Editorial Commentary: Ken Ciboski

Political commentator Ken Ciboski stands just right of center and offers a common-sense view of politics today.

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Does the Kansas tax cut experiment qualify as a model for national tax and revenue policy?  Two of Donald Trump’s closest advisers on tax policy are economist Arthur Laffer and Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore. They were the architects of Governor Sam Brownback’s massive tax cuts that took effect on January 1, 2013. They predicted that these cuts would bring an economic boom to Kansas.

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Thirteen state house incumbents and nine state Senate incumbents of the pro-Gov. Brownback coalition were defeated by more moderate candidates in the primary election of August 2.

Donald Trump let us know in his acceptance speech at the Republican National convention that he thinks the United States is in a condition of crisis because of terrorist attacks and the killing of police in our cities.   He touts himself as the law and order candidate and told us that disorder will end if he becomes president next January. Safety will be No. 1. 

Sam Brownback has 29 months remaining as governor. Will we see an increase in revenues for the state over that time so that adequate support will be provided for public entities such as K-12 education?

 

Primary elections this August will give voters an opportunity to elect many newcomers to the state legislature. 

Ten of 22 incumbent Republican state Senators seeking to be returned to office face primary opposition, and 21 of 71 Republican state incumbent House members wishing to be returned have primary opposition.

This has fueled hope for many Kansans that enough newcomers could be elected to the legislature to help bring change to the Governor’s fiscal policies.

Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, candidate for Governor of California in 2010, and a major contributor to Republican candidates, likened Donald Trump to Fascist leaders Mussolini and Hitler at Mitt Romney’s annual retreat in Utah for political campaign donors this past week. How has Trump’s behavior provoked such concerns?

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Many politicians, pundits and journalists made wrong predictions about Donald Trump’s prospects for winning the GOP presidential nomination.

What were some of those predictions? Senator Rand Paul said, “There is no way voters in the country will nominate Trump.”

James Fallows, writing for The Atlantic, said, “The chance of his winning the nomination and election is exactly zero.”

Political writer Andrew Sullivan recently had an essay in New York Magazine with the headline “America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny.” This is a reflection on the response to Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign. Donald Trump is the candidate who has aroused the latent authoritarian attitudes of Americans of different classes and not just those with low levels of education.  

Ciboski: We Have a $290,000,000 Hole to Fill

May 4, 2016

The state of Kansas has a $290 million budget hole to fill.

All 165 state legislators are up for election this year, so the Legislature adjourned without finding a more permanent fix to recurring revenue shortages and left it up to Gov. Sam Brownback to make necessary spending cuts.

Kansas made the the front page of The New York Times this past week as the fiery battle to reshape the Kansas Supreme Court and make it more accountable to a conservative-leaning public is heating up.

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