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Sam Brownback’s Tea Party Kansas

December 23, 2011 by  

Sam Brownback’s Tea Party Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas is on the way to making his State a showcase for the virtues of limited government.

The Governor has said his main concerns are creating jobs, cutting taxes and bringing new businesses; and he is working toward those goals in true Tea Party fashion.

Over the past year, the State has cut three agencies and 2,050 government jobs. Brownback also rejected a $31.5 million Federal grant for a new health-insurance exchange because he opposes President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, according to The Washington Post.

The Governor has also established a new “Office of the Repealer” who canvasses the State searching for places to reduce the number of laws and regulations. Some people in the State believe that Brownback’s sweeping Tea Party reforms as Governor may be used as fodder for a future Presidential bid.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Paul

    I like this man’s way of getting things done and thinking. In 2012, let’s vote for anyone with parallel thoughts to Sam.

    • DonnieB

      Looks Presidential to me!

    • april

      H Paul. I almost totally agree. One point, however; you now have 2,050 UNEMPLOYED government workers going on unemployment. I’m all for smaller and constitional believing leaders, but what do you do with the people who lose their government jobs? Lots of them will be the everyday “little” person who needs a job. What do we do with the troops coming home? How do we employ them? I applaud Brownback’s efforts and hope he continues to be an example for other states, but there needs to be discussion regarding laid off government workers because if this spreads too fast without an employment option, we will be drowning under even more unemployment costs. Just so you know me a little: I’m 56, haved worked since I was 18, was on unemployment once for 4, count them, 4 whole weeks. I own my home, have no kids, pay my taxes and bills on time etc. In other words, I am a responsible adult. However, one small knock and I would be in deep you know what. Closing government agencies will only hit the small guy. The big guys will have their buddies to help out, sneaking them right into another cushy position. I love this country and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but you can’t start closing gov agencies down with nowhere for these people to go. How does 30% unemployment sound? A start might be modeling their employment more like the real world. For example, the 2% raises myself and fellow workers have been getting for a number of years. 2% doesn’t buy very much. Funding non-ending, rest of your life pension payments. You retire well before 60, still receive 1/2 your salary and work another job. Would love to hear back from you all.

      • Iris

        These unemployed get other jobs. The unemployment in Kansas has probably dropped. When more money is available in the private sector, more jobs are created. Of course, change takes a little time,

        Your home should be paid for by now and you have no savings? No silver, a car that is paid for? No children to raise. Poor you….

        • firefight

          Iris, April’s story doesn’t tell everything about her just like this article does not tell everything about what has happened with the over 2,000 government workers that were out of their jobs. You need ALL of the story to make a good summation and we don’t have that in either case. If we do look at the overall picture, however, we find that while, during Obama’s administration, jobs in the private sector plumeted 32%, the jobs in the government sector increased 15%. This is an accurate reflection of the Liberal’s perspective of creating jobs. As long as people go to work for them, it is perfectly for small business to belly up or for product manufacturing to leave the country. Iris is right that it will take time for small businesses to pick up these people that are no longer employed by the government but they will. The sand in the hour glass flows both ways. It is all relative to time. Withe the decrease in government regulations, business will have more freedom and so will individuals to grow and build. If you’ve ever owned a business, as I do, you know that it is the bureaucracy and their overwhelming regulations that stifle businesses and their growth. I like the ideas Brownback is implementing and we need to see more of it throughout the nation. I also agree with Kris Kristorffersen when he says that every person who seeks a place in government should first have military service time. I would add to that however, that they should have had at least five years experience as an owner, running a retail business successfully. The last thing we need is another damn lawyer in office. “People who interpret the law should NEVER be allowed to create the laws.” Jesse Ventura

          • SMsgt Z(ret) Nam 68

            The 15%includes the 102000 temporary Census Bureau workers if you exclude them the increase was 2%;most of that increase was Homeland
            Security and Justice

      • kkflash

        April, while it may be temporarily difficult for 2000 newly unemployed government workers, this move means tens of thousands of Kansas workers are freed from the burden of paying the taxes necessary to support those government salaries and benefits. The money saved by cutting government jobs will provide tens of millions additional spendable dollars to the economy for the rest of us who now have to pay for less government. This improves the business climate, and allows employers to expand job growth by reinvesting the newly created profits. You see it takes 6-12 private sector jobs to pay the taxes to support one government worker. This is because government doesn’t produce anything – it’s strictly an expense. So, government jobs take capital out of the private sector where it creates income and profits and puts that capital into the public sector where it creates only overhead and expense.

