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(Kansas City)   Tea Party economics in the state of Kansas have resulted in massive deficits, draining of the rainy day fund, and set up massive cuts to education and social services. The Tea Party solution: tax cuts   (kansascity.com ) divider line
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2012-11-11 08:54:23 AM  
at the state level in these liberal red states.

...meant to say
 
2012-11-11 08:55:52 AM  

Monkeyhouse Zendo: cirby: Oddly, there's not much mention of the $13.4 billion dollar budget. Which could be cut by a mere five percent to save that $707 million. It's a shame the Kansas state budget is so well-designed that they can't manage to cut five percent off of it within a year or so

Oh they'll find someplace to cut that $707M. They'll find it in places like medicaid, education, child protective services, welfare, and university funding. Next year they'll be faced with a similar situation and so will go on another round of cuts and repeat this annually until the state is an ignorant, impoverished backwater that subsists on federal farm subsidies.


Monkeyhouse Zendo.

So, you're saying things will be pretty much status quo in Kansas for the near future?
 
2012-11-11 08:57:32 AM  
Everybody laughs at Kansas, but be aware that Brownback is just building up his conservative credentials in preparation for a run at President in 2016.
 
2012-11-11 08:57:58 AM  

Monkeyhouse Zendo: nekom: Well, to be fair there is a case to be made for a counter-intuitive "lowering taxes increases revenue" argument. At least, to some degree. After all, with a 100% or 0% tax rate, your revenues would be quite low. I would think that finding that "sweet spot" for the highest revenue ought to be the goal, though finding that is probably near impossible.

The problem is that most Americans struggle with grade school arithmetic while modeling something as complex as our economy can only reasonably be approximated by a set of differential equations. Laffer may have been an accomplished economist but his "law" is something that every Calculus 101 student has learned since there was Calculus 101; it's a property of just about any real continuous function, and the response to it should have been "well farkin duh, maybe you should slow down on the beers, lightweight".


This. Also, Republicans initially used the Laffer curve to justify cutting taxes in moderation to get to that "sweet spot." Fair enough. Nowadays, though, they're just throwing that out of the window and assuming that taxes ALWAYS need to be lower. They have no concept of the possibility that we might already be to the left of ideal on the Laffer curve, and they just assume that the peak of the Laffer curve is at zero, as though the Laffer curve were described by the upper right quadrant of y=(1/x).
 
2012-11-11 08:58:58 AM  
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2012-11-11 08:59:16 AM  
Kansas. Its like Somalia, but with old white people.
 
2012-11-11 08:59:24 AM  

Barbaro's Broken Ankle: Everybody laughs at Kansas, but be aware that Brownback is just building up his conservative credentials in preparation for a run at President in 2016.


So he can turn New York and Los Angles into prisons?
 
2012-11-11 08:59:58 AM  

spongeboob: Milo Minderbinder: wildcatben: I don't even want to talk about this...

We have to suffer through major embarrassments like our Board of Education and Brownback...
I have to sit helplessly as the Koch bros. primary the hell out of any moderate republican candidate...
Then watch them roll to victory based on the (R) next to their name...

My beloved state is becoming the Tea Party dream - a place where a lack of basic services, government-licensed privatization of public property and regressive social polices make for a "job creator" paradise of low taxes and regulations...

You know what's funny - conservatives like to blame liberalism (or more generally a secular society) for a decline in "traditional values" but their policies hurt small cities and towns (bastions of more conservative ideas) by cutting public education and blocking access to quality healthcare.

The result is a under-educated, under-employable population that will, in my opinion, be much more likely to experience high-divorce rates, teen pregnancy and drug use. 

/I know, I talked about it anyway...

It needs to be repeated. At least the hyper-rich will be fine in their gated communities.

For awhile anyways


Yeah, that is what really scares me. I really don't feel like ighting in the Second American Civil War.
 
2012-11-11 09:00:47 AM  
They just need more of these.

