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Sam Brownback's WWII Values

I think we as a country are just going to have to go back to really saying, 'OK what got us to where we are? Hard work, ingenuity, education, strong families, commitments, character.' (Gov. Sam Brownback in a speech to the Wichita Rotary Club)

WICHITA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback spoke to the Rotary Club in Wichita on April 17, 2011, telling attendees that Americans should return to WWII values to get us out of our economic crisis. An excerpt of his speech appeared in the April 18, 2011, issue of the Wichita Eagle. "This is not something new to us. We know what these values are," he added. "I think we just kind of got away from it, in investing more in interesting instruments to change and trade money, rather than focus on how do I make something. We're going to have to start making more things." (Kansas Needs WWII Values)

It's not clear what Gov. Brownback means when he says, "We're going to have to start making things." He does mention that Kansas is prime territory for wind farms and for manufacturing the turbines necessary to create electricity.

Gates Has Served Our Nation Well

SALINA, Kan. - Recently, in between the outing of "First Farce," Donald Trump and the successful mission that killed Osama bin Laden was a little-commented upon announcement regarding the shake-up of President Obama's national security team. The changes are being set in motion by the upcoming retirement of Defense Secretary Robert Gates. When the widely-respected Gates steps this down this summer the nation will lose one of its exemplary public servants.

Bob Gates is that rare breed in Washington - someone who has reached a level of respect that transcends partisan politics, an individual held in high esteem for many reasons, primarily his reputation for professional competence. And although some will regard his career as a bit tainted due to questions about how much he knew about the Iran-Contra affair, his tenure as Defense Secretary has been widely admired.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Gates came to government service via an academic career that culminated in his receipt of a PhD from Georgetown in Russian and Soviet history.

WICHITA, Kan. - Kevin Hall's recent article (Politics and public opinion aside, Americans are under-taxed) fails to emphasize the main thinking point for American taxpayers.

It is not that we are over-taxed or under-taxed. It is that the disparity between 94% of the taxpayers and the upper 6% is growing wildly. Conservatives from Tea-Partiers to Republicans to conservative Democrats have ignored that principal for almost a decade; in fact, they are doing their best to increase the disproportion in the distribution of wealth.

At this time, 51% of Americans do not pay any federal income taxes. Everyone should be pleased. Right? The percentage tax rate though for the uppermost taxpayers has dropped from a high rate of 34% to about 24% and the Republicans have sworn to give the wealthy more.

The wealthiest corporations are running record profits. Exxon made another 11 million dollar profit while the gas prices are going up supposedly in response to the Libyan crisis. However, Republicans are screaming that entitlements are to blame for the increasing deficits.

So let's (they say) gouge the heck out of programs for the poor and middle class.

Kris Kobach Meets the Kochs

SALINA, Kan. - Alan Jilka, on these pages, has presented a sterling case for opposition to Kris Kobach. Wednesday, May 4th, at the state county clerks conference, some folks outside Salina's Ramada Inn created an outdoor 'free our voters,' anti-Kobach presence. Equally important, there was an indoor presence, up close and personal, for Kobach himself.

Besides a Kobachi presentation which gained applause only from one-third of the county clerks, his press conference found him face to face with Koch Bros. impersonators Gary Swartzendruber and Bob Homolka. Some pointed questions followed.

Kobach said they would be surprised at the grades he received at Harvard, but he did not indicate he would produce his Wisconsin birth certificate. When asked about E-Verifying cattle, immigrants, voters, and feral pigs, he demurred.

voting-at-general-election-small-size-300px.jpgHAYS, Kan. - There's something about a Republican that brings out my chatty side.

For instance, what started today as a quick check of the day's news ended up with my giving in to the temptation to post a comment on The Republican Lawyer Blog.

His entry was entitled Rasmussen: 82% Say a Photo ID Should be Needed to Vote.

Blogger Matt Seurmann ended with the question, "Why not just make it a requirement to vote?"

I felt compelled to answer in the following manner. Here's why not...

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