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Departure of Brownback’s chief of staff raising questions

April 13, 2012


The departure of Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff David Kensinger during a bruising legislative session has raised questions throughout the Kansas political world.

Last week, Brownback, a Republican, announced that his longtime assistant and strategist left to take on two jobs: work on Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence’s campaign for governor of Indiana and serve as chairman of Road Map Solutions.

But Pence has no opposition in the May 8 Republican Party primary in Indiana.

Pence’s campaign spokesman did not return a phone call or email for comment on what Kensinger is doing for the campaign. Kensinger also declined to comment for this story.

Some Republicans have said Kensinger will work this spring and summer to try to oust moderate Republican state senators during the Aug. 7 GOP primary and deliver control of the Senate to conservatives who are more in line with Brownback’s agenda.

Road Map Solutions, which will now be led by Kensinger, was described by the governor’s office as “Brownback’s policy organization.”

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said “The plan is for him (Kensinger) to basically run those conservative Senate campaigns.”

As chairman of Road Map Solutions, Kensinger said in a prepared statement: “In this role, I will be free to advocate in the public square for policies which will fulfill the goals described in Gov. Brownback’s Road Map for Kansas: private sector job growth, increased personal income, improved 4th grade reading scores, expanded opportunities for college age Kansans and a reduction in childhood poverty.”

Road Map for Kansas was Brownback’s political platform that he ran on and won in 2010.

Road Map Solutions Inc. is registered with the Kansas secretary of state’s office as a not-for-profit corporation that was formed last December.

T.C. Anderson is the resident agent. Anderson serves as treasurer of several of Brownback’s campaign finance committees, including the Road Map Political Action Committee, which is Brownback’s leadership committee.

Road Map Solutions is an issue advocacy organization that can raise unlimited amounts of money and does not have to disclose its donors. Its funds can be used to educate or inform constituents. The Road Map PAC will be available to fund specific candidates.

According to documents filed with the state, Road Map PAC Inc. is affiliated with Road Map Solutions, Brownback for Governor and Restore America PAC, which was Brownback’s PAC when he was a U.S. senator.

In a January filing, there was no money in the Road Map PAC. The next time the public will be able to see what is in that PAC won’t be until July 30, just eight days before the Republican Party primary.


Katara 6 years, 2 months ago

And we should be surprised by this why?

Lenette Hamm 6 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like Kensinger may be the only smart one in this administration...

ThePilgrim 6 years, 2 months ago

"You shall follow the roadmap...comrade", saith Brownback

pace 6 years, 2 months ago

No, not rats leaving the ship, rats going to a position where they won't be held legally responsible for what they do, what money is spent or bound by common decency. We will be in for the dirtiest campaign Kansas has seen in a century. Brownback is the one who should resign.

overthemoon 6 years, 2 months ago

The last election wasn't exactly pretty. Kansas was a testing ground for saturating campaigns with money...from...oh just guess.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Voting can work The voting process can work.

I say replace all republicans with green party thinkers and democrats each voting cycle.

Think this way..... maybe? Why do we americans vote in the right wing rich which are supported by too many of the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and low income?

Too many of the radical right wing rich want to destroy the middle class so they have sent tens of millions of middle class jobs abroad with no job replacement in sight. Isn't their something wrong with this picture?

Ask yourself why do we voters tend to vote for the largest spending candidates? What good has this choice been for the USA , state and our local governments?

Bribery of elected officials and bribed officials = the most stinky of all bribery!

No doubt Brownback wants to get rid of repub opposition. This plan worked in Washington D.C. which effectively eliminated the GOP as such. The nat'l GOP is now the Neocon Christian Fundamentalist Party aka RINO/CINO party.

Greg Cooper 6 years, 2 months ago

Merrill, it's obvious that you, as many of us, are completely disenchanted with Brownback and his political end-runs.

However, your solution, to vote comletely opposite of him in the future, is just as harmful as the last election proved to be.

As an alternative, how about we all actually read and study the candidates and their ideas, provide input through the numerous "town hall meetings" and political appearances by the candidates--all of them--and vote for those who represent the best for all Kansas, rather than the special-interest groups who have traditionally bought the elections, Democrat or Republican.

