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Letter: Against Brownback

November 3, 2012


To the editor:

In regard to “Other Choices” (Journal-World, Nov. 2), the issue in this election is not about being effective in the Republican Party. The Republican Party is the Sam Brownback Party and Sam allows no dissent to his agenda.

The real issue is: Will candidates stand up for voters against the Brownback-Chamber of Commerce-Koch Industries machine. Have they and will they continue to oppose Brownback’s defunding of public schools, his shifting tax increases to property tax payers, and his giving tax breaks to the wealthy and Koch Industries at the expense of the middle class and the disadvantaged.

A vote for Democratic candidates is a vote for the people against Brownback. It’s as simple as that!


Armstrong 5 years, 7 months ago

IF Kansas had high unemployment. IF Kansas had a massive defecit. IF Kansas had a lack of leadership you would possibly have an arguement. Your rant would be better suited for Barry

lastcall4oh 5 years, 7 months ago

Isn't our unemployment about the same as the national rate? The only reason we don't have a deficit is because we can't have a deficit. Statutory requirements and all.

This has nothing to do with the president.

Armstrong 5 years, 7 months ago

Better check your unemployment number

tomatogrower 5 years, 7 months ago

Kansas doesn't have the unemployment rate and the problems that other states have, because we have always had, until now, moderate Republican and Democrat governors. And we didn't have stupid investment banks, making stupid loans, so that their stupid numbers would look good on paper, so they could get their stupid greedy bonuses. We have had sensible bankers, and some sensible business people who work for the state and it's people, not for bonuses. But now we have a governor who wants to be like Texas, which has a much higher unemployment rate, but a whole lot of really rich people who pay no taxes. Of course, they also have a whole lot of people who know how to work the system, like that doctor who for years stole money form Medicaid. I'll bet he rubbed elbows with Texas politicians. They love rich people.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 7 months ago

Why do they pay the majority of the taxes? Because they have the majority of the money!

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 7 months ago

Well said! Hiyoooooooo! Why should we love the rich? "When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich."

Eat the rich! Tastes great! Less filling!

anotherview 5 years, 7 months ago

Kansas has deficits all the time. How do you think we remodeled the Capital Building. We fiananced it. Over $5 hundred milliion. How do you think we build new roads. We finance them. This is all deficit spending.

The only reason we claim to not have deficits, is because, the general operarting fund can't have deificts. The way Kansas budgets and the federal government budgets is compelety different.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Supply Side Economics straight from Washington D.C. = plenty of debt = borrow borrow borrow = interest interest interest = tax increase tax increase tax increase

Sam Brownback

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

There's no school defunding. Taxpayer funding of schools has risen every year. Look it up. Also, if you don't like the budget, blame the Kansas Senate. They're the geniuses who put it together and passed it and sent it to Brownback for approval. He even gave them a second chance and they wouldn't take it. Happily, at least nine of them won't be back.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 7 months ago

LOCAL taxpayer funding has risen. The state has cut funding so that local taxes have to go up.

HazardArea 5 years, 7 months ago

Governor Brownshirt and his ilk are an embarrassment. Kansas is looked upon by the rest of the country as a joke. He'd like to save all the school funding by having everyone homeschooled. If somebody doesn't curb the trend by right-wing conservatives to home school their offspring, we're going to have a generation of ignorant poorly educated zombies that will be even more embarrassing.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 7 months ago

As you can see from this chart, unemployment in January, 2008 was actually right at 5% nationally. In one year's time, to January, 2009, it jumped 2.8%. This was the leading edge of the recession that started before Obama even took office. It hit the high in October of 2009 at 10% and has been gradually coming back down ever since. It just hit the same level that it was at when Obama took office and is, according to reports, continuing the downward trend.
The Kansas state unemployment rate has ALWAYS been about 2% lower than the national rate and has actually followed the graph of the national rate as it has gone up and down. When the national rate was at 10%, Kansas hit an all time high of nearly 8%.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

more money doesn't automatically mean better schools, just look at KCMO's unaccreditted schools!

and no, national unemployment is back up. furthermore, it is "down" because of two anomolies: vast increase in inadequate part time employment and in people withdrawing from the labor force. these are not the way you want your unemployment to go down ad americans know it.

kansans know we are fortunate to live under this admin, lower unemployment, lower taxes, lower cost of living than most of the country. we are better off, no thanks to the temporary occupant of the whitehouse.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 7 months ago

"..and no, national unemployment is back up. furthermore, it is "down" because of two anomolies (sic): vast increase in inadequate part time employment and in people withdrawing from the labor force. "
I don't disagree with you on this. However, I feel this is the fault of shoddy business practices and the refusal of America's large corporations to give it's workers a living wage. During the time that Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain Capital he offshored nearly a quarter of a million jobs to Mexico and China. And let's look at the Walton family; not just the largest private employer in the US but the largest employer of PART TIME employees. Nearly two thirds of Walmart employees qualify for food stamps and the company actually maintains staff to give assistance to it's employees in applying for government benefits. This isn't "people welfare", this is CORPORATE welfare. They may not get government money directly but they certainly profit from the benefits their employees receive from being kept at an artificially low wage! This is President Obama's fault?

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 7 months ago

So, given his business practices, how is Mitt Romney going to govern America? The largest slice, over two thirds, of the Federal budget goes to the Defense Budget. What is he going to do? Privatize the military and hand it over to Blackwater? Hire mercenaries from the Ukraine and the Congo? Contract to build Blackhawk helicopters in China? (He probably won't hire mercenaries. Over half of the US military already qualifies for food stamps so he has cheap cannon fodder. Or I guess I should say "IED fodder". And actual mercenaries don't come that cheap.) Why not? He off shored all of the jobs for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake that weren't strictly local by necessity. He'll save money by defunding public broadcasting, a line item in the budget that's less than 1% of the defense budget. He'll completely do away with the Department of Education (get rid of that pesky Head Start. Poor people don't need to learn to read. It just makes them uppity.), cut the Department of Labor in half, oh and while we're at it, let's quietly abolish that irritating SEC. There's all kinds of things to fiddle with in the Department of Commerce. I don't think he can do away with the Department of the Interior. If I recall correctly, that's mandated by the Constitution. But he can certainly cut it off at the knees. Need those Federal lands for drilling and logging, we do. Abolish NOAA and the National Weather Service. TV station meteorologists are good enough. And who needs the EPA? Let those people down in Riverton, Pittsburg and Galena stew in the lead. They're just little towns anyway.
I have no idea what he's going to do with the Office of Emergency Management and FEMA. First he was for it, then he was against it and now he's for it again. I guess we'll see the next time a tornado hits Hutchinson or Greensburg or Topeka. But it's pretty certain he'll "privatize" it and the people of those towns will get 5 cents to every dollar Blackwater gets.
That's just a taste of what you will get under Romney, Mr. Gnome. Good luck with him!

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