Letters to the Editor

Slash and Burn

June 4, 2011


To the editor:

Our meretricious Gov. Brownback has taken the Republican “weed-whacker” approach in his “slash and burn” technique to get attention and eliminate programs using his line-item veto, including $689,000 funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.

Brownback claims he is just trying to balance the budget without raising taxes. (Hello, tea party!) Perhaps Brownback’s new job description is: “It’s all about me now, baby, for one day, I shall run for president of the United States!”

On the dome of the state Capitol, dwells a statue of a 22-foot almost naked guy, “Ad Astra,” shooting an arrow at the sky. He weighs over two tons and is much too heavy for the dome. Someone suggested a fiberglass copy as a solution … but, oh no … too practical! Ten years later, he is still up there, and the dome is still surrounded by scaffolding and cranes. Today, the finished work is estimated to be $340 million (originally projected at $90 million) with no firm completion date. Brownback wants to save money in the arts? Well, bringing down Ad Astra might be a start, or is it too hard to see the forest for the trees of construction?

Kansas has a $493 million shortfall. Take away this $340 million tribute to our illustrious, progressive Kansas government in Topeka and we would probably not have a governor whacking and attacking the arts and social programs of Kansas. It’s akin to what Quantrill did to Lawrence back in 1863: “Slash and burn, baby!”


nativeson 2 years, 10 months ago

It is unfortunate that the dialog at the state and federal level is partisan. There is plenty of blame to go around between both parties placing state and federal budgets in dire straits. The fact is that Governor Brownback is straddling the canyon between a small Democrat group and a very conservative Republican group that did not support the budget passed.

The Governor did not support repeal of the T-Works sales tax that will help pay for road infrastructure for the next 10 years. This was a big push from the right. I do not think there was any chance of a tax increase passing this legislature.

It makes good TV news to point fingers in either direction, but at the end of the segment we are stilled faced as a nation with entitlement programs that the nation is unable to afford now or in the future. The quicker we wake up to this fact, the better.


Jan Rolls 2 years, 10 months ago

Sam has about as much chance of becoming president as trump and palin. How many of you medicare advantage supporters know that it pays for membership in private fitness clubs? I am sure only those with it know that fact.


BlackVelvet 2 years, 10 months ago

What is so darned tiring is the fact that if a Dem was in office instead of Brownback, the conservative crowd would be throwing insults and BS all over the place. It matters not who is in office, those on "the other side of the aisle" will always make up lies/call names/etc etc. They're both equally bad.

What we need is a different political party. A party of honesty. A party w/o special interests, who looks out for the good of plain old Americans.

But that won't ever happen. It makes too much sense.


usnsnp 2 years, 10 months ago

Lets do away with income tax in Kansas, go to what Texas does, property tax which is on the average 2 to 3 times higher than in Kansas, and the there is the School Tax. Of course in Kansas they would make sure that people that have houses worth over $250,000 would get a brake. Good luck Kansas in the future you will need it.


Godot 2 years, 10 months ago

That naked statue was ordered 10 years ago. Who was governor then? It was none other than Obama's favorite Queen of Darkness, Secretary of Health and Human Services, unaccountable arbiter of one sixth of our economy, Kathleen "Soap on a Rope" Sebelius.


Kookamooka 2 years, 10 months ago

I like to call him a "cut and run" republican but I think I like "slash and burn" better.


Stain 2 years, 10 months ago

It seems crystal clear that Brownback is using Kansas governorship as a stepping stone to run for president in 2016. He'll destroy Kansas to make some kind of name for himself with the tea party crowd, and Kansas won't recover. Kansas, and Kansas, are being used.


Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

Some of us do hope the best for our nation. I really came close to voting for Obama due to the refreshing nature of his campaigning. Change, yes once in a while is a good thing.

Of course what changed was a financial correction in the world economy. The U.S. reminds me of the Soviet in the 70s-80s now. No matter what way USSR leadership tried, it was apparent they could not keep up financially. After a time the Soviet began cutting essential programs. Rather than face another bloody revolution the USSR simply gave up, communism failed.

After decade after decade of increasing economies we now have hit what many never thought we could. We hit our financial limits. Unlike the Soviet I do think we can make it. Only if we cut waste, become more prudent spending tax dollars, and come to universal agreement we are in serious trouble.

I think it's bizarre for instance we are giving China billions in financial aid. Billions. Just think if instead of just one billion in financial aid to France for example was simply gifted to Kansas. If so, much of what we all argue about would become moot. The savings here at home just from waste is incredible.

Do we need to study the sex habits of wild pigs? Do we need a Lawrence Welk museum? Do we need 3/4 billion dollar jet tankers? Do we need to be the police of the world? Do we need a new fleet of Coast Guard fast cruisers?


BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 10 months ago

Brownback has raised the ire of every liberal poster in these forums. Therefore, he must be doing all of the right things. I hope he wants a second term. He will certaily get my vote.


Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

many feel the downfall of this nation began in the middle 1960s, and oddly after a president challenged citizens to do more for our country.


Corey Williams 2 years, 10 months ago

Neocons are fine, even cons. It's when they bring god into the picture that all rational debate is rendered meaningless.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

"...neoconservative christian fundamentalist..." sighting! It's the phrase that pays.


cato_the_elder 2 years, 10 months ago

Speaking of "meretricious," is the letter writer implying that the cost of the statue is $340 million? That number is, of course, the projected cost of the entire renovation, which was begun years before Governor Brownback began serving his current term.

It seems to me that the operative word for this letter isn't "meretricious," but "mendacious."


Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Brownback takes his orders from people like Koch money,Wal-Mart money,Kansas Chamber of NOT Commerce money. All three are essentially PAC sources for neoconservative christian fundamentalist thinkers.

Koch money stinks but so does Walton/Wal-Mart family money and the Kansas Chamber money is stinky too.


Mike1949 2 years, 10 months ago

Welcome to the Republican destruction of the United States, ONE STATE AT A TIME!

Don't believe me, turn of what Fox calls a news program (in reality a propaganda program) and just read the majority of the papers every day!


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