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.