Well, I certainly am excited with the developments in Topeka. According to Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan and Gov. Sam Brownback, this state is destined to be a shining example of true conservatism in action. Makes me want to stick around just to see how this all works out. According to my record keeping, taxes are being eliminated for the well-to-do, while taxes for those not so well off will remain the same or will be increased. Well, why not? Someone has to pay the bills. It appears we are in a pitched battle with Mississippi to see who has the distinction of paying the highest taxes on groceries.
According to a recent survey of Republicans in college, these people were honest enough to admit their party was rigid, old-fashioned, racist, and close-minded. Yes, indeed, it will be interesting to see how well Kansas’ regressive policies will be received by the rest of the country. It’s possible these qualities attributed to “true conservatism” will not be a good draw for most businesses. Economically, it is not good policy to locate in a state that does not value education, freedom of choice or decent standards of living.
It appears our legislators are interested in rolling back the years to the last century. Those were the good old days when women knew their place, there was no safety net for those in need, and the divide between the haves and have-nots continued to widen. Yes, indeed, Kansas will certainly get a reputation — probably not the one Sam Brownback is hoping for.