence that's for sure. Just a bunch of retoric to take our anger away from them closing the SRS office. Isn't going to fly Brownback we are just too p!$$ed about that.

lunacydetector 6 years, 11 months ago

lawrence doesn't want new jobs and hasn't for 11 years, unless of course, they are government jobs. the private sector has been paralyzed. that's why people commute to kansas city......and they also get paid at least twice as much there than here.

Tom Atchity 6 years, 11 months ago

And almost all economists. Don't forget them. Hard times are not over, but the recession is.

Jimo 6 years, 11 months ago

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in Febr. 2009 and hit in the spring, precisely when the economy began to grow. The recession ended several months later.

A: 3.2 million jobs created.

Sorry, Keynesian stimulus works just fine. The only problem with the ARRA was (1) it was too small, as economists calculated a need for $1-2 trillion, and (2) again, it was too small, consisting of only $470 billion once the nearly worthless tax cuts are deducted.

Jimo 6 years, 11 months ago

Why would you make the laughable assumption that all stimulus spending was infrastructure spending? Yes, most infrastructure stimulus spending took some while to assemble (some of it just ended earlier this year in fact). But infrastructure spending is only a portion of the stimulus - $105.3 billion. (Care to do the math to convert that to a percentage of the total?)

One of the largest--and often most objected to by the right--destination of stimulus spending was as aid to the states and localities so they could continue to employ workers and maintain basic spending projects of their own. (Another was in direct aid to the unemployed and needy, which was also cash transfers made immediately. Another was tax relief, which was put in place in weeks after passage.)

So, all you reveal is ignorance about the composition of the stimulus, which explains why you fail to understand how economic activity takes very little time to initiate.

Give me a trillion dollars and I can get every penny into the economy within a maximum of 3 months. That's not difficult. Explaining how the economy works to people who have a partisan political incentive not to understand how the economy works is what's difficult.

lunacydetector 6 years, 11 months ago

Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” like the reality of it or not, that’s where we are now.

Mike Ford 6 years, 11 months ago

you dummies annoited a dummy gwb, do you want to be reminded of that? you call conservative leaders godlike to attract churchy dummy voters in Iowa? who uses the church card?? republicans doing so since 1980. thank you bedtime for bonzo.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

Every single job touted by Brownback is based on data from his Department of Commerce, which means jobs created as a direct result of government spending by a government agency.

Much of that spending is money from the federal government, stimulus money.

Private companies made the jobs, but only after they got a government grant.

Brownback is opposed to government creating jobs, but please everybody celebrate his achievement when government creates jobs.

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

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LH3867 6 years, 11 months ago

It's time to let our legislators know how we feel. There are so many good comments on here that they need to see.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 11 months ago

What would Brownback do to create jobs, schedule photo-ops? I really have a hard time believing promises to create jobs. Lip service.

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