        • SMsgt Z(ret) Nam 68

          Government workers do produce;educated children,
          fire protection,clean water,etc,etc.
          Without them the US would not be the country it is

          • http://charter MCPO J

            Educate or indoctrinate is the question SMSGT. Why don’t those unemployed Govt. workers go out to Dodge City and take all those jobs the illegals are doing in the meat packing plants?

          • http://na Jim

            I live in an area where the water company is private and so is the electric. Taxes pay for the police. All’s the gov needs to do is test the water and a couple of people could do that through the entire county in a week.

          • JimC

            The vast majority of what you reference is paid by LOCAL taxes, not Federal.

            Jim

          • http://na Jim

            JimC, I know the police is but I pay straight to the wtr/elec company myself. I’m sure them is some gov assistance office for regulations but the money goes to the companies. Unless I’m uninformed about the companies which maybe I should check into.

          • Vicki

            SMsgt Z(ret) Nam 68 says:
            “Government workers do produce;educated children”

            And a very poor product at that.
            http://educationseek.com/graphs.html

            SMsgt: “fire protection,clean water,etc,etc.”
            Ignoring for the moment that those 23 are VERY local and not state lets reduce government to “just” fire and police protection. I’m ok with that.
            And police protection could be a good sheriff and posse. Note when the sheriff and posse were prevalent so where firearms in the hands of most law abiding citizens. Fewer victims for criminals to prey on.
            Clean water comes from private industry. Contrary to liberal dogma companies have a vested interest in not killing off their customers.
            Even if you wanted to have “nanny” government check the water it would not need more than 1 or 2 people to run around and test samples. Why it might even be cheaper to give (government paid for) test kits out for people to check their OWN water.

            SMsgt: “Without them the US would not be the country it is”

            Indeed. We would be a MUCH freer people in the country our forefathers shed their own blood to set free from the chains of a tyrant of their time.

            Instead we have simply traded 1 tyrant 3000 miles away for ~20 MILLION tyrants (Bureaucrats?) scattered all about.

          • Vicki

            Link to support my assertion of 20 million
            http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx?Data_Set_Group_Id=228

            Hey liberals. That blue text up there is a cite. It is used in debates to show that you are saying something real rather than pulling fantasy numbers and “facts” out of your head.

            Just another free educational moment brought to liberals without additional charge nor any government intervention. Merry Christmas.

          • bob wire

            Evidently Kansas plans to gamble their way to prosperity

            Hensley said the economy has begun to recover from the recession, but more than 50,000 Kansas workers are still unemployed.

            “Families are still struggling to keep a roof over their head, to pay for their child’s doctor bills, to keep their gas tank full,” Hensley said during a news conference in the Statehouse. “Workers are stuck in low-wage jobs because they lack the money or time to obtain the skills that will help them find work at a higher wage.”

            The proposal calls for state gambling laws to lower the $200 million investment threshold required to open a casino to $100 million. Democratic leaders say that $200 million minimum has prevented southeast Kansas from getting a destination casino. The plan would also modify thresholds for slot machines at racetracks to help reopen racetracks in Crawford, Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties.

            One proposal would use some gaming revenues for repairs at state universities and to fund city and county infrastructure projects, such as repairing crumbling sidewalks and aging sewer systems. Democrats say industry estimates show opening three existing racetracks with slot machines would generate $33 million a year for the state and that opening a new casino in southeast Kansas would add $11 million a year.

