Archive for January 9th, 2011

Ten Principles of Federal Tax Policy – Daniel J. Pilla, Heartland Institute

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The power to tax is the most ubiquitous of all government powers. It reaches directly or indirectly to all classes of people, all industries, all elements of society. Taxes always place at least some burdens on business, individuals, and the economy. They are a necessary evil. However, citizens should tolerate only those taxes that are lawful and used to support legitimate functions of government. For these reasons, policymakers and legislators have a responsibility to adhere to sound constitutional and economic principles when levying taxes, and citizens have a moral and legal duty to hold legislators accountable for violations of these principles.

The Roosevelts Would Be Appalled – Kenneth Gould, American Enterprise Institute

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Senator Sanders recently gave a speech in which he offered a quote by Theodore Roosevelt from Roosevelt’s New Nationalism speech, delivered in 1910: “Therefore, I believe in … a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate.” Senator Sanders was clear that if the estate tax provisions advocated by the president and the Republicans were passed, it would violate the spirit of Roosevelt’s principle. It is this principle which appears to generate the anger of Senator Sanders and the House Democrats. A review of the history of the estate tax, however, brings this view strongly into question. In fact, it appears that neither Theodore nor Franklin Roosevelt would have endorsed the Democrats’ preferred tax rate and top tax bracket choices.

City of Shawnee, Agenda packet for Jan 10 meeting

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

A new agenda packet for review. Please follow the link to our website.

http://www.cityofshawnee.org/Agendas

CITY OF SHAWNEE
City Council Meeting
AGENDA
Monday, January 10, 2011
7:30 PM (more…)

Brownback – Logistics for 2011 State of the State

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

MEDIA ALERT
January 8, 2011
For more information, contact:
Sherriene Jones-Sontag
785/296.3700 (Office)
785/969.7278 (Mobile)
transition.media@ks.gov
Logistics for the 2011 State of the State Address
Governor-elect Sam Brownback’s 2011 State of the State Address will be delivered in the Kansas House Chamber of the State Capitol on January 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Media parking will be available at the bagged meters on 10th Street.

Kansas Public Television State (KPTS) will provide a live broadcast of the speech from the inside the House Chamber. Other media outlets may contact Jesse Huxman,jhuxman@kpts.org or at 316.838.3090, at KPTS for access information to the satellite feed.
Television and radio crew equipment that will be used during the speech must be inside the House Chamber by 4:00 p.m., on January 12th. Once inside the equipment will not be allowed to leave the chamber until the conclusion of the speech.
Members of the media should allow plenty of time for individual inspections as law enforcement is not responsible for getting people into the Chamber on time – only for ensuring the safety of all those present.
All media interested in covering the Governor-elect’s speech inside the chamber must have a media pass. (Members of the media with session floor passes for 2011 will not need an additional pass) Media passes are made available through the Speaker of the House. To request passes for any reporters, photographers and/or technical staff inside the chamber, please contact Christi Kriegshauser at Christi.Kriegshauser@house.ks.govby 3 p.m. on January 12th.
An embargoed copy of the speech will be made available to the media prior to the Governor-elect’s delivery. Questions regarding the 2011 State of the State can be made to the Governor-elect’s Communications Director, Sherriene Jones-Sontag at transition.media@ks.gov.
Questions regarding physical logistics and technical support can be made to the Chief Clerk of the House Susan Kannarr: Susan.Kannarr@house.ks.gov or 785.296-7633.
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CWA Kansas – Third Annual State Sovereignty Rally, January 14

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Third Annual State Sovereignty Rally
Friday January 14, 2011 1:30
Old Supreme Court Chambers (S-346)
State Capitol Bldg
Topeka, KS (more…)

Video, Fox 4 – KC Mayoral Candidates Square Off at Summit

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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Fox 4 – Olathe Jogger Suffers Critical Injuries After Accident

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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Rasmussen – Positives Hold Steady for Supreme Court, Negatives Are Down

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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Hutchinson News – Promise Regional Medical Center president, CEO to retire

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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LifeNews – Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Roe v. Wade Not in Constitution

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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FreedomWorks on Jeff Flake and appropriations committee – FROM GRAZING GROUND TO KILLING FIELDS

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

That’s how Stephen Spruiell of National Review Online characterized the change Jeff Flake would bring to the House Appropriations Committee, if only GOP leaders had the courage to “Make It Flake”. This week, in a huge win for conservative activists, Speaker-designate John Boehner expressed clear support for bringing the five-term Arizona legislator and anti-earmark crusader to the committee.

