Letters to the Editor

Unwise cuts

May 15, 2012


To the editor:

Why would Gov. Brownback and Mike O’Neal and radical right-wing Republicans force through a budget bill that calls for a huge deficit by 2017? Their theory may be that leaving more money for the rich will stimulate job growth and general prosperity, but this has been thoroughly disproved. Why would they continue down this dead-end path?

I believe we saw their intent here at home with the plan to close our SRS office. They didn’t want to close the office, they assured us; there just wasn’t enough money in the budget — the budget they created.

That was small potatoes compared with the cuts needed with the new budget. The cuts again will be made with the excuse that there just isn’t enough money to go around. Again state hospital staffs will be decimated, funds for general health and mental health will be cut, services to the unemployed, the elderly and the disabled will be slashed. School funding will be cut again.

The governor simply wants less government, regardless of the effects. You get a sense of his commitment to the less fortunate when he cuts taxes for the wealthy and increases taxes for people with low and middle income. He commented that the basic needs of homeless people are being met (yes, he did say that) while he handed out some hamburgers at our homeless shelter. He is out of touch with those who do need help.

Government should be for all the people. Remember this at election time!


seriouscat 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh just wait! When we are really in a hole due to the massive tax cuts the next step is selling off public assets at rock bottom prices to foreign investors who run them through management companies! Whoowee can't wait!


Mark Pickerel 1 year, 11 months ago

I remember a guy named Graves who was governor not too long ago. He cut taxes and it resulted in deficits a few years later, and Sebelius had to come in and clean up the mess. I imagine the same thing will happen a few years from now, and Sam will have a nice golden parachute.

History repeating itself.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

Only in America can rich people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.*

(from a source)


pace 1 year, 11 months ago

Generations of Kansans have built this state, and Gov Brownback is selling it's infrastructure for pennies on the dollar. If his tax cuts were suppose to create jobs it would be a carrot, not a give away gift to the wealthiest. The abuse to the elderly and ill is bad, but cutting the kids out of a decent education bothers me the worst. Governor Brownback should resign, being as he is addicted to Koch.


Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 11 months ago

jhawinsf does not depict the San Francisco I live in. I live here as well as Kansas. I know every part of this town. Sure, it has some difficulties, like any town, but he's totally making up things. He's totally wrong and to write this kind of stuff in the Journal World is totally UNTRUE!


Ragingbear 1 year, 11 months ago

Deficits are good for the economy....somehow.


jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

If one checks the above link, the only thing questioned was the term "Big Oil", because the Koch brothers' involvement in the oil industry isn't as big as some others.

However, they did in fact donate more money to political causes than some larger oil companies.

A tempest in a teapot, I'd say.

I guess a $100 billion/yr. oil company isn't "big" to some people.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

"Fact Checkers Back Kochs Over Liberal Adversaries."

Liberalism is based on emotion not facts.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 months ago

Many of you liberals sound like the person that owns the bar and see that they are now selling more of one type of beer. Their thought processes tell them that they can make more money by raising the price of that beer, when in fact they will either move that customer to a different brand or to a different bar.

This is what happens when you continue to tax the snarf out of the working people. When you get to a point where the working people or the rich are bearing to much of the burdon, then they tend to leave. Look at California, businesses are leaving, according to news reports, in groves. I would guess that the Jostens plant in Topeka did not really care where it was going to down size to, but when the investment is required, they chose the more tax friendly place to settle.

I know that when it it time for me to retire, I too, will choose a place where I have a little control over my taxes, which makes Tennessee, Texas, Nevada and the other no income tax states look very attractive.


latitudinarian 1 year, 11 months ago

We have "radical right-wing Republicans" in Kansas government? What the heck did they do? Was there an incident or something? Did they some property or attack someone? I didn't see anything about it on the local news.


tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Mr. Douglas - what is wrong with the people who actually worked for the money keeping more of what is theirs to begin with?

The state will only run a deficit if spending continues at current levels. Why don't you point that out?

In a down economy, raising tax rates reduces overall tax revenues, just like raising the minimum wage increases unemployment. The best way to increase tax revenues is not by raising the tax rate, but by increasing the tax base. We should be talking about growing the whole economy instead of more tedious liberal whining about tax cuts that presume all state spending is utterly essential.


Doug Harvey 1 year, 11 months ago

Earth to libertarians: we went through all this after the crash of 1929 -- churches and civic groups don't have the resources to cope with the mentally ill and handicapped, much less the dire poverty created by boom and bust economics. Or maybe you think a Nigerian economic model is a good thing. The Koch Bros, Brownback's handlers, would benefit from being able to pay starvation wages to a large number of jobless people scrambling like rats over each other to get their pittance. Lawrence is the most vibrant community in Kansas, hands down. Why? It's also the most socialized. Go to Hays or Salina or even Wichita and see what their libertarianism is doing for them.


heygary 1 year, 11 months ago

I wonder which car on the gravey train Joe is riding?


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

"Government should be for all the people"

Complex intellectual Liberals will "say and do anything" to take your money.

"alms" for the poor

It is too laugh


Liberty_One 1 year, 11 months ago

Surprisingly, not everyone wants a leviathan state. Some of us crazies actually think too much government causes more problems than it solves.

"Government should be for all the people."

And what about those of us who don't want your bloated government? Can we opt out of your excessive taxes and burdensome economic controls?


JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

Nobody will want to live Kansas by the time these nitwits are finished.


Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

gram's up early getting her assigned talking points in.....


grammaddy 1 year, 11 months ago

Because that's what Koch Industries told them to do. Besides,by 2017, Brownback will no longer be in Kansas,he'll be in the White House. In his mind anyway.


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