Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, R, has put his state in a bit of a pickle. The governor pushed through massive cuts to the state’s income taxes, which, in one of the least surprising developments in recent U.S. history, left the state hundreds of millions of dollars in the hole. Even the conservative citizenry of Kansas was not pleased, and Brownback barely squeaked to a re-election victory. Now he’s finally having to do something to close the budget gap, and the answer is: sin taxes. Levies on alcohol and cigarettes will rise substantially.
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The GOP is continuing its campaign against immigrants.
LONDON — It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British remembered with more than nostalgia, it is both.
I suppose there are many Sherman-Denison residents like myself, that are ashamed at the sheer amount of trash that lines almost every intersection, roadside and gully. I get disgusted that there are not any posted fines for littering. Or public information commercials informing the public where to report abuses.
Taxpayers should well note the Bloomberg article carried in the Herald Democrat on Jan. 22, titled,”New Governor must extend ‘Texas Miracle.’” Ignoring the many issues there which might be addressed, taxpayers should note the Texas government has a “$7.5 billion budget surplus.”
Recently my wife and I did something that would have surprised and perhaps even shocked our grandparents: We took a week-long Caribbean cruise. Our grandparents’ concept of a vacation cruise was something that only rich people could afford. Remember the 1997 film “Titanic”? So how did a luxury cruise become affordable and attractive to the middle class?
On Tuesday Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in to office. The governor and lieutenant governor each delivered speeches to the public after taking the oath of office. (Both of the speeches are available online at http://gov.texas.gov/ and http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us .) Following the inauguration, barbecue was served on the south lawn to an estimated 17,000 people and a parade marched down Congress Avenue. All of the events were paid for by private funds and not at state expense.
In 2011, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, a mild-mannered diplomat named Robert S. Ford, became the face of American support for the Arab Spring when he boldly visited opponents to the brutal regime of Bashar Assad in the northern city of Hama.
It may seem ironic that Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s extreme right Front National, rooted for the extreme left Syriza in yesterday’s Greek election and rejoiced at its landslide victory. Yet there’s nothing unusual about it: Syriza, Front National and other European anti- establishment parties are partners in a political revolution that appears to be about to sweep the continent, giving back the original meaning to political terms such as “left” and “right” - - and helping Russian President Vladimir Putin in the process.
As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure.