A budget surplus

We have a $905,000,000 budget surplus for Kansas!




But this begs a question.


Governor-Elect Laura Kelly and all the rest of the Ctrl-Left Democrats stated that the "Brownback Tax Experiment" which allowed Kansans who operated businesses as "Sole Proprietorships", LLC's and "S-Corporations" to keep more of their own hard earned money was bankrupting the State of Kansas.


When those taxes were repealed in 2012, going into effect in 2013, the state tax receipts from those taxes totaled about $265 Million.


This was roughly one-third of the Kansas budget deficit, and nobody ever bothered to explain where the other two-thirds of that deficit came from.


Now we find that there is going to be a $905 million budget surplus.


So it's readily apparent that Kansans operating as Sole Proprietorships, LLC's and "S" Corporations could have kept their hard earned money and there still would have been enough to pay the state's bills.


Now watch as that "surplus" is spent on new spending without being sure to take care of prior obligations.


— Kevin Henderson, Halstead


Spare a turkey

While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance.


And here are some other good reasons:


• You can brag about pardoning a turkey - like Trump (or not).

• You will stay awake for your entire favorite football game.

• Your sensible vegetarian kid won't have to boycott the family dinner.

• Plant-based holiday roasts don’t have to carry government warning labels.

• You won’t have to call Poultry Hotline to keep your family out of the hospital.

• Your body will appreciate a holiday from the fat, cholesterol, and hormones.

• You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

• You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.


Seriously, this Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our good fortune, health, and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of plant-based holiday roast, vegetables, fruits, and grains.


Our own dinner will feature a store-bought plant-based holiday roast, mashed potatoes, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. An internet search on "vegetarian Thanksgiving" is getting us more recipes than we could possibly use.


— Wally Essinger, Wichita


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