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2012-11-11 09:01:02 AM  

Monkeyhouse Zendo: cirby: Oddly, there's not much mention of the $13.4 billion dollar budget. Which could be cut by a mere five percent to save that $707 million. It's a shame the Kansas state budget is so well-designed that they can't manage to cut five percent off of it within a year or so

Oh they'll find someplace to cut that $707M. They'll find it in places like medicaid, education, child protective services, welfare, and university funding. Next year they'll be faced with a similar situation and so will go on another round of cuts and repeat this annually until the state is an ignorant, impoverished backwater that subsists on federal farm subsidies.


How does chasing the impoverished out of your state make your state more impoverished? It seems to me it would make the state they move to more impoverished and lower the poverty in your state.
 
2012-11-11 09:01:27 AM  
"Sir, we've hit the Mantle Layer and it is slowing us down. I don't think we will ever reach the moon."
"Keep digging!"
 
2012-11-11 09:03:10 AM  

spongeboob: Milo Minderbinder: wildcatben: I don't even want to talk about this...

We have to suffer through major embarrassments like our Board of Education and Brownback...
I have to sit helplessly as the Koch bros. primary the hell out of any moderate republican candidate...
Then watch them roll to victory based on the (R) next to their name...

My beloved state is becoming the Tea Party dream - a place where a lack of basic services, government-licensed privatization of public property and regressive social polices make for a "job creator" paradise of low taxes and regulations...

You know what's funny - conservatives like to blame liberalism (or more generally a secular society) for a decline in "traditional values" but their policies hurt small cities and towns (bastions of more conservative ideas) by cutting public education and blocking access to quality healthcare.

The result is a under-educated, under-employable population that will, in my opinion, be much more likely to experience high-divorce rates, teen pregnancy and drug use. 

/I know, I talked about it anyway...

It needs to be repeated. At least the hyper-rich will be fine in their gated communities.

For awhile anyways


Yep. Eventually the decay of American society they have created will breach their gated communities and they will be forced to face the consequences of their actions. The bad/scary part is how much of Rome will have to burn down before this happens? Will the middle class be totally decimated by then?
 
2012-11-11 09:05:20 AM  

nekom: I would think that finding that "sweet spot" for the highest revenue ought to be the goal, though finding that is probably near impossible.


I think its probably a moving target which means you need legislators who are willing and able to collect and evaluate evidence and raise or lower taxes as needed.

In other words, it's hopeless as long as the Teavangelicals are in charge of one of the two major parties. The solution seems obvious: either the party needs to toss the baggers, or it needs to become a minor party like the Greens and Libertarians and be replaced by something sane.
 
2012-11-11 09:13:24 AM  

nekom: vpb: You mean cutting your income doesn't help you pay bills? Sounds like socialisms!

Well, to be fair there is a case to be made for a counter-intuitive "lowering taxes increases revenue" argument. At least, to some degree. After all, with a 100% or 0% tax rate, your revenues would be quite low. I would think that finding that "sweet spot" for the highest revenue ought to be the goal, though finding that is probably near impossible.


To the Tea Party, the Laffer curve has no left half. Then again, they don't care... they don't believe the government should be providing free education or roads... that's a problem for the free market to fix.
 
2012-11-11 09:15:57 AM  
THANK YOU FOX NEWS AND GLENN BECK!!!!!!
 
2012-11-11 09:18:21 AM  

Barbaro's Broken Ankle: Everybody laughs at Kansas, but be aware that Brownback is just building up his conservative credentials in preparation for a run at President in 2016.


You're right, and Brownback is pretty adept as far as Teabaggers go, But 2016 is not a good year for a Teabagger to run on the Republican ticket. Like Obama said in yesterday's announcement at the White House, the public voted for the Obama budget and against the Ryan budget. In 2016 Obama will have 12 million new jobs and a shrinking debt and deficit to point to, he'll be able to credit his budget as the reason, and he'll be the Democratic nominee's Cheerleader In Chirf. A Teabagger candidate promising a return to Bush-era trickle-down economics isn't going to have much success. Perhaps, though, 2020 may be the time for the Tea Party to become and actual party (as opposed to a movement within the Republican party) and run its own candidate.
 
