“The Kansas Republican Party will lead our nation toward a culture that values life — the life of the elderly and sick, the life of the young, and the life of the unborn.” So proclaims a key point of the 2012 Kansas Republican Platform.
Yet Kansas shelters are seeing more elderly people who are homeless. Republicans are blocking expansion of Medicaid, which could provide health care to the poor and supports for the disabled. Reckless tax cuts have helped to rank Kansas as the fourth-worst state in cuts to school funding. Welfare recipients, most of whom are single mothers with children, face wholly unnecessary restrictions on how they can spend their benefits.
The vast majority of Kansas lawmakers are Christians. If not for the sake of your fellow citizens, then for the sake of Christ, it’s time to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
Ron Fugate of Overland Park is retired from a marketing and communications career in the health care field. He is a 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is married to B.J. Martin and has two adult children and three grandchildren.