Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Notes on Dealing with Liars

    November 17, 2016

    David Burress

    “Liar” is a overused and underanalyzed epithet. It carries along two very different ideas: 1. intentionally false or recklessly unsupported claim in a particular case; or 2. a general character flaw leading to repeated lies.   There was a time when people believe that good people never lie, so the two concepts were nearly merged.   However we have come to ...

  • Brownback’s Chickens

    November 16, 2016

    David Burress

    Brownback’s chickens come home to roost on Kansas highways (or: building roads that chickens can’t cross):   Kansas just “postponed” 24 significant road projects. All of them are maintenance and repair projects rather than new additions to the highway stock. So guess what: six years of stealing from the highway fund to finance tax cuts for rich ...

  • Wedge Issues Work

    November 15, 2016

    David Burress

    You can get at a big issue by pushing a tiny but very popular law. I propose that the Kansas statehouse moderates push for a tiny law that outlaws individuals other than peace officers from carrying firearms into hospital emergency rooms without specific authorization from hospital authorities. Make it a Kansas misdemeanor (up to $1000 fine ...

  • What to Expect in the Next Four Years

    November 11, 2016

    David Burress

    It is impossible to make firm predictions about upcoming macropolicy. Trump has promised both sides on a lot of issues, and feels no compunction about contradicting himself from one sentence to the next. Even more more importantly, he apparently has the delusion that business success gives you the skills you need in governing. (Successful business ...