Letters to the Editor

Letter: Costly policies

February 3, 2014


To the editor:

Gov. Brownback is crowing about the Kansas economy without justification. Since he took office in January 2011 the Kansas unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points while the nation’s as a whole dropped 3 percentage points over the same period. The governor’s economic program is essentially what the first President Bush labeled “voodoo economics.”

Voodoo economics is championed by a debunked economist and the super rich who trot him out whenever legislation might raise their low taxes. The voodoo formula is to just lower taxes and prosperity will follow. It does not work and causes economic harm. It is akin to the belief that if you just plant crops it will rain. Not only is Brownback economically unsophisticated, his narrow ideology is a turnoff to desirable companies who are looking around for a corporate home or a new business location.

And let’s not forget that Brownback still owes the Kansas treasury the $31.5 million for setting up a Kansas-designed health care website which he sent back to Washington so he could remain ideologically pure to extreme right-wingism. Never mind that Kansans could have greatly benefitted from that money. But how is Brownback going to pay when he just borrowed a half million dollars from the lieutenant governor to save his political bacon? Let’s get Kansas back in the mainstream by getting rid of our narrow-minded, untalented governor. We can’t afford him.


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 3 months ago

Has anyone ever commented about the wonderful and constructive policies of Governor Sam Brownback?

I don't think so.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Not in this town, Ron. They're all liberal lemings, blithely following their instinctive call to "equality" of outcome only to throw themselves off of the cliff of ignorance to their doom. The problem is they try to take everybody else with them whether we want to go or not. All in the name of freedom.

Greg Cooper 4 years, 3 months ago

Lovely alliteration and a beautiful metaphor, Scott, all signifying nothing. If you are so enamored with Brownback and his "roadmap" why not eschew rhetoric and put forward some solid evidence of his policies working for the good of all Kansans rather than the privileged few who benefit from those policies. Short term Brownbackian policy leads to no long term benefit for the average Kansan. That you continue to praise his Kochian blather says less about your thinking ability than your party loyalty. Too bad.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 3 months ago

Great word salad Greg! Where's the meat?

Abdu Omar 4 years, 3 months ago

Do you plan to Ron? I don't think you can. The problem is that some people will vote for candidates who are of a political party they like regardless of the politics of the person. I think, and may be wrong, that Western Kansas voted for Brownback because he is a Republican and will again for the same reason. He needs to be replaced for the health of our state, but far be it from republicans to get the job done.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 3 months ago

Abdu, your statements are very true. They remind me of a woman who is quite proud of the fact that her family has voted an almost straight Democratic ticket for many decades.

And, I'm sure that there are many who are proud of their Republican heritage of voting for a straight Republican ticket for an equal amount of time.

All you really need to know is this: Which letter do you prefer, D or R? It's very much like the TV show 'Sesame Street', except that it's much easier because there are only two letters.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 3 months ago

Abdu, Folks vote for conservatives because they are afraid of government. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" are words our last back to back Presidential election landslide winner Ronald Regan used to make that point. Bureaucrats and the elected officials who employ them are not frequently your friends Abdu- they want your compliance and they want your property and they want your money.

People vote for the more conservative candidate because they want to slow the rate at which their being dragged down the road to serfdom.

Seth Peterson 4 years, 3 months ago

Actually most people vote conservative because they are misinformed, often due to being lied to.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Here is a link, Abdu Omar, to a study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. They don't have a dog in this fight. To paraphrase their study, Kansas is slowly moving their fiscal policy in the right direction after a decade of Sebelius and other liberals of this state running Kansas into the ground. Yes, to quote President Obama, "We had no idea how bad the previous administration had left things. It was a bigger mess than we knew."


Like I have said before, liberal economic ideas only work between the ears. When implemented in real life they always fail for a variety of reasons. The problem is you weiner dogs never get it.

Jim Slade 4 years, 3 months ago

"after a decade of Sebelius and other liberals of this state running Kansas into the ground"

Get real. Are you even listening to yourself? Name the last time Democrats had control of this state's legislature.

I won't hold my breath.

Greg Cooper 4 years, 3 months ago

Scott, you might want to go back to arguing religion. At least there are no verifiable statistics proving or disproving religious beliefs. In politics, there are and your "no dogs" assertion is verifiably untrue and evokes nothing but scorn from dems and reps who actually think for themselves.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

What is ALEC Brownback doing with OUR money?

Notice he gave Mars Corporation some "free land" plus $9 million tax dollars. Mars is a quite a wealthy corporation yet is on the Brownback corporate welfare list = addiction to D.C. habits.

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses - http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0 Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Posted by Jim Hightower

Where is the $47 million tax dollars that belong to Kansas taxpayers?

Workers in 16 states – from Kansas to Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause. Your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare. This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves! Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

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!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

BTW there is a new ALEC/Koch-Linked Political Firm Aims to Handpick "Electable" Candidates

Meet Aegis Strategic - http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

Jonathan Nyp 4 years, 3 months ago

Things would be much worse without tax cuts making Kansas more attractive to business. Let's face it Kansas, does not have much going for it compared with many of the 50 other states. One thing we can control is our tax structure. One of the only bright spots in the state is Johnson county, and that exists because the state has made it more attractive than KCMO to do business.

Beator 4 years, 3 months ago

PS - Johnson County has white flight to thank for a lot of its expansion. I'm not sure you want to list that as "more attractive to do business."

I'm from Seattle. Would you care to explain this comment?

Thank you

Jonathan Nyp 4 years, 3 months ago

"'White flight" is a term used by progressives to demonize those who want their children to live in a safe environment and so leave unsafe urban areas. I suppose she means much of the population of Johnson county is from KCMO. She failed to mention that KCMO has city income tax of 1% and that is the reason many business shun KC for Johnson county.

Seth Peterson 4 years, 3 months ago

Mike - if you weren't sure, Barbara gave the proper meaning of the term.

Jonathan Nyp 4 years, 3 months ago

It's important that you create and define the language in a dialog isn't it?

Jonathan Nyp 4 years, 3 months ago

So higher taxes would create more jobs in this state? This is magical thinking.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 3 months ago

Barbara, higher education is not at all affordable anymore. Too expensive. Too much debt . Why inject the race card into the discussion? Shame on you.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 3 months ago

Don't trust federal government statistics about the economy. Unemployment has fallen because folks have left the labor force not because new jobs have been created. If we measured unemployment as we used to it would be much much higher than reported. The rulers have to hide the rise to keep you munchkins asleep. Inflation data too are cheat figures of government manipulation. Inflation as we used to measure it in the 1980's is really 9% or more not 1.5%.

I'm perplexed why so many here in dream land land forward opinion which they must know is foolish or blatantly false. Some sort of Stockholm syndrome or enlightened self interest of the tax subsidized publicly employed nannycrat class.

Grégoire Guillaume 4 years, 3 months ago

Tinkle down economics has been shown to be a sham. Brownback's policies are designed to bring business' from other more progressive states that care about education and infrastructure. To take jobs from other states and communities with tax giveaways is just corporate welfare pure and simple Also it's just smells bad.. Nationally, Kansas is perceived as a joke of a state with an out of control gov and legislature. The argument that you can't trust government is a tricky one. When government has been captured by the corporate and wealthy class naturally what benefits the rest of us is seldom on the agenda. "WE THE PEOPLE" sound familiar? We need to take back our Government. What has transpired is a coup d'état that has left us a 80/20 nation, basically a third world country.

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