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GOP seeks to make state model for nation

August 9, 2012

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— Kansas Republicans want to make the state a model for the nation after several conservative primary victories in Tuesday's election.

Congressman Mike Pompeo says that during his first 19 months in office he has watched what happens when states are bold.

He says people in Washington question why they cannot do what Gov. Sam Brownback is doing in Kansas. They also point to steps taken by conservatives in Wisconsin, or by Gov. Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.

Pompeo says Kansas can point others in the right direction.

Pompeo was unopposed in Tuesday's primary as he seeks a second term in the U.S. House from the Wichita area district. In November, he'll face Democrat Robert Tillman, a political newcomer and retired Wichita court services officer.

Comments

Hooligan_016 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, a model of what not to do.

/ zing // too easy

parrothead8 2 years, 4 months ago

Isn't "compassionate conservative" an oxymoron?

sourpuss 2 years, 4 months ago

Compassion for whom, precisely? The precious "taxpayer"?

Topple 2 years, 4 months ago

Compassion for those who work for what they receive.

Greg Cooper 2 years, 4 months ago

And those who can not work? What of them? Compassion, my ---.

headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry to wake you up to current times but there are very few compassionate conservatives left. The modern Republican party is nothing more than an abomination of the old GOP.

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

"Congressman Mike Pompeo says that during his first 19 months in office he has watched what happens when states are bold."

Yeah, it worked out great for Texas.

bradh 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah Page, we can't handle having anyone that disparages our policies. It's not like we're in a democracy or something, or have the right to free speech. The world isn't safe until everyone thinks like us, talks like us and looks like us. We know what's best for everyone and are more than glad to make you toe the line. So just shut your mouth and believe like us or we'll talk to the thought police about you.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

No, it's just wondering when his frustration at not being able to get everyone to constrict themselves in the same ideological straightjacket he wears will make him start insulting others with every post.

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Or start PM'ing threats to people again.

Jonathan Fox 2 years, 4 months ago

Texas is doing great, they are one of the leading job creating states in the nation, Top 5 if I remember right.

CountyResident 2 years, 4 months ago

I believe that most of these jobs are minimum wage jobs.

frankfussman 2 years, 4 months ago

Those are low-wage jobs, many part-time, no benefits. That's the kind of job creation in Texas.

progressive_thinker 2 years, 4 months ago

Just a few facts about the fine state of Texas:

Texas ranks 50th among the states [worst in the nation] in percentage of the adult population over 25 without a GED

Texas ranks 43rd among the states in high school graduation rate

Texas is the 4th highest among the states in percent of children living in poverty.

Texas has the highest percentage among the states [worst in the nation] of non elderly women who lack health insurance

Texas ranks 45th among the states in percentage of women who have had a dental visit in the past year.

Texas ranks 50th [worst in the nation] among the states regarding the percentage of women who receive prenatal care in the first trimester.

Texas ranks 49th among the states in terms of women's voter turnout

Texas ranks 6th among the states in terms of the percentage of women living in poverty.

Texas leading the nation?????

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

And I'm sure you can find a legitimate source to support your statement?

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Of course, he can't. It is complete hogwash.

"The MMP’s reports are freely available to anyone through its website, http://mmp.opr.princeton.edu. But statistics can be sterile things. Get Massey going, and one gets an earful about the true state of affairs along the border. To wit:

We are not being flooded with illegal Mexican migrants. The total number of migrants from Mexico has varied very little since the 1950s. The massive influx many have written about never happened. 
Net illegal migration has stopped almost ­completely. 
Illegal migration has not stopped because of stricter border enforcement, which Massey characterizes as a waste of money at best and counterproductive at worst.
There are indeed more undocumented Mexicans living in the United States than there were 20 years ago, but that is because fewer migrants are returning home — not because more are sneaking into the country. 
And the reason that fewer Mexican citizens are returning home is because we have stepped up border enforcement so dramatically. "

http://paw.princeton.edu/issues/2012/04/25/pages/5761/index.xml

jaywalker 2 years, 4 months ago

I believe you're correct that there is no "invasion", but it wouldn't surprise me at all if those initial stats were heavily swayed by the immigrants that do populate Texas.

progressive_thinker 2 years, 4 months ago

If it is such a source of the problem then why is it that their republican governor supported in-state tuition, and a path to citizenship for undocumented aliens in Texas? If they are a drain on the state, why would Governor Perry have opposed a strict law such as was passed in Arizona?

