Friday, May 14, 2010

Missouri helps Kansas again!

Kansas has experienced some big-time budget problems these past few years. The answer for Kansas politicians is to cut back on many essential services and to pass a 1% sales tax increase this past session. Some call this a regressive tax because it will be paid for by poor people or older people when they buy groceries, medicines and gas. This is the quick fix for Kansas.

But the long term solution is coming over the horizon. Over in Missouri a Sen. Mat Bartle had this long-term infatuation with cracking down on strip clubs and adult bookstores and he finally won his cause. The Missouri Senate voted 27-4 to ban full nudity and prohibit adult businesses from selling alcohol. The clubs also would have to close between midnight and 6 a.m. The vote, combined with the House’s 118-28 vote earlier Thursday, sends the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon, who will probably sign it into law.

I really don’t care what happens in Missouri or in this business, but just think of the wild-eyed men who will soon cross over the borders and help boost the Kansas tourism trade. They will not only bolster the strip club business, but will fill empty hotel rooms and eat in the restaurants. All of this will increase sales tax revenue and soon Kansas budget woes will go away pronto. An article came out in the Kansas City Star will this full story. What I found so funny was the comments that were made.

One guy said, “Meanwhile violent crime is up in KC & St Louis, unemployment continues to rise, homelessness is increasing, and our infrastructure continues to deteriorate. Thank heavens we have so many politicians in office that love to force their personal agendas down our throats instead of seeing to the real issues at hand.” I guess he was saying that politicians work on their own agendas instead of things that really matter to people.

The rest of the comments said the legislature needs to focus on the economy and jobs instead of legislating morality. Another said Bartle wanted to control your sexuality , then reproductive rights but before you know it you will get a post card from the state asking why you weren’t at church on Sunday. Ha. Ha. Can you imagine getting that post-card? One guy went as far as slamming casinos when he said “ No alcohol served? They are doomed. Yet, you can get alcohol on those boats, get drunk, lose all your money but, hey, that's O.K. . What a JOKE !!

Nonetheless, the Mizzou people are a tremendous help to Kansas folk. On a yearly basis, they help KU improve their basketball won-lost record, now they are helping the State of Kansas solve some future budget problems. Isn’t that what friends are for?

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