Posted March 18, 2017 02:38 am

The Wise Press On

     With all of the chatter about repealing the ACA and all of the talk of the national budget and also the Kansas budget, it's nice to know there are those who seek wisdom in their solutions and also who have a balanced viewpoint.  On one hand are the Bernie Sanders fans who want government to pay for a lot of programs our nation cannot afford.  On the other hand are the Tea Party people who think that government involvement should be lessened tremendously and who think that excessive government spending and involvement is bad.  Who has the middle ground these days?  Who has an idea of appropriate spending and involvement? 

     Senator Vicki Schmidt truly cares about the healthcare of Kansans.  She is a pharmacist and her husband is a doctor in Topeka.  Senator Schmidt always returns my emails about issues that are important to me.  She reaches out to Kansans in a very kind and personal way.  She is not bought by outside forces and she does her own thing despite pressure.  She goes against being bullied into voting a certain way.  That is to be respected these days in Kansas.

     Government is not evil.  Government can be good and everyone is dependent upon the government in many ways.  It's not evil or childish to be dependent upon government for our livelihood.  It's what it's there for.  Churches can work to help others but they cannot take the place of government services.  Combatting poverty is a joint effort.

     There is lot of extreme thinking and behavior politically these days.  Obsessions with cutting taxes for the rich have gotten our state into crisis mode.  We have committed political suicide all for tax breaks for people and businesses that didn't need it.  Senator Laura Kelly and Representative Annie Kuether care about the budget.  They see that good things can happen and good things used to happen...  These two women press on despite hate and bullying and drama and trauma.  They care about all of Kansans, not just wealthy donors.  They care about Kansas and getting it back on track.

     Balance is key and it is the women mentioned above and also those nationally and in Topeka who seek wisdom in politics.  These people press on and speak up when it is not popular.  They make a huge difference in the lives of Topekans and yes, they are people who care.

Mary Schroeder 8 days ago
Amen!  We need more level headed women like these in government.
Bart Ross 8 days ago
Very nice! I agree that more women would help combat the Republican crusade against the poor. The Republicans believe that only they are able to govern and therefore they should reap all the rewards of tax cuts and tax loopholes. They fail to realize they're simply parasites who buy congressional men and women to make laws beneficial to themselves. The Republicans return part of their windfall in the form of political donations. And the merry-go-round continues while the rest of us pay more and more. 
Fred Smertz 7 days ago
I love the way people that think big government is great, always think that what they do and push for is fair, wise, and balanced.  It is exactly that type of thinking that has thrown this country into a sinkhole of 20 trillion dollars worth of debt.  A debt that would take every person in this country to pay +/-$68,000.00 to get rid of that debt.  

But yet here we are preaching that big government is good, making me pay for someone else that can probably work for themselves, and preaching that I pay for more is a fair, wise and balanced thing.  

The problem is I can't afford it myself anymore.  What are you fair, wise and balanced people going to do when you run out of other peoples money.  

I love they way that because I make a certain amount of money, that I am bled and taxed to the point that I can't afford anything nice, but yet see the people on welfare have a nicer house, drive better vehicles, and have nicer things than I do.   Yup, through all of that fair, wise, and balanced talk, lets make everyone equal, whether we work for it or not.   
Josh Nicolay 6 days ago
"I love they way that because I make a certain amount of money, that I am bled and taxed to the point that I can't afford anything nice, but yet see the people on welfare have a nicer house, drive better vehicles, and have nicer things than I do."

If the taxes you pay is preventing you from buying a nicer home than someone living under the poverty line, your problem lies with your choice of accountant. Unless you're being dishonest, then your problem is dishonesty.
Fred Smertz 4 days ago
No Mr. Nicolay..........I just don't believe in debt.  Taxes take most of my descretionary income away, and I refuse to be a slave to the bankers.  No bad accounting or dishonesty on my part.  If you want to live in debt, or off the back of hard working americans all your life, go right on ahead.  Taxes are bleeding me dry, and I'm tired of it.