It's hard, I know, to believe the Republican or Democrat parties have anything useful to put forward, depending on one's past political leanings, but the only way this state is going to rise above the pettiness of party politics is with the help of each and every voter in the state.

Acey 6 years, 2 months ago

WELL, "Caughtinthemiddle," you betray your Republican affiliation by referring to my party as the "DEMOCRAT" party. You forgot our "-IC."

It may be eye-opening to read candidates' literature and watch their ads on TV. It is more informing if you can find out who is paying the candidates' expenses. The Koch brothers can put a lot of their money on the table. And they know what and whom they will bankroll.

If you think we can pick the best choices via their "speechification," TV commercials, and printed, professional literature, you don't know politics OR candidates. We also need to know who signs the checks.

I'm with you on the value of town hall meetings and in-person contacts. Look 'em in the eye, shake their hands. Then, and ask them whose money they are taking, and how much.

For good or ill, birds of a feather flock together. in our two party system, we voters seldom stray far from the elephants and donkeys. I, too hope for the best for all Kansas. And may the best candidates win!

question4u 6 years, 2 months ago

So now Brownback's chief of staff will begin covert operations to wipe out the last of the Republican state senators and representatives who possess integrity and intelligence. Kensinger is right to keep things secret, since it has become very clear what Brownback's roadmap for Kansas really means.

Private sector job growth: Eliminate business taxes and make massive cuts to the state budget but impose NO accountability on those businesses to actually create jobs or to keep jobs that they do create in the state. Those jobs will definitely materialize, just because.

Increased personal income: (Brownback has in mind his own income .) Cut taxes to increase the personal income of the wealthy while eliminating tax credits to decrease the personal income of the poorest Kansans.

Improved 4th grade reading scores: Somehow this plan must involve cutting taxes, but even God wouldn't be able to figure out how Brownback's roadmap leads anywhere near improvement in public education.

Expanded opportunities for college-age Kansans: These opportunities don't mean expanding opportunities to go to college, but rather increasing the things that college-age Kansans can do instead of going to college, like working the conveyor belts at the Mars factory in Topeka or starting their own business cutting lawns at the estates of the wealthy.

Reduction in childhood poverty: Brownback would like to do that by eliminating the earned income tax credit and decreasing the income of the poorest Kansans. That should lead to a higher infant mortality rate among the poor and thus fewer children in poverty. Brownback may also be assuming that his attack on the poor will get them to pack up and take their impoverished children to other states.

optimist 6 years, 2 months ago

" working the conveyor belts in the Mars factory" Spoken like the true academic elitist. I really don't understand today's liberals and the level of ignorance one can exude. This attitude of marginalizing manufacturing jobs and the people that do them is the opitomy of arrogance. Manufacturing jobs are the core of our economy. These jobs are far more technical than you clearly understand. I have the pleasure of working with a number of manufacturers throughout the state. Their biggest challenge is finding technically savvy people to fill their jobs. Some people actually like working in manufacturing where they get to develop ways to make tangible products and be a part of developing ways to do it economically and efficiently and of course profitably. Not everyone is cut out for college and still more haven't an interest in going to college. That doesn't make them less of a person. We all fulfill a role and in this country we the individual gets to decide what that role is for ourself. What many don't understand is that the lack of trained and skilled workers equipped to work in today's manufacturing environment has a lot to do with the exportation of manufacturing jobs. Many of your basic tasks in the manufacturing environment are done through automation. What companys need are people who are skilled or can learn to maintain the automation. Troubleshooting mechanical problems, electrical issues, computer software and hardware issues as well as robotics maintenance are where manufacturing has gone. The days of the menial manufacturing job are fading in favor of technology. Your attitude toward manufacturing is hurting manufacturing in this country and consequently the middle class and ultimately the economy as a whole.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

Excellent point. All work is noble and someone is working to make all the little things we buy every day. I once helped make tons of pork and beans every day at the old Stokley's plant in East Lawrence. If nothing else, it taught me that for everything you buy, there is someone standing at a production line helping make sure you can buy it. Manufacturing is changing and robots will have an increasing role in production. We still need skilled and dedicated people who will head to the line every day.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 2 months ago

