Letters to the Editor

Common sense

February 21, 2012

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To the editor:

The proposal by Kansas House Republican leaders to divert highway funds to pay for a cut in state income tax is a striking example of what my mother (in my youth) would have called “cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

When ideology (lower taxes lead to less government) trumps common sense (better highways lead to a stronger economy), what the residents of Kansas get is not less government but less effective government.

Similarly, many of Gov. Brownback’s recommendations to privatize — e.g. the administration of Medicaid — are likely to lead not to enhanced economy and efficiency but to 1) an added layer of bureaucracy and 2) diminished resources available to Medicaid clients.

The balance between government and private enterprise that, in the long run, works best and most equitably and fairly in both the public and private arenas, seems to be getting tipped on its head in Kansas at present.

Comments

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Kansas does not need more highways until it can afford to take care of what we own. Under Sam Brownback a even a solid maintenance program is history.

What is Sam Brownback doing with our tax dollars? Where are they going?

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 3 months ago

To the Koch brothers to be banked away for his presidential run in 2016.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

The usual suspects are up early this morning. Who has dibs on the "global warming" talking point?

Getaroom 6 years, 3 months ago

Today we will leave that conversation to the thousands of sane and rational experts in the field and not to the whopping the 16 "experts" paid the Koch Bros. et.al.) Although there does seem to be a strong hot wind of denier coming from some cereal that lost its pizzaz after too long in the bowl.

voevoda 6 years, 3 months ago

I see that you're a proponent of converting all our highways to toll roads, Liberty_One. No thanks.

voevoda 6 years, 3 months ago

Personally, I'd rather let the government figure out where we should have roads, and build and maintain them, and pay for them in taxes. What if a mismanaged private company goes out of business, closes the road (or lets it decay into impassability), and leaves commuters unable to get to work? What if private companies build a dozen competing roads between here and Kansas City, but no company invests in a highway between here and Topeka, because it can't make enough money fast enough? Private enterprise may be the best way to increase some people's wealth, but it's often not the best way to supply the needs of the public.

voevoda 6 years, 3 months ago

Roads and gas stations aren't the same thing, Liberty_One, so your analogy is nonsensical. Your plans always seem to involve denying people public services, Liberty_One, even though most of us want them and are willing to pay for them. You're not advocating liberty, Liberty_One; you're advocating anarchy. You're advocating the suppression of the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. You can opt out of using public services any time you want, Liberty_One. Nobody forces you to use public roads, or public water, or public offices, or public schools. If you're not willing to pay any taxes for anything you don't like, you have the following choices: 1) Vote for candidates who think the way you do. If you're in the majority, then you'll get your way. 2) Be self-employed, and live a subsistence existence on rented land, using no public services and buying nothing and selling nothing. Then you won't have to pay any taxes. And you'll have complete autonomy--something that ought to appeal to you. 3) Move to a country that doesn't have taxes on its citizens. If you can find one and think you'd be safe there.

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