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What is the Matter with Liberal Kansans?
The book “What is the Matter with Kansas” can be summarized as noting that Kansans overlook their economic interests in pursuing “false” social issues. Well I play that right back to the Lawrence liberal scene. Is it in your economic interest to vote for people who keep finding ways to restrain your efforts to improve your standard of living over your family’s lifetime of work?
This is the last installment in this lengthy discussion about who is getting what and who is paying for what. If you will recall this started when Bea challenged my opinion that Mr. Obama is not focused on the middle class but on the lower half of it. If you will also recall I posted a discussion about what we mean by the middle class and established that the range is from about $25K to about $100K
An unbiased reading of the last four blogs suggests that while we are making significant effort to help the people considered poor, we are conversely asking those in the upper half of the middle class to provide a disproportionate and ever growing contribution to that effort.
I specifically posted data to show that a family starting their careers with an income of about $50K will see the government take between 40% and 60% of their life time gain. I repeat, how can you vote for people who through financial policy, tax policy, regulatory policy, health policy and all sorts of other means take more and more of your standard of living so that your ability to improve your financial circumstances is increasingly stymied.
Maybe your fellow Kansans see what is happening more clearly and reject it. Maybe they are just smarter than their liberal brethren and really do vote their economic interests!