The correct answer is that the undocumented workers are a tremendous source of cheap labor.

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

I am also thinking that if those stats were heavily swayed by the immigrants in TX, those stats would go all the way back to the 50's and there would be a historical record of TX being in pretty much the same position rankings-wise as it is now.

rtwngr 2 years, 4 months ago

Illegal immigrants, that's right, illegal immigrants skew the Texas statistics in the direction that gives you these conclusions. Close the borders and shut off the flow of felonious migration and lots of those statistics that you point to in Texas will get better all by themselves. Oh, but you libs don't want to do that because you want to keep the welfare model rolling along so you can keep power and continue to bankrupt every government entity you can get a hold of. I have a model state for you, Illinois. Look that one up and tell me what you think.

progressive_thinker 2 years, 4 months ago

Got any evidence from a legitimate source to support that? I did not think so.

tbaker 2 years, 4 months ago

How are these "state" problems? At what point will people be held responsible for their own choices?

If you're a HS drop out, have no GED, haven't been to the dentist lately and live in poverty, how is that the "state's" fault? Thats the problem with statists; you point metrics like these and say government has failed, ergo, it needs to get bigger and take even more money from people who work and earn so it can grow and spend more and more. Hog wash! The State of Texas hasn't failed, the people who make-up these statistics have failed.

If you want to produce a list of metrics that demonstrates government failue, than produce one that demonstrates how the State of Texas is preventing people from getting a HS diploma or GED; show me how state government is causing people to live in poverty, how state laws are making it harder for someone to get a job and take care of themselves. Show me how the state of Texas blocks women from going to the dentist. Show me how all the people who make up these statistics are in this condition becuase of their own choices and slothfull nature, or prove these people have busted their butts and tried everything humanly possible, but cannot succeed inlife because they are being stopped by the state.

People need to get motivated and demonstrate a little self-discypline and go out and make something of their lives and stop laying around on their a$$es and expect the "government" to give them everything. Just because a State has decided to let people live their own lives and make their own choices doesn't mean it's suddenly government's fault when some bum decides not to make anything of himself.

jafs 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting.

So, if state policies aren't responsible for these problems, then they must also not be responsible for any such successes, right?

But, many on the right give policies credit for success, but not failure.

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

If it was directed to you, the reply would be indented like bigtoe's post

truman1902 2 years, 4 months ago

Kinda early for chest-thumping don't ya think?

progressive_thinker 2 years, 4 months ago

Here is some truth for you to handle:

Texas has the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage of all of the 50 states

http://www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/minwage_tx.htm

progressive_thinker 2 years, 4 months ago

Texas employers are being subsidized by the taxpayers. When they do not pay a decent wage, the rest of us end up paying more in housing support, food stamps, and other programs so that they can have cheap labor.

rtwngr 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, the rich white people got rich by taking the money away from you. You lost your argument right there.

notajayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

"Go check out motherjones.com 14 wacky facts to be taught in Louisiana. Nutcase city."

"mother jones" ... "whacky facts" ... "Nutcase city"

Being a little redundant there, ain't we?

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 4 months ago

Are you saying you have some power over this site? Really? You're the champion of being booted from this site and you want to make out like you have the cajones to run it? Hmmm...given how many times you've made it back on, maybe you do. Which says more about the LJW than it does you.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Actually, I clicked on "suggest removal" on my repeat posts. I doubt that sage had anything to do with it.

tir 2 years, 4 months ago

Kansas is well on its way to becoming a model, all right--a model for "Government by the Rich, For the Rich." The Kochs and their wealthy buddies whose incomes place them in the top of the food chain have pretty much POWNed the Kansas Legislature, and they are going to use that power to insure that they make as much $$$ as possible for themselves, pay NO taxes, do away with all government regulation that might stand in their way. They don't care about any "values" except the value of their own bottom lines. Those of us who are part of the 99% (including conservatives) are basically going to get screwed.

