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Sinking ship?

June 1, 2012

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To the editor:

The Titanic’s sinking may be a tired metaphor, but Kansas’ new tax code may provide a new perspective on that age-old tragedy. Only in this instance, instead of filling the lifeboats, only one aristocrat is allowed per vessel. And with Brownback’s decisive victory, most of the folks in the freezing water voted for this outcome. The one good thing about this grand experiment may be that, once and for all, we should be able to prove that trickle-down economics hasn’t worked and maybe never will. I agree that government has wasted money in the past. Iraq comes to mind. Why does it seem that all government wants to accomplish these days is helping those who need the least help?

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 10 months ago

If the govt raised taxes on millionaires to 50% and those who make less then $30k a year pd zero, the poor would still be poor and the rich would still be rich.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Came across a great quote today. "The "trickle down" theory. The principle that the poor, who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, would be best served by giving the rich bigger meals."

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uglyrumor 1 year, 10 months ago

The redistribution of wealth over the last 30 years has been scary. Income, adjusted for inflation has not gone up. There is a war on the middle class, there is a war on you. The morons who support the right either think that they will be rich someday or that they have already pulled themselves up by their bootstraps (see weiser's comment above). The republican party is like a country club who used to not want you to join, now they want you to think you can join so you will vote for them. They get you worked up about guns and abortion while they steal your living wage and you support them. Kansas is perceived by the rest of the nation as a bunch of right wing bigots, and sadly they are right about the majority of the state. We can't make it here anymore. You have been had.

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

My ship may be sinking, but look, a golden winged blimp is passing my way...

http://tinyurl.com/3cadxcb

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Crazy_Larry 1 year, 10 months ago

"Why does it seem that all government wants to accomplish these days is helping those who need the least help?" Because our government is bought and paid for by big business. Remember: corporations are people too.

Public firms' CEO pay sets record in 2011 - "The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by the Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm." http://www.freep.com/article/20120526/BUSINESS07/205260316/Public-firms-CEO-pay-sets-record-in-2011

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scaramouchepart2 1 year, 10 months ago

LarryNative; I would like to know why you are so desperate to blame people who have lost their jobs and have been looking for work as lazy. A capitalist society does not need poor slave labor to survive. And at present with the new unethical business community - check the reason for the present economic downturn - is providing more and more poor slave labor who are working, but can barely afford a place to live and no healthcare as businesses cut or freeze wages, while not the top management's, double hours to make up for the upper management made shortage of workers, but not upper management, cut benefits of the employee, but not upper management’s benefits and so on. Bush's bailouts went to the very businesses that caused the recession and then what did those business do with the government money. Gave it to upper management. Yes there were a couple of businesses that did the right and ethical thing, but most especially the Bush bailout companies did not.

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Agnostick 1 year, 10 months ago

In other news, it looks like FastFreddy wasn't nearly fast enough!

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 10 months ago

Some of you are under the delusion that a democratic, capitalist society does not need the poor, it does. We need the rich to own and create, the middle class to manage and the poor to work as laborers. How else would a capitalist structured society operate and remain a capitalist structure? It is up to the individual as to which class they choose to participate. If you would rather party then work or learn, you are most likely going to be poor, at least in the monetary aspect of the word. If you are a hard worker, you will be middle class. If you are a hard worker and smart, you will be upper class. Of course you can be born into the upper class and your parents will help dictate where you end up but that's life. Some have good luck, others don't, some create their own luck, others sit and complain about their luck and nothing changes. Life is not fair but you can help your odds by acting instead of complaining. There are plenty of examples of poor who have become wealthy and whining did not get them where they are today.

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somedude20 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, old Brownback and his chimps have already sunken this state. Listen to the band play, get limber and hope to god that Rose gets topless cause that is as good as it will get while these jagaloons are our "leadership."

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weiser 1 year, 10 months ago

I lived in my car, washed dishes, shined shoes, then line-cook, assistant manager, then general manager. Paid for both of my college degrees and purchased a home. So go ahead and tax me! Since I was so fortunate!