            But Gov. Sam Brownback has said he doesn’t want the Legislature to tackle the issue because it distracts too much from other pressing issues. Later Tuesday, Brownback issued a brief statement about the Democrats’ proposal: “We welcome all ideas on how to create jobs in Kansas, and look forward to working with all Kansas legislators in the coming session to move our great state forward.”

            But, he added, “Our focus is on the full agenda already proposed with KPERS reform, pro-growth tax policy, Medicaid reform, school finance and water conservation.”

            Another bill would accelerate projects in the T-Works program, the state roads plan, which Democrats say is slated to spend $440 million next year and $237 million in 2013 on road projects across the state. Their bill would push forward at least $50 million of that work by putting out for bid in February any projects that have engineering complete.

            Hensley said the T-Works acceleration proposal should have a lot of support. He said it is projected to create 175,000 jobs over 10 years. “That is a big deal for the state of Kansas,” he said. “And if we can accelerate that program, we’re going to create jobs much sooner than would have been otherwise. And I think that’s something that should definitely have bipartisan support during this legislative session.”

            Hensley said Democrats researched and prepared their proposals with input from the business and labor communities.

            The Democrats’ full set of proposals would cost $11.1 million from the state’s general fund in fiscal 2013, which begins July 1. But it is projected to generate $5.4 million in 2014 and $15.4 million in 2015. The revenue hinges entirely on gambling income.

            The Kansas Republican Party said it welcomes the Democrats’ ideas and plans to study them further.

            “At first brush, however, the 14 points appear to emphasize even more direct government intervention in the market, more spending, more regulations, and more tax code complexity,” the party said in a statement.

            Democrats’ other proposals include:

            • Hire Kansas First Act: A proposal to require any contractor or subcontractor working on a state contract worth at least $100,000 a year to ensure at least 70 percent of employees working on the contract are Kansas residents. That would exclude lease agreements, lease-purchase agreements, contracts that aren’t only for acquiring goods, projects that require expertise not readily available in Kansas and local government contracts.

            • Application discrimination: This bill would ban employers from using an applicant’s credit history when deciding whom to hire, except for positions that require employees to have regular access to personal or financial information.

            • Immigration accountability: It would require state and local government agencies and contractors and subcontractors under contract to verify their employees’ residency using the federal E-Verify system.

            • Worker classification: The idea would increase penalties for employers who intentionally misclassify an employee as an independent contractor.

            • Student tax credits: Democrats propose giving students enrolled in post-secondary courses an individual income tax credit mirroring federal education tax credits. Students who get the federal credit would also get a credit equal to 10 percent of that amount on their state tax return.

            • Apprenticeships: The idea would provide nonrefundable tax credits to businesses that sponsor apprenticeship programs. Those companies would be eligible for up to $1,000 per apprentice per year, for up to four years. Apprentices must be working for the business at least seven months during the year.

            • Bio-tech: Democrats propose removing the $35 million cap on the Kansas Economic Growth Act, approved in 2006. They propose $4 million increases each year, until it is fully funded in 2017.

            • Disadvantaged businesses: The plan would create an outreach program to help small, minority and woman-owned businesses participate in state and post-secondary education contracts for goods and services.
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      • Gary

        April,although I share your concerns the picture may not be that bleak on thoes 2050 employees. I’m a retired federal government employee with a lot of experience in down sizing and abolishing functions. Here is how it works. First step is to identify all employees who are eligble for retirement and offer a buyout incentive. Offer the same incentive to employees who are willing to leave volentarily. The positions vacated by the retiree’s and others are then offored to the employees of the functions being eliminated. From personal experience there are a lot employees haning around waiting for these early retirement incentives. Government agencies don’t just turn off the lights and hand out pink slips. I’ve had dreams of someone doing that to the EPA for destroying the INDUSTRIAL base and millions of jobs of this great NATION. As for our Soldiers coming home,sign them up for another tour and station them on our borders. Then they can really protect American soil!!

