Sunday, June 11, 2006

Kansas Republicans out of touch on economy

At a Kansas Bar Association debate, Candidates for governor attack Sebelius:
“Kansas is really a plane without a pilot,” state Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia said.

He complained that Kansas is not keeping up with the nation or its neighbors in economic growth.

He pledged to increase dependent exemptions by $500 and provide an investment tax credit for businesses.

Ken Canfield, of Overland Park, who founded an institute on fathering, said the state tax code needs to be reformed and promised he would appoint a commission to do just that.

“We need some major, fresh, new thinking,” he said.

Tim Pickell, a Prairie Village attorney, said the Kansas Republican Party should focus on fiscal issues instead of fighting over social issues, such as abortion, which he said can only be determined at the national level.

Kansas’ economy grew faster than the national average and all neighboring states except Colorado, according to figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.
Do we really want to elect a governor who is willing to lie about such basic facts? The Kansas economy has been doing well. The long-term threats to the Kansas economy require serious investments in infrastructure and training. Better education, better water policy, and innovation in energy production are the keys to broadening and strengthening Kansas' economy, and those will all require government action, if not more government spending.