Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • There are Charities and then there are “Charities”

    April 5, 2016

    David Burress

    The Wounded Warrior scandal has given a lot of private service charities a black eye, as it should. Some charities are much better (you really ought to check out any cause at Charity Navigator before you contribute)—but the defensive voices supporting “good” charities have still got it wrong. Private charity is an innately and immensely ...

  • Part II A Feature not a Bug

    March 31, 2016

    David Burress

    Kansas University Political Scientist, Burdett Loomis weighed in in response to my previous post, doubting that the destruction of Kansas’s credit rating is intentional.  Burdett raised the question: how do we know Brownback actually wanted to permanently shrink government, rather than merely jumpstart government? Let me count a few of the ways. 1. Brownback is part ...

  • Osawatamie State Hospital Blues

    March 30, 2016

    David Burress

    Brownbackistani policy on public services works like this:   1. Cut funding in order to reduce “waste,” (which is actually a right-wing code word for public services as such). 2. Mismanage the remaining resources until it becomes a public scandal. 3. Privatize the public service in order to create “efficiency” (which is actually a right-wing code word for private ...

  • Addressing Inequality as the Glue

    March 28, 2016

    David Burress

    You can cut like a knife through nearly every political issue if you assume the critical underlying issue is inequality. The immigration question is the extent to which we treat newcomers as equal. The school funding question is the extent to which students in different school districts are treated as equals. The taxation question is the extent to which ...