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Kansas gets publicity for budget problems; LJWorld.com user nominates new state slogan


UPDATE: And our winner is mom_of_three with her entry: Kansas: Flat and BrokeMom_of_three, send me an e-mail to claim your prize.News organizations from New Zealand, to Dallas to Philadelphia to Paris and countless others have been publicizing Kansas' budget woes in the past 24 hours.This is the sort of publicity that a state can only dream of — but I'm sure the folks in Kansas would much prefer the publicity were for the beautiful Flint Hills or the thrill of the Legends and the Kansas Speedway.But sometimes you have to take lemons and make them into lemonade. So today we'll be hosting a contest here on LJWorld.com to allow you all to come up with a new marketing slogan for Kansas — one that capitalizes on the current budget mess. Post your suggestions in the comments and we'll select a winner, who gets a fantastic prize. (Note: Fantastic is probably in the eyes of the beholder. But when I behold the prize, I think fantastic.)So, to get you started, we'll post one possible slogan — Kansas: As broke as you think.Now it's your turn.


Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

This is Lawrence, KS. Is anyone there?

Sigmund 8 years ago

Logan72 (Alia Ahmed) says… "This is Lawrence, KS. Is anyone there?"


crimsonlaugh 8 years ago

Topeka, we have a problem. (Well, several.)

zettapixel 8 years ago

Kansas: At Least We're Not North Dakota!

Trobs 8 years ago

Kansas: We wrecked Dorothy's house then foreclosed on it!

Kansas: Our budget is as red as the sunset.

Kansas: As broke as California without the earthquakes, mudslides, crime rate and traffic!

Kansas: Broke, but we turn corn into gas!

Kansas: Going broke is the only way to get national attention.

Kansas: See, there is more to us then our basketball team.

Omegatron 8 years ago

Kansas. Home of the Jayhawks and um... the other school.

chewyfally 8 years ago

Kansas: STILL better than Missouri.

Omegatron 8 years ago

Kansas: Our budget sinks faster then the Titanic.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years ago

No I like this one better. I don't think we are in oz any more.

estespark 8 years ago

Mountains of Brokeback Budgets.

8ball 8 years ago

kansas.they land of o crap,we're broke

Omegatron 8 years ago

Kansas: Tornado gateway to the land of OZ.

Omegatron 8 years ago

Kansas: As Backwards as you think.

webmocker 8 years ago

Kansas: Broken Plains

Kansas: To the stars through difficulties

Kansa: Losing our "s"

chewyfally 8 years ago

I like webmocker's: Kansa: Losing our “s”

Sigmund 8 years ago

Top Ten Kansas Slogans

  1. Kansas, were just like California without the beaches.
  2. No job, no credit, no problem!
  3. Kansas, where robbing Peter to pay Paul is a way of life.
  4. Don't laugh, Gov Kathy might be your next Health and Human Services Secretary.
  5. Kansas, The Land of Ahhhh $hit!
  6. So we wrote a check for the electric bill but mailed it to the landlord, and then we sent the check for the rent to the gas company and it was months before everything got sorted.
  7. Enough wind we can kite several hundred million dollars of checks!
  8. I'm with stupid.
  9. So broke we can't even pay attention.
  10. Ed Asner Per Aspera. (To Ed Asner, through difficulty.)

getreal 8 years ago

Kansas - Broke by Intelligent Design

Betty Bartholomew 8 years ago

Ut astrum in a pennae quod a votum

(To the stars on a wing and a prayer)

d_prowess 8 years ago

I'm not creative, but I would like to lend my support to two suggestions:

  1. Kansas: STILL better than Missouri. (or maybe Kansas: Broke but STILL better than Missouri)

  2. Kansas: As broke as California without the earthquakes, mudslides, crime rate and traffic!

Godot 8 years ago

"Kansa: Losing our “s”" Love it. Kansas: We paid for Sebelius' cabinet post, now we're broke.

rusty2 8 years ago

Kansas - toto watch out for Wall Street suction!

rusty2 8 years ago

Kansas - Wall Street has suction that Dyson can only dream about.

rusty2 8 years ago

Kansas - where Wall Street sucked all the money out!

supermango 8 years ago

Kansas: where everything is flat, including paychecks !

baumlaw 8 years ago

I don't think we can afford to live in Kansas any more, Toto!