      • ChristyK

        That 2%/year raise sounds good to me. I am a small business owner. I work days, evengings, weekends, and holidays. I haven’t had a raise in 8 years.

        If the government would get out of the way, I might be able to grow my business better, but they like to nickel and dime us to death. The government doesn’t want you to realize how much they take and control, so they split things up. I sometimes spend more trying to fill out the government tax & compliance forms correctly than the tax I actually pay. What a waste.

  • Art

    Finally a political leader displaying some common sense!

    • VRG

      Displaying common sense because he cares for the people not his position. I hope other states follow his lead, because the more states that do this the more pressure on the federal government to follow suit.

    • Fred

      Art, I thought Ron Paul was unelectable. Can someone who has been using common sense and the actual facts for years finally get us to listen and win the White House in a national electrion? If we would simply read Ron Paul’s 2012 web site we would hear what he is saying, not what the media is claiming he says.

  • Oldguy1776

    Paul… I agree and would like to see it happen here in NJ.

    We have to replace the politicians that have created this mess and find a way to stop the courts from legislating from the bench.

    The 9th Circuit has just ruled that the crime of voter fraud ends with the inauguration of the offending party!

    • http://www.motorcarsfinancial.com Brad

      Really!?! This is an outrage. Back when people carried firearms into gamblin halls and saloons you were guned down for cheating. Once dead you were dead. No other chance of this fraud ever cheating again. I think we need to line them up and shoot the bastards for cheating when it comes to elections

      • daniel

        Brad as fast as leapt on the guns and shooting someone I wonder; Are you compensating for something? Just asking.

      • dan

        i have seen folks in other countrys take to the streets in massive protests because they want free elections or they beleave their elections were tampered with . here in the us we are doing nothing . . our elections are rigged ,our canidates bought and paid for before we ever see them . and the courts are surely just as bad . those comiting election fraud should be in front of a firing squad .the people have no real vote our votes this time will mean nothing . surender slaves you have been the masters of your own life long enough!

    • http://naver Samurai

      I thought Christie was doing a great job for you guys. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Alex Frazier

        If you like liberal politics, Christie is doing a great job. If you want constitutional, conservative government, he’s falling desperately short of the mark.

    • firefight

      I agree with Gingrich that the entire 9th circuit needs to be defunded. He gives an example of what Jefferson did many years ago and he is right. These judges will try to get their friends to jump in and help them go against the action but their friends will ask, “what, are you nuts?” They don’t want the same thing to happen to them. The 9th district is entirely corrupt and the entire nation knows it. There should be an easier process that can be implemented by free thinking individuals where WE make our own law that allows US to move against such people to remove them, incarcerate and punish them. We shouldn’t have to wait for a gutless congress to do it for us.

      • Alex Frazier

        Technically, we have such power. Impeachment has to be originated in the House of Representatives. The House is us. The Representatives are put there to represent our interests. If enough people in enough districts of enough states all tell their Reps. that they want certain judges removed, the House, if it’s doing its job in representing us, will make a motion to impeach if there is evidence of wrong-doing, misdemeanor, or felony offenses. The impeachment will go to trial before the Senate. If they are found culpible, out they go. If they are impeached for criminal offenses, indictments would shortly follow.

        I agree with Paul and Bachman that you don’t necessarily want to take such extreme actions as eliminating the 9th circuit. Clean it up. Punish those who have stepped over their bounds. But eliminating it could be a hasty move that sets a precedent for liberal politicians to do the same thing to conservative courts. As Ron Paul said, it’s a can of worms we may not want to open.

        • firefight

          Alex, thanks for you input here. Opening a can of worms it would definitely be but to do nothing is to condone the corruption and at that point it only gets worse. To defund and dismantle the entire 9th would send a strong message to the rest of our judges to get their act together that the people are not going to put up with their legislating from the bench and extending their personal agendas. We have seen this corruption in every aspect of their rulings. I personally feel that we need to look at cutting off the head of the snake rather than it’s tail.

