Friday, February 27, 2015

How to distract the public

Two years ago, the Kansas government had a $700 million budget surplus. Today, that figure has turned into a $279 million deficit and it's expected to be a $900 million deficit by 2019. Why is that? It's essentially a case of “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” With a Republican Governor backed by a Republican legislature, Tea Party-approved policies were put into place. They've been an absolute, unmitigated disaster. What to do? What to do? 

A-ha! Back in 2013, a state legislator noticed a middle school poster that she thought was overly sexual and inappropriate for children of that age. Problem solved! The Kansas Senate has now approved a bill that a liberal opponent has referred to as “a solution looking for a problem.” Also, “Pilcher-Cook and other supporters of her measure also say that it’s necessary to prevent the distribution of pornography in schools — a problem that has not hitherto arisen.” 

All this clearly makes for a wonderful distraction from the utter failure of Governor Brownback's economic policies to work in the way they were advertised.