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  • 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 ...

  • Preponderance of Evidence

    March 28, 2016

    David Burress

    In civil law the standard of proof is “preponderance of evidence.” Based on that standard, the Koch brothers should pay for the tort of helping cause the Great Kansas Wildfire, the first major climate change wildfire in the Midwest. More immediately, the wildfire was caused by prolonged drought and high winds, but both symptoms were made ...