What’s Happening Wednesdays: Home on the Range

I didn’t want to write this blog. I try very hard to stay out of the political fray.  It’s not that I am apolitical. I am not.  But I do work for a government entity, and therefore I limit my online commentary so that I am well within the guidelines of any rules or laws that prohibit such things.  But the current political climate has pushed me to say something and to borrow from a popular book title, I have to ask:

“What’s the matter with Kansas?”

The caucuses on Saturday completely confused me.  Not only were they held during a KU basketball game, which I thought was a sin here in the Sunflower State, but the results were confusing.  So we either like the most liberal presidential candidate of all time, or the Republican Senator that even the Republicans hate.

Oh, and let’s not forget our local politics.   Of course, I can look in my Facebook newsfeed and see complaints from fellow Kansans about our bureaucracy, but when I notice that national media is scrutinizing our Kansas politics…and using swear words to do so, I know there is a problem.

For those of you who are not from Kansas, let me give you a quick rundown.  The governor and the state legislature have been told several times by the courts in Kansas that they are inadequately funding public schools.  The Supreme Court of our dear state has given the legislature until June to fix it, or face closing the schools.   It’s March, and you know what the state legislators are discussing.  It’s not fixing the school funding.  Instead, our ELECTED officials are talking about impeaching the judges who issued the order.  In their minds, it’s not the Governor’s tax plan, which has repeatedly not produced enough funds to actually fund the government.  In their minds, activist judges are the real problem plaguing Kansas.

Governor Brownback had presidential aspirations.  He used our state and our conservative legislature as a test lab for the ultimate experiment in trickle-down economics.  It’s success was supposed to propel him into superhero status and eventually into the Oval office.

Instead, he remains in Topeka, serving out a SECOND term.  (That’s right, we re-elected him, even though the plan had not quite worked.  We Kansans are ever hopeful.  Maybe we just needed more time and the state’s financial woes would correct themselves.  We were so wrong.

I am a true Kansan so I am still hopeful that the Legislature will fund the schools.  But if not, I’ll be looking for a place to live across the state lines. I put my kids first.  I wish our government did the same.

Mama Radford

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