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Letter: Two is enough

June 19, 2013

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To the editor:

Kansas, like China, is a one-party state, rigidly ideological, intolerant of dissent, and wedded to industrial barons. It does not need a recently proposed THIRD party (Journal-World, June 15). It needs a SECOND party of all moderate Kansans. We could call it, say, the Kansas Democratic Party.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 4 months ago

It will require never voting republican again because the grand old party is dead.

Why do old school republicans continue to vote for just about anyone who identifies themselves as republican knowing the old school republican party is dead?

The fact of the matter someone such as Sandy Praeger has no party. Her old party got consumed by the Rt Wing Anti Women Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party backed by ALEC Economic Terrorism right before our very eyes. Reagan/Bush/Gingrich began this onslaught by replacing republicans who did not ALWAYS agree with the President with right wing nuts backed with big bucks anyway it could get done.

As I see it... it will require a whole lot of new democratic faces as well as replacing the Rt Wing Anti Women Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party backed by ALEC Economic Terrorism that which is posing republican with the Green Party.

Bringing in the Green Party to work with Democrats will far more fiscally responsible and socially responsible. Simple as that. Kansas needs at least a two party system that does not exist at the moment.

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 4 months ago

I was wondering, Merrill, do you have a mantra?

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

The left in Kansas laments the lack of a vibrant Democratic Party to stand up to Brownback but these same people criticize the GOP in Congress for standing against Obama's agenda. For doing so they are called obstructionist.

Sounds like a double standard.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 4 months ago

It's almost like there are multiple ideologies and agendas at play, that some people agree with and some people disagree with, or something confusing like that.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 4 months ago

Who killed the economy? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

Meanwhile the GOP continue their efforts to destroy the USA economy over new economic growth. The GOP began their killing the USA job market with specialized tools.

--- Mergers = industry and jobs lost to other countries

--- Hostile Takeovers = industry and jobs lost to other countries

--- Leveraged Buyouts = industry and jobs lost to other countries

--- Free Trade Agreements = industry and jobs lost to other countries

Then this pattern was put in place.

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

--- This GOP 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 GOP 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

Brownback has brought all of the above to Kansas from his home town aka the beltway.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

I very much dislike Sebelius but the truth is she was a skilled politician that strategically put her agenda in place. Brownback is like a big dumb schoolyard bully awkwardly forcing his agenda into place.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

boiled - Brownback does everything in the light of day, really? His is one of the most non- transparent administrations I've seen. Yes, the same can be said about Obama, but two wrongs don't make a right

Brownback has raised taxes - sales tax for one, and try to spin it, but when taxes bring in more revenue than before they can only be described as an increase.

As I said, I dislike Sebelius, but I am not a Kool aid drinker and can see the truth. Sebelius could not have done what she did without being able to lead and garner GOP support. Blame her, but blame the GOap who went along with her too.

And say what you will about her at least she didn't pick on a teenage girl for tweeting. Only bullies pick on little girls.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

DTOM - no sales tax rates are not decreasing from where they were supposed to be the sales tax was to be temporary and then revert back to the original rate. Because of Brownback and the legislature the rates came back Dow some, but not all the way as we were promised. The rate is higher because of legislative action to keep it higher. Some tax rates decreased for some people, but taxes went up because they eliminated tax deductions.

Am I supposed to be happy because my rate went down but I am paying more in taxes?

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

boiled - you're either blinded by your partisanship or lack reading comprehension. Why argue with me about Sebelius' and Obama's lack of transparency? I am not a supporter of them and readily admit they are not transparent but again, what they do has no bearing on how I rate Brownback.

How do you defend Brownback raising taxes with a promises of eliminating income taxes years from now? I thought the GOP was against tax increases.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

boiled - we were promised that the sales tax increase was temporary but that promise was broken and yet you believe that the promise of e,imitating the income tax will be kept? Haha....that is priceless.

You say SB has turned this state around - how about some proof - you know some objective measure to demonstrate how he has turned the state around.

I recall his Roadmap and he said he was going to reduce childhood poverty. Has he? The numbers I've seen suggest otherwise.

How about his Weights and Measures program? Read the articles in the Cap Journal - dismal failure - the head of the program admits it.

So point me to something he has done to turn around the state.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

I asked for facts but 30 minutes later none. I've got things to do so I will check back later to see if you've come up with any objective measures to demonstrate that SB has turned around the state.

Read this Op Ed for some insight on how SB is doing. http://cjonline.com/opinion/2013-06-17/editorial-weighing-performance-weights-and-measures

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Phoghorn 1 year, 4 months ago

I think I will commission a life bronze statue of Governor Joan Finney. She was the last Kansas Governor that I liked.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 4 months ago

Are some of the above letter writters running for Gov.when it comes open??

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Phoghorn 1 year, 4 months ago

Nobody likes to run for governor. Nobody.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

LOL a Brownback speech is your idea of an objective measure?

Here is an article from your own source.

What's Wrong with Kansas' Tax Reform? According to finance experts from the left and right, it's the worst reform measure passed by a state in the last two years.

http://www.governing.com/columns/public-finance/col-whats-wrong-kansas-tax-reform-measure.html

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

boiled - the link is an article in Governing, you know, the magazine you used as your source. Please try to keep out. The op Ed was a different post and was to provide some insight into what SB has done to one of his agencies.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 4 months ago

A new name, but a familiar sensation of emptiness behind it.

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avoice 1 year, 4 months ago

If the moderates of Kansas believed that the Kansas Democratic Party was, indeed, ideologically attuned to their desires and needs, they would already be members of that organization. The fact that they are not speaks volumes. Perhaps if the Democrats quit trying to one-up what the Republicans are doing (i.e. - stooping to their levels, following similar tactics), and focus more on trying to unite moderates everywhere, they could gain some real ground in this state. For the politically independent, the entire problem is that neither party is interested in representing "the people" any more. They are only interested in representing their own party, which ultimately means the only people who get to be heard are the ones who agree in lockstep with either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. Neither Party is listening to us.

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