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October 21, 2011

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To the editor:

Kudos to the Journal-World for attempts to get information on the Brownback administration’s secretive tax policy group.

Shame on the Brownback administration for not freely supplying this info, which I believe they are legally, if not ethically bound to supply.

When the names comprising this shadowy group creating tax policy recommendations finally come to light, I believe we’ll see the group is made of rich members of private corporations — and no members of the general public. I believe their recommendations will be a clear conflict of interest — cut corporate, millionaire and billionaire taxes as a way to enrich Brownback cronies at public expense.

I believe we’ll also see that members are being paid tens of thousands of public dollars personally to come up with these recommendations.

I apologize for the cynical opinion, but when government hides its workings from public scrutiny it usually means something smells like old fish.

Thanks to the Journal-World’s efforts, the truth will eventually come out. I hope my suppositions are wrong, but I doubt they will be.

Good job, J-W!

Comments

tomatogrower 3 years, 2 months ago

Couldn't have said it better myself. And where are the other newspapers in this state? Are they questioning this secrecy. Nothing about our government should be secret, unless it endangers security - our security, not Brownback's.

Abdu Omar 3 years, 2 months ago

They do operate on different planes. Obama, for your information, is president of the US. Brownback is a sore on the behind of uscrupulousness. He is out for himself and he will win if the people of Kansas remain asleep. It can't continue, but as long as a man running for office says he is a good Christian, the people of Kansas will vote for him regardless of his real intentions.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 2 months ago

Which word choices indicate hateful rhetoric?

Abdu Omar 3 years, 2 months ago

"Nevertheless I think it's outright hypocritical of some Obama supporters to point fingers at Brownback when it's patently clear this current Obama Administration is horribly guilty of secrecy as well." The Obama Administration and Brownback are two separate entities, period. Just because one is bad doesn't make the other good. If Obama is hiding facts from the public, there may be a reason like National Security, we don't know. But Brownback has no reason to hide things from Kansans because it doesn't include National Security.

So here I have capitalized all the right words. Not capitalizing the "p" in president was not intentional.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 2 months ago

The freedom of information applies at the federal level except for privacy issues and national security. At the federal level, vice president Dick Cheney's energy committee was questioned but never resolved.

jafs 3 years, 2 months ago

Do you support this sort of secrecy in government?

tomatogrower 3 years, 2 months ago

Yes, he does. He will follow along with whatever Brownback and his handlers tell him, like a good little sheep.

januarygirl 3 years, 2 months ago

THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!! A SECRET MEETING IS A SECRET MEETING, THIS MEANS ITEMS BEING DICUSSED ARE KEPT FROM THE PUBLIC!!! WHERE IS A LEAK WHEN YOU NEED ONE.

januarygirl 3 years, 2 months ago

THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!! A SECRET MEETING IS A SECRET MEETING, THIS MEANS ITEMS BEING DISCUSSED ARE KEPT FROM THE PUBLIC!!! WHERE IS A LEAK WHEN YOU NEED ONE.

jayhawxrok 3 years, 2 months ago

Brownback is a disgrace. He cares nothing for Kansas or Kansans, just unyielding pursuit of his far, far right agenda.

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