While I agree with much of what you said, maybe all of it, but I think problems arise because both political parties swing these issues between two extremes with no middle ground. Both positions destroy manufacturing over the long run. The problem I see is in the radical and problematic implementation of these so called reforms because at the end of the day, it is not helping who you think. Anyone involved in manufacturing knows that smaller, incremental change over time is how improvements are made and this type of management of people and resources is not possible with today's political parties. With Brownback's plan, businesses may enjoy a tax break they don't really need and believe they are being ripped off by Democrats but the overall health of our country will continue to plummet and manufacturing over time will not grow as you might believe. 47,000 manufacturing companies closed from 2000-2010 in the USA. Massive tax cuts might make you feel good for awhile but they are not the answer. They will only accelerate the decline. When the Democrats come back into power they will probably spin it back to the opposite extreme and kill whatever is left.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

+1. Sadly, I tend to agree with much of what you say. We are being bullied and lied to by both parties and the Sheeple in the vast middle need to speak up, push back again the ideologues who are just using us and demand good, centrist governance.

kernal 6 years, 2 months ago

Hey, now, Opt., your doing the same thing you accused question4u of doing; lumping a group of people into one catagory. Some of those academic elite you refer to worked their way through school in factories, (third shift auto and electronics), as sanitation workers (try hanging on a sanitation truck during pre-dawn Buffalo winters) and one in a maximum security prison.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

Skilled technical workers still need skills. Running our education system into the ground doesn't do them any favors in either k-12 or higher ed. Higher education also encompasses community and technical colleges, so not all talk of it is elitist.

Sparko 6 years, 2 months ago

Your analogy, such as it is, is empty of facts and is incoherent--like modern conservatism. Kansas conservatives are either stupid or evil and I find no comfort on either side of that con--err, coin.

akuna 6 years, 2 months ago

FYI, according to Politifact...

Barack Obama: Increase of 157,368 manufacturing jobs per year in office George W. Bush: Decrease of 434,143 manufacturing jobs per year in office

Bill Clinton: Increase of 37,143 manufacturing jobs per year in office George H.W. Bush: Decrease of 336,000 manufacturing jobs per year in office

Ronald Reagan: Increase of 1,429 manufacturing jobs per year in office Jimmy Carter: Increase of 15,333 manufacturing jobs per year in office.

It appears that electing a Democratic President will help our manufacturing job problem much more than electing a Republican President.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

+1 I am sure the Gov would like to see people "self-deport." He can replace them with new citizens that fit his definition of reality.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

His roadmap to "improved" 4th grade reading involves spending taxpayer money on charters and private and parochial schools. With less accountability than public schools.

Kookamooka 6 years, 2 months ago

The Private schools are accountable to no one. Parochial schools are accountable to a God-type of thingy that Christians can't seem to agree on. The real fear Brownback has is that Public schools teach people how to be free-thinkers. Not a good thing for a party wishing to brainwash their constituents and enslave them. Free-thinking citizens are bad for the economy. Drones are much more productive and better for the bottom line.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

The real objective is to continue to undereducate poor and minority students.

Kookamooka 6 years, 2 months ago

Once a behaviorally challenged poor, minority student starts to act out the Parochial and Private schools are free to KICK THEM OUT. That's what they do. They don't have supports in place the help them. OR even HANDLE the ones with behavior problems. Take that.

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

They don't have to let that child in to begin with.

clubber1 6 years, 2 months ago

As a Detroit area native I can attest to the high skills necessary to operate in a manufacturing plant, as that is the majority of jobs in Michigan. I would also point out that many of the workers at Frito-Lay, Del Monte, Hills, Schlumberger, etc. are well paid and technically savy.

We need to make things in America that we can trade and export to other nations. Taxes are big consideration when attempting to lure companies to specific areas, however there are other considerations as well. One of the considerations for a business are unions. While I would be one of the first to acknowledge that unions were crucial in forming the middle class, they are also a major part of the collapse of manufacturing in the USA. The unions and their member got greedy and lazy and tried to force the companies to accept rediculous work rules and staggering pay rates. That is why a company like Mars Candy would never build a plant near Detroit or St. Louis or Cleveland or Newark. Had Topeka been a more pro union environment we would not have gotten Mars here either.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

Some of what you say has a grain of truth, but most of it is the spin business wants you to believe. Manufacturing businesses play states against each other and basically get paid to build and move their factories every few years. Sure, unions are a factor, but not because the unions are always "unreasonable" or "greedy." Quite often it's actually the business displaying those attributes and would rather set up shop in places where they can suppress pay and worker safety. Our supposedly weak unions didn't keep Boeing here did it? They moved their tanker jobs to Puget Sound, which doesn't have a "right to work" law.

