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Brown, Holland trade verbal jabs over tax cuts, school funding, K-10 safety

September 30, 2012

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— State Sen. Tom Holland and state Rep. Anthony Brown traded sharp verbal blows Sunday over school funding, safety improvements on Kansas Highway 10 and tax cuts in the 3rd Senate District race.

Holland, D-Baldwin City and Brown, R-Eudora, faced off in a debate at Eudora Middle School.

Holland said the tax cuts pushed through by Gov. Sam Brownback and supported by Brown will lead to big cuts to public schools and higher property taxes.

Once the tax cuts take effect, schools, which have already been hit with state funding cuts during the recession, will see state funding cuts of $350 million to $400 million per year, Holland said.

"That will affect the future earning potential of your kids," said Holland, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate tax committee.

But Brown defended the tax cuts, saying it will put more money into the pockets of all Kansans. Referring to Holland, Brown said, "His solution to everything is what? More money."

The state is decreasing its individual income tax rates for 2013, with the top rate dropping to 4.9 percent from 6.45 percent. Also, the state will exempt the owners of 191,000 partnerships, sole proprietorships and other businesses from income taxes.

The Legislature's research staff projects the tax cuts will create collective budget shortfalls approaching $2.5 billion over the next six years. But supporters of the tax cuts say the package will boost the economy and create jobs.

On school funding, Brown said two Eudora school board members told him that recent budget cuts in the Eudora school district were needed to cut "some dead weight."

During a question and answer period, Bob Sailler, an eighth-grade English teacher at Eudora Middle School, said budget cuts have forced the district to lose 10 jobs, and have larger classroom sizes. He said the "dead weight" comment offended him and he asked Brown who were the two school board members who said that.

Brown declined to reveal their names.

Holland also said the tax package approved during the last legislative session was unfair, benefiting mostly wealthy Kansans, while eliminating for low-income residents the food sales tax rebate and a homestead tax credit for renters. "I think that is very shameful," he said.

In his opening statement, Holland said when Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson sought help to improve safety on K-10, in the wake of a fatal accident, Holland responded with assistance.

Hopson has publicly criticized Brown, saying Brown did nothing to help get a cable median barrier on K-10 approved by the Kansas Department of Transportation after the death of 5-year-old Cainan Shutt. "He basically left us high and dry," Hopson said of Brown.

But Brown said he worked "tirelessly" behind the scenes on the issue, and he noted a July letter he received from KDOT Secretary Mike King, in which King thanked Brown "for your ongoing concern to see this project through." Brown said, "When you use the death of a 5-year-old to make political points, that is wrong."

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

"On school funding, Brown said two Eudora school board members told him that recent budget cuts in the Eudora school district were needed to cut "some dead weight."

"During a question and answer period, Bob Sailler, an eighth-grade English teacher at Eudora Middle School, said budget cuts have forced the district to lose 10 jobs, and have larger classroom sizes. He said the "dead weight" comment offended him and he asked Brown who were the two school board members who said that."

"Brown declined to reveal their names."

Hilarious. Brown makes stuff up to try to support his position and then weasels out of it. Anthony Brown = embarrassing fail.

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Greg Cooper 1 year, 11 months ago

Then I can be assured you will not vote for Brown any more than you would bote for Reid? What's good for the Republican goose is good for the Democrat gander?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

The "sources" are elected public officials, supposedly making such remarks to other elected officials. The only honorable things that Brown could have done would be to keep his trap shut about these comments, or to identify the source if he chooses to use such comments as campaign fodder.

He did neither, and there is zero honor in that.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

And just because it's my opinion doesn't mean it's incorrect, either.

Here's the deal-- if those school board members really believe that Eudora schools are weighted down by "dead weight," they have an obligation as part of the jobs they volunteered for to say it out loud, not in behind-the-doors whispering to Brown. And if Brown wants to use these secret comments as campaign fodder, he has an obligation to identify these school board members so that the public can have an honest and open discussion about this supposed "dead weight." And if that "dead weight" turns out to quite alive, the public has the right to know that so that they can vote accordingly in this and future elections.