tir 2 years, 4 months ago

The fallout will really start when the state is unable to balance the budget due to Brownwhack's massive tax cuts for businesses, and starts to make deeper cuts to education, social services, state prisons, highways, etc.

gatekeeper 2 years, 4 months ago

What the GOP has done in KS is alienate moderate, level-headed voters. All the right wingers on here keep acting like 90% of the state turned out and voted in this primary. A tiny amount of voters, total right wingzealots went to the polls. It's sad, but very few people will turn out to vote in primary elections. If all the registered republicans in KS had turned out to vote, the moderates would have won. Most of people in this state are still moderate, but the small group of zealots got their way and turned out. I know quite a few registered repubs that will be voting for the dems come Nov.

jafs 2 years, 4 months ago

Glad to hear it, but I wish they would have turned out for the primaries and voted for the moderate R as well.

That way, at least we wouldn't have the possibility of a conservative takeover next election.

verity 2 years, 4 months ago

Jafs, please don't call them conservatives. They are radical reactionaries. You do real conservatives a gross injustice by lumping them together with the extremists---and muddy the waters. We need to call the extremists what they are and not give them the cover of saying that they are conservatives.

I know you are by far not the only one doing this, but I happened upon your post this morning.

verity 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you. Now if I can just get the others on board : )

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

In the first place Brownback and those who subscribe to that point of view are not republicans.

Voters are still not paying attention before they elect these right wing thinkers and they are not paying attention as to how these people perform after the election.

The radical right Libertarians is who voters are putting in office. Of course they refuse to campaign under the Libertarian umbrella because voters would shut them out... and they know this.

This radical right Libertarian party are masters at deception and masters at big spending which is contrary to the Republican fiscal conservative/socially responsible philosophy.

This radical right Libertarian party is huge on corporate socialism aka corp welfare aka pork barrel aka corporate subsidies

Why do republicans vote for right wing Libertarians?

Why this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertar....

Why this http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Libertarianism

Why this http://www.libertarianism.org/ex-1.html

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry about the multiple posts that went off into cyber nowheresville before finally appearing.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm guessing that the glitch was caused by the addition of a "blog about this" button that appeared briefly, but apparently isn't yet ready for prime time.

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

What a hilarious piece of nonsense. Brownback's agenda can succeed in Kansas because we have so many one issue voters who will vote purely on how a person stands on abortion. They don't really pay attention to very much else. Oh they watch their Fox News and their Glen Beck and listen to Limboob. Manipulating these people is pretty easy for the far right.

Brownback has been a failure at pretty much every possible juncture in Kansas. His approval rating is 10 points lower than Obama. In Kansas. These primaries simply showed that money can win over clueless voters. Try this act on a National scale and you'll get a push back like you've never seen before. Give Brownback's experiment a few years to run its course in Kansas and nobody is going to be talking about his success in the 2012 primaries.

beatrice 2 years, 4 months ago

Yep, in the newly conservative Kansas people had better get in line or they just might disappear.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 4 months ago

OH, now I get it. I'm a "religious bigot" because I don't think Xtianity is the end all be all religion in this country.

Got it. I'm the bigot. Silly me.

ThePilgrim 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownback and many nutjob right wingers are not typical Christians, and if they were evaluated on their beliefs it would be clear that they do not even have historical orthodox Christian beliefs. It is much more closer to "God told me" Gnosticism, a big dose of name-it-and-claim-it Tulsa faith healer prosperity doctrine, mixed well with American nationalism, and the belief that the poor got what they had coming to them, somehow they deserved their poor health, wealth, or suffering. None of those beliefs are historic orthodox Christian beliefs.

scarlett 2 years, 4 months ago

The brownbackistani's are in for a big surprise if they think that most people and businesses want to live in a rather boring state where all the women are barefoot and pregnant, where the masses are uneducated, where the state religion is faux christianity, where jobs are non-existent or minimum wage, and where gays are banned and taken away to concentration camps. Yeah, lovely place. Oh, I forgot, the poor can eat cake.

jafs 2 years, 4 months ago

Have you emigrated yet, due to your fantastic hatred of Obama?

question4u 2 years, 4 months ago

Why on earth would Mike Pompeo want other states to follow the Kansas example? Isn't the idea supposed to be that you cut taxes on businesses so that businesses will come to Kansas from other states that collect business income taxes? Isn't that what Flim-Flam Sam has been spouting?

