Letters (August 3, 2016)

Remove King Sam an his cohorts

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that have connected them with another, a decent respect requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

The history of King Sam Brownback and his cohorts in Topeka is of repeated injuries and usurpations. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

King Sam and his cohorts have completely eliminated taxes on 330,000 Kansas business owners and farmers—but not on their employ­ees—causing a drastic decline in monies needed for the proper upkeep of our state services.

They have confiscated monies from our underfunded state employees’ pension funds, from our state highway maintenance programs and from other entities, thus crippling the wellbeing of our state.

They have abrogated their constitutional obligations to fund K-12 schools and have removed monies from schools, causing uncertainty and chaos.

They have attempted to oust our Kansas Supreme Court justices and have endeavored to render the Legislature independent of, and superior to, the Kansas Supreme Court.

They have expropriated monies from our institutions of higher learning, causing disruptions, increases in tuition payments and lower standards.

They have railed against “federal overreach” from Washington, D.C., but have instituted “gubernatorial overreach” throughout Kansas communities.

They have refused to expand our Medicaid program, denying low-income Kansans health care, and creating financial difficulties for Kansas hospitals.

They have obstructed Kansans from participating in state and national elections.

They abuse the people of Kansas, causing national and international ridicule of our state government.

Thus, we, the people of the state of Kansas, do solemnly publish and declare that this government of King Sam and his cohorts has earned our censure and that we have full power to remove King Sam’s cohorts by referendum.

Frank Janzen

Lawrence