          • Vicki

            Why all this talk about dismantling a workable system? Sounds like what the communists convinced people to do in other countries. Lets just get all the judges impeached and out. That will send the SAME message without destroying the system that used to work and can again.

            Much like those who claim we need a new Constitution. I say let us FIRST follow the one we have. After all if government won’t follow the current one, why do we believe they will follow a new one?

          • firefight

            Vicki, Everyone on the campaign trail knows that the 9th circuit does NOT work. Socialistic agendas and rulings to impose more and more government control over our lives is being directed by these judges daily. The rule of law doesn’t seem to apply to these judges and we all know it. They blatantly legislate from their benches. This system, as you put it, is NOT working for us. As for Communist, the 9th’s rulings are definitely heading in that direction. You might want to do a bit more research on these guys and some of the stunts they have to their credit before insinuating that those of us who want to do away with the 9th are anything but patriotic, true Americans.

            Your suggestion about applying the rule of law and our Constitution is exactly what I am talking about. These judges continually circumvent our Constitution in their rulings and make laws to suit themselves, not the public. This is why they all need to be removed.

          • vicki

            Firefight writes:
            “This is why they all need to be removed.”

            So you DO agree that we should not abolish the 9th circuit court. We should impeach all the judges therein and get a fresh set. Now here is the rub. Who will those judges? Hint. Starts with O.

          • vicki

            Who will APPOINT those judges?

  • CP

    Brad, how do YOU define a cheater? Is it someone who won a vote you wanted to go differently? Or is it someone who disagrees with you on how such a vote should be conducted in the first place? There was many a “cheater” shot to death simply because he was slower pulling a gun than because he had actually cheated. That is the reason so many professional gamblers carried a gun that didn’t have to be drawn to be aimed and fired accurately enough to eliminate anyone accusing them of cheating without ever having to stand up. Is THAT the way you want to live now?

  • Originalintent

    It’s people like this man that keep hope alive and Libety’s Torch lit! God Bless him and America!

  • B. LaBelle

    Find out if he has children or family living in
    Florida, we’ll ask them to running for state office if they believe as he does

  • an old seabee

    Don’t those fools in the House and the Senate realize that when they aid and abete the BOGUS POTUS into becoming the US Dictator that they will ALL get the axe? He will replace them all with his cabinet and czars.
    The MOST UNcommon thing in DC is SENSE followed by GREED!
    Washington take heed,
    you are heading for the new revolution
    at breakneck speed!!

  • Charles

    May G_d bless Governor Brownback and the state of Kansas!!! My dad Sam was born and raised there and I still fave family members in the state. One cousin was speaker of the house for many years.

  • Charles

    Correction – I still have family members there. Sorry.

    • Joe H.

      charles,
      I think most of us knew what you meant.

  • Alex Frazier

    I am of the opinion that we should take the next step in citizen organization. We should create the next Tea Party style voter organization that focuses strictly on constitutionality. If a political candidate espouses unconstitutional legislation, or if they’ve ever proposed or voted for unconstitutional legislation, they lose the vote.

    It would be nice to see a mad dash for constitutional principles in order to please the voting public. I wonder if, in our current political climate, we could manage to create and populate such an organization. I suppose a hundred or so vocal voters following the campaign trails with bold signs, shirts, buttons, etc., might help the movement get media coverage. Coverage would lead to expansion. Expansion would lead to influence.

    • http://yahoo don

      trouble is our constitutin is being hacked to bits all the time. i read yester there were three amendments that some of our government were trying to eliminate. and how about hillary and obumma trying to do away with the 2nd amendment and turning gun control over to the un. more nwo bs. the quicker we get back to constitutional basics the better off we will be rpn paul believes in the constitution vote him in in 2012.

    • http://yahoo don

      trouble is our constitutin is being hacked to bits all the time. i read yester there were three amendments that some of our government were trying to eliminate. and how about hillary and obumma trying to do away with the 2nd amendment and turning gun control over to the un. more nwo bs. the quicker we get back to constitutional basics the better off we will be ron paul believes in the constitution vote him in in 2012.