Kookamooka 6 years, 2 months ago

Popular music has been a leading American export product for 50 years. More people overseas consume American music than any other commodity.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 2 months ago

Government cuts fuel Kansas job loss State count drops 5,700 in a month, among the worst in the country A month-to-month loss of 6,100 government jobs in Kansas and smaller losses in other industries

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 2 months ago

Business lobby, aided by $36,000 from Koch Industries, targets eight Republican incumbents in state Senate for defeat

Two business heavyweights — the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Koch Industries — have targeted eight state senators for defeat in the Republican Party primary.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 2 months ago

Study says lower state income taxes will lead to higher property, sales taxes

If Kansas gets rid of the income tax, the state will likely find itself both raising other taxes on middle- and low-income families and making massive cuts to vital services that will badly damage the state’s economy,” said Erica Williams, policy analyst and co-author of the report done by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

KS 6 years, 2 months ago

bluekansas - you got it. If there is no income tax, taxes must be raised someplace to pay for all the giveaways. Everyone would pay thru sales or other taxes. Another way would be to stop giving away so much. When almost half of the country does not pay Federal taxes, it really does not seem fair for the other half to continue to pay. Everone should pay something! There is no more money in the till folks. The well is dry. The next time you freeloaders out there get a government hand out, thank the Chinese and the next two generations of Americans that are going to have to pay for all of this.

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

Most of the folks who don't pay federal "income" tax (they may still pay other federal taxes) are elderly folks who are retired, living on a modest SS benefit.

Not exactly fitting the "freeloader" image, to my mind.

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

I don't - but I recall somebody posting one.

Perhaps a quick google search.

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

I did a quick search, and didn't find the information.

I said "most" of those folks, not all of them - if about 1/2 of the population don't pay federal income taxes, then only a bit more than 1/4 of those need to be the elderly that I mentioned.

If I remember correctly, it was the same folks that did the study who had the info about the elderly - I wish I could remember the name of the group.

Anybody have that name, or a good link to this information?

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

Check the tax policy center for info.

I found some analysis showing that 44% of those who don't pay federal income taxes are elderly - not quite most, but close to half.

And, in the analysis, they said they considered payments of foreign income tax to be federal income taxes as well, meaning that there may be retired (or other) folks paying foreign income taxes that wouldn't pay USA income taxes.

Since you can live pretty inexpensively in other countries at retirement, I suspect there are a fair amount of those folks who wouldn't pay USA income taxes on their retirement benefits if they were here, but are paying in the country they're in - it makes sense that another country would tax that money, even if we wouldn't do so.

Also, another 30% or so involved children and the working poor, which brings us to about 3/4 of the group to a place that still doesn't look like a bunch of "freeloaders" to me.

In the remaining 1/4, we have some very well off people who don't pay fit as well - maybe they're the freeloaders everybody keeps talking about.

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

Scratch "100% of income from SS" - that's not particularly important to me, or what I'm trying to say here.

That's a good question about the rich folks - I don't know the answer. Those must be the "freeloaders".

My overall point is that most of the people who don't pay federal income taxes aren't "freeloaders", as far as I can tell.

Any idea how to find out about the rich folks you mention, and what percentage they comprise of the total?

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

From the tpc, almost half are elderly.

In the group that pays no fit or payroll taxes, it's more than half.

1 out of 3 of those make less than $20K/yr.

Sure, let's find the "freeloaders" - I suspect many of them will be quite well off, and evading taxes, as you mentioned.

I think most of the people who don't pay federal income taxes are not "freeloaders".

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

Having thought about it, I think it's pretty unlikely that most millionaires would limit their income to somewhere around $20K/yr just to avoid paying some income tax - they usually like to live a bit larger than that.

But there might be a few.

