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    Default Brownback's Legacy: it's worse than you think

    Not only did he enact those tax cuts that led to financial ruin for the state... he also oversaw a deliberate and cynical 'hollowing out' of state agencies - which is affecting people's everyday lives, and continues to cost taxpayers huge amounts while delivering compromised services.

    THIS is today's Republican party --

    http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2017/au...nbacks-legacy/

    News item: J.D. Powers survey ranks Kansas Medicaid recipients’ satisfaction level as dead last among 50 states.

    As Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback packs his bags, assessments of his tenure largely address his income tax cuts and their disastrous results. Fair enough. But Brownback leaves another legacy that may have a longer, more problematic impact. His administration has hollowed out government, to the point that in agency after agency Kansans experience underperformance at best and crises at worst.

    This “hollowing out” has stood as administration policy from Brownback’s early days, with his appointment of Robert Seidlecki as Social and Rehabilitative Services secretary. Seidlecki succeeded in driving out many well-qualified professionals, whose departures contributed directly to continuing crises within that crucial agency.

    As veteran journalist Dave Ranney concludes, “For the past six and a half years, social services in Kansas have been governed by a belief that the best way to ‘strengthen’ low-income families is to push parents into low-wage jobs by cutting their access to public assistance. At the same time, record numbers of children have been removed from their parents’ care.” All this with less funding and fewer professionals in the Department for Children and Families, the successor agency to SRS.

    Then there is the Osawatomie State Hospital, a case study in state-based dysfunction. After allegations of rape and various patient-care issues, in December 2015 the hospital lost $1 million per month of federal funding. Without irony, Tim Keck, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, said, “I think getting decertified sort of opened our eyes wide to where we are.” Despite some improvements, a recent survey found ongoing problems, and Osawatomie continues without certification. Tick-tock, $1 million per month.

    Most recently, the corrections department has found itself short-handed, with the El Dorado prison in constant crisis. This situation is scarcely news; Kansas Organization of State Employees director Robert Choromanski has raised alarms for months. Guards were severely overworked and underpaid as the prison population grew to dangerous levels. Last week, the corrections secretary labeled El Dorado an “emergency,” but only because this designation can require guards to work 12-hour shifts.........
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    Default Re: Brownback's Legacy: it's worse than you think

    The argument will be that he did not go far enough or that Obama is to blame. Don't wait for the anti-tax, anti-government, tough love crowd to admit the experiment is a failure.

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    Default Re: Brownback's Legacy: it's worse than you think

    "As Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback packs his bags, assessments of his tenure largely address his income tax cuts and their disastrous results. Fair enough. But Brownback leaves another legacy that may have a longer, more problematic impact. His administration has hollowed out government, to the point that in agency after agency Kansans experience underperformance at best and crises at worst.

    This “hollowing out” has stood as administration policy from Brownback’s early days, with his appointment of Robert Seidlecki as Social and Rehabilitative Services secretary. Seidlecki succeeded in driving out many well-qualified professionals, whose departures contributed directly to continuing crises within that crucial agency."

    I expect DavidG that the nation will find similar situations after Donald has left the stage.

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    If you drive through Kansas on I-70 you'll find maintenance workers at the rest areas
    spending their own personal money to keep them operating - toilet paper, gas for
    mowing. it is amazing what they do. The Reich counts on good people like this to
    avert complete collapse.

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    Default Re: Brownback's Legacy: it's worse than you think

    Quote Originally Posted by sandtown View Post
    If you drive through Kansas on I-70 you'll find maintenance workers at the rest areas
    spending their own personal money to keep them operating - toilet paper, gas for
    mowing. it is amazing what they do. The Reich counts on good people like this to
    avert complete collapse.
    It's not the people of Kansas who are the problem. It's the people who sold them the bill of goods... who packaged their nihilism and greed in such a palatable, believable package... who are the real problem.

    Historians and political scientists are, even now, chewing on the question of HOW so many of us could allow ourselves to be deceived by lying slicksters. That is... today's Republican party.
    David G
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    "It was a Sunday morning and Goddard gave thanks that there were still places where one could worship in temples not made by human hands." -- L. F. Herreshoff (The Compleat Cruiser)

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