Letters to the Editor

Letter: Bold ideas?

January 10, 2014


To the editor:

Politicians wrap themselves in slogans like trees in protective bark. Gov. Brownback began as a titan of his time, parading of ahead of the flag of true conservatism, a conservatism that would swell Kansas with new industry, new employment, new services and, most of all, new government with new ideals.

How bold the talk, how fearless the future! Brownback, for all conservatives.

In only a few short years, those trees of promise shed their leaves. The population of the state continued to decline. Budgets were cut for essential services including education. Voter registration scandals substituted for democratic government. Kansas is unable to attract new industry — again.

And what changed? Why, the slogans, of course! Like “increased efficiency,” and “school finances” and “abortion.” Nor must we forget Brownback’s favorite slogan, “holding my cards close to my vest,” so the voters won’t know what new slogans his writers will invent for him until election time.

Remember, please, those traditional Republican voices, now calling for common sense in Kansas government, alarmed by the radical nonsense of slogans without substance. The voters of our state should be alarmed and declare an end to the Brownback machine.


Scott Burkhart 4 years, 5 months ago

Hey, Ken, thanks for being fair and balanced!

Michael Shaw 4 years, 5 months ago

It is declining with respect to the national average, as the quick facts chart shows.

Ken Lassman 4 years, 5 months ago

Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily at all in my book. Much of our country is growing at an unsustainable rate, while a slow but steady rate has a much better chance of being done right in the long run.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

Conservatives are NOT fiscal conservatives. Conservatives are not necessarily republicans but more likely radical right wing ALEC party thinkers. ALEC is more like a political party not a PAC. Sam Brownback fits.

A bit of very conservative history that which Sam Brownback participated and is still participating.

It seems to me deficits do not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power. In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion. Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy = a conservative money hole.

Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents by the time Obama had been sworn into office. Deficits cannot be reduced by cutting taxes,starting wars and sending the economy down the tubes with two conservative home loan scams which impacted the USA job market tremendously.

N0 job market,no investment in the job market and a stagnant economy as a result = no new economic growth = no tax revenue growth. Frankly in the past 33 years the GOP is the only party on record destroying economies.

The bottom line is there any segment of this USA economy that does not operate under deficits? Wal-Mart and Koch Industries two very very conservative supporters of ALEC politics use deficits and subsidies to finance their operations.

Homeowners use deficits to finance homes. Small business people use deficits to support their operations. Credit card operations depend on deficits for success.

IF reducing taxes were the key to new employment every working working person in the USA could have 2 full time jobs @ $75,000 a year after 33 years of Supply Side Economics tax cutting. BUT where are the jobs? I guess tax incentives supporting jobs in China and other nations has resulted in USA jobs being one of America's chief exports.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 5 months ago

Richard, your post reminds me of the Allman Brothers' song lyrics, "Lord, I was born a ramblin' man....."

You ramble on, ad nauseum. I have a little factoid for you. Since the "War on Poverty" was declared and the "Great Society" begun, the U.S. government (me and you) has spent 20.7 trillion dollars on means tested entitlement programs. 50 years of government spending on the "poor". The percentage of those living below the poverty line has not decreased. What has happened is an entire entitlement culture has developed that knows nothing of self reliance or achievement. Gaming the system has become a way of life and the Washington D.C. poitical structure has enabled this cancer. I would submit that the entire entitlement system needs to be overhauled not increased. Fiscal responsibility is not cutting taxes. Fiscal responsibility requires accountability for the money we do spend and encouraging the drivers of the economy, small business, to create jobs.

Term limits and scaling back government overregulation are two places that we should start to fix the mess we have created.

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