      • Joe H.

        don,
        110 agreement!! RON PAUL 2012!!!

    • Vicki

      Such an organization ALREADY exists. Been around for many many years. But the Public education system and the media have convinced most people to vote for the lessor of 2 evils. Which gets us evil or evil lite.

      Vote for principle. Vote for Constitutional Law. Vote Libertarian. It’s the only way to be sure. http://www.LP.org

      Fortunately for us there is a man with libertarian principles running for president on the Republican ticket. Ron Paul. If most freedom loving people “threw away” their vote on Ron Paul he would win by a landslide.

      • Alex Frazier

        Such an organization doesn’t exist. We have been voting for the lesser of two evils for decades. The point of what I’m saying is that just like the Tea Party pushed for candidates who would fight for smaller government, reduced spending, balanced budget, etc., we form a new organization that pushes following the constitution. Just refuse to vote for anyone who has voted for legislation that violates it, or that pushes or espouses legislation that violates it.

        Take our current candidates as an example. They are all pushing for smaller government and a balanced budget at this point. That’s not a coincidence. That is the Tea Party sentiment coming out of their mouths. They know who the voters are, and they don’t want to piss them off.

        If these same candidates knew that they wouldn’t get any votes if they had voted in unconstitutional legislation, Bachman, Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum would know not to even waste their time, because they already violated their oath and voted for a variety of things from gun control to the Patriot Act.

        But they can presently offer a nice public appearance of conservatism and still get votes, despite being betrayers of the public trust, because people are still willing to vote for candidates who ignore the constitution.

        That’s what I’m getting at. We need to convince a large group to organize and make constitutionality the standard. If you don’t live up to the standard, don’t even bother running.

        • vicki

          Though I agree with you that we should not vote for anyone who has voted for any of those obvious things that violate the letter and or spirit of the Constitution (NDAA for instance), your denial of the existence of the libertarian party does not magically make it go away.

          You, and others here may have been voting for the lessor of 2 evils for decades but I and others who vote libertarian OR now at least for a while vote tea party, have not.

          For those who claim voting for Ron Paul or other libertarian candidates is throwing away your vote I would say that it is those who vote for the lessor of 2 evils who obviously threw away their vote.

          Unless, of course they really wanted evil.

          • Alex Frazier

            vicki, I think you misunderstand me. I’m not denying the existence of the Libertarian party. Nor do I intend to throw my vote away. I have every intention of voting Ron Paul in the primary, and then again in the presidential election, assuming he gets the nomination.

            But I don’t view a party in the same light as an organization. The Tea Party organization is predominantly Republican, but no one can say that the Tea Party influence has always been there, embodied by the Republican party. The Tea Party is the Tea Party, and its demands are molding the Republican party to a certain degree. It’s wrong to say that the Tea Party is a Republican organization. It’s not. Its ideals don’t directly mesh with the Republican party. So the two entities are separate, while the citizen organization has direct influence over the political party.

            In terms of a citizen organization for constitutionality, you would have the same scenario. The Libertarian party has always been for constitutional government and legislation. However, the Libertarian party doesn’t hold any sort of majority in Congress. Neither does the Libertarian party follow the Republicans on the campaign trail with signs, forcing them to recognize the gripe that we want constitutional government.

            While the party exists, it is needful that a more visible group comprised of citizens come to life. We need to be vocal, and make ourselves heard. We need the candidates on both sides of the fence to know that we intend to completely snub them if they’ve behaved in any way contrary to their oath.

            If the Libertarian party itself wants to take up that mantle, that’s fine. But I haven’t seen a Libertarian protest recently. I haven’t heard one word on the street about constitutionality. I haven’t seen one sign at a campaign event that says, “If you voted against the constitution, just go home now!” It’s usually me showing other people how they’re being raked over the coals.

  • Rick

    Thank you to all who express logical, common sense arguments. Unfortunately, logic and common sense have little place in our current beuracracy.