2012-11-11 09:20:31 AM  

Notabunny: Chirf.


Chirf?
 
2012-11-11 09:22:39 AM  

Noam Chimpsky: How does chasing the impoverished out of your state make your state more impoverished? It seems to me it would make the state they move to more impoverished and lower the poverty in your state.


LOL. Brilliant!
 
2012-11-11 09:24:32 AM  

Notabunny: Barbaro's Broken Ankle: Everybody laughs at Kansas, but be aware that Brownback is just building up his conservative credentials in preparation for a run at President in 2016.

You're right, and Brownback is pretty adept as far as Teabaggers go, But 2016 is not a good year for a Teabagger to run on the Republican ticket. Like Obama said in yesterday's announcement at the White House, the public voted for the Obama budget and against the Ryan budget. In 2016 Obama will have 12 million new jobs and a shrinking debt and deficit to point to, he'll be able to credit his budget as the reason, and he'll be the Democratic nominee's Cheerleader In Chirf. A Teabagger candidate promising a return to Bush-era trickle-down economics isn't going to have much success. Perhaps, though, 2020 may be the time for the Tea Party to become and actual party (as opposed to a movement within the Republican party) and run its own candidate.


Gonna have to disagree with Obama there. Because while I voted for him, I guarantee that, like me, no one else has a flying farking clue what the Ryan budget was because IT WAS A farkING CAMPAIGN SECRET.

In any case, let these people vote themselves into farking oblivion; ignorant, shiat-eating morans.
 
2012-11-11 09:24:58 AM  
Its not the legislators fault...it's the legislative pens fault.

Why is the left so keen on assigning responsibility to people now?


/at least blame the legislators socio-economic background or something
 
2012-11-11 09:25:07 AM  

Notabunny: Barbaro's Broken Ankle: Everybody laughs at Kansas, but be aware that Brownback is just building up his conservative credentials in preparation for a run at President in 2016.

You're right, and Brownback is pretty adept as far as Teabaggers go, But 2016 is not a good year for a Teabagger to run on the Republican ticket. Like Obama said in yesterday's announcement at the White House, the public voted for the Obama budget and against the Ryan budget. In 2016 Obama will have 12 million new jobs and a shrinking debt and deficit to point to, he'll be able to credit his budget as the reason, and he'll be the Democratic nominee's Cheerleader In Chirf. A Teabagger candidate promising a return to Bush-era trickle-down economics isn't going to have much success. Perhaps, though, 2020 may be the time for the Tea Party to become and actual party (as opposed to a movement within the Republican party) and run its own candidate.


Your analysis is cogent and rational, it however depends on the majority of Americans 1) Also being cogent and rational 2) Not deciding to listen to the voices in their heads telling them to kill and maim 3) House Republicans can't figure out some way to crash the economy beforehand and blaming the Democrats.

I'm not saying your scenario is impossible, but it will require more maturity than the average voter has shown thus far.
 
2012-11-11 09:26:30 AM  
Even if supply side economics worked, it's farking Kansas. You could offer free handys at the border and people wouldn't come to that pisshole of a state.
 
2012-11-11 09:28:14 AM  

born_yesterday: Because while I voted for him, I guarantee that, like me, no one else has a flying farking clue what the Ryan budget was because IT WAS A farkING CAMPAIGN SECRET.


Bullshiat. The Ryan budget is actually a series of budgets Ryan released and can be found in about 10 seconds on Google. It's pretty much all he did in Congress.

You are aware that Ryan was not built in Romney's lab specifically for the campaign, right?
 
2012-11-11 09:29:38 AM  

Noam Chimpsky: jso2897: Noam Chimpsky: The fallacy is the assertion by the commie editorialist that the state of Kansas has a responsibility to pay for all these commie dreams of his. Kansas needs to purge it's remaining liberals and it will be a utopia.

