Letters to the Editor

Fiscal abuse

July 16, 2011


To the editor:

Kansas is currently in a budget crisis necessitating the closing of nine Social and Rehabilitative Services offices statewide, one of which serves Lawrence and Douglas County with over 110,000 residents, Lawrence having over 87,500 of those. This closure is supposedly fiscal in nature.

It’s odd that given the fiscal crisis and the necessity to close nine SRS offices, Gov. Brownback has found money to hire an expensive Koch legal team to defend the state against Planned Parenthood (Huffington Post, July 12, 2011). Kansas passed a measure to prevent Planned Parenthood from getting federal family planning funds. Planned Parenthood sued to block the measure.

Kansas has as attorney general, Derek Schmidt, who can and should defend the state in court at no cost as that is his job. By hiring Koch attorneys, Brownback is engaging in waste of state money to support an ideological goal, Brownback is abusing his office, and Brownback is perpetrating fraud by backing his attorney general, then saying to the state that Derek Schmidt cannot do his job.


Mixolydian 2 years, 9 months ago

A couple things:

  1. The AG's office is a constitutionally separate office apart from Brownback's office. Brownback didn't hire anyone, Schmidt did. Brownback can't tell Schmidt to do anything, anymore than he could the judiciary.

  2. Foulston Seifkin is a major law firm with hundreds of other clients than Koch industries. I would also bet that Koch uses other firms as well. This isn't some conspiratorial cabal here.


deec 2 years, 9 months ago

They will be violating the lease, that's why there will be a lawsuit to enforce it.


bornon7 2 years, 9 months ago

I think I will contact Paul Davis and see if we could get some sort of ball rolling to challenge Brownback on his hipocracy. Anyone in?!


Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

After spending so so many years in Washington,D.C on tax dollar payrolls 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.

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion)

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney

  4. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money?

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

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.


myopinion 2 years, 9 months ago

This has nothing to do with political parties. It has to do with something that is flat our wrong no matter who is doing it. It is unfortunate that some people confuse the two. or rely on the past to decide how wrong it is.


Liberty_One 2 years, 9 months ago

Is it really that odd? This kind of stuff happens every day. Why is it that some people only notice government corruption when one party is doing it but not the other? Oh wait, I think I just answered my own question.

You see, the mistake is to think that Brownback is the problem and not the system. The less power government has, the less important it is who is in charge.


myopinion 2 years, 9 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.


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