Kansas doesn't have natural attractions like Colorado, great cities like Texas, or a pleasant climate like Virginia or North Carolina. It doesn't have cultural attractions either. Brownback is gambling on the idea that he can make Kansas even less attractive by gutting education, public safety and highways and eliminating state support for the arts but still entice business owners who don't care about an educated workforce or a high quality of life by offering the prospect of no state income taxes on businesses. If other states were to eliminate their income taxes on businesses, on the plus side for Kansas, no one else's schools, universities, prisons, highways and state services would be any better than what ours will become. On the negative side, Kansas will have sabotaged its own infrastructure for no good reason. What businesses are going to come to Kansas if everyone eliminates income taxes on businesses? What workers are going to want to come to Kansas if every state has the boom in jobs that Brownback is promising? In what fantasy are those things going to happen?

Whether you believe in Brownback's "experiment" or not you should at least be able to see that every state can't possibly increase its economy by attracting businesses from other states. Brownback has staked the farm on a zero-sum game and if he has any sense at all he should be praying that other states don't follow his example. The idea that, all things being equal, businesses would flock to Kansas instead of to any one of the majority of states that actually have something to offer in terms of large local markets for goods and services, scenery, public recreation lands, cultural institutions, great universities, sophisticated cities, or agreeable climate is laughable. People don't tend to flock to wheat fields.

How much thought have the architects of this "experiment" given to its consequences if they don't even recognize that any hope of success depends on being able to offer some incentive that other states don't? Pompeo doesn't seem to have a clue.

verity 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe we should try working with what we have and in doing so help the economy of the whole country rather than just moving the chess pieces randomly about?

Kansas does have a lot of wind, sun, arable land and hard-working people (despite what the reactionaries would like us to believe).

blindrabbit 2 years, 4 months ago

Tell me how some backward drifting very bland, introverted, inferior complexed midwestern state with 6 electoral votes is going to be the "model for the nation". Model of what, bigotedness!, Give me a break!!!

blindrabbit 2 years, 4 months ago

Model for what? How is some very bland, introverted, inferior complexed, bigoted midwestern state with 6 electoral votes going to become "the Model" for the rest of the nation. How the GOP has allowed itself to become what it is now in Kansas is a testament to Thomas Frank's "What the Matter With Kansas".

esteshawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Ever read the Constitution. Requiring swearing on the Bible is prohibited by the Constitution, which is why there is an option to say "affirm" instead of "swear.". Which means your assertion the bible is greater than the Constitution is a prima faci falsehood.

verity 2 years, 4 months ago

I find swearing on the Bible very odd since the Bible itself forbids it.

Matthew 5:33-37 KJV Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Jean Robart 2 years, 4 months ago

Ifr it means keeping Brownback as King, then I would rather Kansas not be the leader of anything in the nation. And this comes from someone who voted for the guy in 2008. Much to my regret, i must add. It is time right now to start looking for a Republican who has his ducks in a row, and knows better than to have the state run on the backs of its citizens.

Armstrong 2 years, 4 months ago

Why yes just look at our state defecit. Oh Brownie fixed that Why yes just look at our national defecit. Oh Barack F'd us.

Whose the disaster ?

Frederic Gutknecht IV 2 years, 4 months ago

"Whose the disaster?" a new film of wealth supported by idiot belief... "Whose", the hose with a "W"...Hose who's the "Whose"! The "Whose" hose is who's F'd us, hoser...who has a deficit defecit defecating us into eternal deficits.'it's" officially hit the fan and you are one enabling this defec'ting in the political waters. There's a sucker voting every minute...for the end of democracy. THANKS!

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownback didn't "fix" the state deficit with tax cuts. It was with a temporary sales tax increase and he is fighting to keep that temporary increase in place.

It is just more of how he will hurt those who can least afford it. Cut income taxes but sales tax and property taxes will increase.