Yeah. That's probably not how this is going to shake out.

You want Kansans to be taxed to finance the parasitic existence of those who can't or won't finance their own existence. Cutting taxes effectively chokes off and purges these parasites and improves the quality of the state. Obama gets revenge against conservatives at the federal level and conservatives need to get revenge against the parasite left where they can, and that is at the state level in these liberal states.


I'm not talking about what I want. I'm talking about what is going to happen. The boomers are dying and the immigrants are coming. The Reagan years are over. The country is going to move in a new direction now - as it always does every generation or so. It ain't the end of the world.
Love it or hate it - you'd better prepare yourself to deal with it.
As far as what I want - it's not important, and anyway, I try to keep my desires reality-based, and view them in the context of the world I actually live in.
 
2012-11-11 09:30:28 AM  

Notabunny: In 2016 Obama will have 12 million new jobs and a shrinking debt and deficit to point to


Gross or net?

/he was counting gross during the campaign.
 
2012-11-11 09:31:25 AM  

born_yesterday: In any case, let these people vote themselves into farking oblivion; ignorant, shiat-eating morans.


Hoarseman: I'm not saying your scenario is impossible, but it will require more maturity than the average voter has shown thus far.


Unfortunately, there's a reason the book is entitled What's The Matter With Kansas
 
2012-11-11 09:31:58 AM  
"Sir, we've struck the mantle layer."
"KEEP DIGGING!"
 
2012-11-11 09:34:41 AM  
I guess Kansas is in a race to beat West Virginia to be the poster child for the American state most affected by the Resource Curse. West Virgina has an edge because energy resources are usually the ones driving the curse, but Kansas is making a bold play to have cereal grains be considered the New Coal.
 
2012-11-11 09:36:20 AM  
www.youdopia.com
Before this man bleeds to death, he'll need a vigorous treatment of leeches followed by a round of tax cuts.
 
2012-11-11 09:37:29 AM  
The inevitable consequence of electing a group of people who love a fictional version of your country, but outwardly despise the reality of it. Their true faith in bagger-economics will drag you to oblivion, and they'll just screech the national anthem louder and louder to drown out your protest.

/same problem in WI
 
2012-11-11 09:38:06 AM  

Vertdang: Don't forget. These are people who will reject empirical evidence because "it feels right in my gut". Facts and logic do not apply here.


It's Faith Based Economics. The last 30 years the country spent on deregulation and the Laffer Curve speak for themselves: a series of boom-bust cycles, a gutting of the middle class, chronic loss of industry, a dangerous reliance of the GDP on the financial sector, and a historically unprecedented disparity in wealth. None of this penetrates the message Teahadists hear from the moral authorities in the top 0.1%, their living 'proof' the policies work. By flooding whole-owned media outlets with messages concocted of base self-interest, religion, patriotism and strength, the tiny sliver owning most of the country profit from manipulating the middle class to defend to the point of revolt policies grievously harmful to their self-interest. Obvious failures, and the counter-arguments based on them, are accused of being the institutional bias responsible for failure and attacked with transparent lies like labor participation rate, unemployment numbers and gas prices.

By any reasonable reading of Merriam-Webster the manipulators behind this are traitors. That Teadhadists are only useful tools doesn't make finding common ground with their fantasy the correct solution.
 
2012-11-11 09:38:54 AM  

Giltric: Notabunny: In 2016 Obama will have 12 million new jobs and a shrinking debt and deficit to point to

Gross or net?

/he was counting gross during the campaign.


I don't imagine that most voters will know or care. When Obama is campaigning for the Democratic nominee in 2016, he's going to repeat 2 numbers; "We were losing 800,000 jobs per month when I took office," and "My budget created 12,000,000 new jobs in the last four years alone," A Republican or Tea Party candidate isn't likely to win many votes by arguing "Yes, but those are gross not net jobs,"
 
2012-11-11 09:40:18 AM  
As a Kansan, I can say without question that these tax cuts benefit me personally. It's like they looked at my situation (multiple corps, partnership, and rental-property income) and devised a plan that ensured I will pay absolutely no state income tax. None. Zip. Nada.

