"I will tell the people what's going on at the statehouse. I'm going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene. ... If businesses don't have to pay taxes, the burden should not be on those trying to feed themselves." - The Valley Falls Vindicator & Oskaloosa Independent, March 3, 2016.

Across Kansas the top 1% are looting and on-the-loose, pitting us against each other. Communities in Jefferson County need to democratically prepare themselves for food and energy autonomy.

- MICHAEL CADDELL, Publisher

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Killing Kansans for the 1%, Letter to the Editor, submitted April 3, 2017


When a senior professor of political science at the University of

Kansas produces a widely circulated essay requesting the resignation of our governor intelligent Republican voters in Jefferson County should pull out their political ear plugs and listen up.

Professor Burdett Loomis wrote just such an essay last week appearing in the wake of the heartless veto Gov. Sam Brownback used against Medicaid expansion. Our self-described “moderate” Rep. Ron Ellis voted against the bill before the governor could veto it. Mr. Ellis estimated the “cost to the state is too high” using “our state financial situation” to support his and the governor’s opposition.

Mr. Ellis is conveniently overlooking the fact that the fiscal destruction of our state government has been caused by the governor and his supporters in Topeka.

Mr. Ellis’ March 16 report published in this newspaper also revealed an alarming blind spot most elected officials suffer from in Kansas. Under the convenient cloak of not raising taxes they allow their campaign donor class to chisel the state tax collectors. According to the Economic Policy Institute (www.epi.org) the average income of at least 12,000 households in Kansas is $981,279/yr. and has been tucked into the same tax bracket as those of the middle class.

They are the top 1% and have been looting and pillaging for years in Kansas, protected and comforted by obliging politicians, lobbyists and shadowy PAC front groups infused like vampires with dark money from tax deductible non-profit organizations.

To the many business people of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce(s) who support Rep. Ellis I ask this one question. Would Rep. Ellis explain to you why he would take a $500 campaign contribution from WalMart?

The fact he even cashed the check to win an election campaign makes me gag.

Mike Caddell
North Jefferson County

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