Kansas views on shutdown, school funding, Roberts, food stamps
10/21/2013 5:42 AM
08/08/2014 10:19 AM
Shutdown – There comes a time when personal beliefs need to be set aside in favor of sound governing principles. On the eve of deliberately causing potential economic calamity, the U.S. Congress finally decided to raise the nation’s debt limit and fully reopen the federal government. The all-Republican Kansas delegation showed its true colors in the roll call tallies. Only Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. Lynn Jenkins supported the necessary measure. That left Sen. Pat Roberts and Reps. Tim Huelskamp, Mike Pompeo and Kevin Yoder voting against the best interests of this great nation.
Hays Daily News
School funding – Kansas is at a crossroads. It can choose to improve on its already high educational performance. It can do enough to maintain the status quo. Or it can allow its vaunted public school network to slip under the weight of ideological agendas and misplaced priorities. Based on what Gov. Sam Brownback and some legislators are saying, there is reason to fear the state will take the road to decline.
Kansas City Star
Roberts – Clearly, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., could find a better use of his time than call for the resignation of U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Roberts went after Sebelius to show off his conservatism because he thinks attacking her and the Affordable Care Act will win points – and votes – with Kansans. Roberts’ politics were tolerable in the 1980s and ’90s. But no more. He is trying to out-right the right, and he simply looks like an old politician fumbling to find his keys.
Food stamps – It is difficult to justify the state’s move to reject federal funding that already had been approved for five Kansas groups to provide outreach and assistance for people who qualify for food stamps. “We simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare,” said a representative for the Department for Children and Families. That seems like an overly harsh characterization of a program that provides food, often on a temporary basis, for low-income Kansans, about half of whom are children.
We’ve been watching the Brownback administration deal with food stamps, food insecurity and childhood poverty for a few months now, and finally we see where it’s going. And we have to admit, it’s a clever solution that addresses many problems at once and relies on a proven strategy. We fully expect the Legislature will repeal, as much as those interfering feds will let it, child labor laws. Putting the children on food stamps to work adds to the family income and gives them something constructive to do. It goes a long way toward solving those nasty school funding problems, since they’re not going to school and we won’t have to pay for their education, and it will raise test scores, since the underfed kids who don’t concentrate well won’t be taking the tests. It eliminates some of those intrusive regulations that, we hear, so hinder businesses from thriving. In the meantime, until those hefty paychecks start rolling in, if the kids don’t have enough to eat, let them eat cake.