Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sun Shines in KS; Eagle Digs Grave for Sunlight

This story in the Wichita Eagle is hilarious.

You can really just read the headline, Personal Incomes in Kansas Jump, because the reporter used two sentences to say that personal income in Kansas was the seventh best in the nation.

I'm almost 1000% positive that if the story were the opposite, if Kansas income growth (or decline) was seventh worst in the nation, this would be a front page story about how the Brownback agenda has decimated the Kansas economy. It would feature some photo of a down-on-his-luck guy in torn, dirty clothes and his long suffering, big-eyed and starving children begging in the streets. But since it's good news suggesting many of Brownback's policies are making Kansas the envy of other states, it nets just two paragraphs and absolutely no words offered to the policies that may have helped us grow.

The current narrative about how Kansans are suffering is complete nonsense. When compared to other states, Kansas is doing just fine and in many cases, we're doing better than other states. 

And then there's this story in the Hill, a Washington, D.C. political paper. The chart below really tells the full story.

Where other states are facing massive revenue declines, Kansas is one of the few states that boasted year-over-year growth in tax receipts. Our revenue growth was 9 percent. Nationwide, the state revenue declined, while Kansas grew. (I think we can tie some of this growth to Kansas' wise decision NOT to expand Medicaid.)

However, good luck finding these stories in local media. (or if you do, it's a two paragraph kicker on page 8,000.) They're too busy bashing the guy at the top and our once conservative legislature for wise decision-making that is positioning Kansas for growth.

If the local media could dig a hole and bury the sun until Brownback leaves office, reporters would be lined up outside the Capitol with shovels.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wagle to Release Hit List; Puts Contract on Taxpayers

Sen. Susan Wagle is planning to release a ‘Contract with Kansas.’ She should call it a the ‘Contract ON Kansas,’ because I have a feeling it’s going to read a lot like a hit list. It’s a contract out on Kansas taxpayers, and her mafia-like hitmen intend to use the list as a weapon.

Wagle will announce this contract on Kansans during a press conference next week, requiring Republican Senate candidates to sign on if they want access to the Senate Leadership PAC money between now and the November election.

I’m told the contract will include lovely features such as rolling back every Gov. Brownback policy. From expanding Medicaid to rolling back the LLC and reinstating the pass-through exemptions, Wagle intends to tax Kansans to the breaking point.

Wagle, it appears, is trying to out-Democrat the Democrats. This is short-sighted political positioning, and I don’t get it. Clearly Wagle has higher political aspirations, but she’s not going to have a base if she continues down this path of PAC hostage taking, weaponizing her agenda, and stabbing everyone she meets right in the back repeatedly. This is how mob bosses in the old days ended up sleeping with the fishes.

Wagle alienated the so-called moderates and Democrats by signing on to Brownback’s plan early. After all, Brownback’s efforts to oust former Senate President Steve Morris and his ilk like Tim Owens are precisely the reason Wagle earned the role of Senate President. As an early adopter of the Brownback policies, Wagle not only advocated for many of them, she was a consistent vote for many of his policies. Democrats and so-called moderates aren’t likely to forget her once-conservative ways, though they may do it long enough so they can hang her with the disastrous policies sure to come from the 2017 Kansas Legislature.

Meanwhile, good luck finding a conservative who will work with her. Conservatives recognize that she isn’t just a back stabber, she’s a hypocrite, too.

So I ask, in two years or four years, when Wagle decides to make a run for Governor or challenge for Congressman Mike Pompeo’s seat, who will be her base?

Shortly after Brownback’s election, it appeared Wagle’s political star was on the rise. But now, she is about to be a woman wearing cement shoes standing alone attempting to rally people who will refuse to follow her. Each of those people will also be unwilling to turn their backs on her, as it appears she carries some pretty sharp knives and isn’t afraid to bury one in the back of just about anyone.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Health Reporter Makes Vapid Attempt to Call Republicans Racist

The Kansas Health Institute is attempting to paint Republicans with the racist brush today. In a horribly unfair story, Republicans were asked to explain their Facebook friendship with a complete alt-right moron named Gabriel Wilson.

Wilson wrote disturbing white nationalist messages and body outlines in chalk on Bethany College campus sidewalks in September. The school's president, who has adopted biracial children, reported that his family had also received racially-charged threats. A police report was filed. Wilson was named as a suspect in the report.

Enter a reporter for the Kansas Health Institute to determine just how politically active crazy Wilson is. The reporter makes some massive leaps in his attempts to trash the Kansas Republican Party, and his efforts are wrong, biased, and inappropriate for so many reasons.

First, the reporter's link between Republicans is based on Facebook friendship. I don't know about you, but on my personal page I have 1,017 Facebook friends. For a very long time, I limited Facebook friendships to people I'd actually met in person, but I eventually gave that up. Now I pretty much accept any friendship request from anyone who doesn't appear to be an Internet troll. If I have a mutual friend with a person who sends me a FB message, I hit the accept button. My acceptance of their friendship isn't an endorsement of their views. Otherwise, I'd have to ditch half of my liberal Facebook friends.

If people I don't know start posting offensive stuff--and don't get me wrong, I find that Wilson guy completely offensive--I unfriend them. But I don't see every post that every person makes, and most people probably don't see every post made by that person they met one time walking in a parade.

I balk completely at the reporter's assessment that somehow every Republican Facebook friend of the guy knew of Wilson's racist views. I just don't buy it for one single minute and neither should you.

Second, I would be very interested in knowing how the reporter suggests the Republican can create a Republican Party purity test before allowing anyone to call themselves a Republican. Seriously, this would be helpful to know. I'd like to refuse membership to all white nationalists and also to all people who pretend to be Republicans just so they can get elected. I don't know how Republicans can stop people from pretending to be something they aren't. The Dems can't do this either. I seem to recall an elected Kansas Democrat who was arrested for child pornography. Jason Croucher was a Kansas Democrat whose star was on the rise. He was an elected official and he did paid work for many Dem office holders in addition to running a liberal blog. He's serving 17.5 years for bondage child pornography. It's funny in looking up all of the old stories about Croucher how no members of the political reporting class could be bothered to track down Croucher's political friends and paint the Dems with the same brush as that sick crackpot.

Perhaps the most ridiculous aspect of the entire story is that it was written and published by the Kansas Health Institute. KHI's stated mission is to improve the health of Kansans by supporting effective policymaking. While they admit they use a broad approach in their efforts, tracking down the people who met Wilson one time at a parade seems incredibly broad.

I recognize a "gotcha" story when I see one. This sordid tale about how one whack job in Kansas had seven racist friends--and apparently a classless girlfriend-- and managed to wrangle his way into meeting political folks is a crass attempt to make conservatives look like racists. As a biracial, conservative person (and as a human in general) the attempt is vile and unfair. When Republicans (or Dems) are racist, they should be called out on it. But to make unfair assumptions about an entire political apparatus based on one nutso does serious damage to political discourse. We should be better than this.

If you want to have an honest discussion about race and politics, let's do it. (Or not. I'm so sick of it.) But if we must, why don't we start with the regular folks and leave the crackpots out of it.