    Remember this: 2012 – Time to take out the trash and Merry Christmas!

  • s c

    WHAT are Brownback’s views on illegals in America? The last time the question was put to him, he waffled. It’s one thing to be seen as having some common sense. If he’s not a conservative ‘all the way,’ then don’t waste time putting him on a pedestal, folks.
    It is ILLOGICAL to see someone as a conservative if THEY can pick and choose their position on any given topic. There are conservatives and there are RINOs and there are neocons and there are ‘Republicans.’ So HOW should Brownback be classified?

  • Pepper

    Can we get one of these guys for our state? I have a small business in California that wants “use permits” on top of your property taxes and “special fees”. You have to pay a state usage tax on your tools and equipment,then a county permit tax on things such as compressors($250 p/yr), welders ($250 per/yr), car lifts, and a land use permit on your land. Now the “land use permit” starts at $4800 (non refundable)this is for a “minor use permit” for such things as an Art gallery/studio which I have, or a small orchard etc. It doesn’t stop there, because you may have a tortoise or kangaroo rat on the property and they will have to do an environmental “study” and then there is a traffic impact study, flood control study, neighborhood impact study……… We now have over 60% of the citizens on entitlement programs,Businesses have left or leaving. I am currently dealing with 4 different departments, and 7 county employees that are inefficient on this, SO we have a LOT of Government workers!!!! I will be laying off the last of my employees come first of the year because I can’t continue to keep my business open. OH, that would be ME! SO please DoN”T cry me a river about GOV. employees! If we had a truly “FREE MARKET” people would have productive jobs!

    • Alex Frazier

      Oddly enough, the best solution to your problem is to band together with people across the state and refuse to pay the taxes and fees. If people, collectively, would realize that the government is there to serve them, not the other way around, you might be able to organize something.

      Unfortunately, the freedom of speech stops at a certain line in the sand. It’s against the law to tell people not to pay their taxes.

  • mondovibe

    Since they’re all supposed to be working for we the people, they should all be randomly drug tested and wear nascar patches:) As one of the 95% of small USA business owners, I hope we get rid of those ‘regulations’ that allows our economy & environment to be gambled away into toxic assets.

    • Joe H.

      mondovibe,
      No to the nascar patches!!! They would expect extra pay for the “advertising”!!!! They’re over paid NOW!!

  • tangshui

    i would suggest all present elected state governor form a county-wide support group bring down federal regulation that’s anti-growth to business…environment smog mandate; coastal impasse group, food and administration, union, housing permit and zoning agents, less business restriction, eliminate red tapes on state’s rules and regulations on business, repeal the auto smog regulation, set goal to reduce non-essential state employees and reduce retirement – set retirement similar to social security or no more than fifty percent cap (no retiree should receive more than their pre-retirement salary) these guide line will dig out state’s approaching financial fire storm when federal goverment goes broke.

  • bill farmer

    The U.S. Govt has established THE retirement age at 67, and “early” retirement with reduced benefits at 62 1/2. It should not be possible for any government employee (federal, state, local, civilian or military) to receive “retirement benefits” before reaching that age. AND any company listed in the GSA approved vendors list (union shop or right to work) must meet similar restrictions. The government gives money to encourage behavior it wants, and taxes activities to discourage those it doesn’t. Put that in your “no child left behind” curriculum and “smoke out” the teachers who don’t believe it.

  • bob wire

    Well, I wish Kansas luck. ~ It sounds as if democrats and republicans are working together to solve problems rather then create them. Sound leadership and working together makes all things possible. I wish we could have more of it !

    http://www.kansas.com/2011/12/20/…/kansas-democrats-unveil-kansans.ht.

    oh! nice dye job Governor Brownback!

  • gnafu

    you Rock Sam! See if this way of thinking can rub off on more politicians!

