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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.

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msezdsit 1 year, 8 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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Machiavelli_mania 1 year, 8 months ago

Published Aug 7th, 2012 http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/gop-insider-how-religion-destroyed-my-party

GOP Insider: How Religion Destroyed My Party In the new book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.

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headdoctor 1 year, 8 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.

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goodcountrypeople 1 year, 8 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.

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remember_username 1 year, 8 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...

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 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.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

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For over 95 years, Planned Parenthood has made vital health care and education available to millions of American families. As a specialist in women’s health, Planned Parenthood provides vital sexual and reproductive health services to nearly three million patients every year at nearly 800 health centers nationwide.

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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STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Republicans for Planned Parenthood is dedicated to the preservation of individual rights and reproductive freedom. We believe our nation is best served by policies that support family planning and a woman's right to choose, and we actively support Planned Parenthood as a critical health care service provider, especially for women and young people worldwide.

The Republican Party was founded on a commitment to individual liberty and freedom. The party has a proud history of defending individual rights — from fighting to end slavery and working to secure equal protection and voting rights for African Americans, to leading the way in achieving women’s suffrage.

http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/get-involved/republicans-740.htm

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

Hehehe....

http://cjonline.com/blog-post/groenhagen/2011-02-24/stand-phill-kline

blindrabbit, I sent you a message.

And there's that pesky "Blog about this" button again...

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 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!

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headdoctor 1 year, 8 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.

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jafs 1 year, 8 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?

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

Did the Kansas GOP ever let Kevin Groenhagen back in? There is the poster boy for what's the matter with Kansas. I know he was kicked out for being a lying idiot more than once as he was here on the LJW as a recurring zombie. Google him up to see folks calling him liar from coast to coast.

Did you see the conservative that beat the moderate in Wichita was told by Brownies people to stay away from the unity rally. They are already starting to eat their own.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/09/2444206/odonnell-says-he-was-asked-not.html

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

In closing, Ennis writes:

"That’s why Texas Republicans have traditionally gone their own way—to the left—on immigration policy. When tea party legislators tried during this summer’s special session to require so-called sanctuary cities—such as Houston—to enforce federal immigration law, Texas’s most powerful Republican donors squashed the bill even as Perry, in full pander mode prior to announcing his run, supported it. To his credit, candidate Perry has defended the principle of giving undocumented children better access to higher education—and has taken his lumps for it.

"But this very public dustup is about as close as the nation will ever come to noticing the complexities of the Texas Miracle. Perry’s recently announced “Cut, Balance, and Grow” plan perpetuates the myth of how Texas grew, while his new focus on energy production only reinforces the claims of his foes on the left and the right that the Texas economy is a one-trick pony. The debate will move even further from the truth, which is that Texas has succeeded by using every tool in the shed: we’ve contained costs and expanded government, borrowed to build our future, globalized our trade, and welcomed a diverse immigrant population—and not too long ago we expected our political parties to work together toward non-ideological solutions.

"Today we’re a two-party state again: the tea party and the Republican Party. Under pressure from the former, we’ve started dismantling the Texas Miracle by embracing a one-size-fits-all (Perry’s definition of socialism) national formula for cutting government, closing the border, and never, ever using the d-word (debt). Even as Perry tries to sell the Texas economy to the entire nation, the biggest threat to our state’s unique prosperity is that we won’t learn how it came about until it goes away."

Michael Ennis "Split Deception" Texas Monthly magazine December 2011 http://www.texasmonthly.com/2011-12-01/ennis.php

What "worked out great in Texas"... isn't what most people think. It certainly isn't what certain Internet trolls think...

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

Back in December, Texas Monthly magazine published a fairly good analysis of the recent economic realities in Texas. While the magazine's website requires a membership for full access to their content, I believe sharing a couple of paragraphs, along with a bit of paraphrasing, would do just fine here.

Last fall, when Texas governor Rick Perry and his supporters were still making a play for the White House, Perry touted Texas as some kind of economic miracle in the midst of the meltdown that seemed to be plaguing the other 49 states; his opponents, mostly Democrats, claimed it was mostly lies and fabrication. According to author Michael Ennis, neither side is totally correct. Yes, Texas has been a model of economic strength in recent years--but not for the reasons Perry and his followers (along with most Republicans) like to preach.

Yes, Texas has oil, zero income tax, low regulation, right-to-work laws, and a Republican legislature--and all these things were in place long before the Perry administration.

  • Perry likes to preach the "small government" myth, but the size of Texas government has increased more than 50% since Perry took office. Jobs? Yes, Perry has "created" lots of them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that includes about 300,000 public sector jobs. Were Perry (still) a Democrat, he would be the poster boy for the adage that a a robust public sector leads to private industry growth.

  • Perry claimed balance budgets, and they were honest claims; after all, balancing a budget is a lot easier when you're spending other people's money. For example, much of the infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects that would normally come out of state the state budget, were all shifted over to the municipalities. Why worry about erasing debt, when you can just chuck it into someone else's basket? During the first year eight years of Perry's administration, public debt ballooned larger than that of California--it just didn't happen in the statehouse.