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Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

p>(CNSNews.com) - The number of American women who are unemployed was 766,000 individuals greater in May 2012 than in January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Gotland 1 year, 10 months ago

All you complainers can move to a state where high taxation has created a paradise for the poor, CA, NY, Ect.

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Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Job growth braked sharply in May and the unemployment rate rose for the first time in 11 months, putting pressure on the Federal Reserve to ease monetary policy further to shore up the sputtering recovery.

Employers added a paltry 69,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, the least since May of last year, the Labor Department said on Friday. In addition, 49,000 fewer jobs were created in the prior two months than had been thought and the jobless rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April."

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Fully_Loaded 1 year, 10 months ago

Time to focus on the national scene people. Unemployment crept up to 8.2 percent in May. Not good. What will it be in October?

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Ragingbear 1 year, 10 months ago

Rats abandon sinking ships. Brownback is still here. Therefore, the ship is not yet sinking.

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weeslicket 1 year, 10 months ago

sam brownback and his conservative republican allies got what they wanted.
now it's just a matter of time before we witness the actual effects of their leadership.

but no worries, i'm sure the liberals in lawrence will be to blame.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

Alas, the captain of Titanic was 10,000 times more competent than Sam.

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kansasredlegs 1 year, 10 months ago

Never ceases to amaze how the LJW blog always attacks whatever Republican initiative is discussed and subsequently implemented; however, the same bloggers are no where to be found when the local City & County Commissions dole out tax abatements and "special" incentives to the same, local, upper crust aristocracy time and time again. As long as it's "your" local "Koch" brothers who hire out-of-towners with "our" money, it's all good, uh?

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Fully_Loaded 1 year, 10 months ago

'Why does it seem that all government wants to accomplish these days is helping those who need the least help?'

Because those who need the most help are not typically hiring people?

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

You would have to be a 'fool' to ride the 'lower' decks of any boat.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 10 months ago

There is one employer out there for each and every unemployed person. To find that employer, simply look in the mirror. What has happened to that entrepreneurial spirit that drove the American economy for so long? Why all this talk of no jobs out there, wherever this "out there" is? Why the sense of entitlement that someone owes you a job? And not just a job, but a job that pays a certain amount, and has health care, sick time, vacations, mental health days, paid holidays, 401Ks? And let's not forget that the job must be rewarding. If that is your feelings, then you put yourself at the mercy of others, who may or may not share your attitudes. You enslave yourself and then complain that you've been enslaved.
Follow your passion. Do something on your own. Start your own business and become wildly successful. Or fail miserably and learn the lesson of why you failed and then try again. But if you choose to work for someone else, at their terms, you've sold yourself short. If you do sell yourself short, you can't then complain that you've been sold short.

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DeckDoctors 1 year, 10 months ago

Yawn...another lib whiner. Trickle down economics works wonderfully! Capitalism is the most just form of economy and if you don't like it move to Cuba, Russian or some other worthless hole of a country who oppose capitalism. Like all libs they take a page from Hitler who believed that if you told a lie over and over soon enough the fools will believe it. Communism does not work anywhere! Capitalism does work, always has and will again once we dump the loser pushing it down our throats.

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Agnostick 1 year, 10 months ago

Actually, Mr. Phelps, there are three aristocrats per vessel.

"Hi, I'm Sam... this is my Koch... and this is my other Koch..."

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Mike Ford 1 year, 10 months ago

you know one can't talk sense to simpletons who mock intelligence and are basically saying landlord let the house go......it doesn't need funds for upkeep.....let it go.....maybe these archie bunkers are slumlords anyway. nothing funnier than hearing a dimwit making their case on the backs of minorities and acting like a slumlord. like slumlord brownback.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

I say replace all republicans with green party thinkers and 90% of democrats with new democrats each voting cycle.

Think about this. Why do we americans vote in the rich which are supported by the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and low income?

The 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 and our local government?

Let's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the next ballot.

Let's have public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/

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

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

The trouble with elected officials they often go to the CEO"s of any industry and developers for advice!!!! too often!!!! Then the elected officials walk away still uninformed.

