Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Transitioning to Medicare For All

    February 22, 2017

    David Burress

    Almost everyone knows in their heart that Medicare For All would be far better than what we have.  (For starters it would claw back some 3% of GDP spent on insurance overhead and provider costs of dealing with complex insurance policies.) But how would the shift-over work?   Mainly, you need to expand the payroll tax by ...

  • A strategy on free-rider “right to work” laws.

    February 20, 2017

    David Burress

    I think unions should adopt a long-term legal strategy attacking “right to work” laws as unconstitutional takings.   First we need to place some learned articles in law journals, then start a litigation strategy.  In particular, so-called right-to-work laws allow workers who refuse to join a union and refuse to pay agency fees to nevertheless demand that ...

  • The Real Hot Seat

    February 17, 2017

    David Burress

    If I were a TV host interviewing a politician, I’d have running totals at the bottom of the screen, giving numbers of: evasions; mainly truthful straight answers; straight answers that were misleading or direct lies or falsehoods; and evasive lies not responsive to a question.   A shrewd interviewer could make those calls as the conversation progresses, ...

  • All Lives Matter?

    February 16, 2017

    David Burress

    The slogan “all lives matter” was popularized by folks who deep down actually believe the dead opposite, which is typical of right-wing propaganda.  They love to appropriate left wing egalitarian rhetoric, twisted with an underlying right wing antiegalitarian intent.   However, imagine a world where all lives really did matter.  Would that be a better world than ...