Let's take your other example - the guy/gal who managed to be lucky and/or diligent enough to save up $100K or so - they have a modest SS benefit, and supplement it by buying long term government bonds at 3% interest. Even with both of those, their income is still pretty low, so they don't pay federal income taxes.

Are they a "freeloader" who should have "skin in the game"?

I say no - they've worked their whole life, and contributed to the systems they're drawing from - in addition, their supplemental income comes from lending the government money.

How about the working poor? Somebody's got a crummy job, just scraping by? "Freeloader"? I say no - somebody who's doing their best, and not making much money.

Of the group that pays no federal income taxes, I am almost certain that a rather small percentage of that group would qualify as "freeloaders" in my view.

I don't think we should tax SS benefits more, or tax the working poor more. Those retired millionaires who are evading taxes - maybe - but I bet that's a rather small group.

There are some other well off folks - not elderly - who also pay no federal income taxes as a result of various tax policies - maybe I agree we should change those policies so those folks pay fit. But, I'm sure that's not the group that most have in mind when they advocate for "skin in the game".

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

$32K for a married couple is not much to live on, unless you live quite frugally. I and my wife might be able to do it, but not until we get Medicare if we need health insurance, and we live much more modestly than most people.

I'm not the one advocating for taxing that group - I'm arguing against it - isn't that clear? It's the conservative folks who yell about the half not paying taxes, as if they should be. I'm arguing that most in that group shouldn't be paying taxes, and it's fine with me that they aren't.

But if we're going to judge people in that group, I would sooner judge wealthy people that are evading taxes than people with modest means who aren't doing that.

What's fair? I haven't heard any tax suggestions that are clearly fair, and I've heard quite a few.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

The statistic largely quoted used cherry picked data from one year of unusual one-time surplus checks, too.

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

You don't have to rely on SS as your only source of income to be retired and not paying federal income taxes.

Given the low amounts of SS benefits, one could easily have those plus some other small income stream and still fall into the lowest income bracket, and not have to pay federal income taxes.

The overall point, again, is that most of the people who don't pay federal income taxes aren't "freeloaders", as far as I can tell - they're elderly folks living on a modest income, working poor with kids, etc.

Have you even looked at the tax policy center's analysis?

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

I refer you to the tax policy center again.

According to their analysis, close to half of those not paying federal income taxes are the elderly.

And, having thought about it, I think the number should be higher, as it used to be - somebody who's paying taxes to another government is still not paying US federal income taxes.

That's why I said more than half - I must have seen a previous report from them.

Orwell 6 years, 2 months ago

This claim about "almost half of the country… not pay[ing] Federal taxes" is simplistic and misleading at best.The Tax Policy Center calculates 14% of American households pay neither income nor payroll taxes, and these are primarily the elderly and disabled. At the lowest income levels if "everyone" had to "pay something" it wold come at the expense of food, shelter or medical expenses. That's not the kind of America where we grew up.

I don't have to send in money with my 1040, but my contribution to the federal budget this year is significant. At the same time I get some modest "government hand outs" in the form of specific tax breaks – like for retirement savings and charitable contributions. So am I one of the "freeloaders" you're so quick to criticize?

I share your concern for the next two generations, though. I wish our government hadn't imposed huge deficits in order to pay for continuing tax cuts for the rich, two unfunded wars and the calamitous recession caused by deregulation of the speculators – who continue to benefit.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

KS: The "poor" pay lots of taxes in their own way. Having a decent income and paying some income tax doesn't seem all that bad. I don't see a wave of folks quitting their jobs, cashing out and desperately trying to join the "bottom half" who don't pay much income tax. Am I missing something here? Maybe you will be one of the first volunteers to cross over and agree to live off the fat of the land. From what I've seen poverty isn't all that attractive, except to the true followers of the great ESSENE who said to dump everything and follow him.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 2 months ago

While I get frustrated with the extremists in politics today, both Democrat and Republican, I know there are a lot of very talented and experienced people in our country who could do a good job, but they currently have no way to get elected.

Now organizations like ALEC are targeting moderates, who are usually the only people left in politics who actually have the ability to think rationally about the issues and have not bought into a radical political organization and the unlimited amount of money that these groups are spending on political campaigns that rarely tell the truth about anything anymore.

I just wish the American people would quit buying what they are selling.

