What is occurring in the state is so confusing, very few understand what’s going on. What everyone should know is the answer to this simple question: When Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature slashed income and business taxes at a magnitude unprecedented in state history, what exactly were they looking to accomplish?
Celebrity economist Arthur Laffer told me that he was not surprised by the huge deficits Kansas is facing due to massive tax cuts. “You have to view this over 10 years,” Laffer said. “It will work in Kansas.”
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder has just earned the love and affection of the nation’s largest banks by ushering through the House of Representatives an amendment attached to the $1.1 trillion spending bill that repealed a part of the Frank-Dodd law. Guess who is now well positioned to run an expensive campaign for higher office?
No matter what many political pundits say, I believe Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Furthermore, the former governor of Florida is the only Republican candidate in sight who can beat Hillary Clinton (who, I believe, has nearly a 100 percent chance of running).
Time for predictions for 2015. What will happen to the border war in tax breaks, Sen. Claire McCaskill, body cameras for police, Gov. Sam Brownback, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, interest rates, immigrants, Venezuela and Cuba in the coming year?
Two large semitrailers of food were scheduled to arrive Saturday at the local headquarters of the Salvation Army, in time for Christmas dinners to be delivered to 6,000 families throughout the Kansas City area, from Olathe to Grain Valley.
If Kansas were a family, it would be as if, to deal with the shortfall, the family invaded its college fund, its retirement fund and its savings account, then mortgaged the house to the hilt. Then the family decided to endure a slight sacrifice by cutting a small part of its expenses by 4 percent.
Based on my tiny, unscientific poll of three undocumented immigrants (sorry, Mr. Kobach, but I can’t recall their names), the president’s “temporary” relief for some immigrants is not going over all that well.
Charlie Cook, one of the most respected political experts in the country, believes there is only a 25-30 percent chance that Hillary Clinton will not run for president, and in any case he thinks she is either “rusty” or “she has lost her fastball.” The author of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter for almost 30 years also disappointed a local audience when he did not give Jeb Bush much of a chance of gaining the Republican nomination.
"“Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer," Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick recently said of state employees. Op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes: "I have little doubt Ray Merrick thinks state government is too big and can be shrunk further. But I do not believe Merrick is as callous as he came across in the newspaper interview."
In a perverse way, watching the impending financial disaster unfold in Kansas is captivating. It’s like watching in awe as a tornado drops from the sky. It is frightening, but you can’t take your eyes off it.
“To some conservative Republicans, any deviation from the party line is treason. That makes it a cult, not a political party. Only cults demand blind loyalty to its leaders, no matter what,” writes op-ed columnist Steve Rose, who is breaking ranks with the Republican Party and supporting Democrat Paul Davis for Kansas governor.
“If you wanted to do a national search for the best Johnson County chairman in the land, here’s what the posting might say, and here is how Ed Eilert — my pick for the commission chair on Nov. 4 — would measure up,” op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes.
“Of all the politicians I have covered in over four decades, starting with a campaign trip with Richard Nixon in 1968, I have never run across a meaner, nastier, more egomaniacal politician than Kris Kobach,” op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes. “… Kris Kobach must be stopped, and stopped now, before we find him in an even more powerful position to ply his diabolical schemes.”
“By declaring myself for Roberts, I may be hitching myself to the Titanic by declaring myself for Roberts,” op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes. “But I would rather go down with the ship then than to join a voyage that could take me anywhere or nowhere and could result in a Democratic Senate.”
I once thought the only motivation that could possibly explain turning Kansas into an “experiment” — his word — was Sam Brownback’s desire to make a national name and, perhaps, catapult himself into either the presidency or, at the least, a top, influential post in Washington.