Letters to the Editor

Economy priority

July 16, 2011

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To the editor:

When I saw Sunday’s headline “Brownback touts progress made in job creation,” everything began to fall in place. Some people claim our state government is busy pushing a “far right” agenda rather than creating jobs or improving our economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. You just have to put the pieces together.

For instance, prohibiting local governments from charging more than a $10 fine for failure to wear a seat belt — put that together with raising the speed limit to 75 mph. Think of it. For every highway fatality, a job is freed up for another Kansan or it takes someone off the unemployment rolls. Closing the SRS office in Lawrence puts 87 of their employees on the roads daily back and forth, dumping more people onto Highway 59 (with its great safety record) or Highway 10 (legendary for cross-over collisions).

That’s not even counting the disabled who have been told they can drive these “four-lane” highways to another office. Most don’t have cars, and hopefully we won’t see motorized wheelchairs whizzing down Highway 10 or I-70. But if they do, it could lead to multiple fatality accidents.

Abused or neglected children who have no nearby advocate to look out for them — well, we may lose a few, but look on the bright side, that’s a few less to inflate unemployment statistics down the line. In the short term it may cost lives, but in the long run it saves money. So you see, the Brownback administration IS making the economy priority one.

Comments

myopinion 3 years, 11 months ago

The people of Douglas County should be livid. He is spending outrageous amounts of money while saying the budget has to be cut for the poor, the elderly and the disabled. The State of Kansas will continue to take our taxes, and then refuse to provide one of the most basic services locally to people who live in Douglas County. Those tax dollars will now be sent to other counties.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

After spending so so many years in Washington,D.C Sam Brownback was sure he learned all he needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. Sam has much experience under his belt and now he brought it home to share.

For openers...

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

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

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

  4. 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.

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

In end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which 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. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

Dan Eyler 3 years, 11 months ago

Why would you want local government to charge more than 10 dollars for not wearing a seat belt? How much would you suggest that tax be? Obviously you don't drive much in Kansas. In fact you don't drive K10 either. Driving 75 on major 4 lane roads in Kansas is the norm as it is on many highways in our country and particularly anywhere west of Kansas. You either don't drive or you're a liar if you are suggesting everybody except you forgets their seat belt now and then or drive 75 on our highways to keep up with the flow. How many highway patrolmen should we hire to stop all of us from exceeding 70 miles an hour. Goodness if you want more that 10 bucks for not wearing a seat belt how much for speeding 73 mile and hour. How many judges will be needed for all those new criminal cases you demand. You see Elizabeth, all of your ideas demand more government and more police and more troopers and more judges and more clerks, which in the end require our legislature to to take more money from SRS and fund those cops, clerks and judges that you say we need to keep everybody driving along at 70 miles an hour and seat belts firmly fastened.

Peter Macfarlane 3 years, 11 months ago

Actually, in virtually every state east of the Mississippi, the posted maximum speed limit is 65 mph.

Frankly, if we all took our social responsibilities seriously there would be less need of government regulations and laws. However, as most adults and any parent knows, humans big and small always test limits imposed by outside authority. It's in our nature.

chootspa 3 years, 11 months ago

Uh, those were existing laws? The fine was higher in Douglas county. The speed limit was already lower. No expansion of government necessary, and the changes could actually be seen as expansion of state government over local agreements on how traffic laws should be regulated. Thanks for playing!

weeslicket 3 years, 11 months ago

Why would you want local government to charge more than 10 dollars for not wearing a seat belt? How much would you suggest that tax be? fyi: a ticket (which is a fine for breaking the law) is not a tax. also fyi: sensible people do not equate spending money as being taxed. for example, if i pay my rent or mortgage, i can't honestly say the rent/mortgage was "a tax". likewise socks, milk and haircuts.

but if you'll excuse me now, i need to put on my tax, tax and taxes and then put some taxes in my tax and get some taxes for later. d'oh !!

chootspa 3 years, 11 months ago

I've yet to pay this not wearing a seatbelt "tax." I've discovered that if you wear your seatbelt, nobody asks you to pay it.

tomatogrower 3 years, 11 months ago

Good post. And apparently yet another committee has been formed around that thing they are building in Manhattan. I'm not against building it here; it will create jobs, but isn't there already a committee? And how much is this committee being paid? Is this just another way to make sure that their political contributors get a job?

jayhawk72 3 years, 11 months ago

my question is......why are we required to wear seat belts when law enforcment, driving cars that the city has purchased with their budget, aren't wearing seatbelts? They claim that since they are considered an "emergency vehicle" they are not required to wear them. Kinda ironic.

Brock Masters 3 years, 11 months ago

And trashmen are allowed to ride on the back of trucks with no protection or safety devices. At least make them wear helmets.

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