My Comment posted as a reply to “Practical” who asked for solutions after reading Phillip Brownlee’s Ed/Op from the Wichita Eagle editorial board. The article, “Policies tough on poor” appeared in 09 Jan. 2013.
Stop kicking kids out of schools and into jails.
Provide free contraception to the poor, including early abortions and basic health care at every county health department.
Provide tuition free, examination based university educations for people who can't afford it.
Promote employers to pay living wages and encourage collective bargaining in the workplace.
Stop private equity hedge fund "managers" from taking over businesses as most recently happened to Hostess with more than 800 jobs lost in Kansas, last month.
Enact laws to make transparent public banking institutions, as done in North Dakota for decades, to encourage Kansans to bank with the state of Kansas.
Demand from all members of our Kansas congressional delegates at the federal level to cut "defense" spending by at least 50%, shut down the 800-plus U. S. military bases abroad and stop private arms dealing outside the borders of the U. S.
Stop the gangster racket of campaign donors with limited time campaign periods and guarantee news media rich debates moderated by the League of Women Voters, instead of state fair circus stunts at Hutchinson during the livestock awards.
Break the energy monopolies with tax credits, home and farm loans for solar and wind generated power into the grid, force the utility companies to pay an equitable return. They pay power producers a pittance now.
Encourage Victory Gardens and local grown produce of all types to be traded across the state, especially in the urban cores.
Start a homestead, farmstead program for the unemployed and homeless, seizing land being wasted and redistributing it downward.
All these are solutions that work, and are working in many former Banana Republics, which is what Brownbackistan a/k/a Kansas has become.
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