Archive for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lawrence women organize rally in opposition to Gov. Brownback’s policies

September 14, 2011

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— A rally to show opposition to policies of Gov. Sam Brownback is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday on the south steps of the Capitol.

Leaders of Kansans United in Voice & Spirit say they hope the event will spur the creation of group chapters throughout the state to educate the public “about the consequences of regressive policy making and ideological mandates.”

The group was founded by Tamara Werth, a Lawrence psychiatrist, and Crystal McComas, a Lawrence clinical social worker.

Brownback, a Republican former U.S. senator, was elected governor in November and took office in January.

Werth said Brownback is hurting many of the programs that Kansans hold dear by cutting funding to public schools, social services, the arts and Planned Parenthood.

“I don’t believe he conveyed to the Kansas people that he was going to come in and destroy so many programs,” Werth said. “I don’t think that was in any of the press releases. People are in a large sense waking up and finding out how dangerous his policies are,” she said.

Brownback has defended his budget cuts as necessary in tough economic times. An opponent of abortion, he invited the Legislature to pass anti-abortion bills, most of which are now the focus of legal challenges.

Comments

Steve Jacob 3 years, 7 months ago

Give the people of Kansas credit. Brownback was our Senator for 14 years, so we knew exactly what he was going to do as governor. And he won, so the people spoke, they wanted all these budget cuts.

Mike Myers 3 years, 7 months ago

Correction. The voters spoke. Unfortunatly the people don't speak in the same numbers as the voters. You get what you pay for...

Brock Masters 3 years, 7 months ago

Actually the people did speak. Some spoke by voting for their candidate of choice while others spoke too by not voting. They simply said, I don't care who wins, I don't care enough about the direction this state goes to vote so you all elect who you think is the best candidate.

ljwhirled 3 years, 7 months ago

I say let the people suffer. It will teach them to vote next time.

I'd like to see the Republican's take the White House and Senate. Then run the country for 8 years without opposition.

The resulting disaster would assure progressive rule for a half century.

3 years, 7 months ago

Because we've already seen the waste and stagnation of what Obama can do when he even had a supermajority. If he had 8 years in control of both houses we'd be bankrupt, the dollar would collapse, the entire world economy would crumble, and we'd be in a real depression.

ljwhirled 3 years, 7 months ago

I imagine Mr. Obama will be history by the time this happens. Perhaps we can get another FDR.

Obama's problem is that he is too bi-partisan and accommodating. While the Republican's are savagely slashing at his throat, he is inviting them over for tea.

He should have rammed his agenda down the throats of congressional Democrats and completely ignored and marginalized the Republicans. It would have been better for him, for them and for us.

verity 3 years, 7 months ago

I so agree with you. I've also been thinking about FDR. But until we get the money out of elections, we're just plain screwed.

kochmoney 3 years, 7 months ago

I especially love it when children and the disabled suffer. I'm sure they'll vote for someone else next time...

jonas_opines 3 years, 7 months ago

2000-2008 led to exactly 2 years of progressive rule.

hedshrinker 3 years, 7 months ago

LJW correction please: Ms Werth is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. She practices psychotherapy but is not an MD who can prescribe meds . Those nuances don't of course impact her political predilections one way or the other. BTW, I'm sure there will be many more than the 2 Lawrence organizers at the rally coming from across the state. Thoughtful caring people are dismayed and aghast at the brazen disregard of the Gov and his ilk for traditional American values such as quality universal education which prepares young people to be engaged citizens. The increasingly abysmal state of our public funded schools is ensuring our state's decline.

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

Are the two billing Medicaid. These ARE valuable, billable hours are they not?

Liberty275 3 years, 7 months ago

It looks to be nice weather. Hopefully they will have a nice day of walking in circles, chanting, carrying signs and enjoying the freedom afforded them by the constitution.

Liberty275 3 years, 7 months ago

In the spirit of helping out, I'll lend what I can of some chants.

1,2,3,4 - money money give us more

Hey hey - cut us some more checks today

5,6,7,8 - welfare bucks are really great

Hey, ho, whatta ya know? give us cash and we will go!

Hope those help!!

50YearResident 3 years, 7 months ago

We tried to warn everyone that Brownback was not a good canidate for govenor but he was elected anyway. Now you have to live with the results. We repeated it over and over, but no one listened. Actually Lawrence/Douglas County got it right, it was the western part of the state that bought Brownbacks religious views. Just make sure he is only a one term Govenor!

GMom05 3 years, 7 months ago

Good point. These women, and those who join them, probably reflect the views more precisely of this part of the state and the viewership of this paper. I hope it sends a solid message.

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't count on it one bit. The same people placed him in the U.S. Senate.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 7 months ago

" ...it was the western part of the state that bought Brownbacks religious views." That's interesting because "the western part of the state" is waking up to what a jackleg of a governor he's turned out to be. Just ask Pratt and Fort Hays. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop when the "anti Illegal immigrant" attacks start happening in Garden City. Or maybe they won't. Tyson is a great contributor to BB's coffers.

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