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Letter: Exasperated Kansan

March 14, 2014

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To the editor:

The main thing that I have learned from following the proposed freedom-to-discriminate legislation in Kansas is that equality will be tolerated by our Republican leaders only if inequality proves to be bad for business. There is no concern for our fellow citizens who are the  subject of the proposed discrimination — only concern for the effect such discrimination will have on the business community.

Our state motto should be changed to ad astra per exaspera (to equality with great exasperation).

Comments

Richard Heckler 10 months, 3 weeks ago

More big government from the republican party……….

And more big republican government is coming by the truck loads.

Don't vote republican in the name of democracy and respect for human beings!!!

Bart Johnson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

That's right. Don't vote republican. Don't vote democrat either, as they are just as bad!

Elston Gunn 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Blah blah evil Republicans, Koch Brothers, Wal-Mart blah blah. Stale and boring. Like Bart says, one is no bettter than the other. You don't have to affiliate with either. Try thinking for yourself for a change. Dumb-as-dirt Sebelius was no better for the state than Brownback. A real do-nothing who flitted off for a fed job she is totally under qualified for, leaving an equally dumb blockhead to finish out her term.

James Howlette 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't recall Sebelius losing federal arts funding, creating a tax policy that both left and right leaning analysts labeled the worst in the country (http://www.kansas.com/2013/04/14/2761624/analysts-from-left-and-right-call.html) , insisting on a shoddy transition to a managed care system that left people in life-threatening gaps (http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-25/man-disability-says-kancare-changes-threaten-life) and sending back federal funds to try to sabotage the ACA at the cost of the health of Kansas. We taxpayers already paid for that money, so he wasn't saving the federal budget anything by doing it. He was just leaving money on the table and pretending it made financial sense.

You may have had problems with some of the choices she made. I did, too. But let's not call Sebelius equal to Brownback. She wasn't. She was, at the worst, a middle-of-the-road governor. At best, Brownback is one of the worst governors this state has ever seen. His radical agenda will linger with us for quite some time. Not in a good way. On paper, this upcoming election shouldn't be close. It's only Brownback's raging unpopularity that makes Davis have a chance this year.

FTR, I don't think all Republicans are evil. But Brownback did make sure most of the good ones were removed from office.

Leslie Swearingen 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Sebelius was no better for the state than Brownback is now. She accomplished little before leaving for a federal job that she is clearly not qualified for, while we have governor who is not qualified for his job.

There, Elston, fixed it for you. No need to thank me.

Larry Sturm 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't know what is the problem but the republican p arty is bound and determined to break everything that is not broken. BROWNBACK AND THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE IS BAD FOR KANSAS.

James Howlette 10 months, 3 weeks ago

It was Brownback running off all the moderates that really did us in.

James Howlette 10 months, 3 weeks ago

He wouldn't have won. Party switcher AND associated with Sebelius, who was just fine until Obama was elected.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 3 weeks ago

ALEC Right Wing Party is posing as the republican party which is fraudulent representation of the GOP in Kansas. Sam Brownback works for ALEC. Any legislator that challenges The New World Order of Sam Brownback is replaced with Koch bucks, Walton bucks and likely some bucks laundered by the state Chamber of Commerce.

Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation.

It helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote state bills which:

• gut environmental laws

• create a regressive tax system

• eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

• undermine universal and affordable health care

• privatize public education

• chip away at voting rights.

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

United States of ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

Richard Heckler 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Paul Davis is a moderate Fiscal Conservative which places Paul Davis many notches above Sam Brownback.

The ALEC Right Wing Party are reckless spenders that which is demonstrated by the Koch and Walton family spending beyond reality on political campaigns.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Perfect example of Brownback reckless management of OUR tax dollars.

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses - Thursday, April 26, 2012 \

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

My congratulations to 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.

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0

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