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In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts
Wapo ^ | 12/21/11 | Annie Gowan

Posted on 12/22/2011 3:23:23 PM PST by freespirited

If you want to know what a Tea Party America might look like, there is no place like Kansas.

In the past year, three state agencies have been abolished and 2,050 jobs have been cut. Funding for schools, social services and the arts have been slashed. The new Republican governor rejected a $31.5 million federal grant for a new health-insurance exchange because he opposes President Obama’s health-care law. And that’s just the small stuff.

A new “Office of the Repealer” has been created to reduce the number of laws and regulations, and the Repealer is canvassing the state for more cut suggestions.

In the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) plans to roll out proposals to change the way schools are funded, taxes are levied and state pensions are administered.

A year after voters vaulted hundreds of tea party candidates to power in Washington and in state capitals, the movement’s goals are being pursued aggressively in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Texas.

But in Kansas, as nowhere else in the country, tea party fervor is reshaping government. The same political forces of the Republican Party driving the confrontation over taxes and spending in Washington are now completely in charge in Kansas.

The GOP now controls the state’s House of Representatives with the biggest majority in half a century. Emboldened by this power shift, Brownback — the state’s former two-term U.S. senator — has embarked on his overhaul at a breathtaking pace.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cuts; kansas; sambrownback; spending
Works for me.
1 posted on 12/22/2011 3:23:29 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

What Governor Brownback needs to do now (or at least in 2012 as the New Year begins) is to initiate an investigation into the cozy and corrupt relationship that existed between his predecessor (Sebelius) and that roastin’-in-Hell abortionist, “Tiller the Killer”.

Just follow the money. And the blood.

2 posted on 12/22/2011 3:31:36 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: freespirited
What this hit piece on Sam fails to point out, among other things is that the so-called "school funding" was pushed through by a dimoCRAT Gov. and RINO controlled house and senate in KS that gave each school district the same per-student $$$.

This awful program also denied school districts that were short-changed, the right to raise local and private funds to continue operating when their local tax dollars were being sent to districts that became awash in $$$ with no place left to spend the monies.

These tiny western districts gave every employee turkeys, hams and cash bonuses for the "holidays" and still had money left over. They were building new buildings with luxurious appointments when they were less than half full!!!

3 posted on 12/22/2011 3:39:42 PM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

The “Sell your soul for a chump change” game has kept the Democrats afloat for a long time. Those on welfare should not be allowed to sing soul music as they have no soul.....

4 posted on 12/22/2011 3:45:41 PM PST by libertyhoundusnr
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To: freespirited

Sounds like Walker finally has some competition for the leftist hate.

5 posted on 12/22/2011 3:50:49 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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Brownback for President 2012. And his ‘Repealer’ as VP.
6 posted on 12/22/2011 4:03:20 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Jobs, Peace, Food, Security .... Down with Obama(Peacefully))
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To: freespirited

sounds great.

7 posted on 12/22/2011 4:07:06 PM PST by snowstorm12
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To: freespirited

The moment won’t last, so seize it.

8 posted on 12/22/2011 4:09:40 PM PST by untenured
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To: TWhiteBear; freespirited
Brownback for President 2012. And his ‘Repealer’ as VP.


GRRRRREAT post, freespirited!

DEFUND socialist collectives. DISMANTLE socialist programs. DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.

HOORAY Kansas!

live - free - republic

9 posted on 12/22/2011 4:55:58 PM PST by PGalt
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To: freespirited


Hey MICHIGAN governor (republican) house (republican majority) senate (republican supermajority) supreme court (republican majority). WAKE UP YOU RINOS (Republicans Implementing Nuances Of Socialism) and IDIOTS!

Worth another BTTT!

10 posted on 12/22/2011 5:10:09 PM PST by PGalt
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To: freespirited
"...tea party fervor is reshaping government...."

The big question is, is Brownback being dragged kicking and screaming...His soft-spot for Illegals is well documented.

11 posted on 12/22/2011 5:12:30 PM PST by moehoward
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To: libertyhoundusnr

Brownback is a smart guy. He intends to eliminate the state income tax too. His goal is business development will bring revenue in for the state. I think he can get the job done.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Go Sam Brownback.

12 posted on 12/22/2011 8:39:27 PM PST by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: freespirited

Another BTTT for Sam & Kansas voters and T.E.A. partiers!

Take that fleabaggers!

13 posted on 12/23/2011 8:09:44 AM PST by PGalt
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