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Democrats urge expansion of Medicaid in Kansas

Richard you have been arguing this for years.

First of all federal $$$ are our dollars reduced by a bureaucracy in Washington and auctioned off to the best political bidder.

Insurance companies do not make abnormal profits. They do pay dividends to state and local government retirement funds as well as to people trying to prepare for their retirement as a recognition of the money loaned to the insurance company by those entities.

They haven not historically covered the very expensive limited beneficiary, not because that costs them money but because it drives up costs to all.

In the real world the premiums by policy holders must pay for all the care dispensed. If you want more covered then the cost go up. That is exactly what is happening in Obama Care where a mandated basket of coverage is driving up the costs of everybody's premiums.

There is no free lunch!!!

November 23, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says litigation over school finance is 'dumb way of handling this'; only Republicans invited to discussion

Coming back to the left side of the page in summary Barbara Gordon seems to be arguing that a few jurists in Topeka should set 40% of our taxes? She seems to be arguing that this needs to be so because a study (one of a number) suggested we could use more money for K-12. She seems to demean studies that suggest that there were flaws in the first study. She ignores the very real fact that that the kids are doing very well on national standardized tests. She ignores separation of powers and the very real argument that we should only be taxed by people who we elect. – as set forth in our founding documents.

To me that collection of her arguments suggests that she wants government run by unelected educated elites based on studies of dubious quality. That is sort of the notion of the dictatorship of the proletariat in the communist political system.

Why cannot the people of Kansas through their elected officials set tax rates as they have for generations? If they have been misled (You can keep your health care …) at least here in Kansas we can adjust that through the elected process in short order. Apparently patience (waiting for the electorate) is not the strong suit of the left. Or is it that the left really does not trust the electorate or believe in Democracy???

November 23, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says litigation over school finance is 'dumb way of handling this'; only Republicans invited to discussion

Another Barbara straw-man. I wrote noting about the issue of how judges are selected other than to clarify the notion that they are not freely appointed by the governor We can argue that elsewhere. but I do note that there are compromise solutions that keep the appointments in the hands of elected officials while making sure political hacks are not the norm.

This entire track about landed gentry is a distraction - and if that is censored we will go to the boss. We are discussing Kansas today. The people electing our officials are not landed gentry.

As I wrote we have come a long way from a king ruling us to where most of us get to vote. Now you seem to want to go back to a few jurists selected by a group of lawyers deciding 40% of the Kansas budget.

November 23, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says litigation over school finance is 'dumb way of handling this'; only Republicans invited to discussion

Exactly, our taxes will be raised to pay for this.

If we are to use studies to grade the legislature then whose studies do we use. We have the advocates who want ever more money and we have the opponents that believe it can be cut more.

Fact: Kansas kids are scoring on national tests at the 80 percentile. Does look to me as if we are spending adequately on education.

I can never understand people who want 40% of the state budget set by a few jurists in Topeka.

Our country was founded on the notion that our taxes should be levied by people who represent us - ie elected officials.

Tell me just exactly how do unelectd jurists fill that bill.

November 23, 2013 at 10:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Require recycling

Of everybody - renters included!!!

November 22, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats urge expansion of Medicaid in Kansas

Such meaningful dialogue. Tell me why the super rich pay about 40% on part of their income and less on dividends/capital gains and tax free bonds?

Maybe if we taxed them we might have more money for the "poor". Of course those super rich meet with Obama in closed sessions in California to make sure they never get taxed fairly.

November 22, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats urge expansion of Medicaid in Kansas

And who pays the increase nationally? We are running a trillion dollar deficit. To pay for it we would have to double taxes on the half of the population that pays federal income tax.

We will also have to pay the 10% in three years and in my world it will be 50% because the program will become normalized with the rest of Medicaid when the feds grapple with the cost of Obama Care - maybe $250 billion per year.

November 22, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats urge expansion of Medicaid in Kansas

My boo boo

November 22, 2013 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says litigation over school finance is 'dumb way of handling this'; only Republicans invited to discussion

I think gutting is a bit of an over reach. The kids are performing in the top 20% nationally. That is more than adequate.

November 22, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says litigation over school finance is 'dumb way of handling this'; only Republicans invited to discussion

Oh, if they decide there is not enough money for schools from where do they expect it to come.

They will be setting my taxes!!!!!

November 22, 2013 at 10:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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