Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback reportedly wants a new, catchy slogan for the state to use in promoting itself to tourists and businesses.
I figured Kansas City Star readers could help in that cause. When asked over the weekend, they delivered a flood of more than 250 suggestions through Facebook, Twitter and email.
Alas, most ideas didn’t fall in the category of being ones Brownback would be tempted to use. The Koch brothers and their influence over the governor’s office turned up in several slogans. So did the ugly state of the Kansas economy.
In the real world, Brownback better proceed with his own plan: Get real experts to provide something to the state by late December.
But as promised, here are some of the best new “catchy” slogans offered over the weekend by readers as judged by, well, me.
▪ Think the land is flat? Try our economy! Andy Sandler
▪ Kansas: A Koch and a Smile! Mike Silverman
▪ Kansas, the Gunflower state Roy Inman
▪ Kansas: Where the governor is all hat and no cowboy Scott Jennings
▪ A slow ride into the sunset! Gregory M. Galvin
▪ Kansas: Where chickens come home to roost Ralph D. Gage Jr.
▪ Kansas: Where it’s easier to get a gun than to vote Luigi Pommi
▪ Kansas: The State of Denial Dave Kaup
▪ Kansas: Well, at least Lawrence is cool, right? Will Elniff
▪ Kansas: We’re okay with the world thinking the Royals play in our state Jon James
▪ Kansas, the only thing bigger than our prairies are our deficits Suhail Jones
▪ Kansas: You could go anywhere else. Why come here? Dianne L. Young
▪ The sun is shining all around Brownbackistan Korey Kruse
▪ You are now in Kansas...the state of mediocrity George Potts
▪ Our prairies are as green as the dollars we don’t have...” Anthony Cooper
▪ Come to Kansas, where state government is like Oz — no heart, no brain, no courage. Chris Breathwaite
▪ “We’re Not All Nuts” Andrew McCarl
▪ Not Quite As Bad As You Think Ethan Hirsh
▪ Kansas: Home of the largest tax increases in its history to enable 330,000 LLCs to be tax exempt. Where public schools are dismantled, and private school deductions are given to millionaire donors. Where women’s civil liberties are violated and guns are purchased as easily as a candy bar. And the poor, the elderly and disabled benefits are given up to billion-dollar profiteering health insurance corporations. Vicki Distefano (Though reader Timothy Hanke subsequently noted, “I like it, Vicki, but it might not fit on a license plate.”)
▪ Kansas: Memories Are Forever Elizabeth Avery (see, not all the suggestions were all negative)
Now we await the real, new catchy Kansas slogan from the Brownback camp. Hope it’s uplifting!