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Dave Helling | KCK job numbers tell the U.S. story

Wyandotte County jobs grew 3.6 percent from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012. But wages actually dropped 1.4 percent during that same period. The numbers may also tell us something important and sobering about the national economy.

Dave Helling | Stories behind the tax cuts

President Barack Obama targets the rich: higher income tax rates, phased-out deductions, higher Obamacare levies. By contrast, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback focuses on the poor: fewer low-end credits and deductions, less spending for health care and support for a regressive sales tax. Neither choice reflects much political courage.

Dave Helling | Spend on Medicaid or donate to blue states

Republican lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri have said the expansion of Medicaid may be too expensive, or would help implement what they call Obamacare. But rejecting millions in Medicaid subsidies will unquestionably turn taxpayers in both states into health care donors.

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