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Fiscal abuse

July 16, 2011

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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.

Comments

myopinion 3 years, 5 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.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

That's clever. Here's your response to him:

blah blah blah government bad blah blah blah free market good blah blah blah sarcasm blah blah blah.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

I forgot a couple:

blah blah blah socialist blah blah blah liar blah blah blah.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

bozo also has substantive arguments.

Nice try though.

The two of you should just get a room somewhere.

From my perspective you distort each others' arguments in equal measure - you call him a socialist, which he isn't, and he calls you an anarchist, which you aren't.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

bozo has presented a number of substantive arguments and his position that he believes in government as a tool that should be used wisely, in conjunction with the private sector.

You have presented your arguments, and claim to believe in a limited government, not in no government at all.

bozo's belief is not socialist - socialists believe in the elimination of private property ownership.

Your belief is not anarchist - anarchists believe in no government.

And, yet, you have called him a socialist, and he has called you an anarchist, numerous times.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry you can't recall the many substantive arguments he's made over the time I've been reading these comments.

He also does what you mention, and you do the same to him.

From my perspective, you both make substantive arguments at times, and then also personal attacks and name-call at other times.

If you think that you're superior to him, or even very different, I don't see it, and wonder why you feel the need to assert such things.

myopinion 3 years, 5 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.

tomatogrower 3 years, 5 months ago

Don't you know that the more women who die of cervical cancer, the more jobs that will be available. myopinion and his cohorts are just trying to make the economy stronger and create jobs.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 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. 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

bornon7 3 years, 5 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?!

lunacydetector 3 years, 5 months ago

like his bogus suggestion that s.r.s. will be violating their lease when they move?

p.p. brought this lawsuit, not brownback.

deec 3 years, 5 months ago

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

lunacydetector 3 years, 5 months ago

when sebelius closed 62 s.r.s. offices, how many landlords challenged s.r.s. because their leases had the very same canned language, and how many won? i bet zero.

since this is america you can sue anybody for anything. it doesn't mean you're going to win. i wonder how many leases paul davis has done, and will he be working for free?

Mixolydian 3 years, 5 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.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

If true, then I suppose that Brownback should fire the AG, on the grounds that he is incompetent to do his job.

Ralph Reed 3 years, 5 months ago

@naidyloxim 1. Here's the legal definition of the AG. (http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/attorney+general) "The chief law enforcement officer of the United States or of a state government, typically serving in an Executive Branch position. The individual represents the government in litigation and serves as the principal advisor to government officials and agencies in legal matters." So, unless Kansas government is radically different in structure from the Federal government, the Gov and the AG are not constitutionally separate. If they were separate, the Gov could not tell the AG to defend a law in court. This does happen, both in KS and at the Fed level (under many administrations).

If you have references showing otherwise, please present them.

Besides, do you really think Schmidt would do something this visible without Brownback telling him what to do?


  1. I still contend that Foulston Seifkin (FS) is controlled in large part by Koch. A look at their blogs shows a strong anti-employee and pro-big business slant in the way they appear to approach the legal system. Additionally, wasn't FS a major contributor to Schmidt's campaign. So, if the contract is a no-bid contract, as I've seen in a couple of other articles, then it is definitely quid pro quo; this is directly in step with Brownback policies.

BTW, thank you for confirming the name of the law firm.

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