ThePilgrim 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't know. Obama will almost certainly get re-elected although his policies have failed to produce the prosperity that the public thinks that it wants. All the Repubs have to do is wrap the re-election of Brownback in the "this is the most important election in our lifetimes" speech again, like they do every cycle.

esteshawk 2 years, 4 months ago

1st: Obama is not a socialist. The AHCA is forced capitalism not socialism. 2nd: Socialism has not failed everywhere it has been tried, unless you think Canada, Sweden, England are failed countries (which pretty much makes you a Xenophobe).

jafs 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, England's not doing that well.

But, Denmark has been found twice to be the country with the happiest population, and Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Switerland, etc. seem to be doing well.

None of those countries have our privatized health care system.

But, those on the right who like to ignore facts and twist things, so that up is really down, don't care about reality.

jayhawklawrence 2 years, 4 months ago

I am afraid Kansas will not be the kind of model the conservatives have in mind.

History tells us that Kansans know how to survive adversity. We will need to do that before this is over.

Bruce Bertsch 2 years, 4 months ago

Texas is a fiscal mess, worse than California but better than Illinois. Reducing taxes on corps is not going to bring new industry, it never has and never will. What business wants to come to a state where the workforce is uneducated and it doesn't care for its disabled or elderly? Of course "S" corps paying no taxes was music to the Koch's ears as Koch Industries is an S" corp.

ThePilgrim 2 years, 4 months ago

The problem with Repubs is that they don't really believe in freedom and liberty. They just can't stand the ramifications of what freedom means - people might actually choose to sin .

The Leftists want to turn America into a Utopia, eliminate social "injustice" (like if I have more money than my neighbor), tell you what you can eat, and control your money. The Right wants to turn the country into a Theocracy. Both sides believe that we are stupid children that need to be controlled. And they are the Thought Police.

And big business on both sides buys the candidates and sells the message.

love2bike 2 years, 4 months ago

Don't really want to be part of this "model".....time to move across that state line!

msezdsit 2 years, 4 months ago

Great. , these maggots are so full of their own feces that they think they can out stupid Oklahoma and the Texas. Texas has a lot bigger state to destroy and Oklahoma is as stupid as you can get so that puts a pretty big challenge for these arrogant right wing maggots. Kansas new motto, "Even you to can destroy your state." As I have posted before, these people will get their comeuppance and then its just a matter of how many years it will take to fix their carnage after they are buried. Until then Kansas fall from freedom will continue.

Topple 2 years, 4 months ago

These political posts are getting very boring. Everyone needs to find some new material.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Republican economic policy makes buying homes a huge risk as a long term investment

They have established this risk under Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney which of course is easily documented.

It is these two administrations that brought the USA frauds that effectively took down home values substantially.

Why isn't the democratic party reminding voters,taxpayers and homeowners of this monster risk? Sweeping matters under the rug will not protect homeowners and new buyers.

Brownback and other Kansas delegates were in the beltway. Did they warn their constituents of the coming financial disaster?

It was fraud and republican politics not the housing market that destroyed an all American long term investment.

headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

You seem to have a really twisted idea of the cause and total blame of the housing industry crash since the last several presidents had their fingers into the CRA and its predecessor programs. I don't suppose you would want to attach any of the problem to housing loan deregulation, greed or even President Bush wiping out the uptick rule? Of course not. Then you wouldn't have an excuse to go off just on Clinton or admit that deregulation isn't always a great idea.

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Clinton! Clinton! Clinton! Everyone always talks about Clinton.

http://tinyurl.com/957y3qm

jafs 2 years, 4 months ago

A new poster bears a remarkable resemblance to a recently disappeared one - I wonder how long it will take for this incarnation to be banished?

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

It isn't the same one that you are referring to. The new guy on now has many more banned usernames than the guy you are referring to.

Maybe they have a contest going?

headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

It will probably depend on how long he can keep his cool and avoid personal attacks and stalking posters who disagree with his posts and his own version of political history.

blindrabbit 2 years, 4 months ago

Am I missing something; are SageonPage, TomShewmon and NancyBoytoyou all alias for the Linwood/Leavenworth County poster. Miss his annointedOne and Obama perverted banterings! Just guessing!

