JohnSickels (John Sickels)


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Editorial: Passing the buck?

Dave Trabert......Dave Trabert.....<crickets>


Somewhere, Trabert laughs while cashing another Koch brothers check.

December 16, 2014 at 9:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback: It's up to Legislature to cut budget

Never forget: the goal of Sam Brownback and Dave Trabert is the dismantling of state government by any means necessary, to enrich their wealthy donors at the expense of the general public good. The plan all along was to force these stupid tax cuts, blow the budget, then dismantle the government and turn everything over to privatization because "there is no money."

When Sam Brownback and Dave Trabert talk of liberty and freedom, they mean liberty and freedom for the strong and powerful to dominate the weak and helpless. They mean liberty and freedom for the Koch Brothers to poison the air and water. They mean liberty and freedom for fundamentalist churches to dominate the education system at the expense of science and reason.

December 15, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school efficiency panel reaches few agreements for new legislation

Looks like Dave Trabert isn't going to get his way on forcing the school districts to ignore prudent fiscal management by blowing all their cash balances.

December 15, 2014 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback: It's up to Legislature to cut budget

So much for "personal responsibility." It is NEVER Brownback's fault. Always someone else to blame. the legislature.

Still waiting on the craven coward Dave Trabert to show up and defend all this.

December 15, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: ‘First steps’

Where is the craven coward Dave Trabert?

The world wonders.

December 12, 2014 at 9:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State budget plan mostly pushes shortfall forward

I think Dave Trabert and Sam Brownback need to spend some time cleaning bedpans at a state hospital, or serve some shifts as prison guards, or work road construction for a few weeks, or work a 10-hour shift at the DMV counter dealing with angry drivers.

They would be balled up crying like babies in no time.

December 11, 2014 at 9:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State budget plan mostly pushes shortfall forward

Where is the craven coward Dave Trabert? I'm going to ask that every day until he shows up. He will throw some misleading numbers around, then accuse me of being too personal and I will lay out in detail why I think he is a craven coward.

The latest KPI propaganda is about how every state provides the same "basket" of services but some do it for less money. There's nothing there about the QUALITY of those services of course. Some states in this country are extremely backward in regards to education, environment, and services for the disabled, and that is where Trabert wants to take us.

December 11, 2014 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City manager offers apology on Rock Chalk matter; commissioners suggest audit

I've voted for both Schumm and Dever in the past, but both have tentatively lost my vote because of this....depending on who runs against them, of course. I guess I should say that I have gone from "will vote for again" to "undecided, strongly leaning no"

I am not particularly impressed with Farmer and Riordan either, although Rock Chalk isn't their fault.

December 11, 2014 at 6:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Brownback working on pension, school plans

If KPERS is part of the education system, which Brownback has been saying for months, cutting it is a direct violation of the court order.

December 11, 2014 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district fund balances to be targeted, education group says

Dave Trabert and the Kansas Policy Institute do not support proper accounting procedures or conservative fiscal management.

And that is deliberate. Despite their reputation as a "conservative" think tank, KPI is not conservative at all in any reasonable sense of the word.

They are radical right-wingers bent on destroying the foundations of state government in favor of a 19th century vision of society, with a tiny upper class, small middle class, and vast reservoir of poorly-educated and financially desperate labor scrambling for low wages to be tapped as the masters see fit.

Destruction of the public schools via "starve the government" is a key part of this vision, one they are much closer now to achieving than before, thanks to the blindness of the Kansas electorate.

December 10, 2014 at 8:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )