The Kansas Federalist

Editor and Publisher Currie Myers, former sheriff of Johnson County Kansas and conservative strategist.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Taxpayer Protection Act

Raising taxes on Kansans may soon be more difficult, at least that is what thirty House Republicans are proposing. This week Rep. Lance Kinzer, Rep. Kasha Kelley and Rep. Mary Pilcher Cook lead the way to fiscal soundness and wrote House Concurrent Resolution 5043, The Taxpayer Protection Act, which would require that two-thirds of the Kansas House and the Kansas Senate approve any tax increase.

'The tax climate is slowing the Kansas economy," said Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe). 'If we can't make much progress on cutting taxes this year, we can at least make it more difficult to raise taxes. Kansans already bear more tax burden than citizens of many other states."

The Tax Foundation reported that Kansas taxpayers suffer the 15th worst state and local tax burden in the nation as a percentage of income, an even heavier tax burden than citizens in the notoriously high-tax states of California and Massachusetts. Kansas' ranking this year is twice as bad as it was 20 years ago, when it ranked 31st.

Tax Burden / Climate (Rank : 1 Best 51 Worst)*

  • 45th Corporate income tax
  • 27th Individual Income Tax
  • 28th Sales tax
  • 34th Overall Rank
  • 31st Tax Environment for Entrepreneurs (Small Business Survival Committee 2005)

*(Tax Foundation 2006)

'For the last several years, our constituents have expressed concerns that state budgets are increasing by hundreds of millions of dollars," said Kinzer. 'We appreciate the House Leadership for giving us the opportunity to show our constituents that we do hear their concerns."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kansas employment peaked in January 2001 and has since lost 17,100 jobs. During this same time, government employment increased by 5,700 jobs.

'The statistics speak for themselves," said State Rep. Kasha Kelley (R-Arkansas City). 'We must start to do things differently in this state. Clearly the current path will only continue to weigh our economy down."

A recent study by Janet Harrah, director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University revealed that if Kansas' job growth rate equaled that of the United States over the last ten years, Kansas would have 61,000 more jobs and an additional $2.1 billion payroll.

'When Kansas government taxes away profits, it destroys growth capital and keeps business from adding new jobs that would give Kansans a higher standard of living," said Rep. Mary Pilcher Cook (R-Shawnee). 'And in the longer term it depresses the revenue we collect for our state that could be used to protect our most vulnerable citizens."

The Kansas Federalist is most appreciative to the proponents of this bill and we hope the legislature passes this important piece of legislation. Kudos, once again, to Reps Kinzer, Kelley, and Cook!

-Currie Myers - The Kansas Federalist - www.kansasfederalist.blogspot.com

Friday, March 24, 2006

Conservative Hero of the Week

“Blog Gateway Pundit has video of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's press conference yesterday. It includes this exchange with a reporter:

Reporter: Do you feel embattled at this point in your tenure? In a recent column, Maureen Dowd quoted an unidentified administration official who described you as an "eccentric old uncle who's ignored." She claims that you don't hold the same sway in meetings.

Rumsfeld: Did you get all that? You want to be on camera, right? That’s a sure way to get on the evening news. The answer to your question is no.

Reporter: Well, I'm asking about the facts reported in the column. Do you feel you hold the same sway in meetings?

Rumsfeld: I'm not going to comment on that.
(Pause)- Rumsfeld looks away for a moment, then...

Rumsfeld: If you believe everything you read in Maureen Dowd, you better get a life.”

-Currie Myers Kansas Federalist

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Ant and the Grasshopper

I love a good story. Especially when it has great symbolism. The following story is certainly humorous in nature, but more importantly it speaks specifically to why conservatism is the answer to all your political troubles. So please enjoy the age-old story of the ant and the grasshopper.

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!



MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green".

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share."

Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act," retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be a Republican -----------------------------------------------------------

Currie Myers - The Kansas Federalist - www.kansasfederalist.blogspot.com