President Barack Obama promises yet another speech on the economy this week in Kansas City. Voters sense speeches aren’t enough. For all the blather from Democrats and Republicans, the public knows politicians are locked in a 20th-century argument over 21st-century challenges.
The argument over tax cuts in Kansas relies on evidence from other states, but is economic growth in low-tax states a coincidence? Tax-cutting economists act as if differences in state taxes are the only reason for life decisions. In the real world, people and jobs move into and out of states for all sorts of reasons.
The Missouri congressman should be remembered for a lot of things in a 34-year career. But his work on civil rights should be enshrined forever. It was Bolling, along with President Lyndon Johnson, who cajoled, pushed and finally demanded that the Civil Rights Act become law.
You may think the Hobby Lobby contraception decision is a fastball at the belt — or a knuckleball over the backstop. From the cheap seats, though, it’s hard to understand how the court’s Hobby Lobby call can be consistently applied in other cases to come.
With two weeks to go until the Aug. 4 primaries in Missouri and Kansas, the campaigns seem unusually listless this season. Sluggish campaigns lead to low turnout, and it’s going to be hard to awaken voters in the next two weeks.
The convicted proof of what led to the latest scandal for the Kansas City diocese languishes in prison today: Shawn Ratigan, sentenced to 50 years for child pornography. The details of Ratigan’s guilt, the horrendous way the diocese stalled instead of immediately reporting him to authorities, is at play now in an order to pay $1.1 million in a breach-of-contract suit.