Last week the Kansas Young Democrats held their state convention. In other news, the Young Republicans received new member discounts from the AARP. So good news all around. As the Kansas Young Democrats were indoctrinated into the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy that rules Kansas, no media came to the event. None. Zilch. Nada. Where is the Liberal media when you need it?
Brownback and the GOP Kansas House have an excellent plan to keep young students from voting- make it as difficult as possible. And if that doesn't work, export them. That's one way to rock the vote I guess. But these students came to discuss improving Kansas, not leaving it!
They are concerned about the Brownback anchor on the state. They will be searching for their first careers in the one sided Brownback economy and driving on these crumbling Kansas roads to work every day. They will send their kids to the schools the Governor has sold to the Koch brothers for campaign dollars.
In 2010 the Governor forced the GOP to the hard extremist right in the Kansas House and Senate. This paved the way for Brownback's #RedStateModel. He wanted to install a government that had never existed in Kansas, where the Tea Party called the shots and compromised with no one. One where the rich would pay as little tax as possible and the burden would be shifted to small businesses and local communities. Where services would disappear and the only people who would rejoice are billionaires and talk radio hosts. He has since turned the state into a Tea Party wasteland.
In the years since, we have seen the House pass anti-immigration, anti-woman, anti-LGBT, anti-teacher, and anti-worker legislation. The embarrassments keep coming, as earlier this year the House made national news with the 'turn the gays away' bill, which legalized discrimination by businesses against the LGBT community. This sends a terrible message- don't come here, and if you are here, go away.
Brownback's message to recruit out-of-state business is simple. Come to Kansas so your employee's kids can go to deteriorating schools with lower teacher standards on crumbling roads and be discriminated against. Who could resist that?
The Governor even rejected an offer from the Federal government to return 5.3 billion dollars of Kansas taxpayer money to fund the expansion of Medicaid. This ideological decision has cast a large shadow over the Kansas economy, providing weak service to our poor and elderly, while leaving many out, and forcing us to pay for it with new funds!
These young Kansas voters came to hear what the Democrats had to say (video here). Future Governor Paul Davis spoke of the broken promises the Brownback administration had made to students and the need to fight back against the #RedStateModel before it's too late. These students need Paul Davis as Governor to keep the radical right wing Kansas House in check. Someone needs to be the voice of reason.
Jim Sherow is the Congressional candidate in the 1st district, held by a Democrat as recently as 2006, running against Tea Party extremist Tim Huelskamp. This is a candidate for students if there ever was one. As a Kansas State University professor he was right at home. He discussed the disdain Representative Huelskamp has for public education. Huelskamp voted to cut college Pell grants and to protect the private student loan industry, driving up the cost of education.
Margie Wakefield is running for Congress in the Lawrence area (2nd district). She spoke of standing against extremism in Congress and the effects of having Tea Partier Lynn Jenkins representing us. Margie can win, there are plenty of Democrats in her district, which was also held by a Democrat as recently as 2006. She needs the Kansas Young Democrats to dig in. She will be in Congress with their help!
The Kansas Young Democrats have a large job in front of them. It is in their hands to motivate college student voters and make sure they turn out in November. Whether they see it now or not, Brownback is costing them money, not just in education costs, but over the course of their lifetimes.
I am glad to see the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy grow just a little bit here in Kansas last week. Now if we could just get the Liberal media to report it....