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Phillbert 1 year, 11 months ago

"On school funding, Brown said two Eudora school board members told him that recent budget cuts in the Eudora school district were needed to cut "some dead weight.""

I didn't know Charles and David Koch were on the Eudora school board.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

"the free money I get for being stupid and lazy."

You must be a billionaire.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

"I get for being stupid and lazy."

"Not a billionaire,"

The math doesn't work on that one.

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Eudoravoter 1 year, 11 months ago

I attended the forum today. I went with an open mind about both of the candidates. I felt Tom Holland was not prepared at all. This is only my second debate/forum to ever attend so maybe my expectations weren't correct. I did't like how he seemd to have canned answers. Anthony Brown seemed more prepared and I felt he showed passion. Unfortunately the debate was limited on time and not all of the issues were covered, however, I would say Brown definately won this debate. I do not think they say if there is a winner or loser at this level. Just my opinion.

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Caz Snwot 1 year, 11 months ago

You signed up today to make a comment. This is the only comment you've made. I'm lead to believe you are probably a "brownvoter" and you just made this to spread your propaganda. nice try.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

He does it all the time. It's just that facts tend to have a liberal bias, which is why you don't like Rothschild's articles.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

"But Brown said he worked "tirelessly" behind the scenes on the issue, and he noted a July letter he received from KDOT Secretary Mike King, in which King thanked Brown"

Hmm, would that be the same KDOT Secretary hired by Brownback, who might just be motivated to write a BS letter in support of Brown in order to help in his campaign against Brownback's opponent in the last election? Surely none of Brownback's appointees wouldn't engage in such petty partisanship, would they?

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eudoravoter2 1 year, 11 months ago

Seriously, eudoravoter! I also live in Eudora. Anthony Brown just opened pandora's box. He should reveal his sources or admit he made the "dead weight" statement up. Way to bring your voters together. AB

"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."
Mark Twain

Anthony next time you decide to speak, think of Mark Twain.

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lawrenceforever 1 year, 11 months ago

At this point, the fact that Anthony Brown continues to speak at public events is laughable. Brown has empirically made an idiot out of himself every time he opens his mouth when the press is around. A cursory google search will reveal comments about KU and Lawrence being the black pit of Kansas. He believed that the community is "too liberal". Brown made these comments despite the fact that he represents areas of Lawrence and has to get the votes of people he blatantly disrespected and demeaned. Brown statements in this forum do not disappoint. How can he expect the public to believe that Eudora schools wanted him to cut the budget when he refuses to give any details? It is completely unfeasible for any school district employee, board member, or logical person to ask for cuts to education. The fact that he can not provide any evidence or further explanation when questioned unveils that his statement is nothing but a poorly thought out lie or exaggeration. Brown political decisions have only hurt Kansas. Our only hope is that he loses in November.

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Orwell 1 year, 11 months ago

But… but… but…

Brown only meant his negative comments to apply to 47% of the people in the district!

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Eudoravoter 1 year, 11 months ago

Nope sorry! I've posted a handful of times before but a different name that I couldn't remember. What's it matter if I post 1 time or 200 like some of you. Like I said that was my opinion. You just obviously didn't agree with him. I walked to the the Congress and Senate forums (didn't stay for third) with an open mind. Stop judging me...you guys are no better and you do not know everything...sorry to break the news to you!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

You're welcome to your opinion, and free to express it. But I think you're either deceiving us or yourself when you say you went with an open mind.

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lawrenceforever 1 year, 11 months ago

Why would you post on an open forum if you didn't want people to read your comments and judge you? Also, is it your opinion that cutting education is a good thing?

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 11 months ago

Has anyone else noticed that some of the campaign ads do not sport the name of the political party?

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Orwell 1 year, 11 months ago

Cattlemen's Protective Association?

