BrainCase (Bob Reinsch)


Comment history

Kobach: Trump correct on immigration proposals

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

- Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

August 28, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas jobless rate climbs to 4.6 percent

Full employment leads to worker leverage in a supply/demand economy. If someone works in a non-skilled job, all an employer need do is remind that employee that if they start complaining about their minimum wage job, they can be replaced with someone else due to the available of workers. Folks at the top are more than happy to keep the level of unemployment as high as they can, so supply of laborers exceeds the demand. That's what the recession was all about, as well as the "jobless" recovery that was predicted in 2009-2010. Granted, it hasn't been jobless, but we're no where near the levels of employment we could be if Laffer's economic models actually worked (they don't).

August 23, 2015 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas officials defend pension bonds after Moody's report

The needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

August 13, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers question Kobach's effort to purge 'suspense' voter list

If we just eliminate the list, the problem will go away. There's a magical voter suppression fairy that will make all of the suppressed voters just go away, just like the magical poor people vaporizing fairy.

August 11, 2015 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach seeks to purge 'suspense' voter list

I saw the movie "The Purge". I'm glad I'm not on that list.

August 9, 2015 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers worry over shortfall in sales tax revenues

Cigarette smokers are buying out of state, or at the casinos...or (gasp) maybe they decided to quit smoking?

August 4, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans bracing for battle over EPA's Clean Power Plan

People talk about this myth of "clean coal", and reduced emissions, but rarely does the issue of water come into the conversation. How much water does a coal-burning plant go through in a month? Maybe we ought to take that into consideration while we continue to tap the aquifer, draining it of life giving water.

August 4, 2015 at 10:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans bracing for battle over EPA's Clean Power Plan

Why is always fossil fuels? You never see the EPA get up on their high horse and try to force cuts on emissions from wind power, solar, or tide power. It's almost like they think those types of energy are good for the environment. Just wait until they've got to put up with the noise of a solar power plant next to their houses.

August 4, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thousands of Kansans mistakenly told they're off Medicaid

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm trying to put a couple of pieces together in this puzzle.
1. Brownback appointed a new DCF chair some time ago that stated that turning over a number of the operations of the DCF to the private sector was in the offing.
2. The private sector provider was a supporter of Brownback's re-election campaign.
3. After two deaths of kids in the newly reconfigured DCF, somebody in some position of authority decides that an audit of the system is NOT in the public interest.
4. And now this...

Say what you will about the operation of state agencies, but I'd say the new system is off to a rather disappointing start.

August 1, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas statistician battles government to determine whether vote count is flawed

Kobach's "Interstate Crosscheck" is making any number of eligible voters ineligible for no legal cause. These suspended voters are having their civil rights violated, and their votes are in limbo. He claims the voting records are locked up and sealed, but that further exacerbates the problem. What if a couple thousand of these voters can prove that their rights were violated and their suspended ballots should count? Does the permanent record get unsealed then?

July 18, 2015 at 9:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )