Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Government and Taxes In the Big Picture

    February 15, 2017

    David Burress

    A substantial majority of what government does consists in providing insurance policies that private markets could not possibly provide.  This portion of government consists in transfer payments plus direct provision of what are basically private goods like education and health care.  The government provides (or should provide) insurance that you and your children and your ...

  • Natural Is Not In It

    February 10, 2017

    David Burress

    Please don’t buy “natural” foods (except meat).  The term “natural” is not regulated by the USDA, so almost anything can receive that label.  Exception: “natural” meats have no “artificial” additives and minimal processing.  Since the term is otherwise unregulated, companies use it as come-on to compete with organic foods (which are regulated). Don’t encourage them: ...

  • Non Existent Universal Healthcare Plan From the Right

    February 8, 2017

    David Burress

    It’s been 6 years and some 60 votes to abolish Obamacare without a replacement (except “We are going to have a GREAT plan. I PROMISE!”). Being in charge has forced the Republicans to start specifying an actual plan. As of now, Paul Ryan’s brand new “Better Way” plan is the leading contender, and 3 of ...

  • A Radical Right Revolution Unfolds & We Are Clueless

    January 31, 2017

    David Burress

    Trump’s drumbeat of blows against both formal and informal Constitutional order will keep falling, and no one one in a position of social leadership knows what to do–not the press, nor the Democratic Party leadership nor the labor unions nor the mainstream churches.  If there is hope, it will have to come from the streets. ...