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Dan Eyler 1 year, 11 months ago

I attended the debts today. Anthony Brown was far more prepared offering concrete answers to each question asked. The teacher who.questioned brown about the school dead wood comments approached brown afterwards for what seemed like a very friendly conversation. Brown clearly articulated the challenges he faced during his teaching days and the challenges today. All 6 of his children are or were in the Eudora school system. Brown also pointed out that Holland claims to be the friend of the poor man but voted for the increase in the state sales tax. Brown voted against the sales tax increase. Holland continually defended more government spending. You can call brown all the names in the book but he was far better prepared and seemed to have a much clearer understanding of the issues people are concerned about.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks for giving us yet another viewpoint from the Land of Closed Minds, kansasfaithful.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

bozo accusing someone else of having a closed mind ...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks, bozo, I ususally hate Monday mornings, but you just put a smile on my face that will last for weeks.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, and I thought playtime with your GI Joes was the only thing that could accomplish that.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

No, but I've read plenty of KF's close-minded posts, and I know that Brown is similarly close-minded.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

In other words, you make decisions based solely on ideology, facts and fairness be damned. That, my tractor-driving (or is it lawnmower-driving?) friend, is the epitome of close-mindedness.

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08Champs 1 year, 11 months ago

Check to be sure about school attendance. I believe the Brown children attended catholic grade school ...certainly their prerogative. There is no private option in Eudora after that unless they homeschool or go to Lawrence, etc. I do not believe Mr Brown was told by board members that the budget needed the devastating cuts which he voted for, and I'm thinking Mr Brown would not have supported such cuts when he was a teacher.

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3chicklets 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't need to check the attendance. Two of my kids have Brown kids in their classes & we attend public school.

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08Champs 1 year, 11 months ago

So address the real issue - do you think that the cuts made in the Eudora district are appropriate, and do you beleive Mr. Brown would have voted for them when he was a teacher? I know that at least his older children attended Catholic school -

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David Albertson 1 year, 11 months ago

How many Republican voters would be turned off if they knew Anthony Brown is a UNION carpenter? That's right, he's a card carrying member of a SOCIALIST organization. I'm surprised Mr. Holland hasn't made that known.

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3chicklets 1 year, 11 months ago

AND? My husband is a strict Republican & also a Union member.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

That's like a black or a Jew or a Catholic belonging to the KKK.

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David Albertson 1 year, 11 months ago

.........or a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

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jjt 1 year, 11 months ago

The photos that top this story are confusing. It seems the stress of the campaign has got to Tom Holland who has lost all his hair whilst Brown got cute.

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Paul Wilson 1 year, 11 months ago

Why is there a picture of Schlingensiepen and Jenkins on an article about Holland and Brown?

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kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

Good question since this is the second time LJW has done this in the past week.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

"Holland said the tax cuts pushed through by Gov. Sam Brownback and supported by Brown will lead to big cuts to public schools and higher property taxes."

Not that I was likely to vote for him anyway, but I would never cast a vote for someone whose complete lack of understanding of economics is so evident, since tax rates and revenues have never been correlated.

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Orwell 1 year, 11 months ago

They're at least as well correlated as the Republican/Laffer/Brownback fantasy that tax cuts always increase tax revenues.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Don't know how much you understand about statistics, Orwell ... apparently it's not much ... but if it isn't correlated in one direction, it isn't correlated the other way either. Tax revenues correlate with tax BASE, not with rate - neither increased or decreased rates.

Of course, you don't generally increase tax BASE by adding taxes.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

You think Brown not caring about people dying on highways or teachers getting laid off is bad? Try this one.

Google "Pushed by Grieving Parents, Kansas Makes Sweeping Reforms" which is in the Minneapolis Tribune. It discusses how children were dying in Kansas because of negligence in day-cares. Our legislators passed a bill to increase supervision, and babies quit dying. Who could vote against such an initiative? In a depressing non-surprise, Brown was one of minority of a TEA party House members who voted against this inexpensive regulatory provision to keep infants from dying.

