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  • A Name to Remember…

    April 21, 2016

    David Burress

    The 2010s will go down in Kansas history as a lost decade. Ordinary people are being pushed backwards in real income and quality of life–we have deteriorating highways, declining educational systems, an unraveling safety net, falling competency of government administration, declining participation in public life, declining honesty and rationality in civic discourse. I’ve been thinking ...

  • Willful Lie

    April 21, 2016

    David Burress

    This year’s Kansas fiscal year projections were off by some $300M.  I have worked on revenue forecasting, and that is not a forecasting error. It is a willful lie based on cooked data supplied by Kansas Department of Revenue in order to cajole the legislature into passing an illegally unbalanced budget. Brownback must have planned ...

  • An Earnest Effort to Resolve the “Border War”?

    April 15, 2016

    David Burress

    There are times when you have to assume the devil is acting in good faith and this one of them. As reported in Kansascity.com, Governor Brownback has offered to allow a study (which Hallmark Foundation would pay for) of how to terminate the senseless “border war” over what is loosely called “economic development.” This struggle consists in ...

  • The Nonsense Written About Money in Politics

    April 15, 2016

    David Burress

    Here is Dave Helling, in a recent piece in the Kansas City Star summarizing a string of anecdotes: “Big money doesn’t always guarantee victory, it turns out.” No one ever said it did. Quite literally. I googled “money always guarantees victory” and got–guess what–absolutely zero hits. If you know much about googling, zero hits on a ...