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Archive for Friday, March 15, 2013

Letter: Tend to business

March 15, 2013

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It seems that, every day, one finds in the Journal-World another example of our esteemed legislators at work sponsoring bills that do little or nothing to enhance the general welfare of the state or the residents thereof.

The latest example of such inane foolishness is a bill “supported by the NRA,” and others, which would limit lobbying for gun control. Supporters argue that “taxpayer funds should not be used to lobby for restrictions on legal products.”

What about regulations on the sale and use of liquor and cigarettes, both of which are legal and heavily regulated? By the above lame, myopic argument, the National Institutes of Health (a government entity) should not be allowed to inform the public of the known dangers of use of such products, both of which are known to be lethal. Well, guns are also lethal and do the job much more quickly. 

Please lay to rest the lame old argument that guns do not kill people; people kill people.  It is much easier to avoid or counter killers who do not have access to a gun.

We do wish for, but hold little hope of, a return to sanity by those who are duly elected to represent all of us rather than whichever special interest group is making the most noise. Our legislators need to spend more time and effort tending to the business of the state and the welfare of the general public, i.e. school funding, coming together to find a sensible budget, solving the state budget crisis and correcting the state’s broken tax structure. They need to spend less time, thought, energy and effort pushing the agendas of minority segments of their constituency. 

Comments

grammaddy 1 year, 1 month ago

Where are the jobs they promised?

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 1 month ago

The Bodles bring up an interesting point: Almost daily we learn of one or more new bills introduced in the legislature, most seeking to impose some new social control, or remove a common sense regulatory control already in place. Nearly all of the bills being oblivious to the state's imminent budget shortfall.

In reality there's nothing oblivious about this technique. Continuously jarring the public's sensibilities with multiple "social change bills" is calculated to stun voters, make voters less sensitive to recognizing the "conservative" master plan of imposing an old-style colony exploitation model on the state of Kansas. Conservatives are desperate to return our state to the gilded age of the industrial Robber Barons.

In the months leading up to the next general election, always bear in mind that the invisible puppetmasters jerking our chains are multi-billionnaires and multi-millionnaires who've launched a war of total socio-economic control. Whatever deep-seated psychological reasons motivate them to this endeavor is their business.

What makes the puppetmasters aggressive behavior everybody's business is their willingness to spend unrecorded millions training selected state legislators in secret to do their bidding. In Kansas, it is at this point beyond any doubt that Republican conservatives view this contest as a war to the death.

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skull 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree whole-heartedly with the author. That being said, however, this is the representation that was promised and advertised during an election in which candidates argued over who was the most extremely "conservative" candidate. We (the voters) have created this group of "representatives," and we're getting what we deserve, I guess. The push to politicize everything to the extremes, right, left, whatever, has led this state to become an experiment for every policy that can be pushed upon us by this legislature. And the supporters are eating it up. While some of us cringe to open the paper every morning, some undoubtedly are cheering every misguided step of the way. Facts? We don't need any facts. We have rhetoric. Rhetoric was what they were elected on and unadulterated rhetoric is what we're going to get. Face this fact...our state is pushing to become the most ultra "conservative" state in the union. The question is for how long will there be anything left to conserve.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 1 month ago

Bodle, your argument about gun laws might hold water if criminals obeyed gun laws. Only law abiding citizens follow laws so passing more law is pointless. I do agree our law makers are bought and sold by lobbyists and very few have any agenda other then their own careers and bank accts. PAC's need to go away along with lobbyists. Our job is to elect a voice for us and if we do our job, we don't need PAC and lobbyists pushing agendas. That is the job of our elected official.

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Ken Lassman 1 year, 1 month ago

Well, we wouldn't want research to muddy the waters of our preconceived notions about anything, would we? The NRA has a history of actively squelching research money that might be used to investigate the relationship between guns, violence, socioeconomic dynamics, prevention measures, etc. They want to be able to frame the issue on their own terms, bereft of any complicating facts.

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