W-2 wage earners? They continue to pay. And now, thanks to our brilliant governor, they will pay a much higher percentage of the state's revenue than before. This, my friends, is a perfect example of a regressive tax. Hurting the little people is OK as long as the rich benefit. Let them eat cake!

At first, I thought this plan was just an example of how stupid these small men are. I thought that they were living in a fantasy world thinking that this plan will attract new businesses into the state. Obviously, no business owner is going to relocate to Kansas simply because the owner will pay no state income tax. Anyone who believes this myth exposes just how little they understand about the dynamics of owning a business.

Upon reflection, I realized they can't possibly be this stupid. They don't suffer from ignorance; instead, they are simply bad people. Let's face it: W-2 wage earners don't donate to Republican campaigns. High earners do. Screw the W-2 earners!

From their point of view, ruining a once great place to live is simply a cost of ensuring reelection. It's nothing more, nothing less. Thus, this is not a "tax plan" or "business development program". It's just a cynical plan to ensure reelection.
 
2012-11-11 09:40:22 AM  
They should just borrow money because it's free and you never have to pay it back!
 
2012-11-11 09:40:39 AM  
The cuts in education ensure that the people remain uneducated enough to vote for the teabagging idiots.

Looks like Kansas is the next Mississippi.
 
2012-11-11 09:41:55 AM  

sprawl15: born_yesterday: Because while I voted for him, I guarantee that, like me, no one else has a flying farking clue what the Ryan budget was because IT WAS A farkING CAMPAIGN SECRET.

Bullshiat. The Ryan budget is actually a series of budgets Ryan released and can be found in about 10 seconds on Google. It's pretty much all he did in Congress.

You are aware that Ryan was not built in Romney's lab specifically for the campaign, right?


I didn't believe you, so I looked it up. Jesus, a child could be raised on lead paint and come up with a better plan than that. I guess the good part is that you could write the plan on your hand so you didn't forget it.

I will not concede that his conception was not in vitro., nor that he is not a meat popsicle .
 
2012-11-11 09:45:16 AM  

wildcatben: I don't even want to talk about this...

We have to suffer through major embarrassments like our Board of Education and Brownback...
I have to sit helplessly as the Koch bros. primary the hell out of any moderate republican candidate...
Then watch them roll to victory based on the (R) next to their name...

My beloved state is becoming the Tea Party dream - a place where a lack of basic services, government-licensed privatization of public property and regressive social polices make for a "job creator" paradise of low taxes and regulations...

You know what's funny - conservatives like to blame liberalism (or more generally a secular society) for a decline in "traditional values" but their policies hurt small cities and towns (bastions of more conservative ideas) by cutting public education and blocking access to quality healthcare.

The result is a under-educated, under-employable population that will, in my opinion, be much more likely to experience high-divorce rates, teen pregnancy and drug use. 

/I know, I talked about it anyway...


Scott Walker is proudly following the Kansas model for Wisconsin.
 
2012-11-11 09:47:36 AM  

swahnhennessy: Serious Black: Move to Lawrence. We're trying to fight against the state becoming Brownbackistan.

Not doing so hot of a job at it. Couldn't even keep the 3rd District Democrat.


There are a LOT of rich people salivating at the thought of more tax cuts in Johnson County. It's kind of disgusting to be honest.
 
2012-11-11 09:47:50 AM  

Kittypie070: Let them suffer the consequences of their own stupidity.


Obviously they need massive stimulus spending and another round of printing money quantitative easing.

And tax hikes on the wealthy, don't forget the tax hikes.
 
2012-11-11 09:50:39 AM  
They get no sympathy from me. Anyone who suppports Tea Party candidates for any office deserves what they get, good and hard. And those who oppose the Tea Party had better get busy if they want to survive.
 