Greg Cooper 6 years, 2 months ago

100% agree, jhl. The only answer to extremism such as we are wittnessing is moderation that is embraced by the vast majority of voters. This does not mean throwing out the political parties but demanding that they represent the best interests of ALL Americans. Until the special interest, extremists of both parties can realize this, the voters will have to take control of the servants. After all, that's how it's supposed to work, anyway.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

To be clear, the extremists have currently mostly been on the right this go round. The so called "moderates" are what would have previously been considered right wingers. Instead of assuming every solution is the center of both extremes, I'd like people to admit that the other side occasionally has a good idea and stop opposing everything because the other guy suggested it. Romneycare, for instance. Romney's now opposed to it because Obama took the Republican free market solution for health care and implemented it nationally. Nobody is seriously suggesting taking everyone's money and distributing it out to each individual in equal amounts, but there are quite a few people suggesting that we adopt policies that exacerbate the extremes of income inequality in this country - like, say Brownback's Robin Hood in reverse plan.

Joe Hyde 6 years, 2 months ago

"Road Map Solutions (Brownback's policy organization) is an issue advocacy organization that can raise unlimited amounts of money and does not have to disclose its donors."

That pretty much says it all. We have a puppet Governor and former Chief of Staff fronting for what amounts to a secret government, one that is kept invisible by being shielded from campaign finance disclosure laws.

Manipulative cowards, every one of them.

grammarrodeo 6 years, 2 months ago

The vast majority does not read, let alone vote based on campaign finance reports. Even if they did read them it is unlikely they'd know what they are looking for.

Richard Payton 6 years, 2 months ago

The road map didn't materialize in Kansas. Next stop Indiana. How can we warn them??

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

How can we warn us? If he succeeds in squeezing out all the reasonable Republicans, his roadmap to hell can be accomplished with no impediments. Kansans need to wake up.

Fossick 6 years, 2 months ago

Exactly what "questions" is Kensinger's departure raising? He is leaving his government job to work campaigns, which by a coincidence worthy of the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive* is how he got the government job in the first place.

Word of the day: fungible: being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind. (from a source)

  • not really

Armstrong 6 years, 2 months ago

Classic Rothschild piece. Light on fact heavy on inuendo

Orwell 6 years, 2 months ago

Not unlike every communication from the Brownback Ministry of Truth.

Brock Masters 6 years, 2 months ago

Not a fan of Brownback, but I'd like to see some of the incumbents lose so good luck Kensinger.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

I'd like to see some of the incumbents lose, too. Unfortunately, it's not the ones he's targeting.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Face it this guy Kesinger isn't going anywhere. The Koch,Wal-Mart and Brownback people have little use for old school republicans and democrats. It's this dictator mentality they want to establish.

Kesinger will spend a lot of time in Kansas dumping republicans and bringing in genuine right wing thinkers of the same breed that have brought on serious wreckanomics:

  1. ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

  3. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

4.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

  1. Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time.

Kookamooka 6 years, 2 months ago

Brownback has singlehandedly wiped out more jobs in this State than any other Governor. He "shrank" government but he put all of those employed state workers out on the street. Where were his cronies in the private sector waiting to hire these people? No where. They don't exist and without a strong public school system, healthy air, strong infastructure and good health programs (all the responsibility of an unbiased Government) the Private sector won't want to be here. For God's sake...THIS IS KANSAS, not a state with a coastline or mountains.

We all know this story is all about how he intends to run for a National office.

Armstrong 6 years, 2 months ago

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Love the liberal view. Keep em comin this stuff is hysterical

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

"The truth is that corporations wield enormous power in Congress and in state legislatures. It is hard to tell where government ends and corporate America begins: the transition is seamless and overlapping.” Justice James C. Nelson

Kookamooka 6 years, 2 months ago

Laugh all you want Armstrong. I just read a report from K-State that calculated the number of music teachers who lost their jobs during this administration. 444. Four hundred and forty four jobs gone. And those are just the MUSIC teachers! Thousands of teaching jobs have been lost and not replaced IN KANSAS ALONE since Sam Brownback took office. It's disgraceful.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

We don't need music teachers. We can just listen to Brownback fiddle.

Catalano 6 years, 2 months ago

Okay, the photo accompanying this story is totally creepy.

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