But hey, that's OK, because government intrusion is always a bad thing. Right?

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Post hoc ergo propter hoc. But nice try.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

So your argument is the bill had no effect. That's interesting, and I think the evidence you supplied backing it up is good proof of how good of an argument it is.

Read the article dude.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Hypothetical situation (have someone look up the word "hypothetical" for you, dude):

Several murders, assaults, robberies, etc., have been taking place in and around a certain city park. The park is shut down, and also, pushed by grieving parents, the city adds more police patrols in the other city parks.

To what would you attribute a drop in the crime rate, skippy?

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

That's right, and by having the government step in to shut down the bad day cares (which took additional public funds), babies stopped dying. Perfect example that the government sometimes has to step in to fix public problems that the private sector won't.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Okay, skippy, this has been fun, but it looks like you're going to keep making things up whether or not they actually happened.

First of all, babies didn't "stop dying". The article compared two years, and two years only. It doesn't give you any figures for other years than 2007 and 2012. There had been somewhere around 12 deaths in 2007 and one - SO FAR - this year. There were no centralized records kept prior to 2007 so there's no way of knowing whether that was an unusual year.

Lexie's Law was passed as a result of grieving parents pushing for legislative action, true. Whether that would have made a difference or not is a matter of conjecture because the daycare center where the child the bill is named after was shut down.

All Lexi's Law did was eliminate "registered" daycares and replace them with "licensed" daycares. I assume that's what you meant by increased supervision. Here's the funny thing, though: The daycare that the child died at WAS ALREADY LICENSED.

Oh, and I guess you could say it required more public funds. Of course, Lexi's Law also provided for increased licensing fees. So the cost to the "public" was zilch.

See, little one, this is what happens when you shoot your mouth off based on soundbites. It took me just a few minutes to find all this information - the intellectual laziness of liberals is just staggering.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

So if we would've had to use public funds instead of licensing fees, hypothetically (I looked it up) would it be OK for babies to keep dying? I know you won't admit it man, but government did a good thing here. Paying cops and teachers is good too, a lot better than tax cuts.

Sorry if I got you fired up, just wanna live in state where Kansans look after each other.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes, it would have been worth spending public funds to get that result.

And when you're old enough to take a high school level statistics course, you just MIGHT understand why there's no evidence that's what happened. If you're any example of what the teachers around here are producing, they're already vastly overpaid.

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inquire 1 year, 11 months ago

So the comment goes something like, the tax cuts will affect the education your children get, reducing their income and the income of an entire generation and the response is "our tax cuts will put a few more bucks in your pocket?"

Hmmm... a few bucks now, or the prosperity of an entire generation, which will ensure the one after that is better off, which will ensure the one after that is better off, which.......

Geez, so hard to decide.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

Congressional research services just came out with a report that reduced income tax rates have never have produced jobs or prosperity - that's never, as in ever, in the history of mankind. http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/tax-cuts-wealthiest-don-t-stimulate-economy-report-160714639.html

At some point, you TEA party people have to start accepting facts and math, and realize that you've just been dooped by rich people into thinking tax cuts are actually an important societal issue. They're only important to rich people, whose only problem is high taxes.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

At some point, you liberals have to start accepting facts and math, and realize that you've just been dooped by class-jealousy-inciting into thinking tax increasess are actually an important societal issue.

There, fixed that for ya'.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

Funding cops and public schools isn't class jealousy, its called civilization.

I know it hurts to realize that you've been fooled by people smarter than you. But don't worry, its probably biological. Here's a study showing TEA parties lack an ability to accept facts and have somewhat sub-human levels of empathy: http://www.yourmorals.org/blog/2011/10/the-tea-party-and-compromise/

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

And yet there is no correlation between school funding and performance. I know it hurts to realize you've been fooled into thinking you're smarter than anyone, skippy. But thanks for the fine example of what a public education looks like.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

How about the correlation b/w police spending and performance? So should we educate poor kids with... tax cuts? Nevermind, probably not a concern on the autism train

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Orwell 1 year, 11 months ago

Oooooh, burn!