2012-11-11 09:51:44 AM  

cchris_39: Kittypie070: Let them suffer the consequences of their own stupidity.

Obviously they need massive stimulus spending and another round of printing money quantitative easing.

And tax hikes on the wealthy, don't forget the tax hikes.


Yeah. That's exactly what she proposed. Very insightful.
 
2012-11-11 09:52:15 AM  

born_yesterday: Jesus, a child could be raised on lead paint and come up with a better plan than that.


Yup. Now go back and think about this - the Ryan budget is the ONLY reason to bring Ryan into the campaign. His entire role in Congress was to be That One Guy who does nothing but shiat out nearly insane budgets to help push the point of compromise to the right (kinda like the guy at a bazaar who marks everything up $100 solely to move the haggle point up $20). Then, promptly after picking him up, the campaign disavowed any approval of the Ryan budget. THEN they refused to offer an alternative, or even mention material differences between the theoretical plan and the Ryan budget other than "Well, it's better."
 
2012-11-11 09:53:11 AM  

ebamit: As a Kansan, I can say without question that these tax cuts benefit me personally. It's like they looked at my situation (multiple corps, partnership, and rental-property income) and devised a plan that ensured I will pay absolutely no state income tax. None. Zip. Nada.

W-2 wage earners? They continue to pay. And now, thanks to our brilliant governor, they will pay a much higher percentage of the state's revenue than before. This, my friends, is a perfect example of a regressive tax. Hurting the little people is OK as long as the rich benefit. Let them eat cake!

At first, I thought this plan was just an example of how stupid these small men are. I thought that they were living in a fantasy world thinking that this plan will attract new businesses into the state. Obviously, no business owner is going to relocate to Kansas simply because the owner will pay no state income tax. Anyone who believes this myth exposes just how little they understand about the dynamics of owning a business.

Upon reflection, I realized they can't possibly be this stupid. They don't suffer from ignorance; instead, they are simply bad people. Let's face it: W-2 wage earners don't donate to Republican campaigns. High earners do. Screw the W-2 earners!

From their point of view, ruining a once great place to live is simply a cost of ensuring reelection. It's nothing more, nothing less. Thus, this is not a "tax plan" or "business development program". It's just a cynical plan to ensure reelection.


I may be a W-2 earner, but these tax cuts will also benefit me since the top bracket was reduced by, what, 1.5%? That's about an extra grand in my pocket. And I would still rather have them repeal these cuts so that we can keep the state from becoming a rat-infested shiathole.
 
2012-11-11 09:55:31 AM  

sprawl15: born_yesterday: Jesus, a child could be raised on lead paint and come up with a better plan than that.

Yup. Now go back and think about this - the Ryan budget is the ONLY reason to bring Ryan into the campaign. His entire role in Congress was to be That One Guy who does nothing but shiat out nearly insane budgets to help push the point of compromise to the right (kinda like the guy at a bazaar who marks everything up $100 solely to move the haggle point up $20). Then, promptly after picking him up, the campaign disavowed any approval of the Ryan budget. THEN they refused to offer an alternative, or even mention material differences between the theoretical plan and the Ryan budget other than "Well, it's better."


And they call Paul Ryan a Policy Wonk, a Serious Numbers Guy.

More words that they don't actually know the meanings of, I'd say.
 
2012-11-11 09:57:01 AM  

LarryDan43: wildcatben: I don't even want to talk about this...

We have to suffer through major embarrassments like our Board of Education and Brownback...
I have to sit helplessly as the Koch bros. primary the hell out of any moderate republican candidate...
Then watch them roll to victory based on the (R) next to their name...

My beloved state is becoming the Tea Party dream - a place where a lack of basic services, government-licensed privatization of public property and regressive social polices make for a "job creator" paradise of low taxes and regulations...

