Letters to the Editor

Lousy knitting

July 9, 2011


To the editor:

On Oct. 23, 2005, then-Sen. Brownback went on the record for Fox News Sunday and stated: “I think we just need to stick to our knitting on the topics and the subjects the American people care about.”

Have the times changed? Or just Brownback’s title? Just last week a CBS News/New York Times poll indicated that “jobs and the economy” were the top things on American minds at 53 percent. A Bloomberg National poll conducted June 17-20 listed “unemployment and jobs” on top with 42 percent, and way back in May, for the benefit of politicians with short memories, a Fox News poll ranked “economy and jobs” at the top of their list at 50 percent.

Yet with those concerns, we’re hearing news out of Topeka about the governor’s new “marriage initiative,” which raises some important questions. Is spending thousands of taxpayer dollars in closed-door meetings creating any jobs (other than for the handful of out of state consultants privy to the soiree)? Will the initiative to tell the residents of the great state of Kansas when they can and can’t marry and divorce lower unemployment? Will the proposed 200-item premarital inventory help the state’s economy?

I would hope the governor is smart enough to see the patently obvious answers to all three: no, no and no. So the only question that remains is: Will Brownback take his own advice and apply it to his home state, or are we the Kansas taxpayers simply stuck with some seriously lousy knitting?


lunacydetector 6 years, 9 months ago

i must inform the letter writer that jobs and unemployment is not an issue with the american people nor should it be (for kansans) as obama's top adviser says. jobs and unemployment will be a non-issue to the american people and we might be hearing this repeated in the press until election night as fact.


broken homes do bring future broken homes.

Jimo 6 years, 9 months ago

Indeed. The issue will be: How the GOP destroyed another few million jobs--again!!--and why do we continue to put up with them.

First session of the legislature and not one jobs bill passed ... or even debated.

Based on the statistics, broken homes are the result of evangelical Protestantism. Just saying - based on the statistics. Kansas can either model Massachusetts or Alabama.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 9 months ago

Sam Brownback has some training under his belt.

20 years of this plan proves that repubs are NOT the answer:

  1. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

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

  3. 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

and that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

Still A Bad Idea – 9 years of Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

Flap Doodle 6 years, 9 months ago

I'd swear that I saw this same set of links on another thread of this award-winning website today.

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