BrooksideJayhawk (Bruce Janssen)


Comment history

KU chancellor to get $60,000 pay raise funded through KU Endowment Association

This is precisely the path that the Legislature wants the universities to go down, and it's the height of political stupidity for the Regents to play this game.
Now that the endowment association has shown that it will be the financier of last resort, the current Republican ruling class will use that as another excuse to to cut state funding. Want a new building? Build it with endowment money. Faculty needs a raise? Get out the checkbook.
The Regents apparently think that the GOP is merely going through some conservative phase and the fever will soon break. Not only is there not a speck of evidence to support that belief, there's every reason to think that the gutting of Kansas' system of public education is in its earliest phases. The real blood-letting will come after 2014.

June 20, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rules tighten on TANF recipients

Oh yes, the old "feed a stray dog" argument against helping people.
Please, allow me to retort:
“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.”

May 2, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rules tighten on TANF recipients

Good grief, people. Why not just round up all poor people and kill them? They'll be off your welfare rolls (and they never were on your consciences). Problem solved.

May 2, 2013 at 1:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

27 want to join Kansas redistricting lawsuit

“This is precisely what I warned the court would happen,” Kobach told The Associated Press. “I really hope that the court is prepared to handle this.”

Indeed. Kobach warned the court that all these people would inundate the judges with too many facts.

Better that judges not have facts. Citizens United is a perfect example.

May 23, 2012 at 12:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House resolution criticizes United Nations Agenda 21

Did they have to wear their tinfoil hats during the vote?

May 3, 2012 at 10:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Construction firm owner is new KDOT secretary

What could possibly go wrong?

March 23, 2012 at 3:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anti-abortion group opposes KU Medical Center efforts to change bill

Mercy, give it a rest.

From the AP Stylebook: "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice."

March 9, 2012 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Speaking in Osawatomie, Obama sees 'make or break' time for middle class

Didn't the J-W send a reporter? A photographer?

Enlighten your readers.

December 6, 2011 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Equity issues cited in Gov. Sam Brownback's school finance plan

This is rich, Dave.
When you Republicans want to bash the president, you speak of the threats of higher taxes and more regulations being at the root of current high unemployment. "Washington policies have created a fog of uncertainty that’s left small businesses unable to hire," said John Boehner back in September.
Well, Dave, uncertainty is something every school board in the state has been living with since you guys decided that appropriate levels of funding for public education didn't square with your ideology. The upshot has been been that some districts have decided to keep a little money in the bank because of the misgivings associated with school finance.
I gather that in business the hesitancy to spend is understandable and for Kansas schools the hesitancy to spend is indefensible.

November 9, 2011 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )