Resist bullying by Brownback
Hats off to our Democratic and moderate Republican state senators in Kansas. Despite the bullying by Gov. Sam Brownback, the Senate has resisted rubber-stamping his absurd economic and tax-policy proposals. These senators have demonstrated bravery, intelligence and a sincere interest in the welfare of Kansans.
Some might think it doesn’t make sense for our governor to propose something that is harmful to the people of our state. But when Brownback was in the U.S. Senate, he established a pattern of decision making based on rigid ideology, not reasoning. An example is his promotion of an abstinence-only program in Africa that replaced a successful condom-use program.
There is a limit to how much additional oppression the middle class, low-income workers and the poor can tolerate and still be able to bounce back at some future point. Vote to shelve Brownback’s regressive economic proposals and tax cuts. They are inane and will only serve him, his wealthy patrons, and the frightened conservative sycophants in the House and Senate. Voters will remember you.
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MICHAEL J. BURKE
Emotional issues such as abortion rights and marriage qualifications should be handled at the state level and have no business in the political process for federal offices. Each state’s sovereign rights to decide such issues should be protected and not discarded by federal czars and national politicians who wish to mandate their own morality and social code.
The voting public should demand that all the candidates stay focused on the main issues, such as the economy, our shrinking job market, limiting federal government’s intrusion into our private lives, restricting the judiciary so that legislation comes from the legislative process rather than the judicial branch, restricting the influence of the United Nations’ efforts to legislate and dictate our sovereign rights, implementing term limits on all branches of the government, and stopping the flow of those who wish to circumvent our system and enter our nation without going through the proper channels.
This is not a complete list of issues, but it is a good place to start. We should focus on issues that unite us rather than those that will divide us.
Let the local arena be where we solve the controversial issues and where we can interject our compassion and respect for one another. Dialogue will assist in finding common ground, not more legislation from individuals with an agenda and a plan to homogenize all of us into their ideologies.
Blame the GOP
The writer of “Make government more efficient” (May 10 Letters to the Editor) seems to think that government is bloated. Then he complained that he hadn’t heard from the state since filing his taxes in April.
Maybe his refund hadn’t come back because there are too few workers in the office that processes income-tax returns, so there is a backlog. And maybe there are too few workers because Republicans have cut the budget for that department.
Republicans have had control of the Legislature for as long as I can remember. During much of that time, Democrats haven’t even had enough members to prevent Republicans from reaching a quorum. The problems we’re experiencing are because of the tax-cutting, government-starving, education-destroying, budget-busting group that has control of the Republican Party in Kansas. How can the problems be the fault of the Democrats?
If you want to point fingers, point them at the voters who have returned the current crop of Republican legislators to office – and given them Sam Brownback to top it off.
I understand that our government is outraged that JPMorgan Chase & Co. lost $2 billion of its own money in bad bets on investments. The government is calling for stricter rules and regulation on banking.
Maybe the government should put more rules and regulations on its own betting on companies. Solyndra cost the taxpayers $527 million that our government poured into the company, despite knowing it was already on shaky ground. Then there is the bankrupt Evergreen Solar, a Massachusetts company that received tens of millions of dollars in state loans and grants. Other solar companies that received help from our government may be headed for bankruptcy.
JPMorgan Chase’s misadventure didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime. True, it did receive $25 billion in bailout money, but that was repaid with interest.
If it is necessary to restrict banking with more rules and regulation, then the government should follow the same restrictions.
Tag office wait
I was at the motor vehicle tag office in Derby from 2 to 5:30 p.m. May 10. During that time, I saw one clerk work only four people through her line. It appeared that nearly all the clerks would work three to four people, then take a 30- to 40-minute break.
No matter how fast the computers are, if there is no one running them, the new software doesn’t matter.
I had to go back on Monday, and was there from 9 to 11:05 a.m. That day, it appeared that the clerk who had helped four people during my earlier visit helped no one.
I came to the conclusion that faster computers and software mean more screw-off time.