One answer to our political,crime and job problems : CUT OFF special interest financing of elections! YES even at the local level.

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Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

Mr Brownback has cut my taxes, now he needs to cut some government and stop talking to unions.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 10 months ago

You tell em Merrill. I've developed a trickle-up technology and none of the Republicans I've told about it want to even discuss it because they are smart enough to see it for what it is, a new concept approach that could create jobs in every one of Kansas' 105 counties, and the thought of rejuvenation of our economy by adopting trickle-up economic development scares the bejeevers out of em because it would empower the grass roots folks rather than the upper crust. On the other hand Democrats don't really understand the value of what I'm proposing and how it can deliver much of what they want so they also aren't yet ready yet to get behind initiatives and innovation designed to usher in a new paradigm.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

BRING ON EMPLOYMENT = THE GREATEST RINO FEAR ON EARTH!!!

  • RINO’s posing as republicans fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all WOULD keep them out of control for decades….. we would hope.

RINO’s posing as republicans:

  • Fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all americans

  • Fear Jobs Jobs Jobs for americans

  • Fear New USA industry thus new wealth for america

  • Fear new cleaner energy sources because it would create so many new jobs and reduce rates across the board

  • Fear Improved Medicare Insurance for All = huge tax dollar savings to government,public schools,small business and all of us in general. Single Payer Medicare is the answer. http://www.healthcare-now.org/

  • Fear Clean Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced

  • Fear educated Americans because WE ask questions

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grammaddy 1 year, 10 months ago

Trickle down. What a joke.We've been waiting 30+ years for a sign of that trickle. Anyone see it yet? I think the GOTP needs a new line.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

GOP is dead - Jobs are scarce - Crime is UP = RINO's subverted the GOP , the nations economy, the nations job market and are chipping away at citizens rights.

The RINO favorite sport is to replace all republicans with RINO's posing as republicans which is why the GOP is missing in Washington D.C.

This all began when Reagan/Bush came into POWER. Republicans who voted across the aisle in the best interest of the nation became missing in action next voting cycle. RINO's magically appeared. And republicans unfortunately are not paying attention.

Expect Kansas republicans who challenged Brownback to come up against big money out of nowhere such Koch money,Wal-Mart money and ALEC money.

Romney is now RINO status considering the endorsements that are flooding his campaign.

Once again GOP is dead - Jobs are scarce - Crime is UP = RINO's subverted the GOP , the nations economy, the nations job market and are chipping away at citizens rights.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 10 months ago

How smart is it to be an educated idiot, a product of a University when there are more candidates than there are positions. Many with Masters degrees or better are sitting on the bench as the jobs that are available are not good enough for them. It is sad that many know what the book says, but when it comes down to it, have no people skills, no leadership skills, no manual skills, but can sit up in the office running companies into the ground.

If you don't have it, education is not going to do it for you. Many were born in this life to flip hamburgers. It has been said that the last conversation I had with a graduate of MIZZOU was when they asked me if I wanted fries with that.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

The jobs simply are not available! My guess is hundreds of Lawrence residents have been forced into unemployment.

A four year degree is not quite enough. Now learning a skilled trade is necessary in addition to the degree. Having two or three sources of income is not a bad idea.... if one can find them. Why? There are at least 6 reasons to keep in mind.

Reagan/Bush brought the USA: 1. Mergers 2. Hostile Takeovers 3. Leveraged Buyouts 4. Free Trade Agreements

Followed by: 5. Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan home loan scandal which killed the economy and cost the USA millions of jobs. Also started a trillion dollar war.

Bush/Cheney did a repeat performance 6. Bush/Cheney Home Loan scandal killed the economy and cost the USA millions of jobs. Created a new $5 trillion tax dollar as well = another repeat performance

All of above ultimately translated into millions upon millions upon millions of USA job losses. These jobs go abroad with supporting tax codes that prevent taxation on profits made abroad from USA big name corporations.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Lead someone to a job that pays enough to sustain themselves without Social Services assistance!

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe you need to get a job Chris. Then you could help support the tax base

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Les Blevins 1 year, 10 months ago

I can't figure it out either Chris.

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