Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Well it’s the day after the big Kansas education announcement.  For this episode of Broke Kansas, I suggest instead of popping popcorn and pulling up for a nice read, you grab yourself a stiff drink.  I’m not going to sugarcoat anything here.  In staying with school spirit, I’m giving this blog post the grade of D.  D stands for downer, depressing, difficult, disaster, dangerous…..

I think you get my drift.  Well grab whatever you mixed up in a glass and settle in for this read.

 

Brownback said he would reduce aid to public schools by $28 million, dropping base state aid by nearly $42 per student. The reduction would come after lawmakers last year boosted aid to poor school districts to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order in a 2010 lawsuit filed by parents and school districts. The remainder of the $45 million in education cuts would come from higher education.  http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/feb/05/kansas-governor-announces-cuts-public-schools-high/

 

So he’s cutting everything everywhere – from K through the end of education.  If it requires a book, even a coloring book, it’s getting cut.  Rich districts, poor districts – it doesn’t matter.  Everybody is getting hit.

Who is to blame?

Governor Brownback is to blame. We all know he gambled on implementing massive tax cuts. If they were successful he would be running an exciting campaign for the presidency against Jeb Bush. The tax cuts weren’t successful and now other high-profile Republicans can’t get far enough away from him.

Who else is to blame?  The Kansas voters.  They re-elected him or correction – let him be re-elected by not voting.  There is a petition right now to get Brownback thrown out of office.  I applaud the effort, I really do, but it’s never going to happen.  No amount of petitions or signatures is getting this guy thrown out of office.  If it makes you feel better then sign it, but don’t hold your breath that it’s going to make a damn bit of difference.  He is not going anywhere.

So now what?

We wait and see how the districts respond.  They have some tough work to do.  They are going to have to trim from the top down first and then probably valuable programs like music, art and theater will end up being cut.  Public education will ultimately suffer in Kansas.  Parents with the means will pull their children out of public school and put them in private school.  The divide in Kansas between the haves and have nots will grow.

Kansas public education has always been something this state has been proud of.  When I moved back to the area I had a choice of which side of the state line I decided to live on.  I picked Kansas. Why?  Because I was going to start a family and the quality of education was a deciding factor. Cuts like these could greatly impact the quality of education.   People like me moving to the area could see the education crisis our state is in and decide not to choose Kansas – all because Brownback gambled with our state and this is the result.

I left out one D when describing this blog post – defeated…..

 

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15 thoughts on “Episode 2 of Broke Kansas – the schools suffer

  1. Another D work is dumbfuck. Or dumbfucker. Or dumb motherfucker. Or dipshit. But I Digress.

    Your state is ruled by idiots. At least my state (NY) is ruled by (some) smart people. Sure, most of them are crooks, but they believe in science. And math. And facts. Mostly.

    1. D work? Equals D WORD. Typo ….

      1. Aimee Patton says:

        I had a couple other D words but I thought I would keep it clean for once 😉

  2. Aimee – let it loose. Liberals use ‘fuck’ liberally. And Brownback? He’s deserves every epithet.

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      I received some feedback that I should clean up my fucking language. So I’m trying.

      1. themadkansan says:

        Fuck That Noise. Anyone bitching about ‘language’ is just trying to change the fuckin’ subject. Fuck ’em. 🙂

  3. Fred Zimmerman says:

    A large number of Republicans stated “We’re not scientists”, yet here we are in the Kansas Petri dish ‘experiment’ Reminds me of the kid in the old neighborhood, shoving a lit firecracker up a cat’s anus as an ‘experiment’.

  4. Roy Inman says:

    I really, really, really wish there was something in this post with which I did NOT agree. Well, there is one thing: I don’t drink and mores the pity.

  5. Aimee Patton says:
    February 7, 2015 at 1:06 am

    “I received some feedback that I should clean up my fucking language. So I’m trying.”

    Trying? Interesting word!

