Archive for Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Letter: Out of balance

October 2, 2012


To the editor:

I believe in our democracy. I believe we need a balance between responsible conservatives and progressives, but we in Kansas have lost that balance. Our secretary of state is the leader in the national effort to suppress votes and is a national embarrassment. All of our representatives in Washington vote against any bill that supports the middle class, including the farm bill.

This Republican Congress is a giant anchor around the neck of progress. We have a governor who honestly believes that rich business owners should pay no taxes and all of their employees and everyone else who is working to keep a roof over their heads and buy food to feed their children should carry the state’s tax burden. Why do we the common people continue to vote against our own interests?

This is not the Kansas that I know and love. When do we get the courage to confront the fat cat Koch brother manipulators? When do we stand up and say, “The emperor has no clothes”? I am sick and tired of having the rest of the country thinking of Kansas citizens as backwoods, masochistic idiots.

In the past we have been represented by honest statespeople like Bob Dole, “Ike” Eisenhower, Sandy Praeger and Nancy Kassebaum. They are Republican conservatives who want the best for our state and the common people who live and work here, and they voted accordingly. It is time to stand up and be counted. God forbid you might even need to vote for a Democrat.


tbaker 1 year, 6 months ago

It doesn't matter who is elected. The money in your pocket will continue to be worth less every day becuase both sides know the only way to keep the ponzi scheme running is to print more money. We're on the Road to Serfdom.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

RINO's represent the Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism. This is the controlling leadership nationwide which permeates state legislatures using ALEC as one of the avenues.

And yes RINO's are posing as republicans so how can republicans or democrats or women trust a RINO?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

I have voted for Kassebaum and Praeger because they are republicans not RINO's. In fact fiscal conservative and socially responsible comes to mind which is NOT exclusive to republicans. Kathleen Sebelius,Tom Holland,marci francisco and Paul Davis come to mind.

I would rather imagine Sam Brownback and ALEC have a candidate waiting to run against Sandy Praeger... absolutely. I will vote Sandy Praeger again as insurance commissioner or as a candidate for governor.

Sam Brownback has never been a republican since I became aware of this master of deception.

Is Anthony Brown from Eudora? He is not republican either.


guavablues 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree with the article. I don't know what happened to this state. I remember when we had moderate republicans that cared about all Kansans. We still have a few but Brownback is determined to get rid of them.


donttreadonme 1 year, 6 months ago

"rockchalk197750 minutes ago

Sort of like the Chicago-union-thug-in-chief Obama handed the lazy autoworker unions a big payback after his election in 2008?"

I see that, like most couch sitting cowardly "conservatives", your only argument is "Obama bad".


donttreadonme 1 year, 6 months ago

"jhawkinsf40 minutes ago

The Koch brothers are just as much a boogie man as is the welfare queen driving her cadillac."

"Welfare queen", how 80's of you. So there's no difference between the social safety net and corporate interests? Right.

So the Koch's are spending 100 million dollars in this election cycle just because they love "freedom"?


donttreadonme 1 year, 6 months ago

I see that none of you rightwing wussies have denied my contention that the Kochs and friends are going to want a big payback if Romney and Lyin' Ryan get elected.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

Requests from military voters for absentee ballots have dropped as much as 70% in Virginia and Ohio, another example of how Obama has failed the nation’s military. Data released on Monday by the Military Voter Protection Project also prompted claims that the Defense Department is moving slowly in enacting a law meant to increase military voting. In the key battleground states of Ohio and Virginia, the drop in requests for absentee ballots was most obvious.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

"national effort to suppress votes ". Mr. Hayes, do you realize a photo ID is required to purchase Sudafed in this country? Only Democrats have a problem with voter ID laws because Democrats like to cheat.


labmonkey 1 year, 6 months ago

I see a lot of hate for the Koch brothers on this site... but they do create tens of thousands of jobs, 80% of which are highly paid union jobs. George Soros on the other hand has done nothing but destroy lives with currency manipulation and employs relatively few people. If a tax break allows the Koch brothers to employ more people, the state sees increased revenue from the income tax they receive from these employees.


Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

With razor thin leads and ACORN and general election malfeasance among Democratic party (now "skewed" Dem polling) those like Kobach are simply ahead of the curve, that's all.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 6 months ago

Our secretary of state is the leader in the national effort to suppress votes and is a national embarrassment. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

There is nothing at all wrong with enforcing the law.