  • When George W. Bush was elected governor, one of his big goals was to bring everyone together--and in that case, he succeeded. He inspired Democrat and Republican legislators to work together, and two of the major results were the very, very thoughtful and careful deregulating of the energy market, along with a carefully-crafted rollback of the old prohibition against second mortgages. Both of these items were more bearish and bullish--think cows being let into the pasture to graze, one at a time, rather than a full-on stampede over the fences.

  • Perry helped institute Texas' own version of the DREAM Act. Texas has been considerably more welcoming of legal immigration, and they've reaped the benefits for it.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 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.

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Topple 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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msezdsit 1 year, 8 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.

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love2bike 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

The whole US should model themselves after the KS DMV ?!

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ThePilgrim 1 year, 8 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.

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Bruce Bertsch 1 year, 8 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.

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tange 1 year, 8 months ago

http://tinyurl.com/8pzomzu

"... Get out of that state
Get out of that state you're in
You better beware...."

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownie needs to 'make' a movie like Flex's movie. The "State" could be a model like complex Flex's New America.

Opening at a 'theater' near you.

http://2016themovie.com/

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jayhawklawrence 1 year, 8 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.

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observant 1 year, 8 months ago

And once people realize what the Kansas model is, no GOP/Teagger will get elected anywhere in the country. Brownie will not get re-elected in 2&1/2 years because by then all his polices will have been enacted and failed. Realize a certain number of ignorant Kansans will always vote against their own best interests, but a lot more will finally wake up to what brownie is and what a disaster he is.

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Jean Robart 1 year, 8 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.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

Just remember conservative legislature members:

When sworn in you place your hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. Not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 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".

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 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!!!

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question4u 1 year, 8 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.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 8 months ago

All of you Kansas haters and religious bigots know where the door is.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 8 months ago

Why does the LJW consistently have so many problems with their commenting system? I doubt that any other website in America is so incompetent when it comes to commenting.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 8 months ago

What's the difference between the Republican Party and the Taliban?

One group uses radically fanatical religious zealotry, fear and intimidation to take away the rights of its countrymen, especially women and homosexuals. They are determined to create a theocratic totalitarian government that is run on ancient religious dogma. They believe in enslaving an entire class of people and make them work for poverty-level wages, and that if they don't or can't work they should be left to starve to death. They are racist, xenophobic, uneducated, close-minded bullies who insist that, if it's necessary, their ideology should be forced on an entire nation of infidels at gunpoint. They believe that public schools are for teaching their religion and nothing else. They believe that the only way to insure their future is to continue to amass an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and be prepared to use them against any and all enemies. They believe that the West is destroying the morality of their children. They believe the world will end in a great conflagration and that only those who are exactly like them will be saved.

And the other group wears turbans.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 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.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 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.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 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

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gatekeeper 1 year, 8 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.

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tir 1 year, 8 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.

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

"That’s why Texas Republicans have traditionally gone their own way—to the left—on immigration policy. When tea party legislators tried during this summer’s special session to require so-called sanctuary cities—such as Houston—to enforce federal immigration law, Texas’s most powerful Republican donors squashed the bill even as Perry, in full pander mode prior to announcing his run, supported it. To his credit, candidate Perry has defended the principle of giving undocumented children better access to higher education—and has taken his lumps for it.

"But this very public dustup is about as close as the nation will ever come to noticing the complexities of the Texas Miracle. Perry’s recently announced “Cut, Balance, and Grow” plan perpetuates the myth of how Texas grew, while his new focus on energy production only reinforces the claims of his foes on the left and the right that the Texas economy is a one-trick pony. The debate will move even further from the truth, which is that Texas has succeeded by using every tool in the shed: we’ve contained costs and expanded government, borrowed to build our future, globalized our trade, and welcomed a diverse immigrant population—and not too long ago we expected our political parties to work together toward non-ideological solutions.

"Today we’re a two-party state again: the tea party and the Republican Party. Under pressure from the former, we’ve started dismantling the Texas Miracle by embracing a one-size-fits-all (Perry’s definition of socialism) national formula for cutting government, closing the border, and never, ever using the d-word (debt). Even as Perry tries to sell the Texas economy to the entire nation, the biggest threat to our state’s unique prosperity is that we won’t learn how it came about until it goes away."

Michael Ennis "Split Deception" Texas Monthly magazine December 2011

What "worked out great in Texas"... isn't what most people think. It certainly isn't what certain Internet trolls think...

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Texas is doing well? Hmmmm. I should tell my niece and sister in the Dallas area. They will be amazed...er..uh..amused. Texas leads the nation in minimum wage jobs...and no jobs...and school cutbacks..and teacher layoffs. And a debt that is trying to catch Califonica.

And Bobby Jindel. Really? Go check out motherjones.com 14 wacky facts to be taught in Louisiana. Nutcase city.

The only model Brownback is making is the one that plays to affluent white people in comfortable houses. The rest of us..eh, not so much. Property values should go down quite a bit in the next few years after the rest of the big business locust move to a new field. Maybe the Curiosity Rover can come take pictures of what's left.

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truman1902 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Katara 1 year, 8 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.

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

A model for marine-wannabe crackpots who want to turn rambling websites into books, maybe... that's about it.

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SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

Kansas will lead the way again much like it did against slavery! See what happens when compassionate conservatives lead the way...a beacon of light for all the nation to learn from.

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah, a model of what not to do.

/ zing // too easy

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