The hottest read in Kansas right now is the new survey put out by Fort Hays State – Kansas Speaks 2015! A public opinion survey.
I added the exclamation point to give it a little more pizzazz – kind of like Jeb! Hey, these guys are researchers, not marketers or they would have added the exclamation point.
It turns out the old saying is correct – opinions are like <bleep> everyone has one.
Kansas had a lot to say in this 40 page document. I’ll admit I’m a little hurt that I didn’t get asked to participate in this survey. I’m a Kansan and I have a lot to say. I’m sure Ft. Hayes State TRIED to reach out me, but I was probably busy. Hey Ft. Hayes – call me next time!
76% of people responding thought Kansas was a good place to live. They are right – Kansas is a great place to live. We have good schools, great people and then there is our Governor…..
You may have heard about Kansas and our great tax experiment.
Over three-fifths (61%) of respondents felt Governor Brownback’s tax policy has been “a failure” or “a tremendous failure” in terms of economic growth, 32% of respondents felt it was “neither a success nor failure,” and 7% felt it was at least “a success.”
7% felt like it was a success? 7% actually believe that Governor Brownback’s tax policy was good for Kansas!
Just who are these 7%? Do these people really exist? It was kind of like looking for unicorns – I had to know if these 7% really existed.
I went on a quest to find out.
I asked around a lot, “Do you know anyone who believes that Governor Brownback’s tax policy has been good for Kansas?”
I received a lot of blank stares, some interesting one-fingered gestures and some spontaneous bursts of laughter from most Kansans.
Then a gentlemen I was speaking with pointed to a young man sitting by himself at a local Starbucks.
“I think he was mumbling that he thought Kansas tax policy was working,” the man said.
I ran up to the young hipster and asked him, “Do you think Brownback’s tax policy has been a success for Kansas? Are you part of the mysterious 7%?”
The guy looked up at me dazed , “no ma’am I was talking about a sax plan for Kansas. I think we should bring back jazz to Kansas. Or wait! Maybe it was my fax plan I was talking about. We all need to fax again. Faxing was cool in the 1980’s.”
So much for finding my 7%.
I will keep looking for this 7%. All I can say is whoever you are, you are completely disengaged from all of the revenue/budget problems we run into time after time from Brownback’s failed tax plan. This state doesn’t have money to cover our expenses. We are cutting valuable programs, because of his failed experiment. His plan has hurt our children and our under privileged in this state. It has not allowed Kansas to thrive and the effects of his grand experiment will leave this state hurting for years to come.
Now excuse me while I go fax something – I think the hipster may be on to something.