OonlyBonly 1 year, 6 months ago

Voter ID laws do not prevent legal voters from voting. The "blocked" farm bill was, mostly, funding food stamps. LiberalThink at its worst.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 6 months ago

I totally agree with this letter, it is right on the problems that we face in "bleeding Kansas".

We have a "secretary of state" who is all over the map with his vendetta against any voter who migdht vote Democratic.

We have a governer who thinks there is some heavenly dude who will cast thunderbolts and blessings on those who deserve these things.

We have a huge population of rubes and hicks who live out west who think thast both of these wonks are "just wonderful fellows" and voted them into office.

And this will not change until sensibility and reality become a desired trait of Kansas voters.


donttreadonme 1 year, 6 months ago

"heygary1 hour, 21 minutes ago "Why do we the common people continue to vote against our own interests?" ... horse crap! We vote R because we have concern for our children and grandchildren's future ... you vote D because they give you things!"

Hah, funny stuff considering that R's apparently don't care about the future because they are as guilty as the D's about running up the Nationa Debt. (see Medicare Plan D, and the GWOT as prime examples of Republican spendthriftery.) And it's easy to cut taxes when there is no offset in spending (see Bush tax cuts).

And the Koch brothers and their billionaire buddies are all about gimme gimme, because they will expect big payback if Romney is elected.

But hey, if you want to blame it all on some poor guy on unemployment, go ahead, blame your neighbor.


imastinker 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a lost cause. This author can't be reached with reason.

For the rest of you:

Who does the farm bill benefit?

Who benefits from the new taxes in kansas?

Who are these "fat cat" business owners? (I know - it's not kansas. I couldn't find a similar map of kansas)

I'll point out that all the states with budget problems are blue states, but that red and blue politics gave us our national problem with the debt. Letters such as the authors do nothing to help the problem - referring only to things like "progress" without defining what progress is.

My idea of progress is a government that creates stability and the necessary conditions for me to be able to succeed. Our government could be doing a better job of this.


Fossick 1 year, 6 months ago

" I am sick and tired of having the rest of the country thinking of Kansas citizens as backwoods, masochistic idiots. "

Here we go again with Kansas' low self esteem. Hate to break it to you this way, but the rest of the country does not think of Kansans as "backwoods, masochistic idiots." It doesn't think of Kansans at all. The rest of the country does not lie awake worrying about Kobach, and has no idea who Sandy Preager is.

If you really believe in democracy, then stop worrying about whom the voters, in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to represent themselves. If you're constantly worried that the voters are stupid, manipulable, shortsighted, and unable to competently choose a government that represents themselves and their best interests, you really don't believe in democracy at all.

Don't worry, it happens to a lot of guys.


heygary 1 year, 6 months ago

"Why do we the common people continue to vote against our own interests?" ... horse crap! We vote R because we have concern for our children and grandchildren's future ... you vote D because they give you things!

There is a long-held belief that democracies, in general, are a predictably doomed form of government.

In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (Scottish history professor - University of Edinborough) used an analogy to describe "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years, during which these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

From my vantage point, Mr. Tyler’s observation has been unsettlingly predictive of the path of our own experiment in Democracy.

In my youth I studied, with gratitude and reverence, the “bondage to liberty” sequence associated with the birth of our country. I believe I have lived through the “abundance to apathy” sequence. Now, as I watch the “escapades” of our elected representatives in Washington, I cannot help but feel that the road to “dependence” is being charted.


Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

Vote for a Democrat? When THEY offer anything better up, I may consider it. But today's Democrat is as far to the left as Kent is claiming today's Republican is to the right.


nativeson 1 year, 6 months ago

Some of the concerns expressed are valid. They can be cured with one word - Vote. Primary elections still have very small turnouts that can be influenced heavily by targeted spending.


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 6 months ago

Making statements like "rich business owners" is not a true statement. The tax break is for sub s, llc and sole prop which consists mostly middle class small busimess owners.


JonasGrumby 1 year, 6 months ago

I have $50 that says Hayes never voted for Kassebaum, Dole, or Praeger. BTW, Praeger is still an elected official.


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