Galen Institute – A Very Bad Week for ObamaCare

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

ObamaCare continues to take on water, starting last Monday with Federal Judge Henry Hudson’s ruling that the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. But that was just the beginning:

Federal Judge Roger Vinson was skeptical about the mandate during a hearing on Thursday in Florida on the 20-state/NFIB challenge. Judge Vinson said he paid cash for the delivery of one of his children when he was uninsured, and is unconvinced of the need for the federal government to require everyone to purchase health insurance — or to eat broccoli, for that matter. A ruling is expected next month.

Support for ObamaCare fell to its lowest level ever in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, showing only 43% supporting the law and 52% opposing it. Rassmussen Reports shows support for repeal is up to 60%, nearly identical to the Post poll showing 59% want either all or parts of the law repealed.

The Lessons of Japan – Dr. Shawn Ritenour

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Japan is often pointed to as the quintessential recent example of the disastrous effects of deflation. Paul Krugman has been saying since the 1990s that Japan is caught in a liquidity trap, and the only solution is to manufacture inflationary expectations by creating money in earnest until the Japanese are convinced that prices are going up. Then they will stop holding money and start spending again, which is seen as the fount of economic rejuvenation. It is asserted that Japan’s once vibrant culture has been transformed into one of pessimistic risk aversion, due to a prolonged deflationary spiral following its boom of the 1980s.

John Graham – Myth of the Massachusetts Health-Insurance Mandate

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Remember the Massachusetts health reform, signed by Gov. Mitt Romney in April 2006? Some Obamacare cheerleaders (including the President) insist that it was the forerunner of Obamacare (and Gov. Romney is having a heck of a time distancing himself from it).

There is a media myth that the individual mandate (that you must pay a fine if you don’t buy government-approved health insurance) is critical to the law’s so-called “success”. Well, it’s not true.

ObamaCare Meets Obstacles: Funding and Public Opinion – Hadley Heath

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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John Graham – Blue-Sky Thinking on Health Reform: An Interstate Compact for Health Insurance

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Key Points:
Health insurance is the only line of insurance regulated by the federal government, but federal control has created and deepened the health crisis. (more…)

K-State – STUDY LOOKS AT ENHANCING THE FOOD SAFETY CULTURE TO REDUCE FOODBORNE ILLNESS

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

MANHATTAN — If providing safe food is a priority, why do large outbreaks of foodborne illness keep happening? Incidents like 2010′s salmonella-in-eggs outbreak sickened more than 1,900 across the U.S. and led to the recall of 500 million eggs. (more…)

K-State – Doctoral Graduate Pens Dissertation On Food Bioterrorism

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

MANHATTAN — According to recent news reports, the next venue for a terror threat may involve the use of bio-agents to contaminate the food supplies of U.S. hotels and restaurants. (more…)

K-State – GIRLS TO EXPLORE CAREERS AT K-STATE SALINA’S TWIST

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

SALINA — More than 250 teen girls will learn about careers in traditionally male-dominated fields like aviation, banking, chemistry, construction, dentistry, digital media, food science, math, medicine, psychology and utility engineering at the 18th annual TWIST Career Day at Kansas State University at Salina, Friday, Jan. 7. (more…)

K-State – SAM BRINTON EARNS TOP 12 LEADERS IN ACTION AWARD

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University’s Sam Brinton has been named one of the Top 12 Leaders in Action by Campus Pride, and is a finalist for the organization’s 2011 Voice and Action Leadership Award.

Brinton, Manhattan, is a senior in vocal music performance and mechanical engineering with a nuclear option. (more…)