  • ANDREW

    ANDREW SAYS PEOPLE SAY WHAT CAN I DO AS ONE PERSON THAY FILL HEPLESS. THAY ARE LOOKING FOR A WHIGHT NIGHT TO RIDE IN ON A WHITE HORSE AND SAVE THE DAY. THAY SAY MABEY NEXT YEAR MABEY NEXT ELECTION. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING THIS TIME THIS DAY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS WITHOUT MUCH HURT IT HAS GONE TO FOR. THE DAY OF RECKONING WILL COME WHEN THE WORLD QUITS BUYING OUR DEBT. EVERY THING AS WE KNOW IT WILL GRIND TO A HALT. HAD YOU RATHER HAVE THIS HANDLED IN AN ORDERLY FASHION OR ALL AT ONCE. YOU HAVE A CHOICE NOW, VOTE FOR THE ONLY ONE THAT WILL NOT BE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR THE DAY HE IS ELECTED. ANY ONE THAT TV AND BIG MONEY IS ENDORSING WILL BE PAID FOR IT WILL BE BUSINESS AS USUAL. JUST LIKE WHAT WE HAVE NOW. RON PAUL RON PAUL IS THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE FOR ANY HOPE OF CHANGE. HE WILL BEGIN TO ORDERLY CHANGE THIS TERABLE MESS BUT HE CAN NOT DO IT WITH OUT MUCH HURT WE WILL HAFT TO GO BACK TO NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR INSTEAD OF DOG EATING DOG.WORLD,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • MNIce

    If you look at government from a strictly monetary viewpoint, it’s cheaper to lay off bureaucrats and give them unemployment compensation for 6/13/26 or however many weeks of it is now than to pay their full salaries and benefits for the same period. Plus, some of the former bureaucrats may get a taste of the indignities to which they subjected so many of the rest of us. (Not that I have it in for government employees in general, it’s just that like rabbits, they are OK when you need a few, but they’re a real problem when there are too many of them.)

    • Alex Frazier

      lol! That’s awesome! I never thought of that!

  • http://yahoo scout

    It’s all a show people. He’s a politician. They live on your money. His true colors will come shining through. Always have.Do you trust them?Good luck with that.

  • http://yahoo scout

    Oh yeah , I forgot , vote Ron Paul. He’s 76 and I don’t care if he’s 96 , this country needs him. Obama and Romney are just alike. one is black, one is white.

    • Tired Of The Same Ole Bull

      Scout, what kind of racist are you. Obama black, Romney white, so what color do you think Ron Paul is? Are you that stupid???

  • Tired Of The Same Ole Bull

    That’s right, cut, cut, cut, cut!!! Same mantra chanted over and over again. get used to it until election time, then say bye-bye!!!

  • Robert Button

    He’d have my vote. Though I’m sure the Saturday Night Live crew are already making up some skit to make him look bad.

  • ANDREW

    ANDREW SAYS THE ONES IN POWER WILL KEEP DOING WHAT THAY ARE DOING UNTIL THAY CANT DO IT ANY MORE. WHEN THE COUNTERFIT MONEY RUNS OUT AND THE WORLD WONT ACCEPT THERE WORTHLESS PAPER THEN CHANGE WILL BE FORCED ON THEM. IF WE SIT AND WONDER WHAT TO DO THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. OR WE CAN VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE IN 2012 AND TAKE OUR BITTER MEDICINE ONE SPOONFUL AT A TIME. VERY VERY BITTER MEDICINE IS COMING WE CANT AVOID IT BUT WE CAN DECIDE HOW WE TAKE IT. LOOK AT HISTORY THAY WILL COME AND TAKE EVERY THING YOU HAVE BEFORE THAY GIVE UP THER E POWER OVER YOU. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • ANDREW

    ANDREW SAYS I FOR ONE WOOD LIKE TO SEE A FEWW HUNDRED OF THESE FACELESS LAYER UPON LAYER BURACRATES THAT ARE NOT ELECTED THAT INTERPET THE LAWS THAT CONGRESS PASS AND LAY HEAVY BURDONS UPON MEN STANDING IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINES.

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