"I know you are, but what am I?"

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

If he'd said anything that was remotely intelligent, instead of parroting the ranting from liberal blogs based on the soundbites instead of the substance, I might have responded on a somewhat higher level. But since he doesn't give the impression of someone that understands the big words, I toned it down to his level.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

I know facts, like independent scientific studies, are just products of the liberal spin machine (or whatever), but if you far right guys ever want to be respected you'll have to start addressing them

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

"I know facts, like independent scientific studies..."

Really? Then why haven't you cited any? What you apparently DON'T know, skippy, is what constitutes "independent scientific studies" and how to tell them apart from liberal blog sites.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

If Congressional Research Services is now a liberal blog site, the terrorists truly have won.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Except Congressional Research Services NEVER SAID "that reduced income tax rates have never have produced jobs or prosperity - that's never, as in ever, in the history of mankind." As a matter of fact, the study wasn't even about jobs. It was about savings, investment, and productivity. As I already pointed out.

But again, thanks for playing.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

I'll admit, I was paraphrasing.

Here, try this: "The CBO found that those $100 billion in tax cuts on income above $250,000 would reduce unemployment in 2011 and 2012 by...somewhere between 0.1% and nothing at all." Its actually a criticism of Obama so you might like it.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/12/do-tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy-create-jobs/67723/

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notajayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Wouldn't hurt if liberals learned to read, too.

"There is not conclusive evidence, however, to substantiate a clear relationship between the 65-year steady reduction in the top tax rates and economic growth. Analysis of such data suggests the reduction in the top tax rates have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth."

Huh. Somehow I must have missed the part of the report that said "reduced income tax rates have never have produced jobs or prosperity - that's never, as in ever, in the history of mankind." Didn't really expect to, since in the years following the Bush tax cuts the unemployment rate DID drop, rather significantly.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

"instead of handing out free phones to a generation of dependent families"

First of all, the free phones have a very limited number of minutes on them. If they are used frivolously, those precious minutes are gone very quickly. They can't just hang around and gab on the phone all day for even one day out of the month.

But there are some useful things that can be done with the limited minutes available. Such as contacting school officials about their kid's schooling. Or how about this one-- being able to call potential employers about getting one of those jobs you want them to create.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 11 months ago

Nope, but I'm saying if you think the biggest issue in this country is that taxes are too high, you've been fooled brother. Also known as "been had", bamboozled, or hornswoggled. The police protection, roads, fire fighters, and public education we get for our annual tax bill is one hell of a deal, and anyone bitter about having to pay a cop or teacher is a pretty crappy human being.

We're falling behind the rest of the world in education, crime rates, and defense. Anyone worried about taxes needs to pull their head out of the sand.

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Orwell 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually we're doing pretty well spending billions more than needed for defense. That, plus the big tax windfalls for billionaires (who laugh privately at the "useful idiots" of the Tea Party), explains why we can't educate a decent workforce or maintain a safe bridge.

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StirrrThePot 1 year, 11 months ago

"When you use the death of a 5-year-old to make political points, that is wrong."

When you use your faith as a political vehicle in your campaign like so many RINOs and tea party jerks do, that is wrong as well. Funny that a politician will pretend to have standards on selective items.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Brown is a Brownback puppet. If he were not Brown would not be a candidate today which means neither are republicans ..... can we say RINO. Neither republicans nor democrats nor women can trust a RINO. Most certainly cannot afford a RINO.

The Topeka RINO's authorized a $47,000,000 million dollar hand out to AMC so that AMC would relocate from the Missouri side to the Kansas side. That is not fiscal restraint that is reckless spending. Then AMC sold out to investors from China. Does Kansas or the USA need more USA dollars going to the Chinese Communist Government?

"Last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff! "

--- http://www.GoodJobsFirst.org.