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Not the same at all.

At least TomShewmon/NancyBoyt/whatever other names he's used was funny.

SageonPage has no sense of humor. I think he had it surgically removed when Reagan was elected.

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

My only question is who will Brownback try to pass this off on when it falls flat on its face?

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Some guy that he hired from Florida is my guess.

headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

What history book have your been reading? RINO's are US. Tax breaks, corporate loop holes, and deregulation haven't done squat except to fill the corporations and the wealthy pockets with the spoils of a raped economy. Here in Kansas what good will it do for businesses to come here if the population can't afford their product and services and if Brownback has his way, where are the educated workers going to be found?

Shall we start listing the number of corporations and wealthy that have drained countless retirement accounts, future retirement nest eggs, stolen what savings some people had, or that robbed the tax payers blind. I know, and the RINO's also want to privatize Social Security so the corporate world can have even more billions to steal. I have read the history. Perhaps now it is time for you to do the same.

Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

SageonPage must be reading the history books rewritten by the TX State Board of Education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html

You'd think that someone who claimed to be a "Jeffersonian Democrat" in the past would be a bit miffed at having Jefferson left out of the list of historical figures to study.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

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One in five American women has received care from a Planned Parenthood health center during her lifetime, and for many Americans, Planned Parenthood’s doctors and nurses are the only health care providers they see. An essential community provider of lifesaving primary and preventive care, Planned Parenthood represents the very best of traditional Republican values — which is why so many Planned Parenthood health centers were founded by Republicans years ago.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

In the early 1980s, under Reagan, regulatory changes took place that gave the S&L industry new powers and for the first time in history measures were taken to increase the profitability of S&Ls at the expense of promoting home ownership.

What is important to note about the S&L scandal is that it was the largest theft in the history of the world and US tax payers are who was robbed.

The problems occurred in the Savings and Loan industry as they relate to theft because the industry was deregulated under the Reagan/Bush administration and restrictions were eased on the industry so much that abuse and misuse of funds became easy, rampant, and went unchecked.

There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and still part of the Bush Jr. administration today.

Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this is about one quarter of our national debt).

Between 1981 and 1989, when George Bush finally announced that there was a Savings and Loan Crisis to the world, the Reagan/Bush administration worked to cover up Savings and Loan problems by reducing the number and depth of examinations required of S&Ls as well as attacking political opponents who were sounding early alarms about the S&L industry. Industry insiders were aware of significant S&L problems as early 1986 that they felt would require a bailout.

This information was kept from the media until after Bush had won the 1988 elections.

Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid.

The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.In the early 1980s, under Reagan, regulatory changes took place that gave the S&L industry new powers and for the first time in history measures were taken to increase the profitability of S&Ls at the expense of promoting home ownership.

Bush/Cheney did a magnificent repeat performance of robbing taxpayers,putting millions more out work,out of medical insurance and billed taxpayers trillions of dollars for the Bush/Cheney admin monitor the largest fraud scheme in the history of the USA.

remember_username 2 years, 4 months ago

For Kansas to become a model for the rest of the nation there would need to be a much larger number of people in the nation who think like the people of Kansas...

Okay...Okay...

Nope still too funny...

goodcountrypeople 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank merciful heaven it's possible for some to live to see Kansas and its mindless street harassment in the rear-view mirror. What a bunch of shameless hype and bull malarkey from Mike Pompeo and the KS GOP,-- but this guy forms a great model of exactly the type of crooks and liars who prosper in the Sunflower State.

headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

I just have to wonder sageonpage, what is in it for you and the others who insist on following the modern Republican party no matter what? Their ideology is not going to turn you into a huge corporation or make you wealthy. It isn't going to improve your mates income. It isn't going to reduce your overall taxes. If anything taxes will go up on the middle and lower class. It wont do anything for your children. Their track record is not going to guarantee you that your investments will have any form of a safety net. If they get their way there will be less to help you and your wife out if one or both become disabled. Bluntly, there is nothing they are going to do for you. On the other hand there is plenty they could do to you.

msezdsit 2 years, 4 months ago

"GOP seeks to make state model for nation"

Yep, how to ruin your state so no one would want to live their. Population control.

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