To the editor:
Contradictions within Gov. Brownback’s vision for a better Kansas, secretly created, are glaring. Should we believe his reassurance that all will be fine? Budget defects will start in Fiscal Year 2014. The governor says new jobs in the private sector will allow Kansas to bloom. Is it logical to think that creating those new jobs will make Kansas bloom?
The tax plan has businesses paying either no, or greatly reduced, tax. With extensive unemployment due to cutbacks in public services and then private administration of services, salaries and benefits will go down. Lower incomes will make for less to pay proportionately higher taxes. The deficits will only expand and quality of life deteriorate. Then we can have “bargain basement” sales of public property our taxes bought; we then lease from businesses that pay no taxes.
Social tensions divide us and also divert us from the future. The war on women, workers, public education, minorities and those most in need, create an immediate crisis plus diversion. The temptation for more security, money and power is hard to resist and can be with anyone. It is also hard in our demanding lives to look beyond today and not believe what sounds good. Thoughtful decisions take work, but our future and that of our children are in the balance. This is a Kansas issue, not a partisan issue!