--- http://jimhightower.com/node/7723

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

If Brown was not making stuff up perhaps he does not know what he is talking about?

Where's the transparency?

The republican party per se is dead. Brown is an imposter. He cannot be trusted.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

As far as Lynn Jenkins is concerned she was there when our property values went straight to hell therefore why would anyone want her back in office?

A refresher course in history.

Neither Republican Women nor Democrat Women or the Republican/Democrat Upper Middle Class/Middle class can afford the Republican Party.

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007? Trillions of $$$$.

Let's talk about entitlements that have literally destroyed jobs,economies and retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable.

DC republicans have been successful at wrecking our economy big time twice in the past thirty years. Because of the pattern I am convinced it is their economic policy established under the direction of Reagan/Bush.

Bush/Cheney accomplished a remarkable achievement by destroying the world economy which of course makes it difficult for the USA to bounce back quickly. The question becomes how in the world did they sucker financial institutions worldwide into buying bundles upon bundles upon bundles of bad USA home loans worth trillions of dollars in bad debt?

What an incredible and criminally insane economic policy? I don't believe the entire world can afford the economically reckless republican party that was born in 1980.

Let's talk about entitlements that literally destroyed jobs,economies,retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable.

--- This ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- This ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- This ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007?

The fewer republicans the more our properties will become worth and the more likely USA jobs will be reinvigorated.

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08Champs 1 year, 11 months ago

Programs to help employers was a suggestion of one of the posters (JohnDeere).....so you're asking for government assistance? You are screaming to cut federal programs to reduce the budget/deficit, but you want more programs for business owners? Can't have it both ways. And last time I checked, one of the "programs" in place to help business owners are TAX DEDUCTIONS. Do you know how many small business owners show little or no income on their taxes, so they reduce or eliminate any personal income tax? A LOT. Do they hire more people because they have little or no tax debt? The employment numbers say no - most of them just buy a bigger home, another car, one more vacation, or put the money in savings ....does their consumption create more jobs? The employment numbers say no. Why do I have fewer deductions just because I get a W2? I still "consume" and thus drive the economy. I just don't have the loopholes. Review the taxes of most small business owners and you'll wonder how they can pay a mortgage and feed their family on $11,500 a year.... (post deductions). And if they TRULY aren't making more money, then they might consider another line of work. Yes, I'm angry - because it's not fair, and Brown, Brownback, and Mitt Romney want to make it worse.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

The fewer republicans the more our properties will become worth and the more likely USA jobs will be reinvigorated.

BRING ON EMPLOYMENT = THE GREATEST REPUBLICAN FEAR ON EARTH!!!

Repubs fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all WOULD keep them out of control for decades….. we would hope.

Keep in mind a prospering america can overcome repub fear mongering... it must.

What is the repub party afraid? Why do they ALWAYS say no?

What do Repubs fear?

--- Fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all americans

--- Fear Jobs Jobs Jobs for americans

--- Fear New USA industry thus new wealth for america

--- Fear new cleaner energy sources because it would create so many new jobs and reduce rates across the board

--- Fear Medicare Single Payer Insurance for = huge tax dollar savings to government,public schools,small business and all of us in general. Single Payer Medicare is the answer. http://www.healthcare-now.org/

--- Fear Clean Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced

--- Fear educated Americans because WE ask questions

--- Fear losing of tax incentives/tax breaks for the wealthy that actually create tax increases for entire spectrum of the middleclass

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Truth 1 year, 11 months ago

Holland's message was clear and consistent: fund education to produce an intelligent citizenship that will create jobs and provide an intelligent workforce. Brown's message was less clear: cut taxes because two Eudora school board members told him to get rid of dead weight. Eliminate income taxes for business owners. Holland responded when Republican Eudora mayor Scott Hopson asked for help. Brown did not, according to Hopson. The contrast between the two was clear. Holland was calm and under control. Brown rambled and yelled. There is a clear choice between the two and that's the truth.

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