Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brownback to Boys’ State: find worthy mentors, outlaw Bieber

June 7, 2012


— High school students attending Kansas Boys' State in Manhattan have received some serious advice from Gov. Sam Brownback: Develop strong friendships. Find worthy mentors.

And the governor also jokingly pushed a piece of legislation for consideration during the week of mock government activities: Do something about pop superstar Justin Bieber.

KMAN-AM reports the governor drew cheers and applause with the suggestion Wednesday night.

Brownback mentioned he has a 14-year-old daughter, then added, "I would love you guys to outlaw Justin Bieber or something like that."

Boys' State brings together young men entering their senior year of high school for a weeklong exercise in creating a mock society and government and learning how to run it efficiently. This week's session is the 75th anniversary of the event in Kansas.


DillonBarnes 5 years, 9 months ago

He appeared at Girls' State today at the Lied Center, sounds like it was a similar speech.

fu7il3 5 years, 9 months ago

Do you really hate Brownback so much that you are defending Justin Beiber by comparing him to The Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson? That's some blind hate.

question4u 5 years, 9 months ago

"I would love you guys to outlaw Justin Bieber or something like that."

This is Brownback talking, the man who singlehandedly cost the arts in Kansas $2.4 million dollars for reasons that even he couldn't ultimately justify. Regardless of what anyone might think of Justin Bieber, why assume that Brownback was joking? What if a bill from the Kansas Legislature to "outlaw Juston Bieber" came to his desk? Who can really feel confident that he wouldn't sign it? It would be unjust and foolish to do so, but would that really be a surprise from the man who signed legislation that is projected to create a $2.5 billion deficit in six years and to shift the tax burden to the poorest Kansans? Logic and justice don't really figure into Brownback's actions. Even his jokes have a sinister, oppressive cast.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I dislike brownie as much as the next guy, but jumping on him for the Bieber thing makes you look like a lunatic.

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

as a previous Boys State representative let me add. : heblowsalot

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