Letters to the Editor

Unfair tax plan

January 21, 2012


To the editor:

Gov. Brownback’s proposed tax plan will hurt middle- and lower-income Kansans while rewarding those in the top 20 percent income bracket. Kansans making a million dollars per year would have a tax cut of over $16,000 annually while a working single mother with one child earning $9.60 per hour ($20,000 per year) would have an annual state tax increase of $442.

The Institute on Tax and Economic Policy has shown that, for most Kansans, the proposed tax break from cuts would be offset by the loss of income tax credits and itemized deductions and a higher sales tax rate. Furthermore, the proposed plan ignores the need for increased investment in education, transportation, public safety and other areas crucial to making the state attractive for families and businesses.

Research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows those few states without income taxes have high property and sales taxes or other sources of income. Texas has oil and shipping. Florida captures foreign tourist dollars with its sales tax, Wyoming has coal, and Washington state has Microsoft and Boeing.


Paul R Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

"Here, I have to agree. There are no well known 'Islamic' philosophers, but there sure were a lot of Arab ones before Islam. We can thank the Arabs for 'algebra', for one." === Interesting. The "Arabs" saved our culture when our church/government outlawed thought for 1,000 years. They had some of the finest cities, philosophers and art and literature while we were living in mud huts in what became Europe. They also had the best militaries for a thousand years or so and ruled much of the world. We still resent that in some ways and they resent their decline, I suspect. Those living in the fact-based universe might enjoy: "What Went Wrong: the Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East," Bernard Lewis. Perennial Books/Harper Collins, New York


Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

And now, a few words from those running dog lackies of the right-wing fat cats: "...USDA data released this week shows that the number of Americans receiving food aid from the Supplemental Nutrional Assistance Program (SNAP) hit another all-time high in August. 45.8 million people -- almost 15% of the country -- were enrolled in the program, which replaced Food Stamps in 2008. This is only a slight increase from July, when 45.3 million Americans were receiving SNAP help -- but a massive 31% jump since June 2009, when the National Bureau of Economic Research declared the most recent recession over.... They do a fair amount of spinning, but take a look at the chart.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

The first one-and-done President of the 21st Century sounds cold and aloof when he tries to sing.


Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 2 months ago

What do you people really expect from a fanatic who hides behind religion? Come on people, Brownback is only for the Koch brothers and promoting himself. He doesn't really care about Kansans! Evolution or creation ...either way, Kansas needs to look into sterilization...


JohnBrown 2 years, 2 months ago

SNAP: "Since the current regime took office, the percentage of Americans with jobs declined to the lowest point since detailed records have been kept. "

Gee, I wonder if the previous president had anything to do with that. But wait!!! With the tax rate for the so-called 'job creators' being so low FOR TEN YEARS, why didn't the economy take off when those taxes were lowered? (Answer: because it doubled the national debt).

Gee SNAP, OF COURSE the economy's in the tank, because of the failed Republican policies of the previous 8 years.

And for MATH: ""Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation." --Barack Hussein Obama"

Since you're so good at math, go check out the Census Bureau's data on the religious make-up of the country. O'Bama spoke the facts.

"As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam."--Barack Hussein Obama.

Here, I have to agree. There are no well known 'Islamic' philosophers, but there sure were a lot of Arab ones before Islam. We can thank the Arabs for 'algebra', for one.

""In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world."--Barack Hussein Obama"

Let's see, the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible, Tesla, Fermi, Einstein, Lafayette, Galileo, Darwin, William Penn, etc., etc., etc.

Oh, and by the way, math is more than just "just".


jafs 2 years, 2 months ago

Many things are taxed twice - any income that is spent after taxes is taxed again, both as income to others, and as sales. If I buy a gold coin, and make a profit on it, I can pay up to 28% on that transaction, as well as paying sales tax on it when I purchase it.

Also, not all investments are made with after-tax dollars.

There's really no good reason for capital gains to be taxed at a lower rate than other income, or other investments like coins.

It does clearly favor those who have a lot of investments, which is clearly those that have a lot of disposable income.


Peter Macfarlane 2 years, 2 months ago

All those other states have something special to help boost them, but remember we have our own special ingredient to boost our state: Brownback and a Republican legislature. Just make sure you collect enough sales tax from selling your pencils on the corner or the state will be after you.


lunacydetector 2 years, 2 months ago

will the partisan league of women voters be working the poll come election day again?.....will my vote count if i vote conservative?


Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

What is more unfair is that only half the people actually pay taxes. It would be more fair if everyone paid income taxes. Lets add to this, pay for their own transportation, medical, dental, books and the list goes on.

How come everyone with their hand out screams the loudest when it is time to pay taxes. Seems these people are the ones wanting to soak those who actually already pay taxes. I would be ashamed to be a leech on society.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

Since the current regime took office, the percentage of Americans with jobs declined to the lowest point since detailed records have been kept. The number of Americans on Food Stamps has never been higher than it is today. We need to make sure the failed policies of the Mope come to a sudden end in January 2013.


Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

The Reagan/Bush and Bush people have been very busy screwing up the nations economy at every opportunity for the past 31 years.

Therefore "Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney" over and over and over" is an appropriate title.


its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

I had a dream about you last night merrill. I dreamt that you and I were stuck in a huge lodge up in the Rockies during a savage snowstorm. You were writing a book (I thought), then one day, I looked at your tall stack of completed work and all it said over and over was:

"Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney" over and over and over---like thousands of times. I woke up in a cold sweat. It was horrible! ;-)


cato_the_elder 2 years, 2 months ago

"There is no evidence that candidates from the business community make the best politicians."

In fact, business people are usually not slick politicians, which is precisely why we should elect more of them to public office.


Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

There is no evidence that candidates from the business community make the best politicians. They are much too eager to give our tax dollars away to the corporate community without solid foundation as to why. Speculation is not a solid foundation.

There is no solid evidence that tax cuts produce tons of jobs. If tax cuts/tax incentives produced tons of jobs the USA and Kansas would be standing in the sea of job surplus.

If business people make the best candidates why did the USA and Lawrence become a “boom town economy? Boom town economies always crash this is not new economics. There are way too many “free lunch programs” .

More republican thinkers anywhere in government is a recipe for economic disaster. Remember Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney home loan frauds plus Sam Brownback was nearby.

Millions of jobs were lost during the home loan scandal and during the global economy push under Reagan-Bush. Yes republicans gave outsourcing a wide open door as they began waving good bye to the best paying USA jobs.

Then Bush/Quale came along.

Then free trade and Clinton’s NAFTA came along.

Bush/Cheney lost 2 million in their first admin and 9 million during the second admin when the SECOND home/loan scandal surfaced.

The USA is down about 20 million jobs. No new industry has been been developed to bring those jobs and their pay scales back = loss of national wealth. No country,state or city can afford companies that send jobs abroad. It’s called Wreckanomics.


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