You know what's funny - conservatives like to blame liberalism (or more generally a secular society) for a decline in "traditional values" but their policies hurt small cities and towns (bastions of more conservative ideas) by cutting public education and blocking access to quality healthcare.

The result is a under-educated, under-employable population that will, in my opinion, be much more likely to experience high-divorce rates, teen pregnancy and drug use. 

/I know, I talked about it anyway...

Scott Walker is proudly following the Kansas model for Wisconsin.


Yeah Wisconsin would be so much better with Doyle's left over billion dollar holes! Because that way we would have freedom!
 
2012-11-11 09:58:14 AM  
They left off one thing that Kansas can still do to close the budget gap. Sell off State owned assets. There is quite a bit they can do:

1. Sell the prisons to for profit companies. The inmates can pay for the operation of the prison by working at whatever jobs their corporate owners can make money with them doing. This strikes me as a way to also solve the migrant labor problem as low risk prisoners can be used to pick crops at harvest. I would imagine that arrests for short time offenses would go up right before harvest time.

2. Sell the roads and bridges, tolls everywhere. You can drive like 90MPH in Texas now on that freedom loving toll road.

3. Sell the State offices and buildings. Right now there are too many State employees as it is. There is no need to all that office space. Sell it off, especially after you fire most of the State workers, and lease back smaller offices from the corporations that now own the property.

4. Sell of the State parks and recreation areas to private recreation and resort companies. People that can't afford to pay an entrance fee to a nice lake or park should be working more anyway.

5. Sell off the schools, use whatever Federal dollars come in for education to pay for a voucher. The free market and churches will provide stuff like classroom VCRs for learnin' your young ones.


I'm surprised I could think of many ways to solve the Kansas budget crisis and this article only thinks that a useless rainy day fund is the only way they are going to do it.
 
2012-11-11 09:58:40 AM  

spelletrader: The cuts in education ensure that the people remain uneducated enough to vote for the teabagging idiots.

Looks like Kansas is the next Mississippi.


I used to be stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas with the 1st Infantry Division. The shiathole town next door would have dried up and died without the money coming in from the base, but every local had a chip on their shoulder about how they all pulled themselves up without any government help.
 
2012-11-11 10:00:56 AM  

sprawl15: t other than "Well, it's better."


Well they didn't mean it was better than the Ryan budget. They meant it was better than the Obama budget because Socialfacicommunislamism.
 
2012-11-11 10:01:37 AM  
I work for one of the universities here in-state. It's going to be hilarious to hear my co-workers biatch about Obama when they start announcing the massive funding cuts. And believe me, they absolutely will.
 
2012-11-11 10:03:54 AM  

wingnut396: They left off one thing that Kansas can still do to close the budget gap. Sell off State owned assets. There is quite a bit they can do:

1. Sell the prisons to for profit companies. The inmates can pay for the operation of the prison by working at whatever jobs their corporate owners can make money with them doing. This strikes me as a way to also solve the migrant labor problem as low risk prisoners can be used to pick crops at harvest. I would imagine that arrests for short time offenses would go up right before harvest time.

2. Sell the roads and bridges, tolls everywhere. You can drive like 90MPH in Texas now on that freedom loving toll road.

3. Sell the State offices and buildings. Right now there are too many State employees as it is. There is no need to all that office space. Sell it off, especially after you fire most of the State workers, and lease back smaller offices from the corporations that now own the property.

4. Sell of the State parks and recreation areas to private recreation and resort companies. People that can't afford to pay an entrance fee to a nice lake or park should be working more anyway.

5. Sell off the schools, use whatever Federal dollars come in for education to pay for a voucher. The free market and churches will provide stuff like classroom VCRs for learnin' your young ones.


I'm surprised I could think of many ways to solve the Kansas budget crisis and this article only thinks that a useless rainy day fund is the only way they are going to do it.


They can also cut back on fire services and police and go the Colorado Springs route.
Link

This is the new faith based budgeting system. (We have faith that them damn socalizt will bail us out)
 
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