    It seems Governor Brownback was also “trying” something new to revitalize the state. If you’ve been paying attention to the economy for the last several years, you’ve no doubt noticed the failure to thrive condition present throughout most of the nation. A nation governed by a Democrat community organizer in coordination with a Democrat-controlled dysfunctional Congress.

    Now, as to your fucking language, agreed, your words are frequently conjugating about wildly in a naked display of passive aggression. At a minimum, you really ought to think about using protection against STD’s (Silly Talking Democrats)!

    1. Chris Andersen says:

      Governor Brownback was “trying” a policy that has failed for the last 30+ years. It was nothing new lol. Where the hell did you get that idea? People like you just don’t get it and I don’t think you ever will. I’m not sure if it’s because you’re incredibly stupid or stubborn or both but it’s time to face the facts. Tax cuts don’t solve ANYTHING. They always make the situation worse. Reagan came in touting his tax cuts and guess what? He tripled the fucking debt in this country. Money flowed to the top and none of it “trickled down”. Reagan was forced to raise taxes CONSTANTLY during his administration because his policies were failing. George Bush Part 1 came in with his “read my lips” bullshit saying he wouldn’t raise taxes and tried to continue with that failed Reaganomics crap. Once again the economy stagnated and guess what Bush had to do in his first and only term? Raise taxes. Bush Part 2 continued with the idiotic tax cuts after the Clinton administration cleaned up Reagan and Bush Part 1’s mess and balanced the budget in the 2000’s. What happened after Bush Part 2’s tax cuts?Job creation stagnated. Corporations laughed to the bank pocketing that extra cash and kept on shipping jobs overseas for slave labor. This also added nearly 2 trillion to the debt. But you morons never learn. You fall for the same crap over and over and over and over seeing the same end result every time. When Brownback announced his “tax cuts” plan we all knew what was going to happen because we’ve seen this hilariously bad song and dance before.

      1. Aimee Patton says:

        Chris – you seem rather upset. i’m not sure if the “you” you keep referring to is directed at me or a general “you”. Anyway, thanks for commenting – I think?

      2. themadkansan says:

        Aimee, I believe he’s directing his vitriol at “Dick” the troll. 🙂

  6. Chris Andersen GETS IT!! And what is “it”?

    “It” is the mental illness condition in which the afflicted believe that the answer to society’s ills is more, always more, government involvement.

    And with this Big Brother overlord dictating policy, it also requires more, always more, funding in the form of taxes. Citizens must pay taxes on what they earn, what they own, what they purchase, what they inherit, what they win, taxes on their utilities, taxes on their phone use, taxes on their cable, exorbitant taxes on their use of legal alcohol and tobacco, permits/fees/licenses to drive, work, sell, hunt, fish, build, demolish, boat, ad infinitum!

    I don’t know if Chris Andersen is “incredibly stupid or stubborn or both but it’s time to face the facts.” Increasing taxes doesn’t solve anything. In fact, it merely encourages the inefficient bad behavior of government bureaucracy, while making the situation worse.

    While I said nothing concerning former Presidents, it appears that Chris has a real hatred for Reagan and the Bush clan’s tax cuts. While he was verbally whipping the former, funny that he failed to mention President Clinton’s welfare reform with it’s massive reduction in effective tax rates.
    Or, the reduction in tariff and non-tariff barriers between the U.S., Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement which encouraged American manufacturers to move to Mexico. In 1997, Clinton signed a reduction in the (audible liberal gasp) capital gains tax rate to 20% from 28%! The 1997 tax cuts also included a phased in increase in the death tax exemption to $1 million from $600,000.

    Bill Clinton : Added $1.396 trillion, a 32% increase to the $4.4 trillion debt level at the end of Bush’s last budget, FY 1993.

    Barack Obama: Added $6.167 trillion, a 53% increase to the $11.657 trillion debt level attributable to President Bush at the end of his last budget, FY 2009. As of FY 2014

    Chris has what’s known as selective partisan memory dysfunction, and apparently believes that our country does better under the rule of Democrats. Has he had his head buried for the last six years? Some people just don’t get it!

    1. themadkansan says:

      You, sir, are full of the horse-shit.

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