Danielle Brunin 8 years ago

(Channeling demotivational poster) Kansas government: If you think the budget problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions!

ConcreteQueen 8 years ago

Kansas: The other California.

Kansas: Yes, it really is a state.

baumlaw 8 years ago

Kansas--An experience you can't afford to miss.

ksres2009 8 years ago

Kansas Debt - As big as you think!

Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

Well, there are some great ideas here. Keep writing.

Sigmund 8 years ago

rusty2 (Anonymous) says… "Kansas - where Wall Street sucked all the money out!"

Yeppers it was all them thar big city slickers come to town an dern ifin the didn't cheat ma and pa's money fer seed and now the youngins don't have a pot to pee in.

I guess it is hard to admit we did this to ourselves.

Hope56 8 years ago

Kansas Pops with California: Sebelius Fizzes

sassypants 8 years ago

Kansas: Where did the money REALLY go?

sassypants 8 years ago

Kansas: Broke, send jobs and money now!

Brandon Devlin 8 years ago

Kansas: Where Evolution AND Finance are electives.

mmmmm 8 years ago

Kansas: Where slavery is alive and well!

Trobs 8 years ago

Kansas: Just like Oz our money is all imaginary

webmocker 8 years ago

Kansas: Go for Broke!

Kansas Employs. Workers Pay.

Kansas Winds Down

bige1030 8 years ago

Another vote for webmocker's: Kansa: Losing our “s”

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

Last call for slogans. Any submitted after 4:30 p.m. won't be considered for the fantastic prize. Winner announced before 5.

emu 8 years ago

Kansas. Where extreme-right wackos destroy citizens' lives and get re-elected for doing it, time after time.

mikeowens 8 years ago

getreal has to be the winner. "Kansas - Broke by Intelligent Design"

asleepinthechapel 8 years ago

"Kansas: Flat AND Broke" and "Kansa: Losing our "s""

My votes to mom_of_three and webmocker FTW.

Godot 8 years ago

that didn't work right.

Kansas - - - . . . - - -

samsnewplace 8 years ago

Kansas: Welfare and homeless welcomes you!

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

And the winner is mom_of_three with Kansas: Flat and broke. Message me to claim your prize!

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

mom_of_three 8 years ago

holy cow.... maybe i should become a marketing major....

pills4profit 8 years ago

Kansas: Financially destitute and evolutonarily inverted.

Sigmund 8 years ago

jkealing (Jonathan Kealing) says… "And the winner is mom_of_three with Kansas: Flat and broke. Message me to claim your prize!"

Well deserved MO3 although if it has a monetary value be sure to claim it as income for tax purposes!

logicsound04 (Anonymous) says… "I also have to say that the partisan slogans—SigMundane, God'oh—are just annoying and not particularly clever."

I just can't explain just how heartbroken I am, especially from the creator of the uber-clever and ultra-snarky "SigMundane."

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

okay MOM3, did you get your own electric generating windmill? whatcha get? inquiring minds want to know.

kansas: now were'd I put them con-sarned deposit slips?

kansas: "what, me worry?"

kansas: we're pawning the Governor's ruby slippers!

Tom McCune 8 years ago

"Ut astrum in a pennae quod a votum" was pretty good...

Tom McCune 8 years ago

I know it's too late, but somebody should have submitted, "When the going gets tough, the tough go to HHS..."

mom_of_three 8 years ago

I won a grab bag of goodies which is being sent to my home.... when I get them, I will let you know if there is a turbine or a other cool stuff.....

BTW, my youngest kept saying....but Kansas isn't FLAT.

blindrabbit 8 years ago

Why don't we just adopt the new license plate slogan: "In God We Trust".. Then we will be ready when the self rightous Brownback runs for Gov. I can just imagine the right-wingers salivating at the possibilities.

jumpin_catfish 8 years ago

Kansas: Hated by liberals everywhere but who cares what they think.

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